Day 2 - 1st May - Narita to Frankfurt

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Slept really well. Like a log really.

While I was having my shower the whole tub starting shaking gently. And I was all like cool! Earth tremor! :) Stu felt it in bed too.

Downloaded all my photos from yesterday before heading down to breakfast. It was huge!! Tonnes of food, both Asian and western. Even Stu managed to find plenty to eat. After breakfast we went out for a little walk in the hotel garden, where azaleas were blooming like crazy :)

Azaleas in full bloom in the hotel grounds
Azaleas in full bloom in the hotel grounds


The Hotel Nikko that we stayed the night in
The Hotel Nikko that we stayed the night in

Went back up to our room and fought over the computer/internet for a bit. Then hopped on a shuttle to the airport. Getting through immigration/security was very smooth. Then we wandered about and stumbled upon a free internet cafe which we made good use of.

Narita Airport
The air traffic control tower and terminal shuttle, viewed from the free
Yahoo Internet Cafe at Narita Airport



Narita Airport shuttles
The yellow shuttles take you out to the remote terminal


Green Tea flavoured Kit Kat
Green Tea flavoured Kit Kat

Our plane this time was a 777-300. Never been on one of those before. Didn't find the power point though..

Mountains of Japan
Mountains of Japan


Interior of our 777
Interior of our 777

Watched Jumper which was very average, Beauty and the Beast early on and Goldmember later on.

Now the Australian outback really is a desolate, unending place... But it ain't got nothing on Siberia!!  I swear I thought it would never end!!  Thousands and thousands of kilometres of frozen rivers and forests. Freaky! Towards the western end it had more straight lines cutting through it indicating some sort of civilisation somewhere below.

Eastern Siberia, near Neryungri
Eastern Siberia, near Neryungri


Part of Vilyuyskoye Vodokhranilishche reservoir
Part of Vilyuyskoye Vodokhranilishche reservoir


Yenisey River over Turukhansk
Yenisey River over Turukhansk


Northern Russia
This photo was taken at the most northerly place on the planet I've
ever been - N65 deg 54' - almost at the Arctic Circle.
Between the Pur and the Taz Rivers



Pur River from over Korotchaevo
Pur River from over Korotchaevo


Really freaky monster near Borisovo-Sudskoye
Really freaky monster near Borisovo-Sudskoye

We flew over St Petersburg but it was too cloudy to see it, and Berlin (or at least the outskirts).

Cloud cover over St Petersberg
Cloud cover over St Petersberg 

Horn of Latvia, from over the tip of Estonia
Horn of Latvia, from over the tip of Estonia


Wind turbines near Parsteinsee near the Polish border in Germany
Wind turbines near Parsteinsee near the Polish border in Germany


Autobahn #7 near Thalau
Autobahn #7 near Thalau


Neu-Isenburg, Frankfurt
I liked this cross-shaped streetscape in Neu-Isenburg just east of
Frankfurt Airport, south of Frankfurt


Immigration at Frankfurt was quick and efficient, and customs was non-existant. The only obvious officer there was riding around the treminal on a bicycle! So without cards to fill in from the plane, we just walked straight out! Amazing heh.

Now I'd a couple of glasses of wine during the flight, but the problem was I didn't get enough water afterwards, so I was dying by the time we landed. And it was something like 2am Sydney time so we weren't really functioning very well. So it took us a little while to figure out that "regional" also means "local" trains. And how to use the ticket machines that didn't want to let us "add" another ticket. So that was all a bit stressful.

But anyways. We made it to the hotel, which is very close to train station (apparently near the red-light district hrmm). Nearly 8pm here, just about bedtime methinks :)

2 Comments

Fiona said:

Will look out for the cross :)

And now know that regional = local!! :)

yeah who'd a thunk? :)

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