Friday, July 30, 2010
Manners, Jetlag, Airlines, Hotels...and Surprises
My arrival at Paris airport was painless and efficient. After 20 or so hours of travelling it was a pleasure to be greeted with a smile and offers of assistance through a seamless transit process, despite the early dawn timeframe. Then onto London and the dreaded Heathrow airport, which proved to be also efficient with both immigration and luggage.
I had a car waiting for me, well sort of…as my flight was late the driver had decided to grab a coffee and I was left in a mild state of panic for 10 minutes or so until he arrived following a frantic call to the service provider in London – via Australia thanks to global roaming.
And after arriving at my hotel, I later revived my jetlagged self with a quiet lunch at the Oyster and Champagne bar in Selfridges.
It was such a pleasure, over a tiring 24-30 hour period, to encounter so many genuinely pleasant people.
Good manners don’t require a knowledge of language or culture. They have a universal appeal and allow for easy rapport between peoples, whether they are from “Downunder” or an ancient country of Europe.
A few more hours sleep is needed and then I will share some of my insights of my new favourite country, Belgium and its lovely neighbor, The Netherlands. Not to forget the fabulous family wedding at a gorgeous estate in Kent.