The Last Leg!
14.08.2016 - 14.08.2016 31 °C
Hotel - Intercontinental Grand Stanford - Room 425 - flying Business Class Cathy Pacific to Sydney
Had a great night's sleep - no coughing. Set the alarm for 5 am but was awake before it went off. Boxed breakfast arrived at 5.30 am and we were in the taxi driving to the airport at 6.30 am and arrived promptly at 7 am. Not much traffic today, being very early Sunday morning.
Check in was a breeze with a very friendly Chinese girl who was on for a chat.
For the first time in his life, Phil got through security without any bells going off and without his carry on being opened and rifled through. He was so excited that he walked away from the check in point and left his wallet there!!!!! We were only a couple of feet away when the attendant called him back. Phew! We all laughed a lot (hysterically)!
We spent about an hour in the Cathay Pacific lounge then wandered down to the gate to board. Once our boarding pass was checked, we proceeded down the finger, only to be halted by security guys opening everyone's carry on luggage and rifling through it. I'm not sure what they were looking for but we had all been through serious security before this. They opened my carry on, lifted the book off the top and then closed it again. Not a very thorough check, I must say.
We both have a separate pod window seat behind each other.
We had a very easy flight. Breakfast served once we boarded, then after reading for a while I went to sleep and woke up at 5 pm, only a couple of hours before landing. We were then served dinner and we landed.
I had to declare St George to Customs as he is made of wood, but unfortunately he has a few borer holes in him, so they kept him and will fumigate him and then post him to me in about 6 weeks time. $100 later, Phil is moaning, but I don't care because St George is lovely. We are really dopey though because we know to look out for borer holes in wood, but we just didn't even check.
Went and collected the keys for our hire car, checked into Rydges Airport Hotel, went down to the bar and had a complimentary G&T and now we are settling in for a good night's sleep (hopefully) before driving home to Canberra tomorrow.
Sydney is cool but not freezing. Rydges have given us our favourite room - 828 - which is a corner room overlooking the runway.