Day 16 - Monday, April 22, 2019 - From Florence Fly to Munich, Germany; Then to Denver, Colorado
Our travel day began early with a wake up call at 3:30 AM and the arrival of the taxi at 4:15. We were one of the first to check in at the Dolomiti/Lufthansa desk. Once we had checked in our bags, we went through the security and found our gate easily in the small Florence airport.
The flight was scheduled for a 6:05 AM departure and we were on the shuttle to take us to the tarmac. The gate agent came on the bus to let us know the flight would be delayed because of high winds.
We all got off the shuttle and went back in the terminal and watched as several other flights to Paris and Rome all left on time. In about 20 minutes we were on the plane and the pilot told us because the runway in Florence was so short, the winds were a problem.
Our delay was only 30 minutes so our arrival in Munich and the connecting flight to Denver was not affected. The departure gate was in another terminal but we had plenty of time to ride the train to the L Gates.
We spent our time in the Lufthansa Lounge checking our mail and we had a very nice breakfast. The lounge was very quiet and not crowded.
The more we travel, the more we find having a little longer layover is more comfortable than running through the airport with no time to spare. We walked through another security checkpoint for all of the flights to the United States and waited at Gate 26 until our flight was called.
As we settled in for the 8,395 KM trip to Denver we relaxed for our 10-hour flight home to Colorado. We arrived in Denver at about 2:45 PM.
The Global Entry System got us through the customs and immigration so quickly. We were glad that we listened to friends who explained the benefits of this travel short cut.
The traffic was beginning to back up so we took E-470, the Toll Road, to Lincoln Avenue so we could by-pass the Denver rush hour. We had an early dinner in Castle Rock and then made it home at 5:00 PM.
It was a long trip and a long flight, but we had so many opportunities to meet great travelers and to learn so much more about Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. Driving in Italy was an adventure in itself, but it was a goal to be accomplished and we did it!
Thank you again for joining our journey. You can unpack your virtual bags and rest up a bit. Our next trip will be back to Delhi, India and then on to Bhutan and Nepal. Log on with us in October for another Overseas Adventure Trip.
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We were away Apr 22-30. Welcome back brave travelers!!
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Glad you are home safely. I love the "smiles" these are such great photos and its the sparkles in their eyes that also brings the photos to life. Thanks for all your inspiring words and I think this is one of my favorite journals. You are both getting very sentimental, even more than I remember. Enjoy ! Love you both !
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Welcome home! It was a pleasure traveling with you. Love.
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