Gateway To Black Sea

Day 13 - Friday, October 20, 2013 - Flight Home - Bucharest, Frankfurt, Denver

Our last day in Bucharest and Romania started early. The wake up call was at 2:45 – we gave ourselves a bit of extra sleep time by taking our bags down to the lobby ourselves.

We left for the airport at 3:50; traffic was light but there were still young people out on the streets just getting out of the clubs.

The Lufthansa gates were open and the agents were ready to help us check our bags all the way to Denver. They invited us to the Business Class Lounge where we could check our mail and Vic could post the journal and photos from previous day.

The flight was right on time, but we took a little detour back into the terminal worrying all of us that there was something wrong. Finally our A320-200 Air Bus took off and we flew safely over Eastern Europe and into Germany. We followed the full moon north to Frankfurt.

Arriving at the airport at 7:30 we had a long layover until our 1:25 flight to Denver. We went through passport control and the multiple security checks in Frankfurt.

We spent the time reading, going through the mail, and having a snack; those great German sausages and pretzel rolls can’t be beat!

At noon we walked down to the gate and talked to a group from Denver that were on a Collette Tour. They were delayed in Poland because of fog and missed their flights yesterday.

Rebooking them on today’s flight caused an over booking and the gate agents were offering 600€ for anyone who would give up a seat. Any other time we might have considered but we had to get home so Gennie could begin a new class on Monday evening.

All of that drama took a little time and we were delayed about 30 minutes. The captain promised to make up the time in flight.

Going west and always flying in daylight is tough, but we managed to rest a bit and then tried to get comfortable during the rest of the 9-hour flight. We skipped the last meal before landing as no activity and too much food is never comfortable!

We landed in Denver only 15 minutes late and managed to get our luggage rather quickly and went through immigration and customs without any problems. One last shuttle ride to the Pikes Peak Parking area and we were on our way south to Monument Hill.

Stopping at Safeway in Castle Pines took just a few minutes and we were home to Elephant Rock at 5:30. Vic set the recorder for the Broncos game, Gennie started the first batch of laundry and we were back into a post trip routine.

Our friendly Siamese, Buddha, was very happy to see us and could not stop following us around. He reminded us that he had been left home for two weeks! Tim had the house in great shape. We are always thankful he takes care of everything while we are gone.

Vic updated our GarciaTrips map and our son Eduardo posted it reminding us that we have now been to 114 countries in our travels. No matter how far we roam, there is still no place like home!

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  Comments

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. So happy you're back home!

Susan P   October 23, 2013 - 9:42pm

114 countries - this IS amazing!!! Since last year, I have traveled with you and enjoyed every seconed of it. Your flsight home was tiring to even read, much less do it. LOL I know you are glad to be home. Take care and thank you again for keeping us in the loop!!

Pat Heald   October 23, 2013 - 4:46pm

114 countries - this IS amazing!!! Since last year, I have traveled with you and enjoyed every seconed of it. Your flsight home was tiring to even read, much less do it. LOL I know you are glad to be home. Take care and thank you again for keeping us in the loop!!

Pat Heald   October 23, 2013 - 4:46pm

Funny - we were on a Collette's tour on our recent trip to Italy - Collette's for the hiking in the dolomites and then Tofino Expeditions for the kayaking!

Cheryl Vieira   October 23, 2013 - 11:21am
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