Three Mornings, Three Airports

“Going to Italy.” Three little words but it actually took me three mornings — three flights heading for three different airports — to do it.

First, I flew from Cebu to Hong Kong. I chose a Hong Kong departure over one from Manila because fares to Europe tend to be much lower from HK. Since my flight from Cebu was at the crack of dawn and my AirFrance flight was not till late at night, I had an entire day to potter about Hong Kong.

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Lines and light at the HK airport

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I was quite excited to finally fly on the upper deck of a plane — I’d once been on a flight where I was seated on the lower deck and there were stairs going up, and I thought then it would be kind of cool to be seated up there someday — but my AirFrance flight had a separate gangway for the upper level so it actually just felt the same, boarding. 😀

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I don’t know if there are non-stop flights from Hong Kong to anywhere in Italy. I was flying AirFrance so I had to pass by CDG, where the shortest layover possible for me was 8 hours. I figured if I was going to be in Paris that long, I might as well stay as long as I can and get a “free” side trip out of it.

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Another morning, another airport.

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I made the most of it too. I was able to feed the birds at the Tuileries with a retired schoolteacher, buy a book from a bouquiniste, and dance with strangers in front of the Notre Dame.

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But what I didn’t realize at the time of booking was that, by squeezing in a 15-hour layover to my itinerary, I would be arriving in Rome too late to catch the last train to Termini. I was not about to drop €48 on a taxi, and other options — such as staying in lodgings near Fiumicino airport — were just as impractical. Thus I ended up spending the night at the airport. Not fun but…well, I’ll tell you about it another post. It wasn’t too bad.

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And so “going to Italy” proved to be more than a simple matter of zipping from Cebu to Rome. If it is truly, as they say, the journey and not the destination, then I think I’m in the running to be world champion. 😀 Regardless, it was quite an experience and one I’m not likely to regret or forget.

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11 thoughts on “Three Mornings, Three Airports”

  • What a journey. I like how you turned it into explorations of HK and Paris. We’ve done the same over the years with long stop overs in HK, LA, and Auckland. We had a full day in Seoul and had even sussed out a day tour we could do, but alas I got serious food poisoning and spent the day in a hotel bed 🙁
    We would have been paying the 48 Euros on arrival in Rome 🙂
    Alison

    • Oh, it’s probably silly but I kept thinking what an utter waste it would be to take a 48-euro taxi to my 22-euro hostel. I figured if I could just deal with 5 hours of discomfort, I could stay at the airport, cancel my accommodations for the night, take the 5-euro bus to the city center, and save 65 euros.

      But I would totally, totally agree that sometimes, if one can, it is worth paying a bit more for a whole lot more comfort.

  • Although it may not have been fun to stay overnight at the airport, your adventure sounds a lot of fun and interesting. Can’t wait to read more!

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