Thought for the day….”When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”
“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”
I recently flew with Lufthansa from Oslo via Frankfurt to Zurich. Apart from the usual rush to get onboard and the usual problem to get space in the overhead luggage bins, the seats on the A320 seemed even closer than before. But the real insult was the ‘meal’ that was served onboard. This is what Lufthansa, one of the legacy airlines, served as the ‘meal’….
And not only that insult, but the coffee was served in micro size cups too (the watch is in the photos to give an idea of the small size) –
and the ‘dinner’ on the leg to Zurich was 20g, yes 20g of dry crackers. Again, no refills of coffee offered, despite the small size. I had paid an ADULT fare, yet was given these micro sized portions. Can you believe 20g ?? Lufthansa have also been devaluing the air miles on flights too, so I wonder what is the point in paying extra to fly with the legacy carriers when the service has fallen this much???
BUT fast forward to my next trip to Zurich 3 weeks later. I am lucky to be able to choose a lot of the time, so due to Lufthansa becoming less good, I chose the German Railways train instead. What a breath of fresh air. No check in 1 hour before departure. I could get onto the train carrying tubes of toothpaste, a Swiss army knife and liquids without anybody worrying. The seats had lots of space. I could take my own baggage (and be sure that it was going to travel with me on the same train). The staff on the train were excellent, the coffee in the restaurant car good and in normal sized cups. I had space to walk around, I had comfortable seats and there were films and TV programmes to watch on the DB entertainment channels. Despite a much longer journey time, it seemed much faster than flying. I arrived feeling good, relaxed and that I had enjoyed the journey. We tend to forget that the train can be a great way to travel. Just because air travel is fast does not mean that it is good, or that it is the only option. The train down through Germany was so good that I am not considering using the train for many more future trips. To quote a great British railwayman (Peter Parker) ..”this is the age of the train”. Perhaps if airlines continue to pack people in and treat passengers as an inconvenience, then more and more people may discover the train.
No prizes for guessing where the photo below was taken…..yes, a souvenir shop !! Typically Swiss. Taken with the Fuji X-T20 camera together with the excellent 35mm F2 prime lens.
and another photo from the archives…..bright colours in Cape Verde Islands….
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RESPECT,CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS
March 22, 2018 | Categories: airline complaints, airlines, Choice, color, colour, complaint, complaints, effects, EU, European Union, food, Fuji, Fujifilm, FujifilmX, holidays, light, moan, photoshop, quotes, rail, railway, Switzerland, train, Travel, Uncategorized, vacations | Tags: airlines, aviation, bah, bahn, bells, brass, Cape Verde, catering, color, colour, colours, Complaint, cow bells, DB, display, food, Fuji, German Rail, gift, gifts, holidays, journey, LH, long distance, Lufthansa, meals, metal, people, Photography, Photoshop, railways, shop, shopping, souvenir, souvenirs, Swiss, Switzerland, train, travel, travelling, Zurich | Leave a comment
Thought for the day…”Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.”
“When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.” (Dylan Thomas)
For the last 5 weeks, I have been without the camera, which suffered a cracked screen after being dropped onto the floor. Sent it back to Fuji, but Norwegian Post (and there is a company who deserves to go out of business if ever there was one) took 9 days to get it to an address near Oslo. Then, after that delay, the camera got delayed for weeks due to the virus in the TNT Courier computer systems. TNT seemed unable to get the camera delivered, and it just sat there for weeks, getting nowhere near the repair shop. But here is the happy ending….Fuji (who are normally very good with customer service and backup) have offered to send me a new camera. That was something that I did not expect, but it is good to know that there is good customer service around. The feedback online is also good for Fuji, as other users have also written about similar good treatment. So I am happy to continue using Fuji, just have to wait a little longer (now over 5 weeks) for the replacement to arrive. Then back to photographing again.
Back in 2008, Singapore Airlines (one of the World’s great airlines) were still using 747s on the route from Zurich to Singapore. The ‘Queen of the Skies’, weighing almost 400 tonnes, is seen here taking off on 23rd May 2008 for the 10 294km journey back to its’ home base. Flight time was around 12 hours and 10 minutes.
and another photo, an art gallery in Honningsvag, in the Artic north of Norway.
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August 11, 2017 | Categories: Aircraft, airlines, building, buildings, Choice, color, colour, effects, Fuji, Fujifilm, FujifilmX, holidays, light, Norway, Photography, photoshop, porn, quotes, Scandinavia, summer, Switzerland, Travel, Uncategorized, XXX | Tags: 747, airliners, airlines, airplane, art, aviation, Boeing, customer service, display, Finnmark, flying, Fuji, Fujifilm, gallery, Honningsvag, jumbo, Jumbo jet, Norge, Norway, Norwegen, shop, shops, Singapore Airways, SQ, Switzerland, TNT, transport, ZRH, Zurich | Leave a comment