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The Marseille-Marignane Airport has changed its name to the Marseille Provence Airport or Aéroport de Marseille Provence.  That isn’t the only thing that has changed.  They have made some nice improvements in Terminal 1.  They have installed a Burger King, a Brioche Dorée and a Starbucks.  I like Starbucks coffee so I was happy.

As I mentioned, we were suppose to have left France on Tuesday, January 15th.  It didn’t work out because of a late flight from Belgium to Marseille that would have made us miss the Munich to San Francisco flight.  But Wednesday’s flight from Marseille to Munich left almost on time.  I had time for my Starbucks latte with soy milk and a quick .Latte

visit to the little shop on the main level

They now have a grocery store as well as a gift shop and newspaper/book store. I have to remember next time when we arrive that we can pick up milk, eggs and bread before driving home.

Upstairs in the departure area is a nice little duty free shop. I saw some goods there that I wouldn’t mind buying for our house in Provence. Here are some photos of the things they sell. IMG_1658 IMG_1661 IMG_1663 IMG_1664 IMG_1657 IMG_1659 IMG_1660 IMG_1662 IMG_1665

view southern alpsclose to Munichdecendingalmost there

It was snowing when we arrived at the airport in Munich. The time was 3:00 and our next flight was scheduled for departure at 4:00pm. That made me a bit nervous. I was assured that we would have plenty of time to make the plane. Luckily, there was no one at immigration so that was easy and we made it to the plane by 3:30.  We didn’t even have to run.

Once on the plane, the captain announced that the plane would need deicing. This was a first for me.  snow on the planeI looked up deicing on the internet and came up with this: http://www.aircraftdeicinginc.com “They are typically sprayed hot, directly onto the aircraft surfaces from a handheld or powered deicing sprayer, and remove frost, snow & ice by thermal action and by lowering the freezing point of the frozen layer.  If applied properly, not only will the frozen contaminates be removed from your aircraft, but the residual fluid will not refreeze upon takeoff. They will not harm your aircraft, and are biodegradable. “ In our case the fluid was orange which looked really weird.

Next, trucks arrived to clean the runway. As a result we didn’t take off until 5:00. We were parked and waiting one minute and then we must have gotten an ok to go because we made a left turn and took off.  I enjoyed the 2 meals and the 4 movies that I watched and 11 or so hours later we landed in San Francisco.

Jacques and I signed up for Global Entry last year so getting through immigration took maybe 10 minutes.  For once our suitcases came quickly and by 8pm we were home.

This was a good trip.  How was your last trip?