Day 1 - Arrival in Calgary, Alberta
Today, the four of us, finally leave for Canada and we are really looking forward to this trip. The taxi picks us up very early in the morning and drives to Nathalie’s parents (Lucien and Sofie, abbreviated: LuSo) to pick them up. On our way to the airport we start worrying…it seems that our driver is almost falling asleep behind the wheel and Lucien just keeps talking to him in order to keep him awake… sounds promising!
Once we arrive safely at the airport in Zaventem, we check in which goes very well. Also at the customs it all goes very well but apparently the inspection of the hand-luggage is much more rigid (a few weeks ago Zaventem had a very bad report regarding hand-luggage inspection and now they want to make up for this). You have to take off your shoes, belts, luggage is checked and Lucien and Patrick are being body-searched! They are fine and we can move on.
So first our flight to London Heathrow and then the longer flight to Canada with Air Canada which afterwards seems to be an extremely good company.
We leave around 9.55am from Zaventem and fly to Heathrow. We adjust our watches to the local time (-1h).
British Airways is, as we already knew, really not recommendable, the staff is unfriendly at the airport as well as on the plane where Nathalie has almost immediately a ‘collision’ with a flight attendant who just throws someone else’s huge hand luggage on top of hers in the overhead compartment and keeps wringing it against ours which is filled with photo equipment!
After about 75 minutes we arrive in Heathrow without any problems. After all the goings-on we leave at 1.15pm for Canada with Air Canada which, as previously mentioned, is very good, friendly staff, good food (at least for a flight) and especially lots of legroom and each has its own TV screen with a choice of more than 20 movies so enough to keep us busy. Again we adjust our watches and turn back the time with 7 hours, local time in Calgary AB.
Daytrip approx. 14 km