Flyday Friday – Das airport toilets Herren und Damen

I feel I know Franz J Strauss better now than my own wife.

Having spent a good bit of time with him on four visits to his airport in the last couple of weeks.

Franz J is not from the illustrious musical Strausses, the elder of whom gave his name to Vienna Airport.

He was in fact a former President of Bavaria.

And were he alive today I’d want to ask him why men have to walk down three flights of stairs beside Gate B15 to get to the loo.

Hopping on one leg

While the women’s lav is on the same level.

You see it’s just that I don’t want to be caught with my pants down running up the steps.

To try to catch my connecting flight…


I’ve flown Lufthansa http://www.lufthansa.com out from Dublin and then Lufthansa operating with Aegean.

Or I should have done had I not missed that connection and, luckily thanks to Dani, was given a later connection when I missed that.

Then Ryanair http://www.ryanair.com out now and Aer Lingus http://www.aerlingus.com back.

Choose from these or any other major airline. I’m trying to complete the set. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/08/01/hungry-and-thursday-the-munich-beerfest/

Dublin or Dubai?

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Talking of our national airline carrier… they want to fly out for less.

Pitching their latest offer as ‘From Madrid to Munich, Malaga to Manchester, you can save up to 30% on winter flights’ got me thinking about being in two places at once.

Apart from the fact that I struggle to be in one place at once.

But while I was away in Austria I could have been in Dubai where I was invited to or Madrid which also cam my way.

Neither of which I have visited but hope to for different reasons.

In fact I very nearly did find myself in the queue for Dubai… those pesky abbreviations.

Qatar’s the star… and Sydney too

Opera in the buff. Photo by Mudassir Ali on Pexels.com

All the Middle Eastern airways will fly you out there to that metropolis and further afield such as Australasia.

Now you won’t see it in this picture but my mate Fugee lives next door to the Sydney Opera House.

Fugee, or Ian as he was my Sports Editor (no, it was actually pretty much always Fufee) was the best manager I’ve ever had.

On account of him pushing me to get on the slippery career ladder. Before the bloody thing was pulled away from me a couple of months ago.

Heck, every cloud and all that and that’s why you’re reading these tales now.

Anyhoos, Qatar Airways http://www.qatarairways.com will fly you to Sydney for £733pp.

Now Qatar has been on our radar because Scotland are going to be there for the World Cup in three years time!

Remember Saturdays are This Sporting Weekend in your all-action Travel blog so make sure you’re there when the whistle blows….

https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/09/28/sporting-weekend-helping-you-over-the-line/. And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/09/07/this-sporting-weekend-internationals/

Ryanair flyin’ there

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Of course it’s not just Ryanair who do red eyes but you’ll find the best fares bang in the middle of the morning so if you can handle not having any sleep.

Ryanair has up to €30 off return flights on a half a million sets to a bunch of destinations.

Including Athens from €14.99.

I’d have fancied that a couple of weeks ago instead of being stuck in Munich airport!

The offer is for travel, October to May 2020. The offer ends Midnight on Sunday.



This Sporting Weekend – Internationals

I first learned about the world through watching sport – World Cups, Olympics, the golf.

The planet always gets a little bit smaller when your country is facing Kazakhstan in the footie.

Or your rugby team tries for the umpteenth time to beat New Zealand.

While the cricketers are ducking out of the way of a West Indian fast bowler or having their blood twisted by a Sri Lankan spinner.

Or your runners are trying to chase down a Kenyan or an Ethiopian.

It, of course, prompts an interest in those countries particularly if you then talk to the fans who have been there.

Or the pre-competition build-up shows you the sites.

Football and cricket: In the Maldives

International sport follows a calendar as predictable as the sun and moon.

And thank the heavens it does, and we often choose to settle our differences on the field of play rather than on the battlefield.

This weekend on the calendar has been international week in European football where our nations aim to qualify for the European Championships.

And Scotland lose. This time to Russia.

The contact came prior to the match, just as it always does from the Son and Heir.

I guess he still wants to make sure I’ll keep my promise of taking him to a major championship when Scotland qualify.

Irie: It’s rum time and cricket in Barbados

Of course at 23 he is too young for that ever having been a consideration.

And so I have found my sport where I could find it. Playing football and cricket with the Sri Lankan staff in the Maldives https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/08/12/atoll-tale-the-maldives/.

Or watching the cricket in Barbados https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/my-kiss-with-rihanna/. Of course, it’s always better when you’ve got a rum in your hands.

Play and pray

I’ve always believed the best way to find out about a country and its people is by going to where the play and pray.

But seeing this is the day that God made for sport and tomorrow is the Sabbath let’s stick with the sport for now.

Slam dunk: In Memphis

America has its Big Four, baseball, basketball, ice hockey and American Football and I love to clue in on them when I’m in the good ole’ US of A.

Here I am above in Memphis where the Grizzlies play https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/, https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-story-of-the-blues/.

Taking the Mickey: With the Angels in Anaheim

And outside the California Angels baseball park in Anaheim with their most famous local https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/22/my-weekend-with-marilyn/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/stair-wars-3/.

Alas the Angels did not play their part in the bargain by losing to Oakland when I went to see them.

They could have done with this fella, who honed his skills in the Washington Capitals’ stadium https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/home/easy-dc-2/.

A swing and a hit: At Washington’s ground

Anaheim boasts the team with the best name of all, the Ducks. Though don’t for one minute call him Donald.

He’s Wild Wing, and believe me he has a wild look in is eye. Needed for that sport.

Duck: Me and Wild Wing in Anaheim

So whatever sport you follow, it’s the taking part, not the winning, that matters.

And if you believe that then you need to get out and watch more sport.

Now I’m away to book my tickets for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. And I will check out the country beforehand http://www.visitqatar.qa and its airline carrier which I know and recommend http://www.qatarairways.com.

The European Championships… yes, I’ll watch them and follow my second favourite team. The one that is playing England!