Checked out at 6.30, packed up the car and on the road by 6.40 to Faro airport
Saw the best sunrise ever as we drove East, the sun was a bright red ball as it rose, Michael said it was worth getting up early for it
Got to drop the car off in exactly an hour, trouble was no one to receive it. Both desperate for the toilet so we took the luggage across to the airport and went there. Checked out the desks and ours isn't even open yet, Michael left me to wait for desk number and went back to see if anyone at the car hire place to take car keys back
Wouldn't mind, airport was empty when we got here, now 3 bus loads have arrived and no one knows which desk to go to. Still no one at car hire desk so Michael left the keys with another car hire firm adjacent.
Confusion like the day we arrived here.
Then desks opened and there was this mad dash for desks 41-37 queued up for ten minutes at gate 40, half way up the queued someone behind a desk starts shouting that if you already have been checked in on line and have a boarding card go to gate 38, ( Michael had ) I made a quick shifty change and Michael followed we were 4th in the queue, it took the guy another ten minutes to open up before he got his sign up for bag drop, and another fifteen before we dropped our cases off, the queue behind us was longer than all the other desk queues, then we had to join another big snaking around the airport queue to get in a queue to go through security. Finally got through and sat down for a coffe in Costa's at 8.55 well I did Michael had to join the long queue for the drinks.
Good play area for children.
By the time Michael got back with the drinks our gate number came up
Another big long queue to join now for passport control, and it just gets better, join the queue for electronic passports only 3 working no one to help then down to 1, lots of people getting tetchy saying their flights have been called and try queue jumping, this airport is a joke. after 20 minutes we just push to the front of the ordinary passport control saying they are calling our flight, got through that part then have to queue for a bus to get to the plane, and it's a lovely sunny day!
Finally board plane at 10.am and have to wait for the poor souls still trying to get through passport control.
Lots of leg room, then realised we are in the emergency exit seats. Late taking off push back was 10 30, taxied and took off at 10.40am
Only up half hour and it got very bumpy, too bumpy to read it only lasted about 10 mins so catering was late starting. £10 for 2 teas and 2 kitkats. As its only another hour and s half we declined
Landed at 13.15pm
1.30 waiting for bags nothing moving because we got through border control so quick.
Nearly 2pm before we got our bags, got a cab back to the holiday inn where we left the car, only a five minute journey
Both so thirsty and Michael has a headache, so we stopped for a cup of tea at holiday inn
Left for Sams 2.25Got to Sams just before 3.pm and watched QPR v Chelsea second half.
Chelsea won in the dying minutes
Sat chatting and catching up, watched next football match Man City v Man Utd
And Simon cooked us a nice roast dinner
Left Sams at 6.15
Traffic a nightmare every route we took
After a quick pitstop at clacketts got home at 9.30, both shattered.
Made a cup of tea spoke to sienna on face time, caught up on the post, went to bed just after 10.pm