In order to get to my destination to spend time with the family for the holidays I had to travel through three different airports. Being from New York, I started out in LaGuardia Airport and I changed planes in Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International airport and reached my destination – Memphis International airport in what is normally a two and a half to three-hour flight to five and half to six hours. I decided for my last post of 2016 to blog about my journey home and the airports I became acquainted with.
My journey started out with the ride to the airport in a Uber taxi, something I had never done before. My first experience was a positive one, it was actually kind of cool because the driver was someone who I kind of knew, so that made it a little easier for me.
The next leg of my journey was the dreaded check-in/security screen, you know the part where you basically undress (partially anyway). I am standing there thinking maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to wear those new boots. It took forever for me to get them off.
Now on to the next phase, satisfying my appetite. The food court offers a variety of foods. I had a sandwich, fries and a drink and it came to almost twenty dollars and that wasn’t even a sit down restaurant, I can only imagine what it is like to travel with children especially young ones, you could spend a fortune in the airport before you get to your destination.
The wi-fi at this airport was free for 30 minutes, then after that you had to pay $4.95 an hour.
I thought this was a nice touch in adding to the holiday season – free eggnog
I arrived in Atlanta safe, not looking forward to that two hour lay-over, but surprisingly the time flew by, before I knew it was time to board for Memphis. One of the reasons was because Atlanta airport had a lot going on.
The wi-fi at this airport was free, no strings attached.
I really liked the live holiday music, it made the trip just that more enjoyable.
I had to catch the train to my terminal, it wasn’t too bad.
On my way to my terminal this caught my eye.
As I viewed this display I had a moment or two of reflection about how time changes things and as we move forward into 2017 we must do so in a positive way.
I had a wonderful time at home while visiting my family. It also gave me an opportunity to spend time with my many nieces and nephews.
Growing up, I used to love listening to the sound of the church bells every Sunday morning, ringing throughout the town, for some reason it gave out a feeling of togetherness in the community.
On my return trip home I was able to get a little more acquainted with the Memphis airport, there was free wi-fi. It was a relatively quiet airport.
Graceland Mansion was home to the rock and roll icon – Elvis Presley and now serves as a museum.
On the trip back to New York there was a slight glitch in the schedule, instead of flying to Atlanta for my connection, I was rerouted thru Detroit Airport with a three-hour lay-over, but it was not as painful as I thought it would be.
There was a nice selection of places to eat, free wi-fi
and certainly much to see,
including a Tram to get you to your gate on time and a self-playing piano in the food court area.
But there was one thing that I notice is becoming more and more prominent in the airports, an area designated for Veterans who are traveling, a nice way to sort of pay a tribute or honor to them for their service.
So there you have it, six airports to get to my loved ones, but let me tell you it was
worth every penny, frustration and time and I can’t wait to do it again. Happy 2017.