Abu Dhabi to Paris in style
Apr 30, 2012
|After trying for weeks to wriggle into business class using my AMEX points, lo and behold, I find myself ensconced in it between Abu Dhabi and Paris. Bless Etihad Airways. I've already finished my second glass of mersault and am now progressing on to a bordeaux with my meal.
It all began when I presented my boarding pass at the gate and the attendant turned and said 'Mr Robert Baker'. I weakly agreed, sensing what might be about to happen. He then announced my business class seat and I waltzed on by as if to the manor born. (I'm trying to think about a corresponding fairy tale where the innate qualities of the hero/heroine is recognized and they are rewarded. However, all I can think of is Bottom in Midsummer Nights Dream! How deflating...)
Strangely, my first thoughts were rather churlish. I thought, it's quite nice but the plane's looking a bit shabby. What a silly boy. Talk about gift horses.
So, during this 7 hour flight I will be drinking:
Louis Latour Mersault 2006
Chateau Fontenil (Bordeaux) 2006
Domaine de Grange Neuve 2009
Braised lamb Provencale
And maybe there will be more yet.
Meanwhile, apart from imbibing the above, my feet are up, and I'm reading a new Robin Hobb fantasy novel on my iPad.