It was a very long trip, indeed maybe even longer than my journey to Kota Kinabalu. The draft of this post was written a bit more than 24 hours after arrival and already then I could say the long and tiring flight was worth the trouble.
My journey started with a 15 minute drive by car and 45 minutes by train. This is the same as commuting to work, but this time I took one train earlier so I wouldn’t miss my connecting train in case of delay. Usually I like travelling by high-speed train ICE, but this time some very annoying Lufthansa stewardess or pilot added some sour note to the train journey. Some people just can’t behave – and in certain trains it’s highly recommended to reserve a seat, otherwise you have to accept the consequences.
Even if I often travel on business from Frankfurt Airport. It was my first inter-continental flight from there. Being used to Swiss efficiency at Zurich Airport the handling and long, complicated walkways at Frankfurt were quite bad. I nevertheless made it in time to the gate:
And Air Canada’s Boeing 767-300 ER was already almost ready for boarding:
and about half an hour later:
The flight was great, even if the map function of on board entertainment didn’t work I was able to identify some places I saw from my window seat:
It was really a quality flight with Air Canada. Totally three meals or snacks were served and the main dish was quite tasty – even if it didn’t look that way:
Immigration and border controls at Ottawa Airport took almost two hours. I really wonder why these things take never more than 15 minutes at Changi Airport in Singapore. Of course I was asked the same questions twice and had to show and explain my whole travel documents twice. Maybe they thought I’m going to turn into a Toronto G20 hooligan?
The connecting flight from Ottawa to Québec was in a small Dash 8, which remembered me somehow of my Borneo flights with MasWings. The flight offered some great views of Canada’s capital Ottawa, but I fell asleep quickly after snack and coffee were served.
It was a long, but decent journey. And I just arrived 15 minutes before my bed & breakfast in Québec Old town closed.
The final time line of my journey (in CEST):
car: 7:05 – 7:20
train: 7:30 – 8:15
train: 8:55 – 10:25
train: 10:35 – 11:05
flight (Frankfurt-Ottawa): 13:40 – 21:30
flight (Ottawa-Québec): 01:00 – 02:00
taxi: 02:30 – 02:45
Note: This post was written before my trip to Canada and Québec back in 2010 and just slightly modified for my new blog.