They say jet-lag depends on the number of time zones crossed and not length of flight. Well, after 26 hours, the whole flight from Sydney to Thailand to Dubai to London was a blur… I watched all the latest movies (including a new find which I loved –The Ramen Girl, starring Brittany Murphy), played multi-player games, fell asleep, woke up and ate, and then fell asleep again.
It has taken me a week to get over the jet-lag, so finally, here are the first photos of this 32 day eating extravaganza to Europe.
Shortly after take off, we were served drinks and biscuits. The salty crispiness of the biscuits were addictive, and they looked adorable too, like miniature baguettes.
House white wine and biscuits
Lunch was a hot smoked salmon salad, seasonal salad with dressing, New York cheesecake, cheese and biscuits, chocolate and a choice of grilled steak with tomato ragout, broccoli sprouts and baked fries or pesto tortellini topped with a rich three cheese cream sauce, roasted capsicum relish and steamed broccolli. The steak was too well done to be tender but the cheese sauce on the tortellini was creamy and warm.
Dinner of hot smoked salmon, seasonal salad, beef steak, New York cheesecake, cheese and biscuits, water and chocolate
Dinner alternative with pesto tortellini
Falling asleep was easy thanks to Emirate’s installations of twinkling stars on the ceilling panels.
Starry night sky inflight on Emirates
In between Bangkok and Dubai, we were served our first breakfast of orange juice, fruit, croissant and a choice of Spanish omelette with roasted cherry tomatoes, blanced sugar snap peas and sauteed potatoes or wok-fried noodles with chicken and seasonal Asian vegetables.
I had the omelette which was rather bland in contrast to Zen’s stir-fried noodles.
Breakfast of orange juice, fresh seasonal fruit, spanish omelette and croissant
Breakfast alternative with stir-fried egg noodles
Dubai to London, we were served our next breakfast. This time, the continental breakfast included a freshly baked and still warm croissant, a muffin and fruit salad. Refreshing!
Continental breakfast of fresh seasonal fruit, croissant and muffin
Lunch was a choice of country style chicken casserole with buttered gnocchi (which unfortunately ran out), lamb curry cooked in a medley of spices, served with vegetable rice and garnished with fried cashew nuts and onions and spinach and ricotta ravioli tossed in a creamy and chunky fresh basil and tomato sauce.
The lamb curry was surprisingly spicy and the fried onions made the meal slightly more authentic.
Lunch of salmon and vegetable terrine, seasonal salad, lamb curry, dessert of green apple and almond dream, cheese and biscuits and chocolate
An hour stopover at Dubai provided an opportunity to admire the amazing architecture of the airport and city. I can’t wait until the last days of this trip where I’ll be spending a few nights in this city.
Inside Dubai Airport
An aerial view of Dubai was even more fascinating. The fortress-type houses, dry desert and similarity of buildings was unfamiliar and strange.
Aerial view of Dubai
And an aerial view of London was spectacular. Spot the London Eye and other popular monuments in the below photo.
Aerial view of London
Inflight camera of landing at London airport
Stay tuned for more