Next back-blog ;) while it’s still sorta fresh in my mind, is our trip back from Lyon with two kids.
Lucky for me, my husband is coming with me this time, so I definitely need less planning and could let him help with extra carry ons :P yes, I love you darling, I know you’re reading this!
We took Emirates this time and was mighty surprise by the wonderful treats they have for the kids.
Both kids got welcome gifts of some monsters magnetic drawing boards, a sleeping kit containing toothbrush and sleep mask (with funny drawings on), a Dr. Seuss book and a wonderful colorful blanket, rolled and hugged by cute monsters.
Seeing the blanket and cuddly monsters, my girl decided to get naked right away, and asked for her pajamas. She did stick the ‘do not disturb’ stickers all over her belly first and show it off to all steward and stewardess ;)
Once we settled in, they came and took our pictures with Polaroids. What a fun way to begin a long journey!
Service was then a little bit slow… Always with a smile and friendliness but almost seemed like they were unorganized ;)
Unfortunately this means that my baby girl had been sleeping a little bit too long in my arms since take off. So… she was awake as soon as I put her in the bassinet. Because she has had just enough nap, she decided not to sleep the whole flight! Sigh… She did end up gaining an extra monster though, because she kept saying hello to the steward and stewardess behind.
Son, on the other hand, calmly played with his goodie bag, starting with some labyrinth and dot-to-dot activities. Then he had three seats to his own behind us, and he slept all the way!
Arriving in Dubai, after 4,5 hours of keeping the little (monster) girl entertained, I was tempted to use our 3 hour stop over for a massage or salon treatment, just because… Unfortunately, though mentioned in all information boards, no salons were installed at the airport at that moment :(
There was also a small ‘box’ containing a bed with access to public shower. It’s cheap, only USD 18 per hour… But I wasn’t sure how clean it would be (though I was really half dreaming about laying in a bed - any flat surface, really!) and their brochure looks sleazy :P
So instead we had coffee and I played Ninja Turtles with my son on iPad… while dear daughter decided to finally sleep! Also a plus, Dubai airport provides free strollers for babies, available almost everywhere in the airport.
Now the flight to Singapore was tiring in it’s own way. Daughter decided to sleep, but only in my arms - won’t sleep in husbands arms or bassinet - just me. Sigh…
Son was soon asleep again ;) he’s such a perfect traveller!
Anyway, I decided to just watch movies, since it’s kinda impossible to sleep while being a living cradle. I got to watch Warm Bodies (really fun Romeo and Juliet zombie apocalypse story), Oz the Great (okay and entertaining) and Mama (sad ghost story, but not as good nor scary as I expected). Wish I had time for a cartoon about aliens, but we finally arrived in Singapore! Who’s complaining. I can finally sleep!!
We arrive at 6pm Singapore time and checked in directly in Crowne Plaza airport hotel. This hotel is nice and cozy with a great pool under by many tropical trees. Unfortunately their food is not as good.
Anyway, I ordered dinner so our body will adjust to the new time. After dinner and a good bath, everybody sleeps!! Except that at 4am, lady night owl decided to wake up…
At least she’s really not over tired and cranky like on the trip to France…
So at 6am everybody ended up wide awake and having breakfast! Wow, I haven’t had 6am breakkie in years!!
The fun thing was, we all went back to sleep after breakfast and was so tired we almost missed our flight back!! Luckily it’s close to check out time so the hotel called us (to kick us out, really) and we all rush like chickens chased by a fox!! And yes, luckily our hotel is just 5 minutes from the check in gate.
So there you go, a tiring but pretty fun trip as a family, and we finally all arrived in Jakarta safe and sound ;) and very sleepy - okay, just me, everyone else slept in the plane!!