I welcome you for my first FR in English! I'm only 16 and I'm learning this language, so I hope you will not mention my mistakes.
Today, I have a treat for you (which goes with the FR - to reflect my feeling when I took this flight). Sit comfortably, open the youtube link in a new tab and relax. :D
I went in Ireland during my Easter journey in order to improve my speaking. I really had loved Dublin 6 months ago when I was with my family. I had reported my flights in French (also with FR). I booked lessons and a host family for two weeks. (For those who are interested in, I chose EF as school -and I found that it was a good choice, even if they're more expensive than the others-. If you want more details about it, ask me in the comms.)
Before the search, I had some points to look after: -I had exact days -I had a 20kg checked baggage -I wanted the cheapest flight possible -And I wanted comfortable flights (with maybe a stop but no at 6am or at midnight.
Ok, there were many points but I finally found that flight… a FR with 190e price!! Aer Lingus was at 200 and with inconvenient flights. I looked also for other companies (I think I tried every single European company) but nothing was better than FR. In another point, I booked the flight only 3 weeks before and in middle season.
So, let's begin. Do you like the music? (I hope you do.) I chose this one because it gives me the feeling of being completely free. It was my very first experience where I was by my own in another country that my parents. It was also the first time I took the plane alone. I loved it and afterwards I still say that this was the best thing I've ever lived until now.
I knew that CRL is an airport in which I don't have anything to do, so I arrived without many expectations about the place. I think the airport is just like Charleroi (the city): ''the most depressing place on earth'' (Belgian joke). In the entrance, we can see a roundabout with the translations of smile, fly, love, imagine… I'm pretty sure that it's to prepare people to the city. :P
That's the entrance of the building. Take care if you came in Belgium that CRL is (also) called Bruxelles-Sud. Whatever, even if it's 30 km far from Brussels, it's quite easy to access and the travel in coach is only 5e. (There's no rail station but only coaches, bus and taxis.)
In another point, it's quite easy to take plane form here: there's only one terminal which is well marked. Here, the baggage check.
As you can see, today is Easter which means less people and a pink rabbit as decoration. I found this pleasant and smart from the airport which wants (like FR by the way) be friendlier with its travelers.
CRL is a secondary-hub of FR which explain the number of FR flights. There's also some flights to Eastern Europe with Wizzair (W6) -my first FR- and sometimes with Pegasus and Transavia.
The departure and arrival are in the same corridor. There are just in the two extremities of it with shops in the middle.
Once I passed the police, I arrived here. There is a little duty-free, a market and a Leffe pub with a view on the runway. The water and the food are really expensive and I found that it's better to buy a bottle of water on duty-free (1e30) that in the market (2e60) or from the vending machine (2e60) - for the same volume (0,5L).
I didn't look for the food but it seems that it's better to eat before the flight that in the airport (as everybody know)… (-except for The Lounge in CDG haha)
What about the architecture? It's completely the same that in the entrance hall: a long hall (with gates and chairs). There is also a child-corner but it may be paying.
In the same view of wish of being friendlier, they bought a piano which is free to play. There are also some sheets for people who don't know any song by heart.
I was badly impressed by the toilets because of two points: -there wasn't paper anymore -they installed a Dyson tap which gives water and dries the hands but when it's supposed to give water, it dries and then he project water and foam everywhere (from the mirror to the user's shirt).
When I saw this, I understood that people are more sensible to the para-Olympics games that to the animals.
Also, another advice: if you have to go off the Schengen-space, you'll have to pass the ID check and you'll wait somewhere where there is only one single shop which can be closed (as it was when I was there). Buy all you need before passing this gate.
The priorities were respected during the check-in and we went in the plane. Our today bird is called EL-DWE. Also, as you can see, CRL is neither against spotting nor free-spotting. The flight was full and FR allowed to put our hand baggage in the hold. I decided to keep it with me but it was a gentle suggestion.
Check-in and installation on the seat. I confirmed the schedule four days ago and I was happy when I discovered that I had a window seat as I wanted.
As I had said before in my 3rd FR, I really don't understand why people are so badly astonished by the pitch: I'm 1m87 and I had 1cm free until the next chair. It's enough for an as small flight! (Ok, for the price I paid, I was able to found better but I didn't had the choice I remember).
Also, I don't understand why people speak about the numerous ads in the cabin; because I think there's no so many. They put some classic music before the take-off that can calm down people who are frightened by planes.
Bye-bye Belgium! Next stop: Dublin :D
Some little planes from the BFS (Belgian Flight School).
Take off in the late after-noon.
The first minutes of the flight and Brussels.
Above London: clouds.
Some English mountains between London and Liverpool with the light from the close sunset.
The Man Island.
Some clouds above the Man ‘sea,a picture of Phoenix Park and Dublin's centre.
Next to the airport.
Landing and parking with the sunset and some other planes.
The engines are still hot.
Dublin, I'm back!
Goodbye old sport.
The water here is cheaper… but only in the airport. In Ireland, the bottle of water is as expensive as Coke but the tap water is free. However, the Irish government voted a law to sell the water and people did strikes because of it. Every single Irish that I met was against this law…
So, I went through this exit until the huge baggage claim area and took my luggage.
I’m fond of milkshakes… And AMT do one of the best I've ever drunk. I had one in my town but it closed when Starbuck opened. I was extremely happy to found it here. PS: do not try the ones from Starbuck: there're not tasty at all!!!
Once I had my large banana milkshake, I took a taxi to my host home (not so easy to take the coach with a huge luggage…). I arrived at the terminal 1 and behind taxis, we can see the second and new one.
Thank you very much that you’ve read my FR and I want also to thank all people who tried to give me an as great journey as it's possible, even if they'll not read this (my host family, EF staff, kind Irish people that I met, my parents, …)
In bonus, there are some beautiful pictures from Dublin. I was really lucky: during 2 weeks I had only blue sky with a big warm sun and with some clouds in the worst moments!!! :D
Brussels - CRL
Dublin - DUB
My feelings: there was a smooth flight in a fantastic plane with a compagny that I like to a destination which I over-love. The single bad thing that I can say is about the price but I had no choise. By an other side, I had an AMT milkshake and a formidable journey so I'm able to forgive the price (even if it's completly subjective as thinking). :D
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