Thursday, July 26, 2012

Farewell Brazil.........HELLO USA!

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow - Lin Yutang

We left Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and are finally returning to the United States. We flew on Tam  Airlines, which is the largest airline in Brazil and which just a couple of weeks ago merged with Lan Airlines, the largest airline in South America, to create LATAM Airlines, which will be one of the largest airlines in the world. The first class cabin was  comfortable, the service and food and beverage selection was good but could not compare to that of ANA (Japan), Singapore Airlines, Swiss Air or Lufthansa. The flight was a bit turbulent as the east coast of the United States had been experiencing very strong storms after the extreme heat wave. We arrived at JFK in New York at about 9:00 am after the 11 hour flight. Not much jet lag since Rio is only a one hour time difference from New York but did not sleep much on the plane (even though the seat opened into a full length bed) so need to rest a bit!

 Ashley in the smallest international first class cabin I have seen-only 4 seats

                                              The comfortable seat
The nice large screen and good in-flight entertainment selection of  movies, television shows, games and music

The seat has a small companion seat in front  (good for eating with your companions)which later serves as part of the bed

The menu

The first course- shrimp with mango chutney

Next- lemon sorbet to refresh the taste buds

The main course of roasted lamb with rice, peas and grilled vegetables

An after dinner cheese fruit and crackers selection

The dessert tray- ice cream, double chocolate mousse and fresh fruit

And the winner is - I had to fill that sweet, salty craving

The bed is made (complete with duvet) but don't know how much sleep I will get

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