Chauncey my pilot reports some silly engine warning light going off in the Bombardier cockpit as we flew over the Alps. Must land for repairs in Zurich - An unexpected layover; one which I am determined to make serendipitous.
@Sgee, would YOU leave that airport for ‘only’ a six hour layover? I’m overly cautious due to almost not making a flight out of Rio - security was a nightmare and they actually (thankfully) were paging us while we were in a line for easily an hour. Call me a ‘travel weenie’
And they always do that? Hmm. I think you may be someone I wouldn’t like to be on an airplane with. I find large international airports to have a plethora of decent to VERY good eats. I also don’t find every meal to be anything more than “fuel.” Oh, and when you leave an airport, is it always for food. Or perhaps a great art exhibit or the like?
One of the best side trips I ever had was when my husband and I had a four hour (6?) layover (in the early am!) in New Orleans. We’d never been there so, we left the airport, grabbed a cab, had coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde and then walked around the deserted French quarter at 7am. It was incredible, just us and the ghosts.
Then we grabbed another cab, got back to the airport in time - and were very very happy.
Oh - heres a great airline story (wish I could take credit but, it’s not mine.)
Friend of mine was working a gig overseas. The job wrapped, she started the flights to get home - and ended up being grounded in France (mechanical difficulties). Finally the flight was fully cancelled and folks were sent to a hotel. (It’s night time by now.) She grabbed a few other folks from the flight, hailed a cab - and headed to Paris. They had a fabulous late night dinner, toured the city, then got back to their hotel I think 3amish. Made it out on the rescheduled flight the next day.
I bow to her strength, resourcefulness and sense of joy.