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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Nonstop: JFK/Athens

“Get use to it... you’re back to work,” my captain said, a little over 21 hours ago in New York. It was a hurry up and wait sort of day while we attempted to solve a booking problem at the gate, logbook confusion in the flight deck, and an hour taxi for departure. Welcome to New York! Thanks to the outstanding teamwork the departure was a success.

Taxing JFK

Good bye New York and Hello Athens!

Today the captain flew the plane, and all that stuff we did for 11 hours enroute… Just like in Vegas, “What happens in the cockpit stays in the cockpit.” At least for tonight…top secret stuff tomorrow.

Man Made of Stacked Pieces of Glass

The day was warm, the sun bright and my flight crew, I, and three of our flight attendants decided to take to the streets. Forsaking sleep, our feet, and perhaps our sanity… we pressed on and walked to Acropolis!

Hadrian's Arch

Tonight pictures will have to speak louder than words… I have been awake for too long and my words are lost.


Sann, Karlene and David ... Parthenon

Temple of Olympian Zeus
Erechtheum: Temple on North side of Acropolis

Roman Bath

A bath is where I am headed. Tomorrow is my leg back to New York, and I will be flying the remainder of the trip...the best thing about OE is I get all the legs. Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy the Journey!

~ Karlene


  1. All the REST of the legs... :) You still look good after 26 hours!! Maybe a little

  2. Thanks Kathy! Oh yeah... moisturizing! And smile on the legs too! Now...just need to fix it so the other guys do the walkaround in the rain for me. :)

  3. Wow Karlene, these pictures are fantastic! Thanks for sharing them with us. I'm glad you got to see at least a bit of Athens while you were there!

  4. Thank you Heather... and I found you a couple Muses too!


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