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returning to the apartment from the
Back to the Apartment
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Master Bedroom and Bathroom
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We took a break around dinnertime and ate at the justifiably well-reviewed Baffetto Pizzeria up the street.
Bob and Nella, Full of Good Pizza
We got a good night’s sleep and ate as much of the remaining breakfast food as we could the next morning. We took out the remaining food and the last of the trash.
Packed and Ready to Go
We left the apartment key
as we’d been instructed, exited the apartment and rode the little elevator back
down to the ground floor. We took the
door out to Via del Governo Vecchio for the last time and dragged our luggage
down the street to Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, where we’d noticed a taxi stand
on our previous adventures. We boarded a
taxi and had an uneventful ride back to the
visions of spending the rest of our natural lives in
hanging around the gate for a long time (and watching a couple of on-schedule
flights use it in the interim), we finally got a plane and took off for
Provisioning the Plane
The plane was faster than expected, but not fast enough, as the flight to LA had already taken off by the time we landed. We claimed our luggage and went through Canadian customs and were given meal vouchers for dinner and breakfast, to be redeemed at the Four Points Hotel near the airport. To get to the hotel, we needed to catch a shuttle bus at a specific numbered bus stop. We headed for the stop and noticed a crowd of about 50 people clustered around it. A shuttle bus was there too, but it was just leaving. As we waited for the next shuttle, we noticed that some of the people looked familiar. Apparently they’d been on our flight and were in the same predicament as us, and all of us were being sent to the same hotel. The next shuttle was a long time in coming, and we wandered down the curb twenty feet or so, just to be out of the crowd. After about a half hour a shuttle bus pulled up and stopped directly in front of us, rather that where the bulk of the crowd was. We got in. As it turned out, this was a good decision, as this was the only shuttle to the hotel, and it could only hold about ten people at a time. The round trip took so long because even though the hotel was near the airport, the shuttle had to circle around most of the airport to get to it from the pick-up point. Some more mental arithmetic told us that some of the crowd at the curb would be waiting for more than two hours to get on the shuttle. But not us.
returned to our hotel rooms and started wondering if we could change our flight
to LA to a later one, so we could eat breakfast and not be so rushed. We called Air
Hotel Room View
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Pearson International Airport
In the morning we went down to the dining room (in the same clothes as the day before) and saw that they had a nice-looking breakfast buffet. We presented our vouchers and were told that they didn’t cover the cost of the buffet, and that we’d either have to pay extra or order a la carte. We grumbled that we hadn’t been able to use our dinner vouchers, and now we had to pay extra for breakfast, at which they brightened up and said they’d be happy to take the two vouchers to cover the cost of the buffet. We took them up on this, and buffet was quite good.
Nella at Breakfast
Bob at Breakfast
It occurred to us later that the hotel had fed us one meal and charged the airline for two, which would explain their sudden fit of hospitality, but we were beyond caring by that time. As most of the guests had caught an early shuttle, the bus was sitting out in front of the hotel when we were ready to leave, and we were the only passengers.
Connie and Philip at Airport
Connie's Hotel Review
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Nella at the Gate
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The check-in and the flight were uneventful
after that, and we were very happy to see
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