Today was our last day in The Maldives, and it was going to be a long one!
We woke up to our last beautiful sunrise from our Villa. Then it was off to breakfast at Madi. I had the chocolate waffle again, and Steve had an omelette.
I tried to take a picture of the pool area just like the professional ones. With this angle you would think that I had one too many Mimosa’s! That was one thing that Como didn’t have that Gili did, champagne at breakfast. I have noticed in my travels that the further north you travel the earlier the drinking starts. When my darling daughter and I went to Scandinavia with her dance group I took detailed notes on the drinking. In Denmark I observed drinking at lunch. In Iceland the drinking was at breakfast!
Here is Steve giving me a worried look. He knows that I have plotting and scheming on my mind. I had noticed this couple at the resort. She was the most beautiful guest there. He was interesting. I had already told her that I thought she was quite beautiful. She reminded me of Megan Markle, but I knew that was impossible as he was no Prince Harry. Steve remarked to me “Are you pretending to take my picture?”
Well yes, I was. He reminded me of a movie star, I couldn’t remember who. Bradley something or other? I texted my girlfriends back home. They snorted back NO!
Scruffy beard was correct as was head angle. However ears stuck out too much. Oh well, maybe we’ll run into a movie star on our next vacation. We did run into Anthony Daniels who played C3PO from Star Wars in South America, however he was gone before I realized who he was!
After breakfast we went to the gym and then back to our villa for the final packing.
Goodbye fancier villas that we didn’t stay in .
Goodbye fish swimming near our jetty.
Packing all done, and final lounging under our sala we returned to Thia for lunch. This time I got the breadsticks without Steve’s fingers in the picture. Steve had the burger and fries. He told me to “Hurry up and take the picture” as he hates cold fries. As a result the picture was a little shaky.
I requested the Caesar salad with grilled fish and traditional dressing. I got the Green Goddess Avocado instead.
Now that almost looks like a professional picture!Now after lunch we went to pay our bill. Here is Reception totaling the damage. Ouch!
Steve admired the wall decorations. They were wood.
I don’t think that I showed you the 360 view from our deck. It was pretty awesome!
Here is Steve asking if I am done yet. “It’s time to go!”
Steve was ready to leave. Here he is pacing. Did you know that he can measure with his pacing? It’s a family trait.
Here we are with S and A. One last picture before we go home. The two of them were very lucky it was our last day together. I didn’t get a chance to ask all my questions.
1. Do the men’s head wear in the sheikh robes have any significance?
2. When do men wear the traditional robes or western street wear?
3. Which is better Emirates or Etihad first class?
4. Can I house sit your house in Malibu?
5. Oh my God! Is that a Hermes Birkin bag?
Well, of course I did ask the last question.
Here I am on the speed boat, holding the Birkin! S didn’t even ask me to wash my hands first! It took her 5 years on the list to get one! Lucky S!
Here is the staff waving us goodbye! Please come back again and spend your money with us!
We meet the boat and prepare to board the plane. You can tell who the pilot is can’t your? He is the one with no sandals on!
I grabbed the front seat. I wanted to see everything!
Here we all are on the plane. Steve looking happy, first leg of trip to commence. A is going me that look, “See if you can behave!”
Let’s take off shall we? Whee!
This map gives you an idea where The Maldives are located. Tourism is a big industry here! All the resorts have to have at least 50% of their employees as Maldivians.
We reached the airport and prepared for landing.
Maldivian Airlines Seaplanes at the dock. Unfortunately or fortunately for S and A their flight on Emirates was to depart before ours. After hugs goodbye, and a stern “Behave” from A, Steve and I waited in the lounge.
After two hours of waiting we got in the shuttle to head to the main airport.
I found it amazing how close the airport was to the ocean. This is on the access road.
Goodbye Male! That white building on the right is a cruise ship, not a building!
That must be A and S’s airplane! I am sure they are sitting in first class!
Here we are in the scrum waiting to go through the luggage x-ray. That must be a surfboard in the orange and black bag.
Now that’s what I call no line!
This was the lounge for business and first class. I only had a bottle of water. No reason to try some food and get ill on the way home. Smart I am!
Finally our flight was called for boarding!
A refreshing lemony mint drink with cool towel before lift off!
This would be the flight path for our trip to Qatar. We would leave around 8:20 and arrive in Male at 11:40 local time (really 1:40 Male time. I don’t even want to think what time it was Como time, that was an hour different from Male time.
Here is one of the flight attendants in one of their four wardrobe changes. I noticed their suitcases in JFK, they were really big!
These are only a few of the named atolls in The Maldives!
I had a glass of tea with my warm nuts.
I wanted to eat lightly during this long trip. I had the lentil soup.
The Arab Mezze plate.
Followed by the pasta. I only ate one. Too gloppy for me!
I even only had two bites of the dessert!
Almost there! A and S are probably in their own beds in Dubai, after going through their mail!
Steve noted this about the flight map. It would show the direction of Mecca, for those who wanted to pray.
We finally landed in Doha. This airport was hopping, even at 1 in the morning!
We boarded the flight at 1 something and waited for everyone else to board. Nothing like watching some champagne bubbles! My plan was to stay awake until 5 in the morning and then sleep as much as I could. The flight was to be 13 hours long and we would be landing at JFK at 7am local time. I wanted to adjust myself as soon as I could to east coast time. Something that is always hard to do.
Not sure what this was. Ah yes, breakfast. Scrambled eggs with chives. After a 10 hours flying you really don’t know what is going on.
Almost home! Look at all that ice on the JFK approach!
After an exceptionally long drive (never land at JFK during morning rush hour), we finally made it home. This is our side yard.
I will have one last post about the trip, giving Steve’s fishing accomplishments the coverage that they deserve!