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From a Window Seat - YYC to YYZ

When I'm flying, I usually prefer a window seat.I can put my head against the cabin wall and sleep easily. Plus I don't have any stray limbs banged by food/beverage carts. On a clear day, I enjoy looking at the land forms below and if they're really interesting, I'll grab my phone and take a photo. A fun game, for me, is to then identify the feature. Sometimes this is dead easy and other times it can be frustrating*.

*One big frustration is the new iPhone High Efficiency Image File Format (.heic) which is a great format but it currently doesn't play well with others. I use Squarespace and currently like to use their IOS app as it lets me blog during free moments. However the image format issue was a speed bump. Enhancing life seems to require a series of hacks and kludges these days.

Florence!

In retrospect, having a Business class lounge at a temperature 3-4 degrees hotter than the rest of the airport is unnecessarily cruel. 

 Don’t cross streams!

Don’t cross streams!

Our flight was delayed about an hour so we had less than 2 hours  

 Meander of the Po and  Isola Serafini .

Meander of the Po and Isola Serafini.

 View of Florence from the plane.

View of Florence from the plane.

 Hotel Lobby

Hotel Lobby

We landed in Florence close to 3PM and we had a food tour scheduled at 5PM. Just enough time to fetch bags, taxi to the hotel, shower, and walk to Piazza della Signoria for the start of the tour. 

Up in the Air Photos #1

I love looking out airplane windows and while an aisle seat has a few alleged advantages, I usually nap and get dinged by the beverage and food carts as they go up and down the aisle. So if it is a daytime flight,  I’m usually on the window. Today’s flight flew over Alberta, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas before entering Mexican airspace  

  

 Pakowki Lake, Alberta.

Pakowki Lake, Alberta.

The sky was hazy in Alberta due to forest  fires (but that smoke created an awesome red sunrise). 

 Mount Brown - Sweetgrass Hills.

Mount Brown - Sweetgrass Hills.

 Erosional headlands south of Milk River, Montana?

Erosional headlands south of Milk River, Montana?

 Texas oil field east of Ozona, Texas.

Texas oil field east of Ozona, Texas.

 Rio Grande and the Amistad International Reservoir.

Rio Grande and the Amistad International Reservoir.

 Inliers near Piedras Negras, Mexico.

Inliers near Piedras Negras, Mexico.

 Descent into Mexico City.

Descent into Mexico City.

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