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Saturday, October 23, 2010

ZURICH TO NAIROBI

Swiss Air to Nairobi was a smooth seven hours.  It was late enough in the morning, so I had a Bloody Mary and expresso with some Hennessey in the Swiss Air Senator's Lounge.

The flight featured Lake Geneva cuisine of Lausanne and wines of the area.  It all started with a Brut Mosaique Champagne, which was fruity with citrus notes, and served with Ala moutarde de Dijon, or mustard flavored potato chips.

The movie I selected was Winter's Bone, the Sundance Film Festival 2010 winner of Best Picture.  Think you've got a problem?  Download the film and appreciate what desperation can do.  Not a particularly great film to watch over a meal.

The La Colombe Chasseles Swiss white having aromas of apple and white peach came with pouched salmon and artichokes, plus a seasonal salad with balsamic vinaigrette.  The pot roast and trimmings featured two reds:  Mont-sur-Rolle Grand Cru Gamaret and Clarendelle Bordeaux, a super premium Chateau Haut-Brion rouge, a Right Bank bordeaux because it was 82% Merlot.  The Clarendelle was the star of the entire meal.

Over a Porto Niepoort Tawney with overwhelming plum bouquet came various Swiss cheeses and pear bread, limoncello creme and Swiss chocolates, while viewing a second movie, Glorious 39, a BBC film with the ubiquitous Bill Nighy.  When did Christopher Lee and Julie Christie get so old?  Makes you wonder what if Winston Churchill did not step in to lead the British in World War II.  I had a shot of Williams Kirsch, and with a ham and potato snack, finished with a Quollfrisch beer.  I'm maintaining my different drink per hour schedule on long flights.

Nairobi is not my kind of town, but the Nairobi Serena Hotel is excellent.  Tomorrow, off to Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Cyclone Giri slammed into Myanmar (Burma) at 140 MPH and caused widespread damage through Kyaukphyu.  However, the latest count showed very few deaths, especially in comparison with Nargis in 2008, which killed up to 138,000.  There are now two storms in the Atlantic and three in the West Pacific.

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