As you know by now this blog is 95% about travel and travel means a lot of time is spent in the air or at the airport. Some of our very first trips were Asia bound and South East Asia remains one of our favorite destinations since.
Too bad that from our home airport Düsseldorf - a medium size European airport - there is a very limited choice of direct flights to Asian destinations. As a result we frequently take stopover flights via larger airports like Frankfurt/Munich/Dubai.
When Turkish Airlines offered me to travel with them to Indonesia and try their business class services and their connecting hub in Istanbul I said "yes" right away. I will tell you more about the trip (it was way too good no keep it for myself), but before I start let me tell you that thanks to Turkish Airlines what could have been a long and exhausting flight of 17 hours passed as fast and was filled with so much convenience and comfort as I have ever wished for.
But let me start from the beginning:
Our car enters Casteluzzo at dusk. 1.5 hours drive from Palermo through curvy highway filled with construction signs gladly ignored by locals and we spot the sign of the village we are aiming for. High hills with olive trees on their slopes, golden light and sea breeze greet us as we consult the navigation system for our street.
Whitsunday Islands is a very popular destination for visitors mainly because of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach. It is popular for a reason - if you google the photos you will see that the area looks like a paradise on Earth - turquoise waters and white sand with juicy green islands in between.
But the area is often frequented by cyclones, the last one, Debbie, taking place in spring 2017. It had a severe impact on the Whitsunday islands and the Great Barrier Reef and wiped away vast areas destroying some of the islands infrustructure and flora.