Anchorage to London

Due to a prohibition of passage over the USSR during the cold war years, all European air travel heading to and from Japan was directed through Alaska. Anchorage became a stopover – an exhilarating interlude from an otherwise lengthy sixteen-hour journey. Hotels with modern facilities and magnificent views had been built to accommodate countless aircrews as well as passengers.
During the 1980’s, Anchorage, capital of Alaska, embraced an International ambience while blending the intrinsic and earthy wildness of the Northern territories. This worldwide affinity for a global edge made for an interesting stopover. A harsh and stunning environment where daring and determination proved to be a vital component, was an added attraction to many who wished to make this stopover.
Looking forward to flights to and from Europe, always brought a sense of excitement to many travelers. Flying for hours and hours over snowy untarnished terrain, my world became brightly white for eight hours; it was an extraordinary flight over the North Pole where mountains resembled crystal pinnacles resplendent in their uniqueness, yet merging as a symphony of harmony and light. A golden sunrise as well as a dramatically vivid sunset displayed in the vast expanse of sky, deepened the majestic view. No nighttime, no darkness! I was convinced that Apollo, the Greek Sun God, raced through the skies with his chariot – the airplane following close in his tracks! Mesmerized, I could hardly take my eyes away from this spectacular scenery. The lure of food at mealtimes was no contest
Sadly, this flight is not made anymore. The underlying reasons for this change hopefully indicate steps towards a more peaceful world – the end of the Cold War. There are no more direct flights from Europe to Anchorage over the Pole; the airlines take an alternative route. Those long European flights heading for Japan are now routed over the USSR.

copyright Charmiene Maxwell-Batten 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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this is a narrative about an amazing flight from Arctic ALASKA to Europe over the North Pole.

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