In-Air Table Settings, Compliments of Air France and Kenya Air

Welcome to the 365th Tablescape Thursday!

I’m typing this from the hotel I’m staying in overnight here in Nairobi: Ole-Sereni. Initially, I thought I’d be sharing a table from camp, but due to my flying schedule and the time difference, Thursday got here super fast. It’s 5:47 PM on Wednesday back home right now, but here in Nairobi, it’s already Thursday and 12:48 AM. Yikes! I’m off to bed soon because a driver is arriving to collect me at 8:30 AM sharp!

So, for this TT, I thought I’d share what my tablescapes have been like the last two days while traveling. They weren’t horrible but I’m definitely tired of “plane” food. lol

This was my dinner last night on Air France en route to Paris: some kind of chicken in a spicy barbecue-like sauce, mashed potatoes, greens and salad. It was pretty good! The butter was tasteless, it must not have had any salt in it at all or maybe that’s just the way whipped butter taste.

Dessert was a brownie and surprisingly, it was good. Usually brownies that come in packages are disgusting. I only ate a couple of bites since sugar is not my friend.

Airplane Lunch


I was still asleep when breakfast was served on Air France this morning and they didn’t wake me. I have no idea what it was. I awoke just as everything was being cleared away.

After we landed in Paris, I grabbed a quick bite in the McDonalds that was near my departing gate for Nairobi. It was in the new section of the Charles de Gaulle airport and if I hadn’t been loaded down with two VERY heavy bags, I would have been tempted to do a little shopping.

The new section has a big shopping area with some of the most prestigious stores you can name. It would be fun to lay over there for a few hours and shop, when your bags are on wheels! Mine weren’t so I didn’t walk any further than I had to. I have sore shoulders this morning from lugging them through two airports.

Note how my Coke has zero ice. 🙁 I’m an ice freak and always order extra ice in any restaurant but I knew better than to ask for that in France. lol

McDonalds in Paris


The lunch on Kenya Airways was better: Talipia with a side vegetable and pasta, plus some kind of mixed vegetables and a yummy dessert. The talipia was pretty good, as were the veggies and the dessert.

Airplane Meals


I had a yummy pizza in the Ole-Sereni hotel restaurant this evening and tomorrow morning, after breakfast, I’ll be flying via small plane on to Mahali Mazuri. The food and the tablescapes should be better from here out. 🙂

Mahali Mzuri in Africa 08


I have to tell you about my arrival here soon, what an experience! Not bad…just different. But then that’s what I’m looking for in travel, not the same old, same old. I crave a little adventure and I got it last night. 🙂 More soon! Miss you!


Looking forward to the wonderful tables posted for this Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. linda pederson says

    We just flew to and from Paris on Air France-worst airline ever-hard seats and I am not surprised you missed the food-they woke us up mid flight to hand us ice cream-really??? The attendants barely spoke to us-never came around with water-will never fly air france again…hope you have a great trip!

    • can’t wait to hear all about it.

    • Linda, the worse airplane experience I had this trip was KLM. The seats had NO padding, like sitting on concrete for 9 hours. Also, the guy next to me had his legs spread apart the entire trip with his knee well into my space. My trip on Kenya Air was suprisingly nice but the best trip was BY FAR on Delta. They came around often. In an 8-9 hour period, they fed us two full meals, two snacks and beverages all throughout, checking often to see if we wanted more. So impressed with them!

  2. So glad you arrived safely! Time changes are aways confusing, but for some reason I find that I have less jet lag flying east than flying west, so hopefully you will have minimal issues with that. About the butter — apparently in Europe unsalted butter is preferred. A couple of my sister’s friends from Germany stayed with us not long ago and they did not like the taste of our salted butter, so it’s all a matter of what you are used to. Looking at your two plates of food from the planes, I have a hard time telling them apart, except for the salads, but that’s plane food for you! I hope you are well rested and ready for your real adventures, because we can’t wait to hear about them!

  3. I’m so excited to see this post! I hope you are enjoying every moment! I hear you about the heavy bags you were carrying. We were pleased with the airline food we were served when we flew to Oregon. I know it was much better than my memories of food from long ago when I flew. Can’t wait to see more pictures!

  4. Jennifer Moreland says

    Your going to have a great time. Can’t wait to hear and see more. I’ll hold the good state of Georgia down while your gone. Ha!Ha! Jennifer

  5. Wishing you safe travels and better food Susan! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures 🙂

  6. Have a great time and enjoy all the new experiences. They are always interesting and always make me thankful I live in America. I miss French hot chocolate though-fabulous!!

  7. As I type this, it is 6:50 AM Thursday, in Missouri. I am enjoying your adventure and look forward to more posts!

    Safe and fun travels!

  8. I am getting chill bumps just reading your post today. I am so excited for you. The meals look pretty good for airline food. Sorry you missed breakfast but you probably needed the rest more than the food. Looking forward to more pictures of your great adventure! Have fun being Dr. Doolittle and talking to the animals!!!!!

  9. That sounds like quite an adventure you are going on!
    I hope you have a wonderful time and thank you
    for hosting.

  10. I admire your spirit of adventure Susan, I absolutely hate to fly these days, it’s always a miserable experience sadly~I’m sure your trip will be worth it, the photo of the giraffe and the zebras is amazing! Can’t wait for more!

  11. Traveling with you… As I Hv spent my career for thirty years on an airplane.
    The food actually looks nice ..we serve very little now days.
    Please take advantage of naps on the plane or anywhere else!
    Looking forward to all your posts!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  12. Can’t imagine! I’m guessing your internal clock will need some adjusting! I’m following you on Instagram, love getting the updates/pictures. What a journey! So excited for you! You are much braver than I’ll ever be traveling, I have such motion sickness anxiety. I’d have to drug myself so much, I’d miss all the fun of the trip…. So I’m taking that trip through you!

  13. I am so excited for you, Susan. Enjoy your adventure.

  14. I also admire your spirit of adventure and am very happy for you. Have a great time and definitely don’t settle for the same old, same old!!

  15. Carolyn Yingling says

    Hi Susan,
    I’m a relatively new follower of your blog, perhaps for the last 2 months now I have been following you. Have so enjoyed each day, looking forward to your posting. You are certainly a kindred spirit; in this old world there is often too much bad news, but I choose to see the beauty around me and to be grateful for every blessing………from your blog it appears that you do as well. I write this from our home in Washington state, where we have so much natural beauty. Creating a home out of a house has been my privilege for the last 53 years along with my husband. Oh how I’d like to invite you in for a cup of tea and a tour. I trust that your adventure will be all that you have hoped for and that your accommodations will be luxurious and the meals delicious! Enjoy each moment!

  16. The adventure has begun. Looking forward to hearing all about your travels and seeing your pictures. Please stay well and enjoy.

  17. The excitement has begun, and I’m sure things will get even more exciting today. Can’t wait to read about today’s adventures. I know you’re going to have a wonderful time. Thanks for hosting in the midst of your BIG adventure.

  18. Linda Palmer says

    Thank you for sharing your adventure with us! I’ve always wanted to travel but at this stage of life it’s nice to enjoy vicariously. I appreciate all the details you share! It makes the trip seem a lot more “real.” Just the word “Nairobi” suggests adventure to me–I’ve heard it so many times in the movies. LOL. Looking forward to the next report. Have a wonderful time.

  19. Love hearing about your flights and can’t wait to hear about your trip.
    Just the magnitude of the flying makes me not want to travel that far, but I guess it comes in legs, doesn’t it?

  20. Hello………..I was so excited when I saw an email from you this morning. You are going to have a wonderful trip and exciting stories to tell for many years. Rest those shoulders and stay safe! Have fun!

  21. I am looking forward to hearing about your adventures Susan! Have a wonderful time!!

  22. Yay, you’re finally on your way! I knew it was fast approaching. Having never traveled outside of the U.S., it’s so interesting to hear about the little details of your experiences. I hope your trip far exceeds your expectations! Thanks for taking all of us along!!

  23. Susan, happy to know you arrived safely and are off on your journey. Wise decision not to shop on the beginning of the trip. Hopefully you’ll have a layover on the return. If so, definitely shop at Charles deGaulle. Prices can be better for some things plus they are duty free. I usually pick up a few French products. Happy, safe travels. I look forward to what you’ll be sharing in the next days.

  24. Glad you arrived safely on your 2nd leg of the trip. The airline food reminds me of the airline food competition on Top Chef. Here’s hoping for better food.

  25. Congratulations on your first foreign post–how exciting!!

  26. This is so cool! I am super excited for you! Can’t wait to hear more. Enjoy!

  27. I find it interesting that on an Air France flight to Paris you would be served American food products from Keebler and Land O Lakes and Tillamook, but I suppose that since the flight originated from the states that’s the answer. I am so excited for you and I will be following along on your journey. Thanks for keeping the party going in your absence.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  28. Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, VA says

    So anxious to read your next post! The “plane food” looked just awful, so I was happy for you that it tasted better than it looked. Enjoy every moment.

  29. What an amazing adventure and thanks so much for staying in touch!

  30. Regality (aka The Quing) says

    Jealous, excited for you, and super smiling!

  31. I find all airplane food to be completely intolerable, no exceptions. I can’t even stand the smell. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. XO!

  32. The food looks delicious. Have a wonderful time.

  33. Glad to see you arrived safe and sound Susan… What an adventure! I hope you enjoy your trip. Can’t wait to see all the photos you’ll be sharing!

  34. Susan, you’ve crossed the equator! Hope you had a proper celebration.

  35. – I did not realize you were off so soon….excited for you. Regarding the ‘plane’ food: I don’t expect a lot and just consider all the surprises and /or disappointments a part of “the story.” Don’t let us spoil your fun! I’m looking forward to a similar adventure next spring and I hope you will trail along with me when I begin to share with my blog readers. Enjoy!!!

  36. What an adventure! I am looking forward to hearing all about it. As always, thank you for hosting Tablescape Thursday, even when you are so far away!

  37. One nice thing about traveling overseas. – ie: Europe, they do not charge for the carts (trollies) in the airports like in the U.S.
    Check for one on your return trip through on way back. Maybe you can get some good airport shopping in without carrying extra bags through terminal

  38. rattlebridge farm says

    Love the photos from half a world away. I’m enjoying your journey from the sidelines!

  39. I hope you have a great trip. It sounds so exciting, and can’t wait to hear more. I am praying for you, that you will have a safe and healthy trip.

  40. Hope you have a great adventure!! Be safe!!

  41. Airplane food is not known for being good! Hope you have a lovely time on your African adventure.

  42. Susan, happy to hear that things are going as planned. As for the airline food, I consider it an upgrade to hospital food … ☺. Take care and have a wonderful time. Warm hugs -Brenda-

  43. Marlene Stephenson says

    Food looks pretty good, at least if you are hungry it will keep you from starving. It sounds like you are getting some sleep that’s good too. Love those lovely dishes! lol

  44. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Susan, you are so funny with these table-scapes! Sorry about your sore shoulders though. 🙁 I’m sure they’ll be soon forgotten as your adventure unfolds. Thanks for updating us! Looking forward to sharing more of your exciting trip, soon. 😀 Stay safe!

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