But first it was time for the longest leg of our journey.
After receiving a complimentary business class upgrade, thanks to the wonderful staff at Etihad Airways, we have just spent a very comfortable 17 hours ensconced in one of the finest aircraft chairs in the business.
The food was nothing short of gourmet, as well.
But after hopping off the plane in the UAE, we were escorted by ground staff through a fast-tracked security checkpoint, and then brought to the business class lounge. And oh, what a way to travel.
With the Full Throttle team luxuriating in wood panelled surroundings, it was time to explore some of what makes Etihad such a contender in the upper class market.
You see, the lounge offers a spa, fine food, a selection of beverages and comfortable leather chairs, as well as personalised service, such as an introduction to the entire area, and someone attending to your every needs.
You will be talked to by an actual person when your flight is ready to go, and ushered through to your gate. If there ever was a definition of service, this was it.
Shortly we'll be leaving for Frankfurt, and we'll update you as soon as we land in Germany.