Linda Dannenberg

Arts & Style Publishing

FREQUENT FLIER
In the Air on the Day the World Changed
(The New York Times, September 11, 2007)

September 11, 2007
Frequent Flier
"In the Air on the Day the World Changed"

By LINDA DANNENBERG


Most of my flying is international, primarily to Paris and Nice. I have a passion for France, which has been the focus of my writing career for more than 25 years. On average, I make about five extended trips a year to France, producing books on French style and cooking. Work and pleasure have taken me around the world, but I’ve learned that it is sometimes the mundane domestic flight that changes your life.

I was scheduled to fly to France in early September 2001, but family matters dictated a postponement. I had to be in Florida to accompany my mother, who was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, to court on a traffic violation charge, and then help her move from her home in Sarasota to a nursing home in Asheville, N.C. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was on Continental Flight 782, from Newark to Sarasota, which left at 8 a.m.

At about 10 a.m., we were over Virginia when I heard the static of the activated P.A. system, clicking off, then on again. “Ladies and gentlemen,” the captain said, pausing. “Ladies and gentlemen, today is a day when something you never thought could happen, has happened.” I held my breath as I strained to hear over the engine’s drone.

The captain explained that several aircraft — he did not know how many — had been hijacked. Two had hit the World Trade Center towers, and one had hit the Pentagon. He told us there might be more hijacked planes in the air and that all in-flight aircraft had been ordered to land.

There was no panic, almost no talking. I don’t think anyone wanted to look around to see who else might be on this plane. We just wanted it to touch down.

To see the full story, go to: www.nytimes.com/​2007/​09/​11/​business/​11flier.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=linda%20dannenberg&st=cse

Portfolio of Magazine and Newspaper Articles:

"There is Provence, of course, and then there is “Provençal.” While Provence has been content to stay put over the last few millenia, luring romantics and sensualists to its colorful landscape, “Provençal”-- the once-humble region’s evocative, chic-rustique style -- has gone out and conquered the world.” http://www.departures.com/art-culture/design/pursuit-provençal
"The coffers of Zug were not always brimming with gold. For most of its 700-year history, Zug was an impoverished little lakeside town notable only for its catastrophes." http://articles.latimes.com/1994-04-17/travel/tr-46852_1_lake-zug
"Work and pleasure have taken me around the world, but I’ve learned that it is sometimes the mundane domestic flight that changes your life." nytimes.com/2007/09/11/business/ 11flier.html
"When it comes to iconic baguettes, flaky croissants, and melt-in-your-mouth pains au chocolat, the French capital delivers." (Travel + Leisure, February 2007 )
"Nothing compares to a languid lunch or a multicourse dinner in the French countryside. From Arles to Apt, Linda Dannenberg dishes up some of the most delicious—and charming—family-run restaurants in the south of France." (Travel + Leisure)