We checked out of the hotel at Manchester Airport early (about 6.45 am) in order to get through security, eat breakfast and find the right departure gate for the flight to Paris. All went smoothly and we touched down in Paris to dreary cloud and rain, much worse weather than in Manchester! The only problem with the flight to Seoul was that we didn't get seats together. :( G was near the rear of the plane while I was somewhere in the middle, over the wing. However, I read my book (Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris) and had a brief conversation with one of the two Italian businessmen sitting next to me. They manufacture furniture in SE Italy, apparently, and are actually managing to export it to Korea.
Sadly, it wasn't possible to see anything as we flew over Russia and China due to the carpet of cloud, but there was a lovely sunset with bands of deep orange, gold and turquoise, and as the sky darkened, I could see a crescent moon with two bright planets nearby. Then I managed to sleep for a few hours and woke to fine it was dawn and before long the cabin crew were serving breakfast.