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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Heathrow Airport October 7th 2018

This Morning, after our brekky, we packed up and headed out on our 2 hour journey to Heathrow, only stopping to fill up with diesel just before handing back our lovely vehicle. The sat nav had a glitch, telling us to go the wrong way up a country lane. We didn’t go up that lane, so then she gets that exasperated tone, saying “recalculating”, like we did it on purpose! So the next direction took us through a golf course, a sight for the Sunday morning golfers!! Talk about off the beat track! So we arrived at the Thrifty office acrosss the road from Heathrow, expecting to use the free “hotel hoppa” service, but Thrifty had their own shuttle service, which took us to Termminal 4. From Terminal 4 we entered an elevated tubular walkway leading ... read more


Panic at the airport! It was a stressful start to my 4 months. At Heathrow airport, I was unfortunately denied at Check In because I had no proof of onward travel from Colombia! Damn. I thrusted a print out of my very rough 4 month "itinerary" at him in an optimistic attempt... but this, along with my word, was not enough. The next 30 minutes were spent in a stressful panic trying to sort a bus ticket or flight out of Colombia ASAP. Annoyingly, my second attempt at Check In was just as frustrating as the lady wasn't even interested in my panic bought flight ticket from Colombia to Ecuador, ohh no, she wanted evidence of me leaving Colombia's capital..Ugh! Luckily, I was prepared for this.. and gladly showed her my pre-booked flight from Bogota to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Heathrow Airport November 27th 2017

We went to Osterley Park on 21 November. Approaching from Osterley Station on the Piccadilly Line, we walked through South Avenue flanked by fields of wheat and pasture, rural touch of west outskirts of Greater London. Limes and horse chestnuts trees were standing and they showed colourful autumn leaves. Having arrived at lunch time, we popped in the National Trust Restaurant in the Stable Block. We both had squash soup and a cup of tea. As planned, we decided to stroll through the garden. The historic trees, Cedars of Lebanon, planted in 1760s, were thriving, and showed colourful leaves and nuts. We ambled through the winter garden by the garden house. Many colourful stems and leaves decorated in the former pleasure grounds surrounded by arboretum and conifers. We continued walking on the woodland. There were a ... read more
Grazing calves
Fungi growing on the oak trunk

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Heathrow Airport October 17th 2017

Our last day of the trip! Today we are going to end our day, handing back the car to Avis and staying at the Renaissance hotel at Heathrow. We decided that on our way back to London we would visit Blenheim Palace, and spend all the available time of the day exploring the palace where Winston Churchill was born. After breakfast we chatted with Clare and Katrina and then got on our way. It wasn’t far from Oxford to Blenheim, but the traffic was terrible around Oxford. Once we had got into the open country, the traffic calmed down quite a bit and the trip to Blenheim was good. As we drove up the drive to the carpark, we could see how big the Palace wa. We hadn’t quite expected it to be that big. Walking ... read more
Looking down to the  lake
One of the state rooms with tapestry around the walls.
The water garden

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Heathrow Airport October 5th 2016

Getting ready for my flight by having traditional Japanese food at Yo Sushi. I don't know how much Japanese food I'll be eating in South Africa! Just eaten a type of street food which tasted excellent.It consists of octopus with other things. Gate opens in less than hour so not long to go!... read more


We will post our last photos and adventures soon. Stay tuned to this page for updates. Update: we are home safe and sound but slightly incoherent, forgetful and not quite here yet. So in an attempt to cure jet lag we cashed in our Xmas gift from Saraya and ventured to the beer and cider festival in Catania Gardens, St. Kilda. It was great! We are now in Avoca inspecting the storm damage which didn't do any serious harm; just some mud on the floor AND the dams are still holding a lot of water! EUREKA! Our last day in London involved visits to two wonderful museums: the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Natural history Museum, both situated in beautiful old stone buildings that were available to the public and FREE to enter, as it ... read more
Glam model: photo shoot at V & A
So old: so amazing (over 700 years old)
Marble columns: V & A

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Heathrow Airport October 7th 2015

Another early start this morning, but not as early as it could have been. Thankfully, yesterday, we managed to book all our luggage all the way to London, so only had our hand luggage with us overnight. This means we do not need to be at the airport quite as early as we are already effectively checked in. The boarding cards for this leg of the trip were issued to us yesterday in Malaysia. The flight yesterday meant we went four hours behind in time. Overnight, we seem to have managed this potential jet lag easily. With the boarding passes we got in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Emirates also gave us a free meal voucher each to spend in Dubai International Airport. We managed to get a good free breakfast with this. Noticed whilst buying this that ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Heathrow Airport September 27th 2015

OMG! After almost a year of planning we are days away (and counting) from setting off. You'd think twelve months would be time enough to make sure everything was in place but, you know, life ..... Despite all good intentions to keep key information in one handily available notebook, this brightly coloured, can't-miss-it, personal organiser has proved to be a master of disguise and is never anywhere to be found when needed, even when in plain view. I now find myself operating from various check lists, post-its, scrappy bits of paper and mid-night mental memoranda that I hope will still be lurking somewhere in my brain the following morning in full consciousness. I've learned to listen to that faint tinkling in the old grey matter, hoping it turns into a full-blown cacophony of alarm bell-ringing, reminding ... read more


Today we are in for the long flight back to Singapore. We catch the tube to Heathrow terminal two, which is around a 40 minute train ride. Lucky we always give ourselves plenty of time as the check in area is chaos. Yesterday there were protesters at the airport and the disruption has caused a spill over effect today. Self check in on the machines was easy, but well over an hour wait to drop the luggage off. We leave on schedule at 1.30 pm London time.... read more
On the plane

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Heathrow Airport December 22nd 2014

Last day, and have to catch my shuttle to the airport, go through security, and then my flights to get home. London to Doha - 7 hours... Doha to Perth - 12 hours... then an overnight stay in Perth till the morning to catch the 6.50am flight to Adelaide - 2.5 hours. Arrival is lunchtime Christmas Eve. Just a few shots of you know you are in London when you see these things. Heathrow was my last meal before boarding, and of course Santa isn't too far away either. Goodbye England, it was the best. I miss you already!!... read more
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