A380 fun centre
In every seat!!
Travel Blog – 26 May update.
Well, today we got ourselves re-connected to the www so time to post an update.
Usual pre journey problems occurred at home. 2 Hours prior to leaving for airport, I noticed pool filter leaking. Ducked up to pool shop to get new “o” ring for coupling. Undid the coupling and the whole F’n thing fell in two about a zillion pieces. It is only 19 years old…
Back up to see Russell, he had required fitting and I had a few sockets and (amazingly) the right size pipe at home, so a quick re-route of the plumbing, PVC primer and cement – all back together – good as new, 10 mins to spare. Off to airport woohoo.
After around 26 hours of travel with about 19 of them in 3 separate airplanes we arrived London town Tuesday lunchtime.
The trip over was painful to Singapore cos we flew Jetstar. I was pondering on that flight how backward air travel was going re comfort in lieu of cost. Then we flew to Dubai on Emirates on one of their A380s and I realised the problem was that majority of our travel
Home in London
Bob an Reta's home in Feltham
had always been Qantas and Jetstar. (Emirates fare was nearly ½ that of Qantas!!) I was floored by the level of service and comfort provided by Emirates. Fantastic – what a polished airline they are. The 380 is a great piece of work. So much on board info and entertainment, Kate was disappointed when our 14 hours of Emirates flight came to an end. A bit of touch and go with the volcanic ash, but it had kept itself to Northern England, so Heathrow was still fine.
We slept pretty well on the Emirates legs and so weren’t too tired when we arrived. Managed to keep awake till about 8.30pm and slept like babies till 7.30. Bewdy – got the jet lag licked!! Spent all day yesterday in the city taking in the sights and sounds. Been 30 years since I was last here and it was reasonably familiar. The air was notably less polluted than I remembered it was in ’81 from transport fumes. London seems to be quite proactive in clean public transport and the eco message is strong here. Hats off to them. The traffic congestion is something else tho. Motorbikes can legally lane split and
Our next vehicle to London. A380
use bus lanes, something Aust should learn from!!
Weather yesterday was glorious. Full sunshine all day – max 22 degrees. Perfect. Today is overcast, cooler and occasional rain. We’ve been shopping for technology to get a sim for margi and a wireless dongle for macbookpro.
Tomorrow we’ll catch the train North to just out of Coventry where we’ve booked ourselves into a nice quaint hotel. Will visit Margie’s uncle Tom (or take him to Dinner) and work out where our next destination will be. I didn’t like London much when I was here in ’81. This time I’m loving it. The history is fantastic. Something lost on me when I was 19. So we’ve got the next 5 days travelling around England before catching train to France. I’ll try and upload a few pics and keep updating this blog as we go.
Bill, Margi and Kate. (26 May 2011 – 1.39pm – London time)
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