Trip Start Jun 06, 2014
15Trip End Jun 21, 2014
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Heathrow is such a busy airport. You need at least 2-3 hours to make a plane transfer. We had to go from terminal 5 to terminal 3, a trip that took 15-20 minutes by bus. We had to go through security again and in the UK you have to take your iPad out of your carry-on, BUT you do not need to take your shoes off. Go figure! And they wait until the last minute to post the departure gate so you are stuck sitting around in a general seating area waiting for the gate announcement. At least there are many restaurants and shops around to distract you and occupy your time.
The flight from London to Lisbon was delayed about an hour because of a late incoming plane. We both slept somewhat on that segment. We were further delayed in Lisbon because there was only one customs agent processing non-EU passport holders. It took about 45 minutes to get cleared for entry. Luckily our pre-arranged driver was waiting in the arrival hall with a sign with our name on it( we felt important). Lately I have been booking private arrangements for a car/driver to meet us at foreign airports. They are often cheaper than local cabs and more reliable. Everything is booked on-line.
We touched base with Ron and Marlene Massa, our travel companions, who had arrived earlier. We grabbed a quick bite to eat in the hotel restaurant and tried our first Portuguese red wine (Villa Regia) which was excellent. Yvonne even asked for her own glass. Now it is off to bed in an attempt to recalibrate the body clock. The real adventure begins tomorrow.