Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
64Trip End Jun 29, 2007
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Yep, 3.30am is an ugly time to wake up, especially after 4hours sleep. Especially for me.
Yet managed to do it (first out the door even!) and we arrived at JFK airport before the British Airways staff did. Not that there wasn't anyone there, of course. Long queues again for security checking with bleary-eyed travellers inching along in their socks at 5am. The ride to the airport also confirmed that NYC doesn't sleep - at 4am there were people wandering the streets and corner stalls open. Who buys fruit and flowers at that time?!
British Airways seemed to have the squishiest seating of all those so far (must check that on seatguru.com) but I dozed most of the way, briefly spotting ice on the ocean at one stage and landing at 8pm local time. What a pleasant change Heathrow was! Immigration officer wanting to talk cricket. No security hassles. Waved straight though Customs.
Not surprisingly, it was an early night.
But not before we had battled with the hotel. (Hotel Elysee, Craven Terrace, Bayswater.) The room booked for us as a triple had barely enough room for an adult to walk in, let alone three sets of bags. Eventually, they offered a family room - just as squeezy but an extra bed for bag space. Since then, we have faced dirty blankets, a shocking mattress (Rob got a replacement - he's a force to be reckoned with when he is not happy!) a blocked shower this morning and breakfast (included) that consists of cold hard-boiled eggs, toast, coffee and juice and the same Muzak loop each day.
Yesterday was a wandering-the-streets and riding-the-tube day, ending with a counter tea at the traditional English pub across the road.
Then the memory card containing the day's photos (Museum of London, Nelson's column, Trafalgar Square, London buses) failed... So no pictures this time.
Seems like each city is destined to have one bad day.