"Atlantic Crossing"

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Jun 29, 2007

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I'm moving on to album titles for headings. It seems fitting today...

Yep, 3.30am is an ugly time to wake up, especially after just fou hours of sleep. Especially for me.

I manage to do it (first out the door even!) and we arrive at JFK airport before the British Airways staff do. Not that there isn'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 confirms that NYC doesn't sleep - at 4am there are people wandering the streets and corner stalls are open. Who buys fruit and flowers at that time?!

British Airways seem to have the squishiest seating of all those so far but I doze most of the way, briefly spotting ice on the ocean at one stage and landing at 8pm local time.
What a pleasant change Heathrow is! Immigration officer wanting to talk cricket. No security hassles. Waved straight though Customs.

Not surprisingly, it is an early night.

But not before we have battled with the hotel. (Hotel Elysee, Craven Terrace, Bayswater.) The room booked for us as a triple had barely enough room for one adult to walk in, let alone three sets of bags. Eventually, they offer a family room - just as squeezy but an extra bed for bag space. We face dirty blankets, a shocking mattress (Rob gets 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) fails so there are no pictures this time.

Seems like each city is destined to have one bad day.
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