Arrival in London
Trip Start Jan 13, 2013
23Trip End Feb 04, 2013
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I dropped the car at the rental area and rode the shuttle to the departure level. The Geneva airport is right on the border between France and Switzerland. There are both French and Swiss zones in the airport to simplify travel. I walked past the immigration desks in the airport and entered the French zone. That meant I wouldn't have any formalities to clear in Paris, I was legally already in France before the plane took off.
I had just enough time in Paris to have a cup of coffee in the lounge before walking to the departure gate for London Heathrow. The flight was quite bumpy, there was a lot of turbulence on the way across.
I checked in and then walked down a block to a pub called "Nelson’s Retreat" a reference to Lord Nelson of the Nile. As with many English pubs these days, it was not exclusively English. It had an English pub grub menu (fish and chips and the like) but an even fuller Thai menu. The cook and waitress were Thai; I could make out a word or two as they cackled back and forth.
After lunch, I had intended to head out and shoot some video and photos, but by this time I wasn’t feeling 100%. The accumulation of fatigue, and not quite enough sleep had given me a scratchy throat, so I decided to take it easy in the afternoon and just rest and write, which I did.
I had dinner in the hotel pub, and will head to bed early.