London Sat Dec 1 - Day 1

Trip Start Nov 30, 2012
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Trip End Jan 31, 2013


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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Fiona Comments:
 
 Best flight over - each seat had a little tv screen which let us watch numerous movies, play games, read news. Kids were happy and occupied so life was good. After 24 hours of flying we were the masters of queues. We stopped over in Singapore and queued for the loos, queued to go back through security and queued to get back on the plane. In Dubai we queued again for loos but with the added bonus of squat loos. In London it was loo queues, custom queues and then we were out just after lunchtime. We were met by Nick the owner of a black London cab who took us to our accommodation via a gaggle of London landmarks - The Ritz, Harrods, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, London Eye. He thought we were hilarious - we were all so excited and kids were madly photographing English hedges, houses, buses, ambulances, squirrels.

We all vowed to drop our bags at our apartment and then go out with the intention of staying awake until 9pm to avoid jet lag. As soon as we got into the apartment, Bella crawled under a doonah and passed out and Nik lay on the couch and was gone. I scooted down to a nearby Marks and Sparks and bought supplies which we all ended up munching on throughout the night as everyone woke up at different times. At about 11.30pm we caught a cab and went over to Knightsbridge to see Harrods all lit up. During the day when we drove along Knightsbridge with Nick the cabbie, the place was absolutely buzzing - full of people, Christmas decorations, lights. At 11.30pm it was dead - all the lights were out and the place was just cold and windy. Jumped in a cab and went home via Big Ben and Zed and I vowed not to take any more cabs. That little expedition cost us about $65AUD. 

Zoran Comments:

The trip was easier than expected.  Anyone who has travelled with children knows that it is sometimes preferable to have your fingernails ripped out than to share a vehicle with them but mind-numbing electronic entertainment provides precious hours of relief for parents.  If it wasn't frowned upon (and perhaps illegal) I would advocate drugging them but TV screens in the back of each seat remove the need for decisions of that ilk. 
With regard to taking a cab from Heathrow, it did make things a lot easier but in hind-sight we now know that the train would have been an easy alternative and wwwwwaaaaaayyyyyyy cheaper.  Given the 24 hour flight over and my ignorance of the London train system, I think the cab was the only option at the time.
 

 
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