10.05.2010 - 10.05.2010 60 °F
It didn't seem we would ever get here, but yes, we are here, looking out of the window of Room 3014 at the Radisson Edwardian, towards the A4 and Heathrow airport.
Just a short note tonight to say that we changed our flights for tomorrow so that we stop for the night in Dallas rather than try to get the flight to Savannah. Today's flight to Dallas took off 5 hours late so there is no way we could have made the connection. Our flight would have been spoiled worrying the whole time about what would happen.
As we've made it to Heathrow it is now down to American Airlines to get us further. If we'd been stuck in Spain, it would have been down to us.
Just a few thoughts from today before we walk round the corner to the Pheasant for din-dins. A place we've been to before and thoroughly enjoyed. A country pub not far from the edge of Heathrow Airport.
The hotel is slightly off the wall with interior design done by a Hindu on Horlicks. But we like it and the staff could not be more helpful. Not the taxi driver though, who eventually drove us here who was obviously going for the grumpiest taxi-driver in the world title. "Welcome back to the UK" he didn't say. What he did say when we said we lived in Spain was "you should have stayed there then!".
Could not fault Iberia Business Class (except there is no attempt to operate the advertised "priority boarding". The cattle at Trowbridge market used to be better herded than we were today).
Staff and Food were excellent. Hot breakfast on the short flight from Alicante to Madrid then a super lunch Madrid-London.
Barajas airport, where we have had two poor experiences in the past, continues to be intensely annoying, even in their almost-brand new Terminal 4. They expect you to know your way around and to have been here before, several times.
I'll no doubt have more time tomorrow to fill in the gaps, waiting for our flight to Dallas! Meanwhile Arthur's tummy is rumbling (we thought it was a 777 taking off).
To close, we have to report that Arthur was rather upset at the spelling mistake on the sign outside the lounge at Alicante:
It should, after all, have read VIB. VIB? Very Important Bear. Of course!
Phew - we now feel we're on our way.