Oct 202013
 
Some last comments…
Air Transportation

British Air:  The Dulles to Heathrow leg.  If you ever book a flight on a BA 777-200, DON’T get seat 27A (and probably 27K).  Under the seat in front of you is something I think could be a combination of the cabinet for the in-flight entertainment and the in-armrest tray tables (row 26 is an exit row) that takes up most of the floor space.  I don’t think there was enough room to put package of copier paper under the seat.  I had to put my left foot between the cabin wall and the seat support, and my right kinda at an angle sticking a bit into my neighbors foot area.  Cabin crew was pretty good — reset my entertainment console.

Air France:  Return was London to Paris to Dulles.  That’s what happens when you use award travel.  Air France has a different take on baggage restrictions.  Your checked bag has the normal 23Kg limit.  But they have a weight limit for your two carry-ons — 12 Kg.  I had to repack my checked bag (made it 22.9 Kg), and wore my coat with pockets stuffed.  As soon as I passed through security, I moved the coat and all the stuff in the pockets back into my carry-on duffel.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

If you lived in London, you’d be crazy not to have a membership:  http://www.kew.org/

The Palm House at Kew Gardens.  (Click image to enlarge)

The Palm House at Kew Gardens. (Click image to enlarge)

Stonehenge/Salisbury/Avebury Tour
Avebury  (Click image to enlarge)

Avebury (Click image to enlarge)

Well worth it to spend the extra money for the mini-bus tour instead of the large motor coach tour.  David was a personable, knowledgeable guy and the small group means you have a little more flexibility.  His company is Stone Circle Tours:

http://stonecircletours.com/

Booking was through International Friends:

http://www.internationalfriends.co.uk/london-international-friends.html
http://www.internationalfriends.co.uk/stonehenge-salisbury-avebury-the-mysteries-of-ancient-britain.html

Around London

Transportation:  The easiest way to get around London is by the Underground (the Tube).  I recommend getting an “Oyster”, which is a smart card you preload and touch to the yellow circle on the fare gates when you enter or exit a Tube station, or when you get on a bus.  You can buy them at each of Heathrow’s terminals.  The card costs £5 (which can be refunded if you turn the card in when you fly home).  I loaded my card with £25 — and had 70 pence on it after my last Tube trip.

Transport for London:  http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

The London Eye:  http://www.londoneye.com/

The Shard:  http://the-shard.com/

National Gallery:  http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

Courtauld Gallery:  http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/

Covent Garden:  http://www.coventgardenlondonuk.com/

London Transport Museum:  http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/

British Museum:  http://www.britishmuseum.org/

Victoria and Albert Museum:  http://www.vam.ac.uk/

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Apollo Theatre):  

http://www.apollotheatrelondon.co.uk/the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time

 

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