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May 25, 2018 — Driving to Heathrow

We decided to stay at an airport hotel the night before our flight so drove to LHR and checked into Ibis. It worked and was the nicest Ibis we've visited.

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Somewhere in England<br />I didn't take photos driving to Heathrow.

Somewhere in England
I didn't take photos driving to Heathrow.

Time to leave. Showered, ate breakfast and cleaned the house that was pretty clean to start. Packed for the plane trip home. Brought too many books. They’re heavy so we tried to cram them in checked luggage. Guess I’ll read my Kindle on the way home.

Hopped in the car, bid our lovely landlady farewell. It was a wonderful cottage but having the eating area upstairs was a little inconvenient. Then began the long drive to London. It went very smoothly until the airport. We went around twice and I finally thought of zooming in very close on the phone map. That worked and we drove right to rental return. No problem checking in the car and we easily walked to Ibis where a nice lady checked us into a large corner room with shower. The people who work here are wonderful.

I decided to check in for our flight tomorrow so used the Virgin Atlantic app on my phone. It wouldn’t work so I got out the computer and signed onto the VA web site. It was incredibly slow and then refused to confirm my passport . . . the same passport registered in their member base and that I used to get here. Next, it informed me the check-in process was limited to ten minutes . . . even though their slow web site was the problem. After fighting with it for over a half hour, I gave up.

Went downstairs for lunch at the bar. I got nachos and Ed got a grilled ham and cheese toastie. Tried check-in again and this time it refused Ed’s passport that it had cheerfully accepted before . . . at which point I gave up again.

Watched a couple ancient spy movies and then tried Virgin Atlantic check-in again on the phone. It worked! We are now checked in and have boarding passes on my phone. Relief.

We went down to dinner and Ed got the fish and chips while I got a lamb shank. Too much wine in the sauce but otherwise very good. We arranged a taxi for 8:00 AM so we’re in for the night. The taxi for two people was the same price as the Hoppa Bus to Terminal 3 so the taxi seemed faster and more comfortable. Easier sounds good at the end of a trip.

Posted by Beausoleil 09:29 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged uk ibis lhr

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I'm all for the convenience of a pre-flight airport hotel stay :)

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