The Fabulous Plane Ride

 

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My darling nieces and our jet.

British Airways is one of the best,” my friend told me when I shared about my forthcoming trip. So I had high expectations. And I wasn’t disappointed. Of course, it probably helped that I was already one of the happiest people in the world at the time of boarding. However, there were some truly nice things that I noticed about the airline.

 

Professionalism. There is something to it. Neatly dressed staff that appear rested bolster one’s confidence when boarding a flying tube of metal destined to fly thousands of feet above the ground. My husband and I flew domestically on Delta later in September and I was rather unnerved when the attendant at the entrance to board us came to work with hher shirt untucked and her hair askew. At that moment I felt retroactively thankful for the tidy Brits who welcomed me onto their giant plane a month earlier.

I haven’t been on a plane for years. My nieces and I oohed and ahhed as we passed a  flight of stairs leading to the plane’s SECOND STORY–which we weren’t on. We squeezed our way down the aisle into our economy seats which, to our delight, had built-in head supports on either side! I still used my neck pillow but for people who forgot theirs, these head supports must have been life-savers.

You can imagine my delight when the stewardess came by and offered us a cup of tea. Yes, this was really happening. I really was heading to the British Isles! What further proof did I need?

We left at 4:30 pm and arrived at 11am in London so we passed the night in the air. However, even though I knew that I SHOULD sleep it was hard to when I had had access to movies, music, and a cool screen that showed me just what part of the northern hemisphere I was over in real-time. I think one of my nieces didn’t slept at all!

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I took advantage of the chance to watch La-la Land

At this point I would like to issue a fair warning: you will see frequent shameless tourist photos of quite ordinary things.

So I don’t know what this says about me, but I found the airline food DELICIOUS! It seems like most people roll their eyes when they talk about airline food, but British Airways did a fantastic job! They served curry chicken, tea, a salad, a roll with butter, and a delicious cheesecake. I expected it to be ho-hum but it was much better than that! Of course, not having to cook the food added its own charm to the experience.

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The flight lasted around 11 hours, so after I finished a movie and my dinner, I decided to try to get some zzzzz’s.  Things that helped on the flight: ear plugs, an eye mask, a neck pillow, a dose of Dramamine that I took before the flight as a pre-emptive strike against air-sickness, and comfortable warm clothes.

We touched down with just a little wobble. Dad had requested a wheelchair and British Airways had a chair ready and along with a guide to help us navigate the small city that is Heathrow Airport. We all breathed a sigh of relief to have our luggage safely in hand once more.

Here we are, on the bonnie shores of England– tired, excited, and well-fed.

 

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My fam after a great plane ride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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