Day 1 Sat. Oct. 24
61 F, and POURING!
11:55BST Landed early by 35 mins, breezed thru immigration, grabbed our
bags, and headed thru the Green Door from customs and right onto the
Heathrow Express trains. 5 mins to Terminals 1-3 the another 15 to
Paddington Station. The trains run ONTIME here!
Directions to the hotel were awful. "Turn right" was actually a 'go left'.
(The English always have had trouble translating left/right to the States :-)
"Mind the Gap" which was about 6" high and 3" wide. Paddington undergoing
major reconstruction, same for Euston Square. The Tube stops in spots.
20 mins going around in circles in the downpour (deluge?) and several map
stops later, we find the hotel. (Kel narrowly escapes being run over by a
taxi whilst crossing the street).
We show up dripping wet and bleary-eyed to the swanky £165/night 5 star
Euston Plaza Hotel. After a 1/2 hour delay they let us check in, and we
dry off a bit. Off to Euston Station to check rail times and find the
ferry to Ireland has been cancelled that night and in doubt for tomorrow
morning. Buy postcards and stamps and lattes and capps.
Back at the hotel we went down the the hotel pub for a cider and a Guinness
while we fill out all those postcards. By this point we're getting rather
loopy. Then back, again, to the rail station to get some dinner and more
ferry info. Euston station has 2 or 3 Burger Kings all inside. We did not
get dinner there. We found a sandwich place and ordered 2 sandwiches
which came to £5 76p, and handed over £6. Got a 'roll-the-eyes' look from
the clerk, which now had us nervous about figuring out the money stuff.
By this point the rain had finally stopped and we went back to the hotel
to eat the food, watch about 20 mins of TV, and then we finally decided it
was safe to sleep! yeah! We are VERY loopy by this point. We also have
to remember to change the clocks from British Summer Time to British
Winter Time before bed. (Basically the same as our Daylight Savings/Standard time.)