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wickesy
08-06-2009, 05:21 AM
As I wanted a relaxed start to the holiday I had decided to take today off work. I was still awake at the usual time but didn’t get up until 8:00 and spent most of the morning on the net before doing online check-in when it opened at 11:45.

As I hadn’t been able to pre-request seats with British Airways I was a bit worried about what seats we would end up with but we were in fact allocated the exact seats I wanted - at the back of the World Traveller Plus section so I wouldn’t have to worry about people behind us when reclining. There were a few seats still available when I looked at the seat map but obviously I stuck with what I had and our boarding passes were soon printed off.

We had a taxi booked to take us to Heathrow at 2:00 but he phoned us at 2:00 to let us know he was running late and arrived just before 2:15. We set off for Heathrow and despite atrocious traffic on our high street we were at the Heathrow turn-off of the M4 about an hour later. Now despite the fact that we had told the driver we were not booked in to the main Holiday Inn by the roundabout he decided to ignore the fact that his sat-nav was directing him to the postcode we had given him and take us to exactly that Holiday Inn. :mad: I pointed out, again, that this was the wrong one and after about 10 minutes of driving round we were eventually dropped off at the smaller Holiday Inn on the corner of Sipson Way and Bath Road.

We checked in with no problems at all, had room 3120 allocated to us and arranged a taxi for 9:00 in the morning to take us over to Terminal 5.

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Once we had dropped our cases off in the room we went down to the bar for a pint of Stella each before going back to the room at 5:15 to wait for the restaurant to open for dinner.

After an hour on my DS we went back downstairs and into the restaurant for a 2 course buffet. We both started off with salads and then followed it up with gammon, courgettes, stuffing and parsnips. Cost was 19.99 each. Suitably stuffed we adjourned to the bar where we had a large brandy each before going back to the room to relax for a while.

Just before I went to bed I switched the light on in the bathroom, there was a pop and all the lights in the room went out! We worked out that a bulb had probably blown and blown a fuse so we phoned down to reception and a few minutes later somebody came up and reset the trip switch, wherever it was, and all the lights came back on. We were in bed by 9:45 ready for the holiday proper to start tomorrow.

Day 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2250068)

CustardTart
08-06-2009, 05:29 AM
What a relaxing start to your hols, David and the room looks great... :thumbsup2 Look forward to the next instalment...

irongirlof12
08-06-2009, 05:32 AM
off to a good start. i didn't realise that there are 2 holiday inns - I need to check which one we are going to :thumbsup2 room looks nice. food on the pricey side but I suppose you are a captive audience so they can charge what they like :confused3

wickesy
08-06-2009, 05:43 AM
off to a good start. i didn't realise that there are 2 holiday inns - I need to check which one we are going to :thumbsup2 room looks nice. food on the pricey side but I suppose you are a captive audience so they can charge what they like :confused3

We made that mistake last year - there is the big main one you can see from the motorway, which I think is called the "Holiday Inn M4 Junction 4" and the one we were in, which is "Holiday Inn Sipson Way". There is a pub near where we were but in the end I couldn't be bothered to walk down there - yes I'm a lazy slob! :rotfl:

Actually I've just seen from your PTR that you're going from Gatwick so you should be fine. :thumbsup2

Pinky166
08-06-2009, 06:23 AM
A great start. :thumbsup2

tennisfan
08-06-2009, 06:42 AM
A great relaxing start to your trip:goodvibes

Pegasus928
08-06-2009, 06:48 AM
After an hour on my DS we went back downstairs and into the restaurant for a 2 course buffet.

OK I'm embarrassed to say it took me longer than it should have done to realise that you don't have a son, and that DS on this occassion meant the Nintendo type.
I had visions of a small boy being tied to the ceiling and you and your Dad taking it in turns using him as a punchbag as a way of killing a bit of time before dinner :lmao:

wickesy
08-06-2009, 06:56 AM
OK I'm embarrassed to say it took me longer than it should have done to realise that you don't have a son, and that DS on this occassion meant the Nintendo type.
I had visions of a small boy being tied to the ceiling and you and your Dad taking it in turns using him as a punchbag as a way of killing a bit of time before dinner :lmao:

:rotfl2: Sorry I should have put Nintendo DS.

Tink2312
08-06-2009, 07:17 AM
Sounds like you had a very relaxing start to your journey.

You've been so lucky getting the exact seats you want! I'm a bit worried as I've got to leave it to my parents to do OLCI, as I'm at work - we could end up flying to Ontario - who knows :scared1:

natalielongstaff
08-06-2009, 11:02 AM
Great start to your trip :thumbsup2

mandymouse
08-06-2009, 11:32 AM
Great start David :thumbsup2

Chilly
08-06-2009, 02:39 PM
Your room looks lovely

Snowy-girls
08-06-2009, 04:29 PM
Great start David,apart from the driver :headache:.
The room looks really nice.x.

florida sun
08-06-2009, 05:22 PM
Oops silly me, read day 1 first instead of this:)

Cyrano
08-06-2009, 06:37 PM
A nice relaxing start David :)

suzycute
08-09-2009, 03:26 PM
Looks like another great trip report that I'm going to enjoy reading! :thumbsup2

wickesy
08-09-2009, 03:29 PM
Welcome along Sue, thanks for reading. :goodvibes

jjk
08-11-2009, 01:22 PM
great start, off to read some more :goodvibes

arieljasmine
08-15-2009, 04:21 PM
Great start as always, David. Bit of an eventful day what with the oh-so-clever taxi driver and the lights all going out, but I hope that means that the journey went smoothly.

Laur's xx

wickesy
08-15-2009, 04:40 PM
Hi Laur's,

He really was a pain in the bum but we decided we weren't going to let the holiday get off to a bad start so we laughed it off, and then again when I fused the lights. :lmao:

Lizzybear
08-20-2009, 09:43 AM
Finally got round to reading your TR, sounds like a successful start so far :goodvibes