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Old 11-11-2010, 10:56 AM   #1
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1975 & 2010 A Double trip report. Day 1 - Travelling and a surprise guest

Pre-trippie here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2558071

We are:

Me, Theresa
My DH Tony (Tony64)
My sister Mandy (MandyJane)
My Brother-in-law Peter (FleetPete)
My Nephew Andrew (16)
My Nephew Kieran (12)
And a surprise guest

We always get ridiculously excited the night before our holiday and find it impossible to sleep. Consequently, we were both awake and out of bed before the alarm went off at 5am and all ready to go by the time Mandy, Peter and the boys arrived by 6am.

We piled the luggage into our car and made the 30 minute journey to Heathrow Airport where we were met by the Purple Parking chap who drove our car away for us. All very smooth and easy.

Throughout the journey however, I was frantically and secretly exchanging texts with DD Maddie as we had a big surprise for the others – Maddie was coming with us after-all. When we first booked the holiday last year, Maddie had hoped to be able to come with us but didn’t know what she would be doing work-wise after graduating. With just a few weeks to go she decided to ask her new employer if she could have time off to come with us. She thought they would say no, as she was still training, but they said yes! It was all systems go then to find flights, park tickets etc. And it was at this point we decided to add to the fun and keep it a secret from my sister Mandy and family so Maddie could surprise them at the airport.

It’s been so difficult keeping it secret though; Tony and I have both said the wrong thing and almost given the game away twice, but luckily Mandy didn’t guess.

Maddie had made her own way to Heathrow as she now lives in London, and as we entered the airport Tony and I tried to stall the others a bit as we knew Maddie was still in the bag-drop queue, but we could only dither for so long and were forced to join the queue. We could see Maddie at the front, but luckily the others didn’t notice, and as we walked away after bag-drop, Maddie ran up behind Mandy and tapped her on the shoulder.

It was so funny! Mandy’s face was a picture – she just couldn’t believe it. She kept saying “But why are you here?” and Maddie kept saying “I’m coming with you!”.

You can see from the first photo that Peter caught on alot quicker than Mandy did!













After hugs and photos, we went through security and made our way to Garfunkel’s for breakfast.

After a quick look around the duty-free shop, we walked down to our gate.

Us, waiting at the gate.




We were flying with KLM/Delta via JFK, New York, the same route we took 35 years ago when Mandy and I were children, but back then, we flew with Pan Am.

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2010



Our seats were in 3 lots of 2 next to the window with Maddie just across the aisle from us.
Delta’s food was much the same as any other airline – a choice of chicken risotto or cheese tortellini, with a little salad, cheese and crackers, chocolate cookie and the usual completely solid bread roll.

The seat-back entertainment system however was very good; at least a dozen movies, numerous TV shows, and a variety of music, all available to start/stop/pause/rewind at our leisure. There was also a choice of games to play including a trivia quiz played against your fellow passengers, which Kieran mysteriously won even though the questions were all based on America and were really difficult.

Unfortunately, the elderly man behind me was enthusiastically playing the various games throughout the whole flight and kept vigorously prodding the screen, so I had a constant jab, jab, jab on my headrest.

We had pizza and ice-cream an hour before we landed. The flight was approximately 7 hours long and we were glad to land safely at JFK (Mandy and I are not comfortable with flying!).

We had a look around a few shops then had a meal at Burger King.



Mandy and I wanted to re-create an old 1975 photo of Mandy at JFK airport, but regrettably there are no longer any outside areas or even many places where you can see the planes or runway so we had to make do with this one.

1975



2010



We were thrilled to see a yellow New York taxi!



We boarded the plane on time, but then waited a further hour before we took off. We tried to get photos of the city from the air, but the wing was in the way. Silly old wing!

The flight down to Orlando was ok – drinks and pretzels or cookies were served, but there was no entertainment.

Once landed, the men went to get the hire cars sorted out, while the rest of us grabbed the cases.

It was 8.30pm before we drove out of the airport.
We had agreed to stick together for the drive to the villa but unfortunately Tony and I followed the wrong car out of the airport and by the time we realised our mistake we had no idea whether the others were in front of us or behind us and I couldn’t get through to them on the phone. We had no choice but to continue to the villa. They arrived about 10 minutes after us, having waited for ages in the car park. Sorry guys!

The villa is at Cumbrian Lakes and is absolutely wonderful. Very spacious, a bedroom each for all the children, two master suites and a lovely pool overlooking a nature reserve.

Tony, Maddie and I whizzed over to Walmart, taking a short cut down Oren Brown road and picked up breakfast items and water. Probably our quickest ever Walmart visit as by now we were all very tired.
We were all in bed by 11pm.

Tomorrow: Islands of Adventure: Forbidden Journey, butterbeer, and a complete soaking.
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:23 AM   #2
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God, it feels like a VERY LONG time ago now.
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:27 AM   #3
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Wow! How lovely for Maddie to come with you.

I love the 1975 photos. What ever happened to the Panda?
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So nice Maddie could join you. Love seeing the 1975 photos too
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:42 AM   #5
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Wow! How lovely for Maddie to come with you.

I love the 1975 photos. What ever happened to the Panda?
She still has him! We both took our Panda's with us and we both still have them. We were thrilled when they had to be put through the x-ray machine at the airport!
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:44 AM   #6
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She still has him! We both took our Panda's with us and we both still have them. We were thrilled when they had to be put through the x-ray machine at the airport!
I can only imagine how embarrassed your children were. LOL!!

ETA or did you mean in 1975???
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Wow! How lovely for Maddie to come with you.

I love the 1975 photos. What ever happened to the Panda?
Great start to the trip report Theresa.I also can't believe how long ago it seems

I have still got Panda,he's very thin on fur now and lives in the loft I feel really bad now not including him on the trip!!
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:30 PM   #9
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I can only imagine how embarrassed your children were. LOL!!

ETA or did you mean in 1975???
LOL, Libby - yes we took them in 1975, although I did consider the idea of taking them this time too, but decided it would indeed embarrass the children if we kept pulling our pandas out of our bags for a photo!
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LOL, Libby - yes we took them in 1975, although I did consider the idea of taking them this time too, but decided it would indeed embarrass the children if we kept pulling our pandas out of our bags for a photo!
But Theresa, I thought embarrassing your kids was part of the parents' job description.

Look at this, your report has barely been posted for 2 hours and you've had so many readers and replies. Obviously, we've all been waiting for this.
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What a great surprise for your sister and family - how lovely that Maddie could join you all.

Love the pictures of you then and now - especially love the panda picture with the cape - I remember having a cape (and a crocheted poncho.)

Can't wait to read more

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Really great report! Love the picture of Mandy looking gobsmacked when she saw Maddie!
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:01 PM   #13
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Been looking forward to you trippie,what a surprise your dd could come too!!!! Great pics
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Super report ......... Loving everyminute of it!!!!!!! Your 1970's photos so remind me of my holidays at Butlins ........ although far less exotic.

Keep them coming!

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Great start.

Love the suprised picture and the 1975 pictures.
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