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Feb 13th, 2007, 09:53 AM
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Putting luggage on seats anywhere is the action of a lout. Putting luggage on Piccadilly Line seats is the action of a bloody stupid lout.

If that's how you intend behaving here, stay at home.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 12:28 PM
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Okay, so I'm not sure what a lout is, but I do get the idea. Are all Brits this welcoming? Perhaps we'll spend more time in France.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 12:40 PM
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Robespierre - I know that you pride youself on accuracy so I thought I should express some tentative disagreement with the statement:
"On Underground cars, there are doors on both sides. The ones on the left side (as you face in the direction of travel) are unused on most runs. There are exceptions, but on the Piccadilly Line from Heathrow to Gloucester Road, they are not used.

So the entire side of the car for a distance of six feet or so (fore-and-aft) is available to stack suitcases. Thus situated, they are of no inconvenience to the other passengers."

I may be mistaken, by I think that the left doors (as you face the direction of travel) are used from Heathrow to Gloucester Rd
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Feb 13th, 2007, 12:41 PM
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I hate to tell you this but people who put their luggage on subway trains IN THE US get just as many dirty looks, especially if the train is already crowded.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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We always stay at the Gloucester Rd. stop and we always take the tube in from Heathrow, unless everyone in your party has more luggage than they can pull by themselves,take the tube, put the bags by the door as there is room and climb the 10 or so steps up to the elevator. Once outside the tube stop if it takes you 6min. to walk to the HI Kensignton I'll eat my shorts.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 01:29 PM
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Ponyup - stop off at the pub on the way and extend the time - we can then learn about the short eating!
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Feb 13th, 2007, 01:32 PM
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If we do the "Just Airports" transport do you know if we need to make reservations or can we just walk up to a counter and ask for a ride? I've gone to their web sight but am still not sure. I know my husband would feel much more comfortable with being dropped at the door of our hotel.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 01:35 PM
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Don't think we'll have a report on the "short eating" Sorry to disapoint ;-)
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Feb 13th, 2007, 01:39 PM
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You need a reservation for any car service, including justairports. These companies are not shuttle operations, they do not have desks/counters at the airport. You call/e-mail to reserve and a driver is waiting for you when you arrive. It's pretty simple.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 01:47 PM
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Thanks Lori, Sounds great. Do you know if there is a similar service at the Eurostar station in Paris?
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Feb 13th, 2007, 02:03 PM
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There is no reason to do a car service in Paris -- even from the airports as taxis are just as cheap and efficient. Certainly no reason to do one from Gare Nord in Paris (the Eurostar station) just go outside and get a taxi from the regular line. Have your destination written on a piece of paper for the driver.

The car services like JustAirports meet you at Heathrow as you come into the "lobby" from clearing customs. There will be a driver with your last name on a sign. You go with him and he will help you with the luggage and take you directly to your hotel.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 02:22 PM
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You have all been most helpful. Your advise is greatly appreciated and has helped to relief our apprehension of traveling. I know we will have a wonderful trip to London and France.
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Feb 15th, 2007, 11:16 AM
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Robespierre said

"On Underground cars, there are doors on both sides. The ones on the left side (as you face in the direction of travel) are unused on most runs. There are exceptions, but on the Piccadilly Line from Heathrow to Gloucester Road, they are not used."

To quote him from anoher thread "you are incorrect"

facts to back this up are that - of the 14 stations on the Pic line which I counted (am not counting Turnham green becuase it was off peak) only five used the doors on the right (as you face forwards) the remainder used doors on the left.

I know that am I taking this too extremes but i jus waned to make sre that Robespierre knew the actual facts becase I am sure that he would be disapointed if his misinformation was not corrected
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Feb 15th, 2007, 11:41 AM
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Thanks for clearing that up, wombat. The statement had me scratching my head as I was sure I remembered moving myself and my luggage from side to side of the train from Heathrow to Covent Garden one rainy morning when the train became very crowded. It seemed every time I'd move to one side, the doors on the other side would open up. Thought maybe my memory was failing me.
Incidentally, I usually stand for most of that route, straddling my luggage and taking as little space as possible. After a transatlantic flight, I really don't mind standing on the train.
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Feb 15th, 2007, 12:56 PM
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"...jus waned to make sre..."

Yeah. Right.
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Feb 15th, 2007, 04:04 PM
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Ever notice that Robespierre doesn't like to be corrected even when he might be wrong or is wrong.
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Feb 15th, 2007, 05:17 PM
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Go to bed, janis. It's late.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 01:04 AM
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Thanks for pointing out the typos - I stand corrrected on my typos!
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