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It Pays To Be Proactive - Back From The UK

May 30th, 2017, 09:59 AM
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It Pays To Be Proactive - Back From The UK

Our gamble to buy Edinburgh to London (Heathrow) train tickets Friday night just in case BA was not back up and running on Sunday paid off since BA canceled our Sunday flight at the 11th hour...as we feared they might.

The switch to the tube at King's Cross is a breeze, and when we come back and stay at Millennium Bailey's next time (absolutely loved the hotel) we will tube it to Gloucester Station, which is located directly across the street from the hotel.

Outside of a slight accident at Heathrow (I almost made it through the trip unscathed), our London/Scotland adventure was perfect, and thanks to all of you who helped in our planning. When we ran into Princess Anne in Edinburgh I thought about giving her hell about ruining our chance to see Holyrood Palace, but thought better of it. Plus, it gives us a chance to return to a city that we fell in love with.

We all felt that Scotland was the friendliest country we have ever visited (not to mention one of the more beautiful). Also special kudos to my new favorite airline, Air New Zealand, who offered terrific customer service, including offering some minor medical assistance at Heathrow.

Oh yeah, we had a delicious haggis dish (who knew?) at our afternoon tea in an incredibly stunning setting complete with peacocks singing at a wedding with bag pipes.

More in the trip report, which I hope to start soon after I finish the rest of the Whisky we bought.

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May 30th, 2017, 10:12 AM
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Glad you like my home town so much! There's good haggis and bad haggis, sounds like you had the former. What on earth happened at Heathrow? Did you have breakfast on the train?
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May 30th, 2017, 10:29 AM
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I'm a huge fan of both Millenniums (Gloucester is a bit less expensive than Baileys) side by side, across the street from the tube station. Piccadilly line is a straight shot to & from Heathrow.

And the Stanhope Arms on the corner can quickly become your local⭐️
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May 30th, 2017, 10:32 AM
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Barbara, I have a friend who is an Edinburgh fanatic, and now I see why. We had hot breakfast from London to Edinburgh, and on the early train yesterday (geez, that was just yesterday), they had coffee and pastries. Virgin train was very good.

As far as the airport...stay tuned. As Tracy would say, "Tom, you idiot!!!"

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May 30th, 2017, 11:34 AM
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Hope you'll also post about BA compensation ~ curious about what they offer for your cancelled flight. I say that like it's somehow my business!
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May 30th, 2017, 12:31 PM
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glad that your trip went off with you almost unscathed, Tom.

don't spend too long drinking that whisky!
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May 30th, 2017, 12:53 PM
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I was swearing at Anne. The money lost during their stays has to be huge. Second trip not getting inside the palace. The people were super nice. No haggis here. So happy you took the train.
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May 30th, 2017, 01:26 PM
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Glad the train worked out. Maybe the Caledonian sleeper next time?
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May 30th, 2017, 01:45 PM
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We tubed from the airport to Bailey's Millennium once.....or attempted to do so. It was morning rush hour I guess. The train kept getting more and more crowded and we couldn't get our bags and ourselves to the exit in time to get off. Missed our stop and had to catch the train going back. Next time we'd use a car service if landing in the AM.
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May 30th, 2017, 02:03 PM
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If the train is crowded you need to head for the doors right after the previous stop.
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May 30th, 2017, 02:08 PM
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So glad it all worked out and I agree that Edinburgh is wonderful. I'll be there in a couple of weeks and if any free time ( which there probably won't be ) will look at property.
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May 30th, 2017, 07:33 PM
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I'm looking forward to the trip report, and three cheers to Air New Zealand!

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May 30th, 2017, 11:59 PM
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glad you got back so easily

can we all stop verbing the noun "the tube", it is "take the tube" or "catch the tube", it grates on my brain
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May 31st, 2017, 01:41 AM
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I can't get worked up about it, but "to tube" does rather conjure up images of something rather personal, medical and uncomfortable.
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May 31st, 2017, 03:23 AM
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Then does this mean that if you "take the tube" or "catch the tube" or in some way utilize the tube that you are a tuber?

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May 31st, 2017, 04:59 AM
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If you spend enough time underground, you might.
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May 31st, 2017, 06:00 AM
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Obviously, this thread has gone down the Tubes.

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May 31st, 2017, 08:45 AM
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can we all stop verbing the noun "the tube", it is "take the tube" or "catch the tube", it grates on my brain>>

bilbo, I'm sure I've read that someone "trained" from London to Manchester [the stations are immaterial] and soon, no doubt, another person will "plane" too. Oh for the circumlocutions of yesteryear.
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May 31st, 2017, 09:36 AM
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at least few people "suppered" last night.
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May 31st, 2017, 10:01 AM
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Is it an attempt to sound clever or just stupidity ?
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