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LHR transport dilemma - need help thinking outside the box . . .

Old Apr 6th, 2014, 11:47 AM
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Well - two live in the midwest and one in suburban California where none have to navigate public transport, major cities, 5-terminal airports, etc.

In fact if I remember - before the last trip, two or three of the group had never been on a public bus (other than maybe school buses when they were kids) nor any sort of subway/tube/metro/light rail. You gotta remember, where most of us live - on vacation you either drive or fly somewhere and then take a shuttle bus to the hotel, or to the car rental office to pick up a car and then drive.
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 12:01 PM
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Well, yes, but following a direction that says "wait in the baggage claim area until everyone arrives" requires zero big city skills.
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 12:23 PM
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Well, it would as you cannot walk in baggage claims area from outside or another terminal.
Not like in the US, baggage claims are always within the "sterile" airside part of the airports in Europe.
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 12:37 PM
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Cowboy - if you read janisj's great TR you will see that they were all arriving at the same terminal at the same time, and her plan was for them to meet in the baggage claim area. Admittedly, that would have been a drag if one of the flights was late, but that wasn't the case.
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 01:21 PM
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Yep - cowboy, before you try to figure this out logically, you need to read the report . . . But fair warning it is looooong and there is a LOT you may have a hard time believing. Gospel truth, every word is true!
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 01:40 PM
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two cars, meet at the flat, even if they have to sit outside in the pouring rain until you arrive!

anything else could open up a world of confusion and calamity.
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 01:44 PM
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Of course, confusion and calamity does make for better TRs.....
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 02:52 PM
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Just looked through your "six ladies" trip report -

tell me you are not traveling with "SCQ" again (Separate Checks Queen)
What a tale that was...
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 02:57 PM
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Not a chance in HELL
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 03:00 PM
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Can't you find other travel companions? I can send my resume!!!
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 03:29 PM
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I've met friends before at Costa Coffee in T1 just outside baggage claim.

There is no way in hell they could miss it. Then again....
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 05:35 PM
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Janisj, I just read the 6 women TR, and you are some kind of friend. I alternated between 'Oh HELL no!' And 'no she DIDN'T!'

I don't know if I would travel with anyone ever again after that.
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 08:15 PM
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I am confused -- maybe I am secretely related to that one person in janisj's group?
I thought janisj + 1 will be arriving in T3.. And the other 2 people in T1?
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 08:31 PM
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Yep - me+one at T-3; two others at T-1. I've just about decided that two drivers is the only practical option.

(not <i>all</i> of my friends are dingbats honest. Some could navigate London w/o a second thought)
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 08:42 PM
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cowboy - there are two trips under discussion here. The one described here: http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...in-england.cfm - where everyone flew into the same terminal, although on different planes, and the one janisj is currently planning, where they fly into different terminals.
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 08:56 PM
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thanks for the clarification.. now it makes sense even for me
I think they all should fly to London, Ontario. The airport is much smaller than Heathrow
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Old Apr 7th, 2014, 01:04 AM
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"even if they have to sit outside in the pouring rain until you arrive!"

One advantage of St Katharine's marina is that even people who can't find their backside with both hands ought to be able to see the Starbucks. But I don't know janisj's friends....

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Old Apr 7th, 2014, 06:20 AM
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Ahem. I am no fan of cell phones, in fact I am an anti-fan, but isn't this precisely the kind of situation in which they are worth their price? If you don't want to pay international rates, or buy a SIM on arrival, then buy one ahead of time from somewhere like http://ekit.com/ekit/home/ - and if you can't get your phones unlocked, look for cheap unlocked quad band phones on ebay or amazon, they don't need to be smart for this.
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Old Apr 7th, 2014, 06:45 AM
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I live in London, On...I'd make you all lunch!!!
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Old Apr 7th, 2014, 06:51 AM
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Isn't a manifestation of insanity doing the same daft thing over and over and expecting different results?

If so, Janis may need a mental health referral.

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