So, just back from holiday - well back for a couple of days but I spent most of the first day sleeping or trying not to go back to sleep and yesterday a cold started so that was my excuse for not doing anything (lame, I know).
To try and not bore you all silly I'll split the posts up into a day or couple of days at a time and that way if something appeals, or the opposite, you only have to look at that. I thought I'd try and be helpful so as well as talking about what I've done I'll try and provide some practical advice about how I did what I did - the kind I wish the guidebooks do and I'll provide an update on books etc. as some of you seem to find that helpful.
To begin - well there may be one person in the world I didn't tell that I blew all of my airmiles and treated myself to a first class return ticket, just paying the £500 and something tax. I'm not a great flier - I don't like taking off and landing and there isn't much way to avoid that as you know - but this time I was certainly looking forward to the experience. The flight was with BA so from Terminal 5 - those of you who know me know I love T5. I'd be happy to go on holiday there - all those lovely shops, Gordon Ramsey and, when the sun shines, the whole thing sparkles. Anyway you go to the first class check in area and wow, are they nice to you! I've never been called by name so much in my life! The lady on check in recommended I go to the Concorde Room and have breakfast so, after my first class shopping for luxuries such as Werther's Originals (other chewing sweets are available) to stop my ears hurting as we climbed, I ventured in, reasonably certain they would say you don't belong in here, there's plenty of seats outside. But no, it was does Madam want breakfast? Of course Madam did - toast and eggs benedict and very nice too. It wasn't too crowded in there as it was a Saturday morning & didn't see anyone famous but you can't have everything.