Early morning walk in London, and flight back home
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My final day in London! And of the trip!
This day is always the most bittersweet one. It's nice because this is the day I'm up at 6am, ready by 7am and all set to explore the town on foot before the rest of the country's woken up. It's also sad because you walk through those wonderful places and you're thinking, "why don't I come here more often??!!"
So anyway, had my last Onken Yogurt for breakfast (a big sigh to that), and walked to Gloucester Road station, and past the V&A And Natural History and Science Museums onto Hyde Park, Marble Arch before settling into Bond Street and Oxford Street. Flexed my credit cards - bought a nice pair of denims @ River Island, and some chocos @ Thorntons before taking the Tube back to Earl's Court. The weather was really nice. Very crisp, very autumny, just loved it.
Took the Pic Line to Heathrow, did the usual walk and escalator thing but I was so surprised @ how empty the AA checkin counters were. Moral of the story - always choose the last or last but one flight of a major carrier in Heathrow (well, other than BA and Virgin!) so you don't have to deal with queues and all. This is one of the few times I've actually been dead early to Heathrow, so settled down for some nice lunch of spicy Thai noodles whilst awaiting for my flight to start boarding. Take off was nice, it was nice seeing a totally different set of airlines landing and taking off, primarily Asian. Very few Air Canada and American carriers on view...!
Flight was comfortable back to Dallas, as was immigration. No matter how much I love London, or how much I love holidays, I just love being home! Food was great - and the best was the company. Met a delightful lady from Sacramento who was returning after visiting her daughter and son-in-law in Bristol who just gave birth to a baby boy 2 days ago.
So overall, very nice trip! I'm glad I got to see France after 2 decades, was as nice as I remembered it. And more than anything, the fact that I got to visit the UK *again*. What was once a luxury visit back in 2005 has quickly transformed itself into a twice-a-year ritual, and make no mistake, I'm not complaining!