Flying to Singapore / London
05.04.2015 - 05.04.2015 15 °C
Sunday 5th April
We left Melbourne for Singapore at 1.00 am. Plane was full and getting to the toilet was an issue at times. The service on Singapore Airlines was, as usual, very professional from the crew with pretty good food.
Arriving in Singapore, we walked to the sky train, enjoying the massive displays of orchids which were all through the terminals. Such beautiful displays made for a really pleasant stroll to the sky train.
We stopped at a toilet and I guided mum to the end toilet and watched as she realised that the toilet was a squat loo. Very funny.
After a three hour stopover we boarded the big air bus and prepared for the long 14 hour haul to London. We had booked seats in the middle on a short row of three seats rather than the rows of four. A very nice man offered to move to provide us with more room. Singapore airlines offer nice wide seats and plenty of leg room (for a shorty like me). The seats also have foot stools which make sleeping much more comfortable.
Mum finally mastered the video system and enjoyed a lot of music as we travelled. The only problem of the flight was the toddler from hell three seats up from us. This child cried, in the loudest voice I have heard a toddler make (at least it felt like it). I have a very short tolerance of children, but mum is very tolerant. However, even her tolerance worn thin. The only thing I found amusing about the situation was that the mother walked the baby up and down the aisles to settle it, and most of the walking was up through business class. At least she shared the misery. The child finally settled and nearly everyone on the plane also slept. The toddler was still crying when the parents collected their luggage and you could hear it all over Heathrow.
We arrived in London and fast tracked through customs at our request. I just explained that mum couldn't stand for very long and they let us straight through. Getting the luggage was another experience. more than half an hour wait for the luggage to finally appear. Arriving at Heathrow at 3.40 pm. We jumped onto the underground train from the airport to Earls Court at 5.00 pm.
Our luck was in as we came out of the station. A taxi was just dropping off a fare so we grabbed him and he dropped us off at the Ibis Hotel.
Our room is on the tenth floor, looking up towards Earls Court and with a fantastic view of the city,including the London Eye.
We ate in the Hotel restaurant and then got an early night, happy to be able to lay down and not sit up to rest. It's a very long way on the plane. The first leg to Singapore offered a smaller plane, with nine seats across with two aisles. The bigger plane had heaps more room to sit and to move around.
Mum was excited to be in England, which was great.