Whoohoo! Can I just take a moment to thank God that the signs were in English everywhere we went between home and Ireland? Because there were tons of them to read and they had to be read quickly. Especially when we were trying to make connecting flights at London’s Heathrow airport!
We had approximately 90 minutes, both coming and going, to make our connecting flights in London. Both times, we barely made it! Heathrow is a huge airport!
The shuttles between terminals alone took almost 30 minutes. Then we had to clear customs and security and walk the mall (a conglomeration of stores at least as large as the mall in my hometown and much busier). All of that, was contained just in Terminal 5! The message boards said “flight closing” as we arrived at our gates each time.
Note to self: If you ever find yourself at London’s Heathrow airport again, make sure to arrange for a longer layover. And not just because of the sheer size. Take time to explore and pay for things in pounds!
I was in too much of a rush to take many photos in the airport, but please enjoy these, which I took from the plane. I was amazed at how many soccer (I know, they call it football) fields I saw. I noticed long waterways, where I imagined crew teams might practice. Also, London is HUGE!
I just had to take the following photo for my grandkids. They watch the show Peppa Pig. Have you ever seen it?
It is a cartoon set in the United Kingdom. In it, the emergency vehicles do not sound the sirens to which we are accustomed in the USA. Instead, they say “Wee-oo-wee-oo”. For the longest time, my baby grands would make that noise every time we passed the fire station in our neighborhood and it cracked me up.
The introduction post for this series, led with this photo and I offered bonus points to anyone who knew where it was taken. Did anyone suspect it was Heathrow?
The plane connected to the loading bridge is the one that carried us overseas. Turns out that American Airlines plane, with it’s crew, provided the best leg of our travel! Props to them and praise be to God for blessing us.
“…because of your father’s God, who helps you,Genesis 49:25a
because of the Almighty, who blesses you
with blessings of the skies above,
blessings of the deep springs below…”
Well, like I said, my time in London was very rushed. Maybe I’ll go back one day. Have you spent time there? Have you ever been to Heathrow airport? What are your favorite all-time airports and which do you try to avoid?
I can’t wait for the next post because that is when I get to tell you all about Cork, Ireland! What a charming city it is! Has anyone ever been there?
Curious how this Ireland trip came about?
Click here for the introduction post.