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Ireland – It’s an Irresistibly Interesting Island of Intrigue: Heathrow

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!

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?

Emergency vehicles
Emergency vehicles at London’s Heathrow airport.

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?

Two airplanes
We deplaned from this aircraft at London’s Heathrow airport.

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,
    because of the Almighty, who blesses you
with blessings of the skies above,
    blessings of the deep springs below…”

Genesis 49:25a

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.

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20 replies on “Ireland – It’s an Irresistibly Interesting Island of Intrigue: Heathrow”

Favourite airport? Guernsey in the Channel Islands where I grew up! Or anything similarly small or smaller preferably. But if it’s big airports I prefer those with train stations connecting them to the city centre.- which Heathrow has. I do like Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.

As for Cork – one of the worst ever landings I have had was in Cork on a turboprop in the dark in a rainstorm. I hope a bad landing in Cork is not the subject of your next post!

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It’s a shame you couldn’t route via Dublin as you can clear US Immigration in Dublin before boarding your flight home saving all the hassle on arrival. But it would mean a road or train journey between Dublin and Cork and back to Dublin.

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A few of my colleagues did that just so they could ride the train from Dublin to Cork and see the countryside. I think, if I ever have the chance again, I’d like to do that. Being able to pass customs there is icing on the cake for sure!

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Been to Heathrow several times when we visited England or used it as a stopover for other destinations. Loved London and the airport every time and had excellent service from both vendors and airport staff.
So sad the Peppa Pig has gone “woke” now. It WAS an excellent cartoon from our cousins across “the Pond.”
❤️&🙏, c.a.

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Oh no! I’m sad to hear that about Peppa. I’ve never seen anything “woke” in it, but admittedly, I keep playing the same recorded episodes over and over for them. They don’t mind. They’re getting older now- I think it might be a nostalgia thing for them to watch those particular episodes, on my couch with me. Kinda like I feel watching a Charlie Brown Christmas with my parents. 😉

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We landed in Ireland and that’s when the crazy part of the trip started. Get in the car on opposite side seat from what we’re used to, stickshift is on opposite side, practice driving like that for 3 minutes through airport parking lot, then get on the roads with immediate roundabouts! Thank you God for the very detailed GPS directions and Dave not losing his cool, while driving this!

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I just read your Tesla pickup story and forgot about driving on opposite side of the roads and roundabouts also. I’m getting jittery just recalling this part! Maybe the airport needs to have a practice lot for people! The rest of Ireland was wonderful.

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Our Tesla driver drove out of the airport like he meant business! I could only imagine if I’d been new in town, trying to drive a rental on the wrong side of the road, from the wrong side of the car, and driving alongside drivers like him. I would have been crying, I think. I like the idea of a practice lot! There are many long stretches of lonely road in the countryside, but right at the airport is crazy and not much opportunity to get the hang of things!

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Wow. It was so wise of you to take a Tesla taxi! I loved driving the countrysides, well, Dave driving I mean. Ha the roads were so narrow and 2 cars barely fit but the Ireland people were courteous. And seeing the green, sheep and cows were wonderful!

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