Day 1 - The Adventure Begins
After a frenetic weekend which started with a lovely lunch for my 60th at the Print Room, followed by a fantastic party attended by around 80 family and friends, some of whom had travelled long distances to attend; then on Sunday another lunch for all of the family at Durley Dean which was rounded off by a walk along the prom in the sunshine, a few tearful farewells to children and grandchildren, (well mine anyway) we are finally at the airport after a good ride up courtesy of Titan Travel. They were supposed to pick us up at 6:30 but actually arrived at 6:10 which threw us into a bit of a spin.
Inspite of the extra security level, going through security was a breeze; lets hope that this bodes well for the rest of the flights, (19 in all!)Managed to get a nice camera case in Dixons, all their prices seemed more expensive than the High St so I'm sure it's probably a rip off but it does protect it and that's the important thing
So now we wait….. 2 ½ hrs till our scheduled departure time of 12 noon.
Amazing almost on time, 2 no shows so luggage had to be unloaded, but not too bad. Our seats are right at he back, 53 H&J. We should have been in row 51 but somehow it got changed even though we had paid for it! Kath (on the previous flight) did request an upgrade for us but no luck-shame; anyway it was fine. We had a twin seat so only Bill to disturb if I want to get out. Managed to get talking to our flight attendant, a very nice lady from Northern Ireland called Jan (Janice), the NI connection working again who very kindly got us some very nice champagne from Club World in proper glasses no less. Views from the window are stunning, think we're over Greenland, can see icebergs down there.
Landed on time - 3:05 EST after over 11 hrs in the air. The flight was smooth in the main which was a pleasant change. Apparently there were some problems with numbers at LAX passport control as it was heaving. yAfter queuing for what seemed an eternity the actually pulled the BA passengers through as the baggage carousel was piling up with luggage!
Won't make the mistake of taking the shuttle again if we return to LA, OMG, the words piss up and brewery spring to mind. We mst have waited 25 mins for one to take us into Hollwood then toured the airports terminals to try and tout for more passengers, our own version of Groundhog Day. In the end it took 2 hrs including all the detours to do a 45 min journey; certainly don't need to take a city tour now!
Did a quick walk down the Walk of Fame which is just round the corner from our hotel.There was some sort of celebrity event going on with Cameron Diaz and others but there were so many cameras and interviewers it was difficult to see anything.Must get to bed - it's 8:45 and we've been up for nearly 24 hrs!