Good morning from an overcast and cool London. We arrived about 2 hours ago following our transatlantic flight from New York. Due to unfortunate scheduling, we have a 7 hour layover here until we can board our flight for Lisbon and, from there, to the beautiful Crystal Symphony, where we will board in about 9 hours – not a minute too soon.
Backing up 12 hours:
Our car and driver picked us up right on time and swept us out to JFK. Considering it was rush hour, Sammy made excellent time and we were checked in, whisked through security and seated in British Airways’ Concorde Room within minutes of our arrival at the airport.
AAC, CPA enters the Concorde Room at JFK
We are very fortunate to be able to avail ourselves of the facilities of the Concorde Room, as it has a very nice restaurant with table service. Here’s the dinner menu from last night:
And the wine and cocktail list, which is on an iPad:
AAC, CPA makes a bon voyage toast
We’ve dined in the Concorde Room before and the great advantage is that you can eat on the ground and then sleep on the plane (unless you’re a certain couple who have a second dinner on the plane – no names, please). And the food you get in the Concorde Room is likely to be better than the food on the plane.
First up: Roasted baby beets and charred goat cheese
Followed by a delicious rack of lamb
Our waiter insisted that we have this pumpkin mousse
By the time we had finished eating, it was almost time to board.
AAC, CPA waits for the boarding announcement
Then, a 5-minute walk to the gate and – voila! – we board our 747 chariot bound for LHR.
AAC, CPA gets settled in for the night
As I mentioned, we could have had another dinner but I just wanted to put on the pajamas that were provided for us and get into bed. So, I opted for this:
White chocolate cookies and some hot cocoa (with a drop of Bailey’s!!)
Following my little meal, I popped some Sudafed, aspirin and an Ambien and I was off to the races for the next 4 1/2 hours.
By the time I woke up, we were about an hour from London, so I took care of some business, made sure that AAC, CPA was awake and just relaxed.
When we had landed at LHR, we knew we had to change terminals for our flight to Lisbon. However, we had been under the assumption that we’d be able to spend most of our layover in the Concorde Room over in Terminal 5, which turned out not to be true. That’s a shame, as the Concorde Room here is perhaps even nicer than the one at JFK. Not only that, but we had requested a complimentary private “cabana” for a few hours so that we would have been able to get some more sleep. No such luck.
So we traipsed from Terminal 5 over to Terminal 3 and here we are in the first class lounge. Not bad, not great. They also have a sit-down restaurant, and we’ll probably go over for some lunch a little later.
As a friend of ours’ says, “These are champagne problems”; ie., I’ll get over it.
So here’s a little look at the Terminal 3 lounge – it’s not terrible 🙂
One of several bars here – all complimentary, of course
Another bar – what, no Campari??
It’s the champagne bar – too early in the day, perhaps?
AAC, CPA chows down on a light breakfast
The departure board – see how far down the list our Lisbon flight is?
So, that’s where it’s at, kids. I’ll update you tomorrow when we’re ensconced in our digs about Symphony.
Have a good one!!