|Yipee We're Here After 8.5 hours of flying, we arrive at Heathrow airport. We truly are excited to be on foreign soil for the first time in our lives. WOW! My knees are giving me trouble and getting off the plane. BUT I AM determined that nothing is going to interfere with this trip (Foolish me!). Fortunately, a member of the flight crew noticed my condition ansd stopped us at first (ground level) landing and called for wheel chair assistance. Good thing too! Heathrow is BIG!! We may have never made it out of there otherwise. LOL.
We eventually find the transportation desk at the airport and give them our transfers; The lady shows us to the waiting area and tells us it'll be a short wait. We had the most engaging conversation with a young lady and her children while waiting. The time just seemed to fly, when her husband shows up with the luggage carrier and they are ready to go on their merry way! Fortunately, 5 minutes later, our transport is ready. That 15 minute ride was exciting! I was Mr. Bobble-Head - looking left then looking right, then scanning in front to see what was upcoming!
We get there! Check-in with no hassle and are shown to our room. NOW the fun begins!! Following my friend Hazel's advice, We grab a quick bite in the hotel And return to the room to take a short nap to minimize Jet-Lag and reinvirorate ourselves. The plan being to wake refreshed, get our bearings and plan a sightseeing strategy.
Well life plays by its own rules! As the saying goes 'the best laid plans often go astray! Take a look at the first map. Our hotel is by the Wharf at the bottom of the map. The main sites are located in Central london (Map 02). London has an excellent transportation infastructure! There are two train stations within a 10 min walk( Victoria and Imperial Wharf)! Now look at Map 03, we're newbies and ain't no way I wanna try finding my way around with so little time. Suffice it to say that because of lack of resources (knowledge, time,hotel shuttle,working cell phones, Money, Mobility & Gun-Ho attidude), we saw only a few things!
Such is life!
1) The Hotel management is really superb as they went above and beyond to meet our needs and request!!! For example, I sleep with a CPAP machine but our room had no electrical outlet on the Headboard wall. The ONLY outlet in the room was on the wall opposite the bed! Additionally,The plug on my converter did not match the outlet type - an adapter would be required. 45 minutes after notifying the front desk of the problem, the Manager and the Assistant Manager returned to our room and announced that we were being upgraded to a suite at the end of the hall. WOW! The assistant said he was there there to facilitate the move....All we need to do was grab our personal items and follow the Manager to the suite. The Manager showed us the suite, and asked if it was to our liking(but of course it is!). Before leaving to return to the lobby , she said she hoped we would enjoy our stay and that her assistant would handle the move. We were quickly settled and before leaving the assistant asked to look at the converter one last time. He left and returned a short time later with the correct adapter for the outlet. I slept soundly with no snoring to disture Josephine the entire stay. Way to go Jurys Management!
2)In putting this post together, I learned that the Chelsea area has sightseeing venues too that are unique to the area(as do many of the other regions/villages of London)! Who knew? Follow this link - http://www.ukattraction.com/london/chelsea.html - to view the list of Chelsea Attractions