Heather and Gary in Europe - Spring 2014 travel blog

Gary outside the Al Borgo Restaurant where we ate last night in...

The "Ankeruhr" clock in Hoher Markt; the figures of Austrian nobility change...

Heather and Gary in Stadtpark in front of a statue of Mozart.

Sunday May 25 Vienna to London

We woke rather early and spent some of the early morning re-arranging our luggage for the flight to London early in the afternoon. As it was another sunny morning and it was still early, we decided to go out for a while. Check out at the hotel was not until noon and our flight not until 2:10 pm.

We went out for a last walk around Vienna and looked for a cafe for breakfast or at least, a morning coffee. We stopped at Cafe Joma in Hoher Markt where we had a coffee and a croissant and shared a waffle with fresh fruit. It was very pleasant and relaxing in the shade under the large patio umbrellas of the cafe. Nearby, there was a large clock called the "Ankeruhr" clock. The figures on the clock were Austrian nobility, and they changed as the hours changed. We slowly walked back to our hotel taking a slight diversion through the park opposite our hotel to take a few photos of statues of musicians and a floral clock.

We left the hotel around noon and took a taxi to the Vienna airport which cost an outrageous 47 Euros. The British Airways flight 701 was on time and we made our way to gate D29 after having our last "melange" coffee in a nice lounge.

We arrived early at Heathrow, and we had to wait for ten minutes before we could get off the plane. We also had to put our clocks back one hour, so we actually gained an hour that we forgot we had lost! Although not as warm as Vienna, the sky was sunny when we arrived in London. It took a long time to clear customs and by the time we reached the baggage hall our cases were sitting all by themselves off the turntable, waiting for us.

We walked to the Underground station and bought two "Oyster" cards (preloaded London Transport cards) for the three days that we will be in London. These cards would give us access to buses, trains, the Underground and the river shuttles. Any credit on the cards not used could be refunded when we return to the Underground station at Heathrow on Wednesday.

We caught the Underground to King's Cross station and walked with our cases the few blocks to the Premier Inn at Euston. This is the same hotel that we stayed at before leaving for Lille five weeks ago. We watched a bit of television (the end of the Formula 1 race from Monaco ) while getting ready to go out for a walk around and eventually dinner.

We took the Underground to Leicester Square and eventually ended up in Salisbury Pub on St Martin's Lane where we had a pint of beer and fish and chips for dinner. Both were very good. After dinner, we walked down to Trafalgar Square and caught the number 29 bus back towards our hotel on Euston Road and walked the remaining few blocks. We watched a bit of BBC TV before retiring for the night. It had been another long day of travel.

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