I was going to call my post, “UK in 48 hours,” but I will break it into two parts. The first will cover my trip to London and then to Leicester. The second will be about 24 hours in London. From there, I travelled to Italy.
The first leg of the journey was Edmonton International to Ottawa with a fairly quick connection to the Ottawa-London flight. Departing at about 6:40 p.m., arrival was just after 6:30 in the morning, London time. Using Aeroplan points, I was able to book Business Class, and it sure was a pleasure–particularly for the long haul overseas. I have to mention the ‘sleepers’ with flat beds and personal space. It was the first time I had seen them. Combined with access to the Maple Leaf Lounge when I left Edmonton, and great service on board, Air Canada left a very favourable impression. To top it off, Air Canada has an arrivals lounge at Heathrow Airport in London where I was able to shave, shower, change, and eat before departing the airport.
Heeding advice to avoid the expensive taxi ride in congested traffic, I took the Underground (aka ‘Subway’ or ‘Tube’) as far as London’s King’s Cross – St. Pancras Station. This is where I was to catch a national train, at the St. Pancras International Station, for Leicester. At this time, let me point out that I was travelling lighter than usual. Even with an allowance of three bags up to 70 lbs each, I had one suitcase, a rollaboard case that I rested on the top of the suitcase and held together, and my camera bag. My laptop was tucked away inside the rollaboard. There is no possible way I could handle anything more doing anything other than loading into a taxi for delivery to a hotel. This trip, that was not the general mode of transportation.
The trip to Leicester was a quick 1 hour and 5 minutes, with free wifi to keep me busy.
It is time to call it a night, so tomorrow I will post about my visit to the city and the University of Leicester.