Paul - Tuesday 27 Oct 2009. Arrived at Heathrow Terminal 4 at 5:05am. It didn’t take me long to clear Customs as it appears I was the only person not travelling on a UK/EU passport. I found a young lady who looked at my passport took my entry card and through to baggage claim, then walked though an empty Customs hall and out. I checked my Mobile Phone and found it still didn’t work. Damn you Optus.
Off to the underground to buy an Oyster Card, a quick trip to Houndslow to the Etap Hotel, http://www.etaphotel.com a chain known for cheap, clean no-frills rooms, staffed by overworked, disinterested staff. I was told my room would not be ready until 10:00am so I watched the BBC read The Daily Telegraph, sent Heather and Issy, our friend who kindly to be cat sitter, an email. At 10am the staff had changed and I was informed my room would not be ready until 12 noon, but I could use the Luggage Room. I went for a 2 hour explore of Houndslow and had lunch at MacDonald’s (a Big Tasty) back to the hotel, checked in and had a very welcome shower and change of clothes. Suffering little Jet-lag I decide to go into London.
The northern tower of Palace of Westminster is the Great Clock of Westminster, which houses Big Ben, the name of the largest bell. I was lucky to have clear skies on the day.
Known as the London Eye, or Millennium Wheel a 135-metre (443 ft) tall Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames. One of the left over photos from our 2009 UK trip.
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