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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6257 times:

Well it was my Mums birthday so doing my duty I took a flight to spend the day with her. The best times for me happened to be with Ryanair and it cost me all of EUR28 All in !! Cant go wrong with that for a 1 hour flight. I looked at BA and the cost was EUR160 !! Just could not justify it.



DATE : 10/JUN/2008

ROUTE : DUB-LGW

FLIGHT : FR 112

A/C : B737-800

REG: EI-DAF



























After an uneventful fight it was time to land. I slept for most of the flight.































After that it was time to take the train to Epsom.

Nice station with old phone box along the way



Finally after 50 mins I arrived in Epsom





I met my Mum and Sister and went to a Indian restaurant for Lunch . When we got there it was just opened .















And finally my meal.... lovely Curry.





Epsom











After a nice day shopping and spending time together , giving my Mother her presents it was time to get the train back to LGW.



DATE : 10/JUN/2008

ROUTE : LGW-DUB

FLIGHT : FR 1127

A/C : B737-800

REG: EI-DAF





















After passing through security which took no time at all it was time to look at the shops. LGW has a good selection including a discount Nike store and Dixons electronics.









I had been reading up on this new mini laptop and I will probably buy it soon . Its less than 1 kilo in weight and half the size of a normal laptop. I had a good play with it and was impressed. The price was impressive also.





After a while time to go to the gate. The flight was delayed 1 hour but after that it was time to board. I had Priority boarding which makes a difference IMHO.







I got onboard and sat down. I had a Window and the two seats next to me were empty. Also 4 rows behind me were also empty. This guy then comes and sits down next to me . I dont mean leaving the middle seat free I mean literally next to me. I thought this a bit weird seeing as there were lots of rows/seats free. Anyway after everyone had boarded I moved to a new seat and had a row of 3 to myself. I was quite tired by this stage so wanted my space.





















Again another un eventful flight I slept a bit . I didnt bother with buying anything .




When I got to Dublin the immigration ques were crazy . I had to get into a snaking line which took 20 minutes to pass. They really need to have a seperate line for passengers arriving from the UK due to the CTA agreement.

I also missed my Bus up North so I had to wait until the next one at midnight. Pics of DUB at around 2330 . It was nice and empty. The shops and restaurants on the upper level were open though and alot of people were there. Some flights to Eastern Europe go at that time.








So thats it . Not a major trip or an exciting airline but none the less I enjoyed it alot and of course seeing my Family again.

Thanks for reading and as usual nice to get all comments .

OA260

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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5133 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6240 times:

Hi, Philip,

thanx for posting this story.
A good impression about what to see at LGW nowadays.
And also nice to view your destination pics, sounds you had a good time there with your family.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Well it was my Mums birthday so doing my duty I took a flight to spend the day with her.

Always nice to bring duty und flying together!.

Btw, both flights on the same plane, it seems FR goes also forward with this shuttle concept.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6202 times:

Nice report Philip!

That Indian restaurant looks good and so does the curry which is what matters most! Nice photos of LGW and DUB, in the last photo what airline did those self service machines belong to or was it just all Skyteam airlines?

Thanks for sharing,
Kevin.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6136 times:

Hello Philip, thanks for the good report!

I really loved the pics of Epsom, it looks like a lovely town. I actually flew on the same A/C in November, i also had the exact same seat as you had on the first flight. The Curry by the way looked really delicious.

Thanks for sharing.
//Jonas



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User currently offlineEI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6110 times:

Great TR Philip enjoyed reading it!

Nice pics of LGW,DUB and that FR cabin.

That was the FR 738 that I was on to SNN parked next to your a/c EI-DAF, can't say I expected to see a photo of that a/c on here less than week later, if I had known I could have waved...... Big grin

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I didnt bother with buying anything .

I think you were better off...

EI320


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6069 times:

Very bizarre to see photos of Epsom in a trip report...but I guess the same could be said by anyone who sees photos of their local area being visited!!  Wink I'm guessing that as you passed through Boxhill & Westhumble that you got a train from LGW to Dorking Deepdene?

That curry looks nice though, what's the name of the restaurant? It looks like it may have been that restaurant that used to be a really nice pizza place.

Nice that you got one of FR's older aircraft too - IMHO they're so much more comfortable than the newer ones.

Thanks for the report.

Andy.



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User currently offlineFlyboy_se From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 808 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6057 times:

Great TR Phil. Thats so creepy with the guy sitting right next to you with so many free seats.
Thanks for the TR.I need to try FR sometime soon



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5905 times:



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 5):
Very bizarre to see photos of Epsom in a trip report

LOL... I love Epsom I have to say and there are not too many English towns I like. It is clean,safe and my Mum loves it there. Really nice selection of shops and restaurants also.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 5):
I'm guessing that as you passed through Boxhill & Westhumble that you got a train from LGW to Dorking Deepdene?

I got the train from Gatwick to Horsham then switched to the Epsom train. Connections all went well and a return ticket was £8.50 return. I was very impressed.

Quoting Flyboy_se (Reply 6):
Great TR Phil

Thanks was not going to do one then thought frigg it I will lol....

Quoting EI320 (Reply 4):
if I had known I could have waved......

I know I probably passed you at some stage in the airport. Shame we didnt know we could have said Hi. Maybe next time.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
The Curry by the way looked really delicious.

Oh yes you cant beat a good curry......

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Always nice to bring duty und flying together!.

Yes I love my family being all around the globe. The ones that live further away see me more often LOL...

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 2):
service machines belong to or was it just all Skyteam airlines?

They belong to AF but Im not sure if others use them.


User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 747 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5611 times:

Hey Philip, nice TR as always. I am getting a bit worried by this sudden love affair with FR though. After all those LX J class reports we're used to seeing swiss chocolates and fresh coffee, not a maxwell house & kit kat!!!


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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2178 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5549 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
I got the train from Gatwick to Horsham then switched to the Epsom train. Connections all went well and a return ticket was £8.50 return. I was very impressed.

Horsham being where I live, and you would've gone past my house too  Silly

Indeed it is interesting to see a town we visit quite often on an internet site such as this!

Thanks for providing an idea of what I can expect on FR's older aircraft.

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5509 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
LOL... I love Epsom I have to say and there are not too many English towns I like. It is clean,safe and my Mum loves it there. Really nice selection of shops and restaurants also.

Well fancy not making the trip just up the road to Sutton and seeing Chavvy society at its best!!  Wink You also missed out on a visit to Revolution...it's the nearest we have in Sutton to...one of those bars!! Big grin

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
The Curry by the way looked really delicious.

Oh yes you cant beat a good curry......

I'm still waiting for the name of the restaurant...I may give it a go!

Andy.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5491 times:



Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 9):
Horsham being where I live, and you would've gone past my house too

Indeed it is interesting to see a town we visit quite often on an internet site such as this!

Yes its always nice to see something local on a international website. That area is certainly a nice place.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 10):
it's the nearest we have in Sutton to...one of those bars!! Big grin

LOL.... I dont do bars !!

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 10):
I'm still waiting for the name of the restaurant...I may give it a go!

http://www.jimmyspices.co.uk/ You would love it so go try it and let me know ....GBP.6.95 for a lunch buffet is damn good.


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5471 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
LOL.... I dont do bars !!

Ah, but do you do Vodka (Revolution is a vodka bar)?!?!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
http://www.jimmyspices.co.uk/ You would love it so go try it and let me know

What a bizarre mix...Indian, Thai, Chinese and ITALIAN?!?! Still, I'll give it a go and let you know what I think!



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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3658 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5434 times:

Hey Philip!

OMG! A Krispy Kreme!  eyepopping  LGW has jumped up as the World's Best Airport!  biggrin   duck 

Kidding!  rotfl 

I should make a point to visit The UK and Ireland soon!!! Epsom looks quite quaint!

Thanks for sharing!

Colin  wave 



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5369 times:

Hola Philip!

Thanks for this interesting TR to Epsom.

It looks a really cute English countryside town.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Well it was my Mums birthday so doing my duty I took a flight to spend the day with her.

That's exactly every son's duty  Smile

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineMk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5345 times:

Loved the TR. Epsom seems like a beautiful small country town that i would like to visit when i come to england.

Indian food in England is the 2nd best place to eat it, obviously right behind India...hehehe!!

Can't believe the difference in the price of tix, 28 vs 160.

If one lands in heathrow, whats the best way to reach epsom??



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User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1314 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5218 times:

Good report.

BA Viscount - judging by your profile, you are too old to venture into Revolution, even though I will admit the talent looks incredible on a Friday night.

As for Epsom, OA260, I would be grateful if you tell me the location of the Indian restaurant featured in your report. Digressing, I can't believe the train from Gatwick cost £8.50.

As for the red phone box at Boxhill and Westhumble station, I think it could do with a lick of paint but hopefully it will be left in place as a reminder of yester year.

And yes, Epsom is quaint.


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5186 times:

Quoting G-CIVP (Reply 16):
BA Viscount - judging by your profile, you are too old to venture into Revolution

Oi!!!   

Quoting G-CIVP (Reply 16):
even though I will admit the talent looks incredible on a Friday night.

Yes, that's probably because I was in there...

Quoting G-CIVP (Reply 16):
As for Epsom, OA260, I would be grateful if you tell me the location of the Indian restaurant featured in your report.

He already did:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
http://www.jimmyspices.co.uk/ You would love it so go try it and let me know ....GBP.6.95 for a lunch buffet is damn good.



Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 14):
It looks a really cute English countryside town.

Epsom is nice, but I wouldn't go that far! It's really just an outer suburb of London! I wouldn't trip over yourselves to get there folks, unless you've got a dear old Mum to visit there that is!  Wink

[Edited 2008-06-17 18:13:11]


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5108 times:



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 17):
Epsom is nice, but I wouldn't go that far! It's really just an outer suburb of London! I wouldn't trip over yourselves to get there folks, unless you've got a dear old Mum to visit there that is! Wink



Quoting G-CIVP (Reply 16):
As for Epsom, OA260, I would be grateful if you tell me the location of the Indian restaurant featured in your report. Digressing, I can't believe the train from Gatwick cost £8.50.



Quoting Mk777 (Reply 15):
If one lands in heathrow, whats the best way to reach epsom??

Yes the fare was great. If I had have gone Via Clapham Junction it would have cost GBP20 !! So London best avoided. Its a nice town but if your a tourist probably not worth the hike. There are nicer places. Try Kew Gardens in West London near LHR. Its very nice there also. The traditional Tea rooms are opposite Kew also.


http://www.kew.org/ and http://www.theoriginalmaidsofhonour.co.uk/

As for Jimmys Spices its just across the road from Epsom Train station and the Co Op mini market. Set back a bit.


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5002 times:

Great Report Phillip!

I still find it unbelievable how Ryan's LCC model can allow it to charge fares such as EUR28!

That Curry looks scrumptious by the way...YUM!

Thanks for sharing  Smile

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8500 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4988 times:
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Nice report and pictures Philip, thanks for sharing.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The best times for me happened to be with Ryanair and it cost me all of EUR28 All in !! Cant go wrong with that for a 1 hour flight. I looked at BA and the cost was EUR160 !! Just could not justify it.

- I'd have forked out for BA - have vowed to never fly FR!!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
And finally my meal.... lovely Curry.

- Looks great, can't beat a good curry!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I had a Window and the two seats next to me were empty. Also 4 rows behind me were also empty. This guy then comes and sits down next to me . I dont mean leaving the middle seat free I mean literally next to me. I thought this a bit weird seeing as there were lots of rows/seats free. Anyway after everyone had boarded I moved to a new seat and had a row of 3 to myself.

- What is it with these people!!??

Regards

Mark



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