Had an 8 day break offered to me so I booked a trip to Florida and some July sunshine.
Arrived at Gatwick, my preferred ,airport around 10am,had checked-in on line and straight to the lounge.
Monday morning and the lounge is looking rather empty, it stayed that way until I left at 10.45 and made my way to the gate.
The gate was lightly populated and boarding had begun, went down the ramp and greeted at the door by two nice ladies and directed to my seat. As I entered I was hit by a wall of heat, really very stuffy, I put my hand luggage on my seat and walked back to the door and exited the plane, it was so much cooler on the jetty bridge. I was quickly addressed by a member of the crew who knew of the problem and had spoken to the cockpit. A couple of minutes later the young lady returned and said the cabin was fine now, would I like to take my seat? I entered the aircraft again and it was very different, much cooler, the FA
said that the cabin had been 84F due to some problems but they had been sorted now.
Champange and newspapers were offered and I took my seat 2B, I like this seat, no one stepping over your legs to reach the aisle and one of the first to have menu choice so you always get what you want. Push back and taxi were uneventful and with just one plane to land in front of us we where soon up and away. We had a flight time of 9hrs 20m today.
Over the Irish Sea the bar service started, I had the Sancerre, it was brilliant and stayed with it for the rest of the trip, the quality of wine in Club always hits the mark.
The IFE was up and running and I was watching the morning news from the BBC when the screen froze then went blank and then back to the “Home” screen. Okay,no big deal started it again,more wine and nibbles and 10 minutes later it crashed again. Only me, no one else had a problem. I “pinged” and the CSM appeared, I told her my problem and she said sorry and would go and reset it from her panel.
The first course appeared, the Prawns were great, not overcooked and hard and the Quail eggs were tastey. As the dish was cleared away my screen which had been behaving well crashed again, it had lasted 20 minutes this time. Not fancying this for the next 9 hours I looked for an empty seat, there were several.
I gathered up my belongings and slipped across the aisle to a pair of empty seats, a crew member asked if I was okay and I explained the problem,he said sorry and got me a fresh glass of Sancerre as the main course came out from behind the curtain.
The fillet steak was good,not over cooked and the vegetables not to soggy either. In my move I had forgotten to bring my camera,which sat in my old seat for the rest of the trip,so no more photos until I got to my apartment in Orlando.
The apartment complex is called WorldQuest, have been staying here for a few years now, they really do run a good operation here, the staff are very helpful and the rooms large,clean and fitted out with quality furniture and fittings, 2 or 3 bedroom units are available.
There is a nice view of the lake and of course the local residents, this one was about 6ft.
The weather,being July, stayed in the 90’s every day and overnight never got much lower than 75.
And we had some really nice sunsets.
Now you have to rent a car to get around and why not have a great one!
Chevvy Camero Convertable in screaming loud yellow, fast and such a lot of fun,turned lots of heads.
Took myself off to Epcot the next day,got there early around 9.00 and the place was very quiet.
Disney have bought back Captain Eo with Michael Jackson,I think I last saw this about 10yrs ago it was still as good as I remember.
Being July and hot we got the usual afternoon rain storm, but they don’t last long.
Some more Park pictures.
Well the 8 days just flew past and it was time to take the ride to the airport for the late afternoon flight home. Something I always found odd when you approach the airport from the South on Hwy 417 the runway access appears quite open from the road,lack of fencing?
The Security line was quite light for a Sunday and I got past in under 10 minutes,that’s good.
Picked up a bottle of Remy Martin at the duty free and went to the Delta Crown lounge that BA
share with a few others. A few glasses of wine and some nibbles later I went to the gate with 30 minutes to take off and it was empty, walked straight on and the two ladies at the aircraft door smiled and said we have been waiting just for you! and then giggled, I took my seat for the night flight home.
I always like 4K, great for sleeping,good view out the window and exit straight to the aisle.
Newspaper and glass of Champange offered, chance to catch up the weeks news back home.
20 minutes after I stepped onto the plane we pushed back with just one engine running and made our way out to 35L for departure.
Bye bye gate
We passed the “new” Virgin A330 they have now put on this route looking very shinny.
We turned east after wheels up and I thought this would be good for some shots of Kennedy Space centre, I was not disappointed, wonderful views.
Captain had said we had a good tail wind and flying time would be 8hr 15m, menus and hot towels were given out and the first drink service began as we left the Florida coastline behind.
The Evening menu tonight.
Same Wine list as outbound.
One of the things I still enjoy since my first flight as a child of 12 is watching the different types of cloud as you fly along, never get bored with that.
What causes that brown staining, is it leaking oil?
Had the cold peppers for starter, good flavors.
The steak was a great evening meal with the Yukon potatoes, yummy.
(Was going to have the Salmon but the crew member taking the order said it looked
a little under sized)
For dessert I had both the Cheese cake and the Cheese and fruit, very piggy.
Cabin settles down for 5 hours sleep, and me.
I skip the “breakfast” offering on this route,have complained enough in the past, and wake up
as the “20 minutes to landing” warning comes from the cockpit.Quick dash to the toilet and then
some landing pictures.
We approach Gatwick from the south coast and pass over the Isle of Wight and then head northeast
for an approach on 08R.
The English countryside,with all those patchwork like fields, nothing else like it.
After touchdown we turn off left and head toward the North terminal but just where we normally turn to the left our Captain turns right, oh no! we are going to park at the jet bridge, gate 111.
I say oh no only because this requires extra walking on my part to immigration. Oh well chance to take a few pics.
Not much of line at immigration and straight pass customs and on to the BA
arrival lounge at Gatwick which is in a nearby hotel.
If you have never been in this lounge you are missing something.
Yes it is small but it has great staff good shower facilities and much more personal that T5
I usually spend 2-3 hours letting the rush pass and then leave the lounge around 9am.
Great flight BA
, good staff good food good wine, looking forward to the next one.
Thanks for taking the time to read it.