|Christmas in Sydney|
Those of you who followed the breaking news on FaceBook overnight will be aware that I have successfully accomplished the amazing feat of actually getting out of snow-bound Europe to sunny Sydney. This was not easy, and I am eternally grateful to the Traveller's Fairy for looking after me, as always.
I will not dwell on the terrible scenes that were Heathrow Terminal Three on Monday evening, UK time. Entrance to the Terminal was barred at the doors for anyone who's flight was due to depart more than three hours hence, with the result that people were left queuing in the snow, baggage and children strewn about them. The Qantas website and recorded phone information was telling me that QF2 was departing that evening. Off I set. Luckily for me I had a clever driver who took various back ways through carparks and side roads to avoid the traffic gridlock. We reached the Terminal - step one. Then we found a porter who showed me how to get past the door guards. Step two. Strewing ten quid notes about me to various benefactors, I made it to Qantas First Class check in. Step Three. Then the real difficulties began. The scene was Third World chaos (and I won't even try to describe the Economy Class area - 'queue' is not appropriate - it was just a sea of struggling travellers).
|Dante's Inferno, aka Terminal Three|
|I recognise that place....!|
|So this is what's going on in Sydney...|
|Christmas Tree in the QVB|
Ah, the sunshine and the light! The locals say it has been cold, but I'm telling you they know nothing. Thanks you to Peter for picking me up - although I did point out that I am used to the pick-up person standing in arrivals with my name on a little placard...Soon I was reunited with my BMW, a happy moment for us both. Fortunately I found that I could remember how to drive. Pausing only to spend 1.5 hours in the chair at my dentist, I am now ensconced in my little home in Cremorne for the next few weeks, well placed for catching up with everyone. Home free!
|George & Market Streets - what have they done? |
I leave for two minutes...
Heathrow pic from
A380 pic from