Day 36 (19 July): KEF - LHR

Another travel day.

Sunset over the Thames. Yes, it is possible!

Sunset over the Thames. Yes, it is possible!

These were some of the rock sculptures we saw on the first day.

These were some of the rock sculptures we saw on the first day.

The bad weather cleared overnight and in the morning we retraced our path to the airport.  We timed our pre-purchased fuel perfectly as the warning light was on as we turned into the car park.

For this leg we were originally booked in economy despite the ticket being business class.  However we looked at availability the night before, so when checking in we asked to be moved up the front. This request was duly granted - awesome! 

The flight to London was smooth and this time even had a choice of food - chicken or cod.  Both were delicious.

The lunch menu on BA801.

The lunch menu on BA801.

The Navigatrix has a British passport and every time we visit we debate entering the country via the UK line.  However, British Airways always offers entry to the Fast-track line which generally has been swift and painless.  Indeed when we arrived from Gothenburg there was no-one in the line.  Not this time.  We stood for over an hour in the queue.  The normal non UK line moved faster! We spoke to the Passport Officer who told us that Fast-track is paid for by BA but they only fund two officials. So during the middle of the day when there is a large volume of flights, "fast track" is a misnomer.  From now on we will enter the UK on a British passport where ever possible and even the non UK passport holder can gain from the benefit of marriage.

However, we did get some Border Force entertainment.  An unfortunate man was denied entry. There was much discussion, lots of waved fingers and then eventually one official stood in the lane to physically block access, whilst another official handed the man a white piece of paper and then led him away.

Avis upgraded our car (upgrade #7) from a rather cute mint green Fiat 500 to a Polo and then we battled the M25 car park.  The part from the airport to the A3 was particularly brutal.  Then there was an accident on the M2 as we approached Margate.  So it took us as long to get from Heathrow to Margate as it did to get from Iceland to Heathrow.

We are now on the Island of Thanet (again a bit of a misnomer - Thanet has not been an island since Tudor times) in eastern Kent for the next two days, staying with another cousin of the Navigatrix. The Thames Estuary is so vast at this location it is possible to watch the sun set into the water.  We did so with a local Kentish ale in hand.