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The Royal Tour Part 10 - Qantas Premium Economy London to Bangkok QF2 (Boeing 747-400)

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After a brief but amazing time in Europe it was time for me to head back to Australia in time for my sisters wedding in Cairns. My journey to Cairns from London was to be on Qantas via Bangkok and Sydney. This post covers just the first sector, QF2 to Bangkok on board the Boeing 747-400. I flew in premium economy class on this sector, but firstly let's have a quick look at the terminal 3 Heathrow lounge offering.
Although most BA flights leave from terminal 5 at Heathrow, some still do use terminal 3 including all flights to Australia. Qantas shares terminal 3 with them and they use the BA lounges there just as BA use the Qantas lounges in Sydney. So, after a long day at Windsor Castle I found myself checking in quite early with a very friendly check-in girl who gave me directions to the lounge with a smile. With my Qantas platinum card in hand I was offered access to the Galleries First lounge, but before lounging I was in urgent need of a shower. 

It is worth mentioning that there…

The Royal Tour Part 9 - Windsor Castle

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After landing back in London Heathrow early in the morning and with a late night flight to Bangkok scheduled I had most of the day spare. What better way to spend it than a lovely trip to the nearby town of Windsor and the amazing Windsor Castle. I took a local bus from the airport to Windsor which was a cheap and easy way to go and makes a side trip during long connections at Heathrow more than possible. Here is a few pics around Windsor....









I spent many hours exploring the grounds and the state apartments including a terrific display for Prince Philip's 90th birthday celebrations. All very interesting and I totally recommend visiting. The small town of Windsor is also really cute with lots of nice cafes and shops and things to look at. You can also take a cruise along the River Thames from here.

The Royal Tour Part 8 - A return on bmi Business

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Well I have to apologise for my delay in updating the blog due to personal reasons but I am back with Part 8 of the recent tour with the Royal theme. This post covers my return to london on British Midland International.
I had a nice day in Berlin taking one of those open top tour buses on a hop on hop off style tour around the city. I thoroughly recommend it for seeing some of the major sights easily and covering them all quite quickly. Whilst I am in the mood for recommending things, may I suggest to my readers that if they are looking for quality accommodation at a good price in Berlin that they sample the Hampton by Hilton City West hotel. I was really impressed with the excellent service and modern comfortable rooms. It is also quite near to local bus lines making it easy to get around town.
Now for the flight, and I used on of the airport buses to return to Tegel. The buses are all modern and clean and each stop is mentioned on the electronic display and also verbally announced.