After everything that happened, I never got a chance to tell you about our holiday. It seems like such a long time ago now! It felt like I was looking forward to it all year. I suppose I was. We didn’t leave until 9 October and got back on 23 and I hadn’t really had another holiday this year, so this was it.
We had lots of points because we saved them all up on our credit card, so we managed to upgrade on the flight on the way out, which meant we got to use the lounge at Heathrow. Which was very exciting! Of course I insisted we get up super early and get there with plenty of time to spare. We took full advantage and had breakfast and I had a mini Elemis facial. How cool! I could get used to that. How the other half live!
I seriously did soooo much prep for this trip! I packed B a little bag with a load of plane friendly activities and little toys and an elaborate snack box that so impressed the stewards that they kept bringing people over to have a look!
I travelled in my new blue Morph dress. It was cool! It felt really soft and I thought it looked kind of funky although who knows!
In the lounge I allowed myself to have carbs for breakfast – the first of many! From my 4ish months of dieting I ended up around 16kg / 2.5 stone / 35lbs down, give or take. I decided on holiday I’d just enjoy it!
We had a great (12hr!) flight. The flat folding seats are a bit of fun, although honestly with a toddler I don’t know if you necessarily want them in that configuration where you can’t control them too easily – we were in a bank of 3 and B’s middle seat faced the opposite way to ours.
Actually I found coming back in regular economy seats was possibly a bit easier for a kid that size. The bed was somewhat wasted on him! But he did love playing with the controls and I’d also say in our experience they’re a bit more friendly and attentive in Business Class. Plus you get more champagne! Think I had an afternoon hangover and actually had to refuse more!
I watched A Star Is Born, which I’d been wanting to watch for ages. It’s depressing. Lady Gaga is surprisingly endearing. But I didn’t think it was such a fun watch and also given subsequent events (see my last post) maybe not in the mood for it.
We each got a little washbag from The White Company. It had a few things in like an eye mask, some pulse point relaxing aromatherapy stuff, moisturiser and lip balm, a toothbrush, earplugs and socks. I thought it was a good selection, and useful, if a bit wasteful. Like I can’t actually believe you would get a new bag every time you travel. Imagine regular travellers must have a whole stockpile of them!
The configuration felt pretty good. (It was British Airways.) I had a little drawer to put my stuff, and a ton of room to stretch out. A nice table and massive seat.
We were served champagne and a huge bowl of nuts. I’m amazed they still serve nuts on airlines, given allergies. I enjoy eating nuts but I also wouldn’t mind at all if they served something else. I also took photos of my meals so you can see the sheer amount of food and the quality of it. It was all pretty good. Thing is, when I’m on a plane and I get food included, I feel duty bound to eat it! And after four months of dieting it’s a bit nuts to start eating everything!
All in all we had a great flight. And when we arrived, we got a taxi to our hotel in the centre of town. It was just a massive relief to have finally arrived!
Although I suddenly got completely paranoid when I discovered our hotel room window opened with a handle and no lock from the inside… very high up with a toddler!
To be continued…