Weekend to Helsinki in Apr 2014

Over Easter 2014 we took a trip to Helsinki – our first visit to Finland. It was partly to allow us to try out the CCR at Heathrow T5 and partly just to get away.

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Out on a walk with our pussies!
Out on a walk with our pussies!
Out on a walk with our pussies!
Out on a walk with our pussies!

Weekend in Seville in Mar 2023: Day 1 – Home to Gatwick

By Nige on Sat 18 Mar 2023 at 14:53
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Story: Weekend in Seville in Mar 2023
Tags: LGW | London | Weekends

It’s unusual for us to be travelling on a Saturday, but a Saturday it was for our flight out to Seville. The plan was to have a leisurely start to the day and then we had vastly different expectations as to when we would leave home for our 4pm flight to Spain. Vick was planning on leaving at 1pm; I was planning on leaving at 11:30am. Between the two of us, we worked something out.

Chutney, the big bruiser...
Chutney, the big bruiser…
Chutney, the big bruiser...
Chutney, the big bruiser…

As it happens, we were ready to go by 10:30am. Vick had been packing since at least a week before and I started packing at about 8am.

It goes without saying that I was packed before The Vickster was! But that is the right of the birthday girl! She can take as long as she wants on her birthday weekend bash!

Little Mango - perfectly formed
Little Mango – perfectly formed
Little Mango - perfectly formed
Little Mango – perfectly formed

The drive to Gatwick comprised the A34 heading south, the M4 heading East and then anti-clockwise around the M25. It wasn’t an enjoyable drive.

The traffic was heaving in places; it rained incessantly at times and driving was consequently fairly slow. It highlighted why Heathrow is so much more preferable to fly from than Gatwick. Heathrow is just so easy to get to and never takes more than 50 mins or so. Today it took us almost 2 hours to reach Gatwick.

Once here, it was pretty straightforward finding the valet parking on level 2 of the South Terminal car ark. It wasn’t very busy and the lady that checked our car was friendly. We even remembered to put the car on valet, to ensure the car park drivers didn’t need a pin to drive.

We were soon into the First check in area where we got a lovely message from the BAEC team.


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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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