Friday, June 27, 2014

High Flyers~~~

If you have followed my travels you'll know I fly long distances quite a lot.
I love airports where I can watch planes arrive and depart, wondering where they 
came from or are flying off to, east, west, north, south………to all corners of the world.
 Some airlines paint their planes with brilliant colors, decals, logos, swooshes and lettering.

On the tarmac at London's Heathrow, a gigantic airport with planes landing and taking off continuously, 
most colorful was Thai Airways which I have flown on and found to be an excellent airline. 
Photo taken from the lounge window.

Classic now reigns for British Airways planes again. Some years back, in the late 90's, they 
painted their tail-fins in controversial designs which did not fare well with traditionalists.
Being the world's largest hub for British Airways, there were rows and rows of their planes 
at Heathrow - I took this pic as we were positioning for take-off.

Eight hours later, after a very smooth flight across the pond, I was looking down on 
North Carolina. Having a daily direct flight London to Raleigh is a joy - we are 
so thankful for this easy access to Europe.

I've come back with a horrible chest cold and laryngitis - for once I'm quiet!
Hope to catch up with everyone soon - will be sharing much more of the 
fabulous Baltic cruise and my time in the UK.


  1. Hello Mary,

    We too are getting very used to being at airports. Perhaps you could write an insider's guide to them!

    So pleased that you are safely home and do so hope that you will be better soon. Happy Weekend!

  2. Welcome home, Mary.
    Great shots of those colorful airplanes.
    I hope your cold didn't interfere with your travels. Feel better soon.

  3. That is great to have a direct from Raleigh to London! We leave next Thursday to Heathrow from Seattle direct but it will take a few hours longer although going the polar route shaves off some time in the air! Welcome home.

  4. Very much looking forward to the updates on the Baltic Cruise and UK. Best wishes for feeling better soon. I always hate returning home from a wonderful trip with a nasty cold. Somehow just doesn't seem fair!

  5. So glad to hear you are home safe and sound. Sorry to hear that you have a cold and laryngitis. Do you find that you often contract something similar after flying? I do and wonder if it's being in such a closed space for a long time. Germs can have their way with us all in an aircraft.
    Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about your Baltic cruise. Your travel tales are always enjoyable.

  6. Welcome home! I hope you feel better soon Mary. I am looking forward to hearing about it all.

  7. Glad that you are home and sorry that you're under the weather. Feel better soon. It will be fun to see more of your trip. British Airways' traditional design is very appealing to me.

  8. Dear Mary - I am pleased that you are safely home again following your trip. When we returned from Greece I had a bad chest for a week, which I believe is one of the hazards we lovers of travel have to put up with from our trips on planes. I know that they continually recycle the air in the plane to save on fuel, but it means that all the germs travel around continuously and find new homes. Ah well, it still hasn't put me off doing it again and again.
    Hope you are soon feeling bright and breezy.

  9. I enjoyed the pictures from the airport and I am so glad you are safely home. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from the cold. It goes without saying that we are looking forward to hearing all about your travels. You always write such a fabulous travelogue. Thanks.
    Farm Gal in VA

  10. Welcome home - great photos - and hope you feel better soon. When we travel we take a little pill call GanMoaLing - it is a preventative (four little M&M sized pills a day) and really helps with those exposures to colds and such that seem to travel with us. We also use them when we've been around someone with the sniffles or a cough - restaurants, grocery stores - the sick people seem to go everywhere these days. The little pills also help you to get over sickness faster. Most any Asian food store will have them, also available on ebay (best price) and amazon. Feel better soon, it is no fun to end a vacation feeling punky.

  11. Hello Gorgeous. Welcome home. I prescribe my world famous Honey, lemon and ginger tea to sooth that sore throat. Get well soon.

  12. So sorry for the cold, but we are glad to have you back to the USA! Rest up!


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