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Dinner at London Airport followed by a flight to Abu Dhabi

Image 12After a couple of weeks in the UK, my brother, nephew and I stayed at the Hilton Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport because our flight to Abu Dhabi was very early in the morning and there was no way we were getting up around 3am to depart from our Airbnb.  It’s a nice hotel and takes about ten minutes to walk to the terminal in a covered walkway – so easy and so close.

After we checked in we took a look around the hotel and whilst the hotel has a few nice restaurants, we chose the Chinese restaurant for dinner.  We met in the bar area for a drink before going to the Zen Oriental Restaurant.  Its a nice little restaurant that has a good range of dishes to select from.  Image 106Image 105I ordered the fried tofu for entree, my brother had the deep fried spring rolls and Braydon, who wasn’t feeling very hungry, just ordered the chicken sticks with satay sauce as his only dish.Image 107Image 108I was happy when I saw fried eggplant on the menu so of course ordered that with a small bowl of rice.   My brother enjoyed a chicken dish with cashew nuts.  Service was good and I saw all sorts of different people dining; men travelling alone/families/young and old couples and of course us!!Image 109Image 110The next morning we were up very early and walked to the terminal.  Terminal 4 at Heathrow was so quiet and we got through customs and immigration easily which meant we had a good wait at the Etihad Lounge where we had breakfast cooked for us – scrambled eggs on toast with tea and coffee.  I did a bit of last minute souvenir shopping in the paper shop, Boots the chemist and the Harrods store.

Finally we were called to board and I was seated next to the window again which is my favourite seat.  I was offered a glass of champagne which I enjoyed and Mark and Braydon got themselves ready for the nine or so hour flight to Abu Dhabi.Image 114Image 113I started watching a few shows on tv but then fell asleep; which is something I find easy to do on a plane but not before taking a few snaps out of the window.Image 118Image 116Image 124Next thing I knew it was time to put the seat upright to land in Abu Dhabi where the heat hit us like a tornado once we left the terminal. Wow!!