Trips / London
From Lelystad to Biggin Hill On Wednesday October 24, 2007 Veleda, Maurits and Rene departed Lelystad for a trip to London. After landing at Biggin Hill, we took a taxi to Bromley South railway station. From there we went by train to Victoria station. When we passed the Battersea Power Station I told Maurits that the landmark was made (more) famous when it appeared on Pink Floyd's Animals album.
Sight seeing in London After we checked-in in our hotel near Hyde park we made a quick tour through the city. On Thursday Rene had business to do, and Veleda and Maurits made a long walk through the streets of London. In the afternoon Veleda and Maurits also visited the Natural History Museum. In the evening we met with Andreas and Monika, and we had a nice diner at a Japanese restaurant.
From Biggin Hill to Manston On Friday morning we went to Biggin Hill with the intention to fly back to Lelystad. The Metar showed low clouds, haze and visibility of 2,500 meters, but the TAF forecasted an improvement later on. After visibility had improved we departed in the direction of Dover. We had to fly around some low clouds, but when we reached the coast near Dover the visibility was too poor to cross the Strait of Dover. We diverted to Manston to continue the next day.
From Manston to Lelystad On Saturday morning we departed from Manston to Lelystad. There were still low clouds, but the visibility at low altitude was sufficient to cross the English channel. We took the short route across the water between Dover and Calais, where we crossed the coastline near the Dover Patrol Memorial at Cap Blanc nez.