#922077 by HWVlover
30 May 2016, 14:00
This was a short (under 2 hours) journey to Milan or, more precisely to Lake Orta for my stepson's wedding...out Sunday, back to Heathrow the following Wednesday on BA0567.

Both flights, on A320s, were fine. The outbound left a little late and landed early; the inbound got stuck in the queue to land for a while on returning to Heathrow. Both flights were smooth and the cabin crews were good. Snacks were offered and accepted.

Economy seats 9A and B out and 10E and F back were ok. The planes were both clean and the return was full, the outbound nearly so. Lots of people clearly had lots of hand luggage on the return; the overhead lockers were jammed.

Terminal 5 at Heathrow is a pain however, it took 50 minutes from getting off the plane to actually get to passport control, lots of queueing involved.

And for those who haven't been the Italian lakes are absolutely fabulous and Lake Orta is up there with Bellapais in Cyprus and the Great Barrier Reef as the most beautiful places I have ever been.

So you get some photos

The view from the town hall

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The view from my room

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San Giulio Island, Lake Orta

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#922078 by HWVlover
30 May 2016, 14:01
And

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And

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And that bloody queue!

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#922081 by gumshoe
30 May 2016, 14:34
Looks heavenly!

I've never tried it but apparently if the queues for immigration at T5 are utterly horrendous (ie over 45 mins) it can be quicker to jump on a Flight Connections bus to T2 and clear the UK border there as it's quieter there in the evenings.
#922096 by hiljil
30 May 2016, 19:09
Thank you for a very different TR.

What a beautiful location for a wedding. Thank you for sharing the photo of the happy couple and I wish them every happiness together.
#922098 by ScoobySu
30 May 2016, 19:23
What beautiful photos (except for that queue :-O ) - thank you for sharing - and +1 to hiljil
#922121 by pjh
31 May 2016, 07:24
Great TR and lovely pictures (except for the T5 queue).

Young folk nowadays. Woking Registry office and honeymooning at the in laws no longer good enough? Hang on, I've just remembered we never had a honeymoon...
#922141 by whiterose
31 May 2016, 09:42
What a gorgeous place to choose for a wedding, they do things rather differently these days. But Economy, even if it's a short flight? I'm with Mrs Dickydotcom on another thread, if I can't fly Upper, I'm not going :D
#922155 by HWVlover
31 May 2016, 15:11
gumshoe wrote:Looks heavenly!

I've never tried it but apparently if the queues for immigration at T5 are utterly horrendous (ie over 45 mins) it can be quicker to jump on a Flight Connections bus to T2 and clear the UK border there as it's quieter there in the evenings.


Trouble is that I still had luggage to collect.

And in the photo of the queue the folks on the right are in turn queueing to get to the back of the queue on the left. Some opted to push in leading to various mutterings including the wonderful " don't you dare push in in front of me, I have been here since last Tuesday".
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#922176 by marshy11
31 May 2016, 18:04
Wonderful photos. Having flown into Milan a few weeks ago (Linate) it was lovely to see the amazing scenery again, along with the wedding preview. Thank you so much for sharing and many congratulations to the newly weds.
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