Day 1.1: And we’re off…

Sunday 09:50 Leeds/Bradford airport.   There’s nothing quite like that first breakfast beer at the airport to convince yourself that your holiday is finally here!   A quick bounce from Leeds/Bradford to Heathrow then an

Sunday 09:50 Leeds/Bradford airport.

 

There’s nothing quite like that first breakfast beer at the airport to convince yourself that your holiday is finally here!

 

A quick bounce from Leeds/Bradford to Heathrow then an expensive five hour layover.  We took our time, managed to find the most expensive restaurant in the place and bought a sandwich and a drink.

 

I felt strangely drawn to this place.

It felt like the end of a pilgrimage.

I said a prayer at the shrine of Jasper Newton (Jack) Daniels.

 

After locating and dining at the most expensive restaurant in the airport, we found ‘spoons.  The Crown Rivers provides the usual great Wetherspoons experience but at Heathrow Airport prices.  Still cheaper than all the other outlets in the place though.  I went a bit barmy playing with the Whetherspoons mobile phone app but the San Miguel seemed to go down very nicely indeed!

 

Oooooh, what a BIG aeroplane!

 

Size isn’t everything though quite important in this case.

 

On arrival at Cairo Airport we had a very pleasant surprise.  Our Cairo travel rep from Memphis Tours, Mohamed,  met us directly from the runway and sorted our visas and immigration.  This was a great comfort as I was concerned about not having our visas before we left.

There followed what can only be described as a one hour white knuckle ride from the Airport to our hotel in Giza.  It appears that flashing your headlights, sounding the horn are as important as using your indicators.  Mohamed put us at our ease by explaining that this is how people drive in Cairo and nothing to be worried about.  Any fears we had were further assuaged by our driver Mahmoud, who displayed a fine command of all of the aforementioned skills.  It was also a source of great relief that he drove with the reactions of a nervous grasshopper.

Due to some deft negotiations by Mohamed, we had our room upgraded to one with a Pyramid view.