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Belfast – Sunday 14th October

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Breakfast was ok but, despite the number of staff, there always seemed to be something that had run out and several people were complaining about missing things – tea, fried eggs etc. Back out to the tour bus and a very windy day but well-delivered and interesting commentary covering the history of the troubles. Lunch at Pizza Express (free, courtesy of vouchers). Back to the hotel and then to the airport where we the first into the lounge. Flight was packed and I was in the middle seat in 1F where they had forgotten to change it back from Club formation so at first I was squashed in until the purser accepted there was a problem but didn’t know  how to fix it – someone else was summoned!

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Belfast 2012 – Saturday 13th October

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Up early to get to LGW for flight to Belfast, with FlyBe! This time went to Number One lounge; nice enough but not that big. At least they had put breakfast stuff out which meant we didn’t have to wait to be served. Flight was surprisingly busy for an early Saturday morning flight. Only a short flight and with hand luggage it meant we were straight out to get the bus into town. Although it was still morning our room at the hotel was already prepared and we were able to unpack in our upgraded executive room before heading out into town for lunch) and then get a 48 hour ticket on the sightseeing bus which dropped us off at the Titanic exhibition. As we were early we had hoped to enter ahead of our scheduled time but it was fully sold out so we had to wait. To control the flow of people visitors are let in every twenty minutes but even so there was still some congestion. Much of the exhibition, understandably, concentrates on Belfast’s role in the Titanic; still makes it worth a visit. Tourist bus back into town and the hotel.

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As is usual for European Hilton hotels the executive lounge offers free alcoholic drinks in the evening (6-8.30 in this one) which here is not self service; not that it mattered. I probably drank more than I would have done if I had been helping myself, which is saying something – my glass was never empty. Back to the room for an early night.