Archive for the ‘Airports’ Category

Trundlin slowly home……

December 8, 2011
Shoreham-by-Sea Railway Train Station sunrise

When the weather decides to give a display of its force, travelling by any means can be difficult. A 149mph gust of wind on the peak of Cairn Gorm in Scotland today has been reported and there are widespread issues in the UK, from floods and travel difficulties in Scotland, to cancelled ferries from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.

In between, a fallen tree has blocked the London – Brighton rail line so my commute home is likely to be a slow one. (I have a rucksack with a fully charged iPhone, a book and will pick up a coffee / beer at Gatwick rail station to ease my journey home).

Be safe out there, however you travel.

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The last mile – winter

November 17, 2011

One mile. That’s how far my office is from the railway station.

I’m extremely lucky to have the option of a free shuttle bus, but connecting bus and train doesn’t always work, so it can be easier to walk the mile.

I’d like the freedom of a folding bike, so I don’t need to run the gauntlet of missing a train by waiting for a bus.

I’ll be looking for extreme light weight, single speed, maybe belt drive and a very quick fold – so intend posting some of my thoughts as I research.

Commute

October 11, 2011

No longer a 25 minute bike ride, my commute to work is now an hour or so of walk, train, bus, walk.

Depending on the gods of public transport this hour can expand to two or three hours, connecting between bus and train being the biggest variable.

I’m going to explore the Trundlin options for that “last mile” of the journey and share with you.

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If you HAVE to fly, this is the chap to have in the cockpit..

January 16, 2009

Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III is the chap you want guiding you in to land, if ever there is an in flight “issue”.

Reading a potted biography of the pilot of  US Airways Flight 1549 on CNN reinforces my view (especially as I approach the big “four O”) that experience counts !

Inspired by The Clash…..

October 25, 2008

Should I stay or Should I go?

A couple of days in San Fran or stay at home for some R&R – perhaps a lightning trip to Snowdon?

How to decide? Aha, back to the Trundlin equation – a complex algorithm of time, money, weather and relationships.

For the moment I’m pondering……

Seattle style

October 2, 2008

As a resident of a damp island (the UK), I have a special affinity with islands, and gravitate to temperate locations, rather than tropical – much to the consternation of my Caribbean loving family!

So, Seattle and its environs, such as Vancouver, Vashon and Whidbey Islands makes it onto my list of great places to live if you like Trundlin.

Skiing? Snoqualmie is around an hour’s drive away.

Boho island life? Vashon or Bainbridge islands may fit (even if you’re only bohemian at the weekend, and are a buttoned down tech sort of gal/guy Mon-Fri  😉 )

Cycling? Washington, Oregon and Vancouver all provide a lifetime’s worth of roads and trails.

Running? Perfect! Visit the Seattle Running Company (www.seattlerunningcompany.com) for local guides or event details.

Sounds idyllic? Well, like much of the “civilised” world, Seattle is in the midst of a credit crisis, so if you’re not lucky enough to live near Puget Sound already there could be a bargain awaiting you. Once there, why would you ever want to leave!

Click on www.visitseattle.org for a further glimpse on what the region has to offer, and get trundlin……..

The best city to live in, trundlin wise…..

September 19, 2008

Magazines frequently feature “list” articles, detailing “The 20 Best Towns for…..”.

I’m going to be no different, and will try to build a list of locations where it’s easy to live, within easy reach of some great leisure locations.

The easy option would be to list all the great holiday destinations! However my aim is to show how many great destinations are within easy reach of some major conurbations.

First up, and for no particulate reason, apart from the fact I spent some formative years there is Zurich, Switzerland.

Visit www.zuerich.com for a taster, and in a few days I’ll elaborate on what the area has to offer.

Update: Dec 2011 – This post has received thousands of hits over the last two years. Check back soon, for more detail on how to travel leisurely around Zurich and its environs.

City airports….

September 9, 2008

If you have ever flown into, or out of London, then you will know that neither Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW) Airports are actually in London. Nor is Stansted (STN), or Luton (LTN).

LGW, STN and LTN are all 25 – 30 miles outside of London, LHR is a little closer. (I’ve excluded London City Airport (LCY) from here as although its in the heart of the London Docklands it can only accommodate STOL (Short Take Off Landing) aircraft so has a limited short haul reach.

Transit time from airport to city the world over can be a surprise if you don’t research.

Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to India Gate, New Delhi?  – Seven miles

Lisbon Airport to Lisbon waterfront? – Three miles

San Francisco (SFO) Airport to Fisherman’s Wharf? – Thirteen miles. Stretching it a little, but still an easy trundl away.

Choose your airport carefully and trundling along comfortably at your destination can make all the difference to to a leisurely break.

Lisbon - Airport 3 miles north!

Lisbon - Airport 3 miles north!