Results tagged “Narita” from UK and Japan 2010

These last entries are always pretty epic, because of the times and distances involved.  A little over 48 hours ago I was on the other side of the planet!

So woke up in the hotel in London at 6am and got ready.  Tried to get a takeaway breakfast at Maccas but there were like six people in front of me and only one dude serving, so gave up on that idea and just hopped on a train to the airport.  Still have like £10 left on our Oyster cards - doh!

It was pretty foggy, and when we arrived at the airport they had to try and fit us onto an earlier flight, as our scheduled flight was delayed, and we'd miss our connecting flight from Frankfurt to Narita.  So they sorted that, but we both had middle seats :(  Turns out the earlier flight they put us on was also delayed, so it left only just before our other one was meant to.  


Yay going home!
Yay going home!

Got to see a little of London from the middle seat, and stuck random camera out to get a few photos. Didn't see much else after landfall in France, as the continent was clouded over.


City of London from the plane
City of London from the plane

Passing through Frankfurt was pretty painless.  Had to do the long walk between the terminals in reverse to what we did on the way in the first time.


Air traffic control tower at Frankfurt airport
Air traffic control tower at Frankfurt airport

Same seat in the A380, so facing south this time instead of north.  If I travel again on an A380 will see if can get an upper deck seat and see if they're any closer to the windows than the lower deck.


Our A380 - the first one Lufthansa purchased
Our A380 - the first one Lufthansa purchased

I watched a few movies.  Firstly The Spy Next Door, which was a kids movie so a little silly, but had Jackie Chan in it so was kinda fun.  Then Young Victoria which I really enjoyed.  This was filmed around Blenheim Palace which we might have gone and seen on our Oxford day except that we didn't have the time.  Then Prince of Persia, which was utterly ridiculuous (but it was a Bruckheimer film, so you go in with an expectation that it will be thus) but still quite fun.  I also started to watch The Karate Kid, but it made me grunty because they'd cut heaps and heaps out of it - shortening scenes all over the place.  So skipped through to the bit they filmed in the mountains and just watched the second half of it.


Clouds over Europe
Clouds over Europe

A380 wingtip in the sunset
A380 wingtip in the sunset

So arrived in Narita about 11:30pm London time.  It was 7:30am in Narita (Friday 1st), and our next flight wasn't til 8:30.  PM.  So a stoopid thirteen hour layover.  So caught the yellow inter terminal bus around to T2 to see about checking in but nothing was open for Qantas, so we dumped our bags in some lockers (conveniently located right there in the check in terminal) and hopped on a train into Narita.  Took the Keisei line cause we found the machines for that line first.  It having been nineteen hours since our last shower we both felt a little disgusting.  Stopped in maccas first for some breakfast, then got the zombie that was the sweetie moving.  Headed slowly up to the temples/shrines in Narita.  Found a nice spot under a bit of wisteria to just sit for a while, but I couldn't sit still because of restless legs, so paced until my feet hurt from standing.  Stu was having a lie down (there was actually *seating* all around this park, which is unusual for Japan!) but eventually we kept walking slowly.  I was starting to fade at this point too.  Got down to the lake and looked at the fishies and tortoises.  Then kept wandering, even more slowly now.  We were hot again too which didn't help.  


Narita!
Narita!

Cleaner robots at Narita airport
Cleaner robots at Narita airport

Welcome to Narita sign
Welcome to Narita sign

Stone animals in Narita
Stone animals in Narita

Walking down to the temples in Narita
Walking down to the temples in Narita

Walking down to the temples in Narita
Walking down to the temples in Narita

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

Tortoises!
Tortoises!

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

Incense burning
Incense burning

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

Gardens in Narita
Gardens in Narita

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

The wisteria we rested under
The wisteria we rested under

Gardens in Narita
Gardens in Narita

Gardens in Narita
Gardens in Narita

Gardens in Narita
Gardens in Narita

Gardens in Narita
Gardens in Narita

Tortoise
Tortoise

Koi feeding frenzy
Koi feeding frenzy

Gardens in Narita
Gardens in Narita

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

Temple area in Narita
Temple area in Narita

So hopped on another train back to the airport and arrived around 2:15pm.

Except the Qantas terminal (we asked) didn't open til 5pm.  Doh!

So went downstairs and used a shower room each.  Best inventions ever those things, and only 500 yen for half an hour.  Felt a lot more human after that.  Then proceeded to find somewhere to have a beer.  Was quite taken by a place called "Beer and Takoyaki" so headed for that.  Nom! :)  But pretty expensive of course.  Wandered round some more and found somewhere to sit looking at the planes and dozed on the chairs (very uncomfortable tho!)


Beer and Takoyaki!
Beer and Takoyaki!

5pm came round and we went down to check in (and there was a massive queue! What the??)  Presumably lots of other people like us in similar layover situations.  So checked in and went through security and into the Qantas Club.  Found some computers with interwebs and had some snacks and some Moet and Chandon while looking at the planes and using the internet.  Was the best I'd felt all day heh.  We were right next to our departure gate, so could see our plane being brought in and made ready for our flight.


Our plane, seen from the Qantas lounge
Our plane, seen from the Qantas lounge

Dozed on the plane before take off and could barely keep my eyes open to watch the take off.  Forced myself to eat dinner even though I didn't really feel like it.  Then brushed my teeth and attempted to sleep.  Was only moderately successful.  Probably got a couple of hours sleep.  Got to see the moon around the equator, which looked like a big smiling mouth, and horizontal to the horizon too.  And Orion was there too on his side.  As the night progressed the moon returned to its correct orientation (the moon in the northern hemisphere is upside down - a little freaky!).  Got a little bit more sleep but not much.  Breakfast was around 4:30am Narita time, and landed around 6:30 (7:30 Sydney time, Saturday 2nd).  Got the best view of my house I'd ever seen from a plane coming into Sydney airport (in from the north, then out over the National Park and round to the left to land from the south on 34L).  


Sunrise over Australia
Sunrise over Australia

Middle Harbour, Sydney
Middle Harbour, Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney CBD
Sydney CBD

Pyrmont
Pyrmont

Rockdale shops on West Botany Street
Rockdale shops on West Botany Street

Look mum I can see my house from here!
Look mum I can see my house from here!

Caringbah
Caringbah

Immigration and customs were really painful.  The ePassport system wasn't working at all and the other queues were going really slowly.  I of course got the slowest lane in the room and ended up switching when the room was just about empty.  Lame.  Customs was also pretty painful - really long queues and seemingly not very organised (people wandering about all over the place trying to figure out where to be :/ ).  

Finally escaped for a short break in the Qantas Club for a drink and an apple, then onto our Dash 8 (a teeny 300 series one - only 12 rows!).  Surprisingly we took off on 34L as well, rather than the third runway.


Canal, Mascot
Canal, Mascot

Sydney
Sydney

Arrival in Canberra ten minutes late, and then a lift home.


Kevin Rudd at the airport
Kevin Rudd at the airport

Souvenirs and gifts picked up along the way
Souvenirs and gifts picked up along the way

Geotagging - Day 34
Geotagging - Day 34


Geotagging - Day 34
Geotagging - Day 34

Photos on the Canon: 237
Photos on the Sony: 343
Videos on the Sony: 2
Photos on the iPhone: 1
Steps walked: 4268 + 14373
Pounds Spent: ?