Crystal Palace in London has some lovely pubs. Last week a real pea-souper sent me scurrying to the warm and welcoming Westow House.

#Westow #Crystal Palace

From Wick to Edinburgh
Little flights within the UK still tend to be very expensive now that we have experience of ‘low cost’ airlines.

So getting a Wick - Edinburgh flight for £59 was not to be sniffed at. This one hour flight, which is operated six days a week by Loganair, (marketed by FlyBE) removes the need for an 8 hour train journey, and a 6am start! 

Wick Airport is a delight to use. Or should I say, Wick John O’ Groats Airport after its rebrand.

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This pic was taken five years ago and the airport is unchanged. This time however, the airport was packed - so that’s about 50 passengers… as a Loganair charter to Aberdeen was about to leave. 

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When you arrive at the airport there is a bell to press at the check in desk for attention. I was advised that I couldn’t check my luggage through to London (booo!) but I was expecting that anyway. So it was just time to wait…

The flight that operates the BA6896 also operates the BA6895 from Edinburgh to Wick, and that arrived on time where it was refuelled. 

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This aircraft looks far squatter than the usual Saab 340’s that Loganair used to fly on this route, and the ‘plane actually comes from Suckling Airways (bought by Loganair two years ago.).

It was actually quite a comfortable plane, with 31 seats, of which 15 were booked today.

The Saab parked up beside in readiness for the charter to Aberdeen.

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Boarding commenced and I was in Seat 4A, I took a quick pic of the row to show the decent legroom offered.

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It was a clear day so the views were lovely…
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…until we hit a bank of cloud at Edinburgh (no pic).

Despite being marketed by FlyBE, Loganair cling on to an inflight service, which, on a one hour flight at lunchtime is pretty basic, but a nice touch. Also, they still provide one suitcase free of charge, unlike FlyBE ‘mainline’.

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So an uneventful flight, and a massive saving in travel time compared to my usual traipses to the north of Scotland!
Crystal Palace Transmitter. I like this pic as it makes the transmitter look like its in the middle of the countryside rather than Travelcard Zone 3! – View on Path.

Crystal Palace Transmitter. I like this pic as it makes the transmitter look like its in the middle of the countryside rather than Travelcard Zone 3! – View on Path.

This is one of the statues in Crystal Palace Park. Looking beautiful as ever! 

This is one of the statues in Crystal Palace Park. Looking beautiful as ever! 

Crystal Palace Park: stairway to… nowhere.

Crystal Palace Park: stairway to… nowhere.

Every Sunday at the lovely Grape & Grain in Crystal Palace, you can enjoy music every Sunday and Monday. On Sundays there’s a Jazz with regularly changing artistes, however I have to say that I love it when the Sax Pastilles are playing.

On Monday it’s the Big Beer Band (http://www.bigbeerband.org/) with their 17 piece swing band. The picture above is The Big Beer Band

The rural feel of this area is enhanced on the walk to the station, where the vegetation appears to be winning the battle for space!

The rural feel of this area is enhanced on the walk to the station, where the vegetation appears to be winning the battle for space!

I’m taking a break from posting holiday snaps, and want to share some pics of a lovely, relatively unspoilt area of London: Sydenham Hill. This picture is Fountain Drive, at sunset.

I’m taking a break from posting holiday snaps, and want to share some pics of a lovely, relatively unspoilt area of London: Sydenham Hill. This picture is Fountain Drive, at sunset.