Due to the RideLondon event causing many major roads being blocked to traffic, we had to leave the hotel at 9 am to travel to Heathrow for the 1.20 pm British Airways flight to Edinburgh. Ex-hurricane Bertha had crossed the Atlantic and was now visiting the UK resulting in wild, wet weather. The RideLondon event was meant to be 100 miles but was reduced to 86 miles to avoid areas affected by storm damage.All in all an interesting day for a plane flight. Four days later Bertha was still impacting on the weather in England and Scotland.
The flight from London to Edinburgh is short, normally taking 55 minutes. We would not have been surprised if the flight had been delayed because of the weather but instead the flight was delayed because there had been a mix-up with baggage being transferred from another flight. Eventually the plane took off and the pilot warned us that there would be a few rough patches, particularly at the beginning and end of the flight. The passengers really did not need encouragement to keep their seat belts on. As a passenger sitting next to me remarked, the trip was rather like being on a roller coaster ride. When we arrived the pilot remarked that the trip had been a little rougher than he had anticipated and suggested that this was a trip that we would remember.
We found our driver and collected our baggage. Jan, a passenger from an earlier flight, had missed her lift to the hotel as her baggage had not arrived on the plane so she came to the hotel with us. The driver told us that baggage going to the wrong destination was a normal occurrence. We discovered the next day that the baggage of another member of our group had gone to Ireland and it was many days before she was reunited with her suitcase.
William Playfair (1789-1857). When completed there were forty townhouses within one facade. The residents of the new townhouses included men of wealth, solicitors, merchants and retired officers of the HEICS. The group of buildings were finally completed in 1860. In the 1920s and 1930s some of the townhouses were used a s boarding houses, hotels or offices. In the 1980s a number of houses were connected to form the Arden Hotel, later renamed the Royal Terrace Hotel.
When we arrived in Edinburgh it was raining but as the weather forecast for the next few days was not encouraging we decided to complete our first task which was to visit another location in New Town, Ainslie Place, where my great, great grandmother had been born in December 1830.
Grosvenor Place in Bath.