Cable Cars, Greenwich

I think I’ve actually found my favouirte mode of transport – CABLE CARS (or Gondolas depending what you like). They don’t take you far, but the views are always amazing. You can take the Emirates Air Line Cable Cars from either Royal Docks or Greenwich Peninsula.

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They only opened in 2012 but have become a great staple of London travel. Many people use them to commute across the river. It’s around a kilometer long and in the morning (between 7am-9am) it’s rush hour so the journey takes 5 minutes, but the rest of the day it’s around 10 minutes so you really get to take in the views. After 7pm, it changes to the “Night Flight” where they play music and takes around 13 minutes to get across. They also do a champagne experience, a view and alcohol, sign me up!  So depending what you are after they are some great options. What is also great about this, is that you can use your oyster card! It only costs £3.50 and paying with your Oyster card makes it 25% cheaper than paying cash, so a win win really!

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The Cars are sponsored by Emirates (if you hadn’t guessed by the name). To make it a bit more fun they use a lot of in-flight terminology.  It’s all a bit of fun, and I would suggest you do it if you’re in the area, and it’s sunny of course!

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The main thing is the views. Aren’t they just fab! The whole commute, doing it to get from A to B is a bit pointless. But it’s fun if you have the time! Also, I highly recommend walking to Meantime Brewery after. Great beer.

Have you done the Cable Cars? What did you think? Enjoy them, or just find them a bit stupid?

 

 

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What to pack in your hand luggage…

The great debate – what do you really need on a plane. If I am going just to Europe I have everything, my clothes, my camera, books etc but this is because they tend to be city breaks so I don’t check anything in. But I am talking long-haul flights where you have your clothes and sun cream all packed away in your check-in luggage.

Essentials –

Backpack – obviously to hold the items in, and I find it easier if there isn’t enough space over head or worse you can’t get out of your seat, you can fit it under the seat in front.

Passport – can’t really go anywhere with out this now can you!

Purse – you will need those cards and cash for the airport shopping, whether it’s food or those duty-free treats.

In-flight Entertainment –

Kindle – I always have my kindle with me, I don’t always use it but it’s great as it’s so light and gives me so many more options than just one heavy book!

Noise Cancelling Earphones – these are the best investment you will ever make!! Just trust me they drown it all out – engine noise, children, your other half whittling on at you…

Tablet – whether it’s an iPad or Samsung or something else, they are great. You can download your own programs so you aren’t stuck with the airlines choice. You can use it as a note book, I write blogs sometimes and other times use it for last minute research notes on the place we are going.

Phone and CHARGER – let be honest you wouldn’t leave without the phone. But it’s more the charger not to forget. A lot of airlines now have a place you can pop your phone in so you are full of juice for when you land.

Little Extras –

Sunglasses – saves you having to look for these in your case when it’s glorious sunshine when you land.

Camera – same logic as the sunnies plus you shouldn’t leave your valuables in your check-in bags.

Moisturiser – whether its face or hands it nice to refresh your self and stops your skin felling so tight. Plus it smells nice which will make you feel better after that 10 hour flight.

Toothbrush and Toothpaste – because no one likes fury teeth!

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So there you go my little essentials that I try to remember to take on all long-haul flights!

What times do you take? Is there one thing you can’t live without?