Wednesday, May 28 - Friday, May 30

Our flight to London Heathrow was on Virgin Atlantic and was not very pleasant. Even more croweded than usual and left two hours late. However we were met on arrival Thursday morning by an Elderhostel Representative and sent by van to the Hotel in London. (We found that we had shared a row on the plane with a couple who were part of our group.)

The hotel was the Riverfront Plaza on the south shore of the Thames. Very modern and quite satisfactory. We were met by Mel Montgomery who would be the coordinator on our trip. We would meet the group leader, andrew Thompson, in Cornwall. We were just in time to join in the luncheon for the group. After that we took a good nap to make up for the trip. Later we had dinner with the group at the hotel and made an early night of it since it had started to rain. This would be the last rain we would encounter on the trip, except one other evening in Newquay. The weather throughout the trip was generally wonderful.

The next morning we were off on a bus for the trip to Penzance. Our driver, Benny, would be with us throughout the trip. It was a long day, almost 8 hours, because we had to make several 45 minute stops to rest the driver. This was required by the European Community regulations. We had to get our own lunches because, in the confusion of leaving the hotel, our packed lunches were left behind.

We finally got to Penzance and got ourselves comfortable in the Queens Hotel, right o n the waterfront. This is old but quite comfortable and proved very satisfactory. We had dinner with the group in the dining room and it was quite good, as continued to be true of meals throughout our stay at this hotel.

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