Last episode was my arrival at Domestic terminal, flying from Izmir
I just think I did not use the same way from D to I terminals, last time I connected in IST; it seems shorter today ; I'll check this next time
I got my BP the day before, checking on line
I must now check the gate, but not on board yet, and picture is blurred
Istanbul International terminal is very busy, as usual? I try Passport control 1 but it is really crowded, so I walk on to PC 2, and find easily priority line.
Just one emigration officer for this line, but it gets rather quick and in 10 minutes I've cleared emigration and security
Still a blurred picture, but gate is actually 205
So now, let's find some landmarks; lounge is signed left and gate on the right; it says 15mn from the former to the latter; OK I've got it.
And I get close to "wonderland", which I have seen in so many FR
Very impatient to be inside, I won't notice the luggage lockers close to entrance, but my small carry on can go along with me everywhere.
I'm impressed by the size, and discover there is a lower level; upper level is very busy and I expect lower one to be quieter. It is! so I take a comfy seat in a quiet area.
Going round the buffets, I'm not impressed, but wide choice and amazing german style pastries… Pide are not available yet but being baked. I'll wait
It's very tasty and the apricot tart is even better
Let us finish with turkish pastries.
This lounge is overheated like domestic lounge, too much really Here comes departure time, I'm soon on my way thru the "shopping arcade"
Actually it takes me just 5/6 minutes to walk to gate 205
…where boarding is nearly completed
Jetway to plane; good because it's very windy and freezing
New security check at gate, but not for me; good!
Onboard it's same layout as on inbound flight, 2-2
FA Chef accepts a picture, and will pose, so I can't think to blurr his face
After picture, he serves this delicious fruity lemonade
Safety instructions come down from heaven
Push back on time while I have my drink and bye bye Istanbul
Getting up quickly above western suburbs and their massive urban structures
I pull my screen out of seat armrest to follow flight information; they are also available on main screen
A look at the menu
We are above Thrace and the eastern coast of Black Sea
Crossing over bulgarian border, we can make out the port of Burgas
But first things first; lunchtime!
Served on a tray, but hot dishes will come on a trolley
I'm always suspicious concerning beef cooking, but this is perfect to me
Starter, main course, cheese and desert are all nice; this must be my 5th meal since I got up; no dinner tonite! A glance outside; getting close to Carpathian mountains, somewhere south east of Timisoara, Romania Snow is all over eastern Europe and we'll see it as far as Germany
Tea refill has been offered…and accepted
I start reading, and we land at LGW 30 minutes under schedule (of course the latter is not a consequence of the former) Some "miles", up and down in corridors; no doubt we landed at LGW
The arrival hall is almost empty
Automatic control and I clear immigration and customs in one minute And there I am on the railway platform A picture, personal memory, as LGW and this station were my first approach to UK, first time I went there some 50 years ago.
Btw, same weather as 50 years ago; so some people will say "of course it's always raining in UK "; but we all know it's not true!
And this will be the end of my LGW-IST-ADB return trip
Thanks for reading
Till next time
Cabin crew 9.5
Turkish Airlines Lounge
Istanbul - IST
London - LGW
Once again top notch with TK; excellent value for price; IST TK lounge is amazing but I was not flabbergasted as in Doha; I reduce the rating for food because had to wait for Pide I also underrate LGW access, not about connexion with central Ln which are quite good, but because of the long corridors, the up and downs etc... within the terminal
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