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Three Queens visit Liverpool

Photos of the 3Queens event celebrating the coming together of Cunards three Queen cruise ships; Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Docking for the first time in their spiritual home, Liverpool.

The most photographed ship in Liverpool

The most photographed ship in Liverpool

A packed river Mersey

A packed river Mersey

QM2 docked in Liverpool

QM2 docked in Liverpool

Queen Victoria turning in the river Mersey

Queen Victoria turning in the river Mersey

The three queens in Liverpool

The three queens in Liverpool

The city awaits the fireworks

The city awaits the fireworks

God Save the Queen - Star Spangled Banner!

God Save the Queen – Star Spangled Banner!

Fireworks light up the docked Queen Victoria

Fireworks light up the docked Queen Victoria

Fireworks celebrate the three queens

Fireworks celebrate the three queens

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Chicago – Part 1

In November 2011 Lou and I took our first trip to Chicago. It was only a brief stay, 4 days in total before we flew onto New York and Philly. The flight from Manchester was supposed to be direct, but due to apparent strong jet-stream winds meant that before we had even left the ground we were told we would be diverting to JFK for refuelling. Unfortunately this meant that we were going to be a number of hours late arriving into Chicago.

However, the diversion to JFK didn’t pass without event as clearly the communication between the airline/cockpit and ground staff wasn’t up to scratch as they proceeded to start unloading our baggage. A few bangs on the window by some startled travellers and a shout from the cabin crew fortunately meant that by the time we did arrive in Chicago, at least we had our luggage!

I’ve decided to split the photos into two batches and this first set covers our departure from Manchester and first day or so in Chicago. The main set of photos can be found on my Flickr site.

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

Chicago 2011

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

USA November 2011

Chicago 2011

USA November 2011


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Flying High

In November, Louise and I took a trip to Chicago and NYC. Before we had even left Manchester we were told that due to a particularly strong jet stream we would be diverting to JFK (NY) to refuel. Whilst this wasn’t a major issue, it did mean that by the time we landed at JFK, got refueled, and airborne again, we were going to be arriving into Chicago a few hours later than scheduled. However, since we did not have kids in tow on this trip we didn’t need to stress about how we would entertain them for the extra few hours! The plane we were on, crappy as it was, had amazingly clean windows which meant that I could get some good shots during the flight. The shots posted are a mixture taken not long after leaving Manchester Airport, and arrival and take-off from JFK. I particularly like the one that gives the full view of Long Island.

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