We were very fortunate to dodge an amazing amount of unseasonable weather both here in Tennessee where we got a very rare white Christmas (5 inches of beautiful slushy snow - photo above) and in our first destination, London, England, which had been besieged by even rarer ice and snow the previous week. So much so, in fact, that it basically shut down busy Heathrow Airport for three days before Christmas causing a huge amount of flight cancellations and stranding thousands of fliers. All our flights were booked on British Air and other than a slight delay on take-off at Atlanta, we had no problems with any of our flights due to weather the entire trip. The roads were in good shape thanks to the temps hovering around freezing and we had a nice drive to Atlanta where our friend, Terry, was kind enough to park our car at his place and take us to the airport. The flight "across the pond" was pleasant and since it was overnight, we were able to sleep fairly well thanks to our two-seat-only row in the back of the plane.
Following is a day-to-day account of the trip.