The run up
01.06.2011 - 24.07.2011
For those of you who don't already know, this trip has been a year in the making. After returning from a wonderful 3 weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia last year we immediately started planning this years trip, in an attempt to beat the "post holiday blues" Originally we decided to go to England mainly because it had been soooo long (about 6 years)since I had been "home" and I was getting homesick. As we started to work out the finer details of the trip, where we wanted to go, how we'd get around, how long in each place and so on, it started to take on a life of it's own, getting bigger and bigger and devouring everything in it's path. The conversation went something like:
W - "I'd really like to go home for a visit next year, it's been ages since I've been home" (sob, sob)
S - "That's fine Babe, I'd like to go to England too."
W - "Is there anywhere else you'd like to go?"
S - "I'd like to go to Ireland to see where my grandparents come from."
W - "I've never been to Ireland, but I've heard it's lovely"
S - "Also I've never been to Paris and it's on my wish list, can we go there?"
W - "That's easy, it's only 'bout a half hour flight to Paris from London, or we can go by train"
W - "I've never been to Rome and would really like to go."
S - " If we go to Italy there are other places I'd like to visit too."
S & W at the same time - "Florence, Venice, Pompeii"
S - "and Verona"
S - "Everyone keeps saying how lovely Barcelona is, perhaps we can visit there?"
W - "Well if we go to Spain, it's only a short jump over to Morocco. I'd love to go to Morocco"
W - "Morocco is right next door to Egypt, we'd have to visit Egypt if we were that close"
S - "A trip down the Nile would be fantastic"
S - "Maybe we should buy a round the world ticket."
S- "I have three months long service leave I can take, plus annual leave."
W - "I can add some purchase leave on to my annual leave and then have unpaid leave for the rest. Maybe we should take a year off and travel round he world. After Egypt we can go through Africa"
S - "I've always wanted to go to Africa."
W - "We can make our way eventually to New York"
S - "On the way back we can go to Hawaii and visit Ken" (Ken is Susan's brother, he lives in Hawaii)
After about 30 seconds of seriously considering this option.........
S - " This is going to cost a fortune."
W - "The round the world flights aren't that expensive, but it's the cost of living for a year."
S - "Exactly"
W - "Perhaps we should just stick to England this time and do each other country separately in future holidays"
S - "I'd still like to see Ireland on this trip."
W - "We should still go to Paris too, as you've always wanted to go and it's easy to get to."
That is pretty much how we decided what this holiday was going to be.
Then we had to decide where in England and Ireland we went. So final decision is:
Dublin (we pick up a hire car and drive to)
Dublin (where when fly to Gatwick and pick up another hire car)
We have rented apartments or cottages for all of our stays, except in Ireland where we are in B'n'B.
We decided to spend a week in each place and take trips out to see the surrounding areas.
So from the Cotswolds we will visit Bath, Oxford, Stratford etc.
We're also spending one day pottering up and down the Thames around Windsor in a boat. We'll just moor alongside one of the riverside pubs for lunch.
After all the planning, it's almost time to leave.
Our flight leaves Adelaide tomorrow morning (Wednesday 1st June). We fly to Sydney, then Dubai and finally London.
The weather is supposed to be 22 when we arrive on Thursday - "Perfik" as Pop Larkin used to say!