Crimdon Dene Hotel
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With the wonders of modern travel, Virgin Airlines get us to Gatwick half an hour early at 5.20 am on 30th December, after the usual arrival formalities I manage to load all our suitcases and rucksacks onto a trolley and head through the arrivals scrummage and into the increasing cold in Gatwick Railway station to try and sort a change of ticket from our original February return to immediate ones. The cold is no good for ...
... the top of the site with distant views of the downs and sea. On the serviced pitch you get your own water tap, electricity and drainage so you don't have to move when the tanks need filling up or emptying - lovely. The site has a large bar/restaurant area and a conservatory where you can have a drink and take your dog. With it being Christmas, every one is very sociable and there was a lot of talking, drinking and laughter.
On Christmas ...
So it begins. The bags are packed we're ready to go, as the song says. Goodbye Wilbraham Court and our lovely neighbours for 9 weeks of exotic travels. Beryl our wonderful friend drives us to the station as by the wonders of Brunels famous railway we are on our way from Newton Abbot, Devon to pastures new. Gosh we're excited. The joys of 1st class rail means for maybe the last time for some days we can sit back relax and be waited ...
... catch-up of family news over good food.
Then drove on across Dartmoor again. Stopped to climb to a Tor on Burrator Moor before driving to Lee Moor and on to Ivybridge.
Stayed again with Jenny and Rhidian, whom we stayed with in February. Another lovely night in front of a roaring fire with good food and lots of chatting. Great to see them ...
... him or his IT kit.... and very nice it was too. All checked in at the premier inn, couple of drinks before calling it a night. WEDNESDAY up at six and a thirty minute shuttle bus to terminal five. Beer with breakfast (well we are on holiday), picked up a couple of bottles of gin (not sure what we'll be able to get in Abu Dhabi) before boarding the flight. When we checked in in line we couldn't get seats together, but the guy at the bag drop sorted it for ...