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And so after a long flight - 12+ hours - we arrived in Paris, grabbed a quick drink and then on to Birmingham. Unfortunately, Pat's suitcase decided to stop off in Paris but will hopefully be delivered tomorrow! Back to a sunny UK, with a temperature not much cooler than Hanoi yesterday, where the blossom is in full swing. Lots of memories of a lovely holiday. ...
... our way and arrived without too much delay to check in. Luggage was booked straight through - hopefully we would see it again in HCMC.
A short flight to Paris before we boarded Air France plane for the long flight to Vietnam. We dozed a bit, read a bit and watched films a bit to while away the time. Somewhere along the way we lost 7hrs in time difference and most of Thursday. And so we arrived - not sure if it was Thursday or Friday - ready to start our adventures. ...
The kids slept as I slunk out of the house towards the airport. The roads were clear, but the sky was overcast. The plane rose through the clouds, bumping and juddering as though the wings would fall off. They didn't. The tall Chinese girl next to me claimed to be 14, but looked at least 20. She chatted constantly, making the time pass quickly. She came from Leicester; her grandparents live in Chengdu, where the pandas live; the Korean looking teen in the row behind us was a ...
... pleasant people and were thinking of buying their own boat. The lady was very slim and fit but had difficulty opening the gates so James had to help her a few times. She opened a paddle for us so that the lock they had just left would fill for us. It was good team work. They were carrying on down the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, but we turned right after 13 locks onto the Digbeth Branch.
We met a boat coming up in the ...
... Dave and Lisa met us after the game and we had some drinks followed by a kebab from the aptly named "Chip Lane". Cardiff is a lovely place, not nearly as scummy as I expected it to be! The castle was a bit of a let down though. Sure Edward VIII might have lived there at one point in time, but the attraction itself left a lot to be desired. Just a note for anyone who ever wants to visit Cardiff: there are better castles in the UK!
And then ...