Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel and Spa Warwickshire
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We've arrived. We've done it. Portland, OR, USA to Leicester UK, overland by bus and train as far as practically possible. We feel happy. Here are the interim stats...
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... at was the Loaded Dog. I decided it was time to go home, but when I walked out I got a big hug from Izzy who had just arrived to the pub with the American Studies bar crawl group. She convinced me to stick around for a while and I had a lot of fun. As I'm writing this, I'm thinking maybe I should give up trying to make completely new friends and just try to be closer friends with all of Ruth's friends she introduced me ...
Well, we are home - boo-hiss!
The flight was long and if I'm honest, I prefer the Jumbo to the Airbus;but that's not what is is about.
The Premier lounge at J'Burg airport was great. If you are ever going to spend an extended time at an airport, do it.
We did little shopping while at the airport and discovered that sweets and snacks ...
... of Aynho Park which is a large 17th-C mansion with a 21st -C sculpture (I think) in its front garden. Amazingly it doesn't actually look out of place in the village. The church stands beside the house and looks to have been built around the same time.
Am now enjoying the view across the canal with a field of cows and their calves in the foreground, the embankment of the railway behind and watching the hares chasing each other somewhere in between.
... baggage chaos and we were out at the coach stop well in time for our 11:55 Terravision coach into the Termini Station. It was pleasantly warm on arrival, "balmy" as Steph put it. I think she was referring to the weather! I'd booked cheap "hostel" accommodation (double room with private facilities) just 5 mins' walk from the station. We were hungry by now and when in Rome, we did as the Romans do - eat in a Turkish kebab joint. Not the most salubrious district of Rome around ...