Jun 02, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
It felt very futuristic. The flights themselves were smooth with a plane change in Munich, and then we hit the steamy sidewalks of Charlotte and record heat on the drive home. What a change from the bicycles and trains of cool England!
Now we're the usual re-entry process--laundry, mail, and catching up with office work, and weeds, weeds, weeds in the garden. We all agree we learned a lot on this remarkably content-dense-- trip. And we're glad to be home. Thanks for reading along with us.
What Sidney neglected to tell you about our last day in England is that we had glorious weather to walk the 2.5 circumference of the City of York--and that one of the city gates (there are several) has a portcullis that still works. The rail museum there is remarkable, with train memorabilia ranging from stained glass windows and old signs salvaged from railway stations to Queen Victoria's rail coaches. Back at the working train station, we snagged an evening train ourselves back to Heathrow via London Kings Cross, and arrived at the Yotel (a "pod" hotel with rooms rather like train compartments--with bunks, a toilet, TV, WI-Fi, and shower--actually in the airport itself) just at 10 pm. It was our only option save sleeping on benches in the airport, since our flight check-in was at 4:30 am and transportation to the airport doesn't run before 5:00. But mostly we just wanted the experience. We didn't use the wide screen TV, and we only got about 3 hours sleep, but at least it was dark and quiet, and we were able to shower and change.