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Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Jun 16, 2010

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

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. 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.

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virginia on

Welcome home (to the heat). So glad you had a wonderful adventure and thanks so much for sharing!

scott on

Well done folks. Sounds like it was a great time. The coolest place I have found around here this month was last Sat on our bike ride up to the top of Mt. Mitchell. Light clouds and in the low 60's. Worth the ride up.

lizmainwaring on

Thank you for sharing the trip with everyone. Sounds as though it was a great one with lots of educational opportunities. Welcome home!

Bunny on

Awesome documentation of your trip. I looked forward to the chapters!

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