We’re home safe and the magical journey known as Europe 2017 is over.
There was one final Singapore “beer of the day” and it was another bloody Tiger! Garrie will have to go and buy a Singha in Coffs lol!
And one final yummy Asian meal in the Qantas lounge. (The Sydney soup and sandwiches option could take a lesson from Singapore).
After under 2 hours of sleep and the movie The Beguiled, which I found interesting but less than beguiling, breakfast and we found ourselves in Sydney.
One thing we noticed was that the planes were getting smaller. From our fantastic A380-800 from Frankfurt to Singapore, Qantas used an A330 to get us to Sydney and then we were in the tiny dash 8 to Coffs where a thunderstorm had us bobbing around the clouds like a cork and we discovered later that there were golf sized hailstones west of Coffs so we were lucky it wasn’t worse. Welcome home!
In Sydney we had had a tedious wait to see a quarantine officer to check our wooden bits and bobs purchased about the place, (I blame it on the TV program Border Security. It used to be faster going through the “declare” channel but now everyone is doing it! We looked for cameras so we could wave Michael but alas not a filming day.) Thankfully all our things made it through though the Christmas decorations were very carefully inspected for rogue bits of pine cone or seed attachments. A few hours in the Qantas Club lounge and our last flight of this trip and home to Coffs and our furry baby. Oh and yes – one final beer of the day.
Garrie took one mouthful, spluttered and said “that’s terrible!” So which was the best beer? I’m told that is a tough question. Certainly Garrie enjoyed the British ales far more than he has on the past two trips so perhaps his tastes are changing, though he still remains a lager man. He says he really enjoyed the Tiger beer but says that could just be that beer in a much warmer climate is so much more refreshing, (and when it’s washing down chilli crab!). Perhaps we’ll have to get a few friends together in one place with any of the beers we can find and do some taste testing.
So we are home and we have just woken from a lovely eight hours plus sleep and the first thing we noted was all the beautiful bird sounds – that and a purring cat! Garrie took this just minutes after we arrived home – Libby still loves me.
A few statistics
53 days to 7 countries, (Hungary, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, England, Wales and Singapore – yes we landed in Switzerland but airport transfers don’t count). 13 different beds. Yes I counted 3 flights in this as business class beds do count.
I have written 63 blog posts and my rough count of photos taken is 2,660. Most have appeared in the blogs but not all. If anyone wants to count up the number in the blog posts do let me know. Looking at Sydney Airport the blog had been visited some 4,293 times by 634 viewers, though I believe that is roughly 50 people revisiting. Where people viewed from is interesting and the Australia, NZ, UK, US, Netherlands, Hungary and Singapore I can account for but who is following this from Canada, Denmark and Sweden?
Worst things that happened. Minor panic at Amsterdam airport and blisters in Singapore and neither proved an issue. Hmm ok now I’ve remembered that bug with all the nose blowing and coughing – could have done without that.
Best things that happened. Too many tell. Loved the Amabella, the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Castles, the Christmas decs, the Princess, the salmon, the beer, all the friends and family, the Ritz, the new places, the Black Country Museum, The Big Pit, Ross the Hoss, the chilli crab, the Marina Sands area of Singapore, the comments from many of you that made us laugh, all the very cute dogs, I could go on forever on this one.
Best building? The Hungarian Parliament for sure.
Favourite food, Chilli crab. Just about everything was fabulous but we will always remember being up to our elbows in chilli crab.
Could not have done it without the best ACC, (Auntie Cat Cushion), on the planet. Thank you Ellany for your regular updates on our furry baby and we enjoyed our holiday so much more knowing she was safe in your capable hands and on your comfortable lap! We received a photo about every 3 Days so you have to say that our ACC did more than look after the cat and the house, she looked after our mental well-being too. We arrived home to a spotlessly clean house and discovered that one day Libby had gone missing and both Ellany and lovely neighbour Joy, (also our taxi to and from the airport) had searched the house several times over and couldn’t find her, (she’s an indoor cat only) and were trying to work out how she got out, how someone had stolen her or if aliens had beamed her up when finally Joy found her well hidden behind gear in a spare wardrobe. Though we all laughed about it, I know that horrible feeling, and thank you both for the care and attention. Here are just a few of the pics we received.
Kilos added. Garrie only 2.4 kilos and me 4.1kg. How is that possible? He drank all that beer and ate far more – grrrr. Still not bad for 7.5 weeks of total indulgence!
OK the quick quiz.
1) What was the underwear affair and where did it take place?
2) What is Cheryl’s favourite breakfast food?
3) Name at least one show we saw in London
4) Where did we stay in a narrow boat.
5) Our favourite food in Singapore?
The first 3 correct answers to hit the comment field win lots of love and laughter!
So many of you have commented that you will miss the blog. Thank you for that. Now if you can just hang on for a few months we’ll be off on the next adventure – The Panama Canal and Hawaii for my special birthday in April 2018. Until then it’s time to sort the washing, pack away the suitcases, check for all the typos before I turn this blog into a keepsake book and go on a no carb diet! Thanks for being with us. Cheers and thanks to you all for being part of the fun! Xxxxxxx