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Sydney to Canberra - Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Home again, home again, jiggity jog!

semi-overcast 14 °C
View To London, To London, To Visit The Queen on gaddingabout's travel map.

We both had a good night's sleep and after breakfast we realise that we could probably make the 8.30 bus, instead of the 9.30 one we are booked on. I always do a fully flexible booking, just in case we want to change. So we drag all our luggage over the road to the bus stop, only to be told that the 8.30 is full, but if there is a 'no show', then we can have the seats. This doesn't excite me much because it would probably mean sitting next to a stranger, not together. Not that I can't stand to be separated from my husband, far from it after six weeks together (!), but I always go to sleep on a bus and it's a bit embarrassing waking up, leaning all over a stranger!

It's quite pleasant sitting outdoors in the cool, fresh air, watching the passing parade. Most people have arrived on overnight flights and they look like zombies.

We board the bus at about 9 and then it departs at 9.15, instead of 9.25 and it's not full but we're on our way, back to Canberra.

We hardly make it to Campbelltown and I'm asleep, waking three hours later just as we enter the outskirts of Canberra. Good trip and Phil has been asleep too.

We caught a taxi home, unpacked the bags, did the washing, bought the essential groceries until I have more time (and feel like it) on Saturday. The weather is quite cool. A quick check around the garden and the indoor plants reveals that the tank is full, the rain gauge shows we've had three inches of rain, one shrub is dead and my pot of bamboo is dead. It's was a bugger of a thing anyway, needing a drink every single day. I actually thought bamboo was hardier than that.

Back to cooking and domestic chores and into bed early as I go back to work tomorrow.

This has been an extremely memorable and satisfying trip, and relaxing. Not moving every day, rather two nights on QE2 in Dubai, 21 sailing on QM2, five days in Cornwall, 11 days in London and finishing with four days in Windsor.

Our trip on the Queen Mary 2 was amazing. Total luxury and you can tell that by the size of our waistlines now! We were totally indulged and met some lovely people, however, we are thinking that this was a "one off" experience for us, perhaps until we are so old, that we can hardly move. Cruising is great but if you want to visit and experience a country properly, then the only way to do that is by a land tour.

It was lovely to spend time with the rellies in Cornwall. It is such a beautiful place - so green. St Michael's Mount has become my nemisis - twice there and still yet to climb to the top! Maybe next time.

London - well London is London. It is vibrant, full of history and there is magnificent architecture everywhere you look. The buildings are stunning. The weather is always the same - unpredictable - warm one minute, cool the next - always wear layers. We used Uber taxis a lot in London and that worked very well. We didn't bother wi

Windsor was ALIVE with media everywhere, waiting for news of Royal baby Sussex. It was the first time Phil had been to Windsor and he just loved it. It really is a nice place.

All our hotels were great - big rooms with plenty of space and a bath!

No more overseas travel for us this year, just a couple of trips to Queensland which we are both looking forward to, especially me.

Posted by gaddingabout 20:15 Archived in Australia

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