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21. Back home

Exhausted!

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Today was our trip back which went nearly seamlessly!…apart from 30mins delay on Eurostar (power failure), a wait at St.Pancras for a taxi…then a very grumpy taxi driver who dumped us a distance away from Liverpool Street as there was nowhere close for him to bother to stop. Then the lift in the station wasn’t working but a man with a wheelchair bound wife had experienced the problem before and conducted us to find where they hide the spare lift! We did managed to get on a nice fast Norwich train but had to leave our luggage at the back and walk along way through the train to find seats. All a bit frantic, but we made it home.

REFLECTIONS

It has been a fascinating holiday and we’ve seen lots of interesting places (Brussels, Heidelberg, Salzburg, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Zagreb, Villach, Innsbruck, Basel, Strasbourg and Paris). That’s 12 places and a few extra countries as our journeys have strayed into Slovenia and Italy.

Keith planned and organised it all brilliantly…hotels, trains and buses. The actual execution of the journeys has been balked somewhat …particularly by Deutsche Bahn who make UK trains look good.
We have visited so many places to get an idea if we’d like to go back for a longer visit, but that has not been without its downside.
I’m sure if we’d attempted this as young backpackers, it would have been a lot easier than as pensioners with large amounts of luggage. I found getting cases on and off trains with big “mind the gap” steps up, really taxing and strains have manifested themselves in the course of our time away. I’m also very easily stressed about getting to trains and buses on time and finding the correct ones. So I’ve spent a lot of time away stressed and feeling quite exhausted as a result. Keith seems to have coped far better and as I’ve prided myself on my good health, having so many things going wrong has upset me.
I reckon at our age, we need cosseting…someone else takes responsibility for getting our luggage and us to destinations but Keith doesn’t want to go with other people. So we’ve reached an impasse…for the moment at least…as I no longer want to attempt this sort of touring holiday again either by bus or even car. So this is

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Posted by nanny0gg 15:35 Archived in France

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