06.11.2012 - 14.11.2012 14 °C
After three weeks of tummy aches, intense heat and early starts it was a welcome reprieve to arrive in Bath for a well-timed holiday from our 270 day adventure (yes we can hear you all groaning from here!). Whilst this travelling game is great fun (and no doubt beats sitting at a desk every day) it is a lot of work to plan, book and coordinate transport, accommodation and activities within time constraints and on a budget. To be honest we wanted a week off, which is exactly what we did!
It was home to our 5 star B&B in Bath with Rhi’s cousin Lynn and after a few weeks in average accommodation the lure of a comfortable bed, endless hot water and a well-stocked fridge was very strong! Late starts, long pub lunches and lazy afternoons spent indoors as the sun disappeared around 4.30pm were all on our UK agenda. Colder than our last two visits to the UK, it was amazing to see autumn in full swing and we were treated to some beautiful clear days.
It was also a great opportunity for one last catch up with some of Rhi’s cousins before we all said goodbye for who knows how long, and the weather was just right for one of Lynn’s roast dinners. We have been so well looked after by our UK family, it really has been home away from home spending so much time with everyone.
But the holiday could not last forever!! For the third and final time this year we said goodbye to our honorary European mum, and made our way into London one last time to catch a flight to France (that we ended up missing! Thank you, London traffic jam!) where we would finish the Euro leg of our trip. With a few hours to kill in the morning we made a stop in Greenwich – home of the Prime Meridian line dividing the Earth into east and west, and the home of time.
The area is UNESCO listed for the significance of the architecture which includes the Royal Maritime Museum, the Queens House and the Royal Observatory, the view from which is said to be one of the best in town. We were blessed with a blue sky in London in the middle of November – unbelievable but true!
Time out from our travels gave us a great opportunity to reflect on the last few months and really appreciate what we have seen and done – and it also made us realise how close we are getting to the end of our adventure. We have less than eight weeks to go until we arrive in Sydney and whilst South America is sure to bring another raft of incredible experiences, being away this long really makes you appreciate home. Flying in over that gorgeous harbour and coastline, with our one-of-a-kind bridge and that opera house will be the perfect finale to a trip that has taken us to so many other identifiable landmarks around the world. See you soon Sydney!