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31 July 2016 @ 12:13 am
It's one minute past midnight...  
...which means that it's now exactly 312 days until I get on a plane and fly to the UK. Finally did it today - booked my return tickets, business class if you please (thank you frequent flyer points!) for what we're calling B & D's Final Hurrah (part one). No, not Bodie and Doyle (sadly) but my sister and me. Realising that once we're retired there won't be money for grand tours, so we'd better get as much in now as we can.

We've talked about this ever since we got back from our first foray together, in 2010, so it's been a while in the making. We're including a cruise in the trip, too. Originally we were wanting a Viking cruise that went from Bergen to Istanbul but the sailing dates for next year have been cancelled. I don't see why the fact that three of the ports of call were in DFAT No-Go zones is enough to cancel a cruise, but there you go. *g*. The one we've selected now is shorter, at seven nights, and sails from Southampton to Copenghagen via Belgium, Holland, Germany and Sweden. I can see we'll need to rewatch Danny Kaye's Hans Christian Anderson, just to get in the right frame of mind for our destination.

I can barely sit still I'm that excited, and my sister is already making lists of clothing to take. The countdown has begun!
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nerthus: pic#125224255nerthus on July 30th, 2016 02:43 pm (UTC)
Sounds like such fun! I daydream wistfully about someday going on a mother/daughter trip with my youngest, but it will never happen because I have to take care 24/7 of my other, special needs daughter and there's no one else to look after her for the amount of time a proper trip with my youngest would entail. So I just enjoy vicariously other peoples' vacations and try not to dwell on regrets of not having that 'dream' vacation my youngest and I used to daydream about together.
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on August 2nd, 2016 11:44 am (UTC)
Oh I'm sorry... hopefully one day circumstances will allow you that dream trip.
Calisecali_se on July 30th, 2016 05:50 pm (UTC)
So how long will you be in the UK? The cruise sounds wonderful!
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on August 2nd, 2016 11:46 am (UTC)
All up about three weeks, not counting the cruise (which yeah sounds wonderful!).
byslantedlight: Sukhoi Su26 Road Angelbyslantedlight on July 30th, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
Sounds ace! I'm curious about which three ports between Bergen and Istanbul are no-go areas though...? And whereabouts in the UK are you going to be? Everywhere? *g* And where are you going for Part Two? And... and... *g* So much fun to have a holiday to look forward to!
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on August 2nd, 2016 11:49 am (UTC)
The no-go red zones are Istanbul and Tunisia, while Paris is an Orange alert - for necessary travel only. It's a pity as I was looking forward to Istanbul, but can always travel there once things have settled down.

*Everywhere* is not quite accurate as Scotland is off the schedule at present, but we're planning a week in London plus time in Ireland and Wales before flying home out of Manchester.
Fiorenza_afiorenza_a on July 31st, 2016 07:19 am (UTC)

Oh fantastic, I've often thought about taking a cruise - somehow it's never quite happened - but that's exactly the sort of cruise I think I would like to take :0)

How wonderful to have something like that to look forward to!

miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on August 2nd, 2016 11:52 am (UTC)
I like this particular cruise liner; they cater to an older demographic and they're quite small ships, for cruise liners. They're called Silversea Cruises; I'd not heard of them before stumbling across their ad on a forex website, but the travel agent assures me they're the real deal.
Fiorenza_afiorenza_a on August 3rd, 2016 12:40 am (UTC)

It all sounds lovely - I hope you have a wonderful time :0)
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on August 1st, 2016 05:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful. Good for you! (and your sister)
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on August 2nd, 2016 11:53 am (UTC)
Yay thanks, very excited now. I've set up a countdown on my phone; only 310 days to go! *g*
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on August 1st, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC)
What a brilliant thing to have to look forward to!
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on August 2nd, 2016 11:53 am (UTC)
Isn't it, though. I've already had my holidays from work approved, and organised my cat minder.