Journey home - 1
22.04.2013 - 22.04.2013 18 °C
Well guys the odyssey is nearly over and we've taken the first steps of the home journey. I'm currently at the Emirates Lounge at Manchester Airport enjoying a whisky and relaxing and hoping to board in an hour or so.
Today has been almost a replica of our last day in Melbourne - but without the stress. We had planned to come into Manchester early and visit the Old Trafford/Manchester United museum. Luckily I rang this morning to check opening times and discovered that it's not open on match days. We then decided that low stress was what we needed and that we'd stay where we were. We arranged another night's accommodation so that we didn't have to vacate at noon and kill time and just relaxed. We read, watched old episodes of Top Gear, had a coffee with Lindsey and had a big excursion to the nearby Sainsburys to buy stocking socks ( I managed to lose one - can you believe it?) and some sandwiches for lunch, and reorganised the suitcases - four, count them, four! I may say that we were nearly 15kg under our luggage allowance but I'm not sure the car would have coped with a 5th bag.
We left Rhuddlan (near Rhyl) (on the North Wales coast) a bit before 1600 and hit the road. There were no major dramas with traffic and we were here with time to spare. The car rental drop off changes on every trip and is now offsite and we needed to get a bus to the terminal. We weren't happy with that with our five suitcases - sorry I forgot the small carry on one - but the bus driver was brilliant and helped us on and off and it wasn't a problem.
Love the red carpet at check in - for first class - and no dramas there. Security was painless and then a short stroll to the lounge and the welcoming arms of Emirates Airlines. I've had a shop at Duty Free - using up my Sterling and stocking up the dressing table. Have some gorgeous perfume from Chanel and Hermes - to match my bag and scarf - and make up from Dior, Yves St Laurent and Lancome - no excuse just lovely!
We really just want to go home now but will enjoy the journey as much as possible and keep you posted.