Tour 5271 / 0820

Trip Start Aug 06, 2007
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Trip End Oct 07, 2007


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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Greetings

Well - this is the last day of our second tour and once again we lose contact with these new people we have met. Really sad but we have to get on with our lives.

We had a real early wake up call - 5.45am as we had to get to Calais for the Ferry at noon.

After a hearty breakfast we left Amsterdam at 7.15am and were driven through Holland, Belgium to the French Port.

The weather was fine again (really lucky eh)  and we enjoyed the scenery as we passed through the countryside. Once again the land was flat and the areas were just a food bowl through the countries. We had one comfort stop for 30 minutes.

When we got to Calais we had a short wait for Customs and were then ushered through the Port area where we had to wait a further 1.5 hours for another 5 Cosmos buses. To be honest - we could have had to wait around anyway as the Ship did not leave until 2pm.

Jackie and i found it quite hard to leave the Tour Director who was a nice Italian guy and we think he did a great job . We were generous with our tip but tighter on our driver who we thought was a little tired on occasions. Great driver but lax on bus maintenance in our opinion.

Our overall thinking was that it was a very good tour with the only disappointment being there was a little too much time in the coach. While saying that, this is more likely our fault as if we had measured the distances between the areas we were traveling to, it should have been obvious this driving would take place.

At 2pm we left Calais and then put our watches back because of the time differences. The trip across was great in that it was calm and we had a couple of pints with the others of our tour.

Then we were met by Cosmos Britain and driven to London and dropped off at the Euston Thistle Hotel.

We fare welled the rest of our tour and started dragging our suitcases through the London streets as do thousands of others. Quite a sight actually. We took a Double decker bus to our hotel which is called the London Elizabeth and this is a 5 storey apartment converted into a hotel. It was built in 1857 and has been owned by quite a few British personalities including important politicians. We are 35 meters from Hyde Park and in an expensive part of town.

Its not quite as nice as most of our recent accommodation - mainly because it is old but it does have character and is nice. The location is great and bus stops are just outside.

The bus ride to the hotel was quite an experience also as it was empty when we got on and we had plenty of room.Unfortunately we hadn't got far before we were full however the passengers did not give us any grief and were very patient.

We had our dinner at a local pub and this had live music which added to the surroundings. It was really nice and we got to bed about 10pm.
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