In exactly one week we will be enroute to Brisbane in preparation for our flight at the beginning of our UK adventure.
As far as I am aware we have done everything we need to apart from the final packing. Most of what we are taking is sitting in the suitcases or on the bed in the spare room.
I do need to finish the minor alterations I am making to 2 pairs of trousers which GMan will be taking.
The house is relatively clean and tidy for when the housesitters are here. I have carefully planned our meals and shopping so that there will be very little left in the freezer or refrigerator.
There is still plenty going on in the next week but I am not overwhelmed and stressed. I have 4 more days of work, we are going to the movies on 2 evenings as well as spending Sunday with the family to celebrate my mother’s birthday which falls while we are away.
There are still meals to prepare and a couple of loads of washing which will need to be done.
It is a far cry from the times when I was would be madly trying to squeeze a million things into the last few hours before we set off on holidays and I have to say that I much prefer this feeling.
The title of this blog post seems rather odd since our trip is to the UK and primarily London. However, GMan managed to convince me that a day trip to Paris would be a good idea.
We have booked our return tickets on the Eurostar and done a bit of research on how to get around as well as what we might like to see and do. It will be a long day and I know we will only scratch the surface. I am hoping to take a stroll through Montmartre, see the Sacre Couer, visit the Musee d’Orsay as well as a river cruise and walking some historic areas of the Left Bank. There may be time to see other sites but I am determined not to rush madly from one location to another. I would much rather have time to just enjoy the surroundings.
The other thing we have booked is tickets to a show at Royal Albert Hall. It is the Classical Spectacular which is staged for about 4 days twice a year – in March and November. You can watch a preview of it here. I stumbled upon it when I was researching tours of Royal Albert Hall so decided that tickets in the front row of the first level balcony was far superior to a tour.
It is now just over 5 months until we depart and last weekend we met with the housesitters who will be taking care of the house, garden and most importantly our animals. That was just about the last piece of the puzzle so I feel as though we are pretty well ready to go.