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    by mkataoka Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 28, 16 at 01:31 PM
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Trip Report The T/R, 3.5 months of adventure a lifetime of memories.

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Well, I've talked myself out of starting this TR so many times; as I feel it may be too 'boring' or I may get bogged down and never actually finish it. But I've re-read some of my previous reports and I got so much enjoyment out of remembering wonderful trips and also all the wonderful help and advice I have received over the year, I decided I had to give it a go.

A brief setup for anyone I haven't 'annoyed' with questions over the last 12months or so. We are a 47yr old couple from Brisbane Australia. We have travelled quite a bit and this was our fourth trip to Europe. We found ourselves in the wonderful position of being able to take a year off work. (that’s a whole other story!) So with DD#1 having moved to London in June and DD#2 being in a great job, and doing really well we decided to head to Europe for 3.5months. As you will see as the 'story' unfolds we had friends and family 'visiting/travelling' with us, off and on over this time, which was lovely.

This won’t be the day by day, blow by blow, trip report I usually do as it would just be too long. But I'm going to try really hard to give details of things I know are important to fellow planners/travellers. We are not really museum/art gallery people but love seeing 'old stuff' :-) we do love food & wine and we mostly avoided big cities, apart from day trips.

So with our B/class flights from Brisbane to London with Emirates & a leased vehicle we purchased at a travel expo early in the year, we were ready to go. We left Brisbane July 26, which was timed so we would still be home for DD#2s b/day two days earlier. The day before we left we received an email from the lady we had booked our London apartment through to say that 'the boiler was broken and they had organised a replacement apartment'. After a bit of stress we decided that the new apartment looked fine and just crossed our fingers. I think I was most annoyed as I had mapped out and printed maps to place from the original apartment. But as this was our 4th trip to London we weren't too perturbed.

So thanks to the Emirates car service we left Brisbane at 2am (yuck I know), which was chosen by us so we would arrive into London (Gatwick) late afternoon, we've done the arriving into London at 6am, which most flights from Australia are and its awful. You feel like a zombie all day. The Emirates lounge in Brisbane is just lovely, as was the flight and all the services you receive 'up the pointy end of the plane'. We had to stop in S'pore and Dubai, which makes the trip from home to London apartment about 30 hours!!!

On arrival our cars (yes two, as we had two suitcases each, 2 of which were for our daughter) were waiting and I called the apartment as arranged, to be told the boiler was fixed and we could go to our original apartment in Earls Crt. A lovely surprise. ( I tried to include apartment info but it appears it may be on the market for sale and they are no longer renting it, it was on Longridge Rd, Earls crt)

The apartment was lovely and better still DD#1 was there to greet us.

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