Well last night was amazing and was certainly one thing Brighton could do that other places couldn't so we'll always have a soft spot for Brighton. The theatre performance was wonderful. Sorry no pics but you can read about it and hear one of the songs that received a standing ovation last night via these links.
Today dawned clear and sunny and we had more fun over brekkie when Garrie's new admirer swooned as he approached and she said "oooh 007 again". Someone from the kitchen who seemed in charge was close and she told him that 007 was in town so I took my opportunity to shush her and tell her we were trying to stay incognito. She just laughed and he looked dubious but every staff member who came out of the kitchen was checking Garrie out. I had fits of laughter but Garrie was quite glad to leave and his new admirer was very upset when he said he wouldn't be in for breakfast tomorrow but very pleased when he gave her a hug and a kiss. (Perhaps she'll never wash that cheek again).
We left Brighton early wondering if the London to Brighton cycle race happening today would cause us an issue - didn't see hide nor hair of it.
We headed to Windsor as we thought a walk in the gardens there would be good for the soul after Brighton and before our long trip home. We found our first free parking place in England and set off for The copper horse of Snow Hill. The statue is of George III.
Oh and why Windsor? Because it's pretty close to Heathrow.
It was also a pretty hot walk and someone had packed his cap in his suitcase so your lovely silk bag, much used this trip, found a second use Tina.
and we found this gem.
So trip wise it's been great. We've seen some amazing things - highlights include the Church of the Spilled Blood in St Petersburg, the Vasa in Sweden and the Victory in the UK. The weather has been pretty good with only a couple of days where rain had to be avoided and non where rain really stopped play. We've enjoyed the longest Main Street in England, (Combe Martin), some of the best food and a wonderland cruise with a Captain who entertained us and who has a catch cry of "life is beautiful." He is quite correct.
If you ask me whether I prefer time with friends and family versus the cruise, it's no contest. Loved the time we had with friends and family and I know even more strongly that I am someone who loves green spaces versus cities too. I'd cruise again but I'd be very selective about destinations, I'm not a cruiser for cruisings sake.
Finally not looking forward to the bloody long flights it takes to do all this. Anyone with a Fitbit knows they keep your sleep hours too. Here is my display from our flight over (well part of it).
So this is it folks. Last post of this trip. Thanks for coming on the journey with us and any improvement ideas gratefully received as you know there will be another one - when you least expect it...