Coming home

However much we have enjoyed one of our jaunts away, we always feel a sense of relief to arrive back home to the calm and serenity of our little corner of this world.

More so when the return journey has been longer than we would wish.

We arrived at Gatwick late on Thursday night after our delayed flight from Gibraltar and had a good night's rest at the airport hotel. Our onward flight home was unfortunately not scheduled until 7 PM on Friday so we had a whole day to kill.

As we travel light with no luggage to check in we made the mistake of going through security early to spend the time in the departures area. We soon realised the error of our decision when we saw the overcrowded, noisy  lounge area, still undergoing reconstruction and building works.  Seating was at a premium and many people were sitting on the floor. Not a good way to spend our 6 hours.

All the restaurants were full and when we finally got a seat we ended up paying £50 for two bowls of lasagne and two glasses of wine!  With hindsight we should have bought a sandwich from Boots and sat on the floor to eat it 🙄

We were relieved when we were called for boarding on time and squeezed onto the very full flight, only to be advised by the pilot that our takeoff slot had been put back one hour so we had to sit on the tarmac until 8pm before we could leave.

So glad to be home now, with two loads of washing done and some supplies hastily procured from the local supermarket.

It is the island's Parish Walk event here today so if the weather is kind we shall sit outside with our wine this evening and watch the surviving intrepid participants passing by along the coast road just across the field.


8 comments:

  1. Oh the hazards of Internation Flight - things rarely go smoothly these days. Almost glad my days doing such things are over now that I walk badly and my farmer has gone. Still - lots of memories (and apart from Airport Lounges, lovely ones).

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    1. Although we enjoy visiting interesting places, the experience of getting there through the airport is becoming more and more stressful. I am glad that you have pleasant memories of your travels to look back on.

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  2. What a trip. Why are airports so darn expensive and what chaos.
    Enjoy your wine. I presume you actually have some sunshine there now

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    1. We arrived home to a lovely sunny day but it seems this may be short lived as there is yet more rain on the way for Monday!!!

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  3. Welcome home. Although we rarely travel anymore, I used to start missing home and our animals in about the middle of every vacation. Loved travelling, but loved getting back home most of all.

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    1. Thanks Sue. We had a great time away but it was only a short break so we didn't have time to miss home - until we had to go through the whole airport experience when we wished we had a Star Trek transporter!

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  4. Blimey! That sounds like a nightmare. There's nothing like your own home is there?

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