Taxi, train, plane, car - HOME
22.08.2010 - 22.08.2010 98 °F
On Sunday, Mom and I got up at 5:45am (after going to bed about 11:45pm the night before). We did the final packing and got downstairs about 6:30am.
So here's a quick summary of our travel home -
6:30am - Taxi picks us up
6:45am - Taxi drops us off at train station (cabbie was nice - he said I could have had him drive us to Gatwick for same price as I had already pre-paid for the train tickets - oh well - kids were looking forward to another train ride and I didn't really want to be in a taxi for 35 minutes so it was just as well) [we had just missed the 6:45 train so had to wait for the 7:04am train].
7:04am - depart on train to Gatwick (in first class - which means about 8pounds more total for 4 of us more to sit in a closed off area so that Mom didn't have to worry about kids disturbing other passengers)
7:41am - arrive at Gatwick airport
8:40am - clear security and get to gate area
9:40am - time plane supposed to land - but it is delayed b/c plane was delayed on arriving
10:15am - board plane (this time sitting 2 x 2 which was much better than all 4 of us across on the way over)
10:40am - take off
6:30pm (1:30 EDT) - arrive in Charlotte (no one really sleeps on plane except for Elaina who takes 2 one-hour naps - Allan Michael watches 3&1/2 movies on the way back (Simpsons, Avatar, Shrek and Mr. Fox).
7:30pm (2:30 EDT) - we clear customs and finally have all our bags (mine was literally one of the last ones on belt).
8:00pm (3:00 EDT) - get in car and start heading to Cary (almost die from the heat as we are not used to the 98+ degree weather!!).
8:45pm (3:45 EDT) - still trying to get out of Charlotte - took us 30 minutes to drive 6 miles b/c of construction and wreck on OTHER SIDE OF INTERSTATE!!!!
11:00pm (6:00 EDT) - arrive in Cary
~12:00midnight (7:00 EDT) - Mom arrives in Benson
12:30am (7:30 EDT) - Kids and I go to bed
On Monday - kids started back to school - Elaina 1st grade and Allan Michael 2nd grade.
So - now we have to adjust back to the normal routine.
Hope you've enjoyed the chronicles of our adventures in London and Brighton.
Will blog again on the next big trip.