Trains, boats and planes

Hubby hasn’t had a holiday in over 10 years.
I know this because, not only am I his wife, but the last holiday we took together was when Maggie’s predecessor was alive and we went camping, so this would have been sometime between 2002 and 2005.
We can’t count the day trip across to Cherbourg, and somehow we never got round to visiting our friend in Bristol as the journey from Lincolnshire was just too much for us at the time, though he did come to stay with us a few times.
As for being invited to go and stay Down South, Pah! Dream on.

I on the other hand, had a dream holiday in 2010 to New Zealand when I went to visit my brother for 2 months.
planeWe pushed the boat out and used some of my pension money to send me First Class, and I was treated like a Queen. Champagne shortly after take off, real cutlery and china, linen napkins and a gourmet menu, not to mention a personal entertainment centre and a PROPER BED.
Well, it was only going to be once, so we made the most of it (plus I got a discount from my old firm as I am a Retiree of the company).

Hubby has a friend in Czechoslovakia he has always wanted to visit.

czechWe had hoped to go together, driving over and taking in the sights then spending a week with his friend. We even got Maggie her Passport, but we never seemed to have enough money for the trip (2013 was a bad year for us), and then this year the sale of the house fiasco started.
Now that we are settled, we have decided that now is the time for him to go.

ALONE.

paddington bear

Not that I have any worries about being on the boat by myself.
After all, it’s not as if I have to drive it anywhere, and I’ll have the dog for company.
I’ll have a car for transport if I want to go anywhere and I can make a start on my Christmas cards.
Hubby however isn’t happy about me being on my own for too long, so has agreed to go for three days.

He’s not a spring chicken anymore (love you Hunnie) and speed is not exactly his forte most days, so it should come as no surprise that I was a ‘little concerned’ about his trip, especially the more he looked into getting there.

It has been quite an eye opener trying to arrange things via the internet, and the small print is a killer, in some instances almost doubling the cost of the flight itself, especially if you want to take luggage!
Add to that on the cheaper flights, there is a distinct possibility that he could be transferred to another airline to make up a ‘full load’ and as such, his return trip could deposit him anywhere in the UK except where he left from! It is also in the small print that should such an event actually occur, it is his responsibility (and cost) to get himself back to where he originally started.

So, he looked into going by train.

british railNot all that much of a cheap option, plus with the time factor, changes and connections, he would end up having about five minutes with his friend before making the return journey.

Not to be put off, Eurostar got the investigative treatment next.

eurostarFirst of all we had to get him to London to go to Brussels and there on an overnight train to Prague.
That sounded hopeful, until you took into account the time he would have to leave to set the ball rolling, how long he would have to wait for the necessary connections and you can guarantee something would be running late to knock everything out of kilter.

What about a ferry?
Looked into this too, and again it was time, connections and getting to places of departure.

ferryHe even thought about driving. Three Days to get there. That’s a no then.

dog in carSo, we decided to book him through a bone fide travel agent, and made enquiries when we went into one of the larger towns (sadly because I won’t be travelling with him, he can’t get any discount).
Nevertheless, Bingo.

The dates he wants are available.
The cost is reasonable (in other words, we will afford it).
He will have at least 2 full days (3 nights) with his friend.
He will fly from, and return to, Heathrow.

jetHis friend is looking forward to his visit.

Hubby is now in possession of his ticket, insurance documents, and his car park reservation.
On Monday, we will get him some currency for spending money.
He’s excited about the prospect of going.

I just hope he’s not going to fret about all the possible things that could go wrong between now and his departure.
nervous wreck

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to Trains, boats and planes

  1. scifihammy says:

    Ah – Once he is on the plane he can leave all his worries behind 🙂 Hope he has a great trip, and you get some quite time with Maggie 🙂

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