We Made It!
After 33 hours of travel, we have FINALLY arrived in the UK!! We left from O'Hare on Friday, had a connecting flight in Detroit, then flew into Paris.
Yes, I did say Paris! Flying into Paris rather than London was the solution to being able to take our dog in-cabin with us versus in cargo. We just couldn't imagine our little 4 lb pupper traveling in cargo for 12 hours. We found this WONDERFUL service, Pet Moves, to help us get from Paris to the UK. The owner of the company and our driver, Barry, specializes in helping people transport their pet into the UK while avoiding cargo transport. Barry was great! He met us at the Paris airport, drove us to a ferry to cross the English channel, guided us through customs and through the pet immigration process, and got us club level tickets on the ferry so we had a great view and great cream tea!
Yes, I had my first cream tea on a ferry boat! While on the boat Barry taught us the ways of cream tea and the debate of the Cornish versus Devonshire technique of assembling your scone. FYI: Cornish=jam then cream, Devonshire=cream then jam. I haven't found my preference yet, I guess I will just have to eat some more scones. I got to check another experience off my bucket list during our trip on the ferry, we saw the White Cliffs of Dover!
Barry drove us from the ferry to London, where we met a second driver who drove us from London to Bristol. We finally arrived at our hotel at about 8:30pm UK time on Saturday. Needless to say I slept like a rock that night!
We spent the next day exploring Bristol on foot. We went to the St. Nicholas Market, strolled through Castle Park, climbed the Cabot Tower, saw the Bristol Cathedral and window shopped on Park street. We had a delicious lunch at Franco Manca and some mulled wine from a street vendor to keep us warm.
I am still a bit jet lagged but have been busy during these last few days preparing our house for move-in! It is very quaint and OLD!! Most houses in the area were built during the late 18th or early 19th century, meaning that our new house could be as old as our native country! Pictures will follow!