Sail date: September 4th, 2010
Embarkation Port: Harwich, England
Disembarkation Port: Boston, Massachusetts
Scheduled Itinerary: Le Havre (Paris), France; Cherbourg, France; Cobh (Cork), Ireland; Akureyri, Iceland; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. John, Newfoundland; Sydney, Nova Scotia
Pre-cruise: I flew AA from LIT to LHR, via ORD in business class arriving around 7am, so I ate then quickly went to sleep on the flight, waking up a little before landing getting me adjusted to local UK time immediately. Because I was in business class I also had advantage of an arrivals lounge at LHR where I could take a shower and be ready for a day of sightseeing which was nice.
I joined my roomie at her hotel at LHR where we met our driver for our trip to Bletchley. As I’m a member of Overpackers Not-So-Anonymous, we had fun watching Fred, our driver, play Tetris with our luggage. Eventually it was all stuffed in there and we headed off towards Bletchley (about an hour northwest of London) and our friends’ house where we stayed overnight. Along the way we were treated to sights which proved to us that the English are just as crazy as us Americans.
We spent the day sightseeing at Woburn Abbey, the home of the Dukes of Bedford.
When I saw the deer park, I made the comment that I knew a lot of people back home that would be itching for their rifles right about then.
After walking through the house, we had cream scones and tea before walking around the grounds, looking at the flowers, plants, rockery, and animals.
Since I had been to London previously, it was nice to see a bit of the countryside.
In the morning, we headed off to the port, with a stop along the way which the GPS didn’t like telling us in the voice of a British game show host that “this is NOT the winning way!” Our stop was at Flatford Mills which is where the painter John Carpenter did most of his painting.
We then headed off to Harwich which wasn’t 30 minutes away from there.
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