Home at last

We’ve actually been back 24 hours now but have been enjoying the comforts of my parents house so much (wood burning stove, squishy sofa, lovely home cooked food…) we haven’t found time to blog!

The train journey across Europe turned out to be slightly more eventful than we would have liked. Late arriving trains, missed connections, an unplanned night in a hotel in Sofia, confusing Bulgarian platform numbering, corrupt train guards demanding extra payments, unexplained and inexplicable delays of 10 hours, escaping from aforementioned delayed train at 4 in the morning to change our route completely… Ah the joys of international train travel!

Still, we made it in one piece and it was certainly the adventurous end to our trip we were hoping for. The scenery was chocolate box perfect with a snow covered landscape almost from start to end. But after 4 days and 4 nights of travel the hot meal and comfortable bed waiting for us in Norfolk was particularly welcome.  

A few days of unpacking boxes, sifting through post and general sorting out awaits us before we head to Ireland for Christmas with John’s family. Once the festive period is over the hunt will begin in earnest for our new narrowboat on which we plan to cruise the inland waterways of the UK. We’ll continue to blog as the next part of our year of slow travel unfolds. We’re very up for extra pairs of hands to help with all the locks so give us a shout if we’re passing through your part of the country!

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5 Responses to Home at last

  1. Margaret says:

    I love travelling in narrow boats. I will be in the UK mid April and early May before and after three end to end meetings for FWCC in Switzerland. Let me know which locks you will be near!

  2. Gemma says:

    Welcome back to Blighty! Happy to hear you will still be blogging on your next watery adventure- if you are cruising through Bath or near Bristol then let us know- we will have a spare room with a nice double bed in it ready for you!

  3. Jean Parton says:

    So pleased to hear you are home safe and sound despite all your train adventures. It’s not only British Rail then who get things wrong!

    Sorry I will miss you over Christmas but will meet up somewhere – maybe at Findern Marina – a very new area for narrow boats which use the Trent & Mersey canal. I’m not sure about the assisting with locks etc – I can now use age as an excuse!!

    Lots of love to you both & hope the teeth have settled down Rachel,

    Jean P

  4. Jeremy says:

    So glad to hear that you’re safely home and being looked after! The train journey sounds a mixture of horror and delight.
    Hope that the weather doesn’t make the journey to Ireland too difficult and hope to see you before long.

    With much love and best wishes for Christmas, the New Year and the new narrow boat!

  5. Adrian says:

    Welcome home and congratulations on completing your epic journey to Istanbul. Have a wonderful time with your families. Love from Adrian

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