... as it says really, we're back from our three week whirlwind tour of Europe and Asia...well, Hampshire, West Sussex, Essex, Suffolk, London, Paris and Hong Kong anyway!
Hell of a long flight, as ever, which made me appreciate even more the fact that my folks and in laws put themselves through it on a more or less annual basis, just to come see us. Bit of a result for us on the return though as flight was overbooked so we were given STG2000 to stay an extra day, plus airport accommodation and meals and stuff. Meant we spent 15 hours in Hong Kong rather than the planned 8, but that worked well too, as we were so tired by the time the flight took off at midnight last night that we were asleep before the plane had left the ground! Helped offset the cost of the flights too.
Not much sign of any recession in the counties we visited. Everything very green and pretty, and made me realise what Australia lacks: hedges! The architecture of Paris was stunning, as ever, although with the exchange rate of just about one euro to the pound, it makes things very expensive there: about 9 pounds for a pint of beer!! Eurostar is fantastic though, as you're pretty much door to door. London also seems to be thriving, lots and lots to do: Shrek the Musical was excellent, the London Bridge Experience a (literal) scream, and we even got to lunch with Boris Johnson in City Hall (well, he was there and we were, at the same time, but I doubt if he'd remember it if you asked him!!)
The new digital TV channels in the UK are very strange - I have always said that TV here is pretty naff, but I think the UK has overtaken Oz in the naff-TV stakes now!
All in all, it was a fantastic visit, but it's nice to get back and away from the crowds of people, particularly in Hong Kong - absolutely packed with thousands of women (apparently it's a weekly thing when all the women workers in the City meet up, but there was barely a spare patch of pavement!), and in Paris when the day before the long Bastille Day holiday there saw every man, woman, child and his dog either in gridlock in the streets, or packed like sardines on the metro. Good to remember also how careful you have to be in crowds such as this (caught a guy on the London tube trying to slip his hand into my handbag, and had to slap some teenager's hand who tried to grope me on the Eiffel Tower!)
Now just trying to stay awake till an acceptable "bedtime", so sorry if I've rambled a little!
Have I missed much?