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European Tour; the beginning

By July 16, 2014March 16th, 2020Travel + Culture

14 Day European Bus Tour with Expat Explore

Fourteen days, on the road, in a charter bus with others….

….a doozy

I found this tour through a recommendation and packaged with Expat Explore.

Abu Dhabi to London

Last week, I embarked upon a 14 day European Bus Tour. The organized , comfort tour began and will end in London. It covers 10 countries and over 1o thousand kilometers of road. Yep, that’s a pretty heavy hike. Those of you who have followed me over the years inquired about my ability to stay course, so over the next few weeks, when wi-fi is available, I’ll keep you informed…and let that serve as a signal that I haven’t jumped ship or showed someone the curb.

I left Abu Dhabi in the wee hours of the morning on a 7.5 hour flight to London. For the most part, the flight went fairly well and The Lord knew I couldn’t handle a seat mate.

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Score!

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London greeted me with moody, overcast skies and one of the finest aerial views that I’ve seen in a long while.

European Tour _ London

With an uneventful shake through customs, I was then off to figure out how I was going to get to the hotel. Most people suggested taking the tube (subway) but lugging suitcases on an hours ride to parts unknown wasn’t something I wanted to do. Certainly carrying one 20 kg luggage, with a carrying on, and a purse through the London tube, during rush hour couldn’t turn out well, so I pondered.

While pondering, I sipped on Costa Coffee and made an exit plan.

Costa Coffee _ Reginia Cordell

In hindsight, I should have hired a car service in advance. The last minute private car service was a bit over £100. Oh hell!

Nonetheless, the fresh smell of rain made all things better.

Score!

I hadn’t tangoed with rain since late January or so and my soul needed it. It was a cleansing of the Middle East grit and off to relaxing times ahead.

Transition

The journey from Heathrow International Airport to the accommodation is just over an hour, for a normal day, but we were met with an accident and traffic on the major roadways.

Joy!

and snooze

European Tour _ Poised in Print 2

Finally, I made it to my accommodations for the evening which were a bit outside of London proper. The selected hotel was one of the meeting points for the tour (not included in the tour price), therefore staying there overnight for a 7 am pick up only made sense.

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The accommodations were three star and nothing that I would have selected personally. However, creating a seamless transition was the absolute goal.

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After a decent night’s rest, a lack-luster breakfast, we were off…

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