Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Different Christmas. . . . . . . . . .

We made it!  
Arrived here at Heathrow Airport, London this morning, right on time, after a smooth
 flight through the night. Signs of Christmas everywhere. This was the bus station
 where we enjoyed a coffee - so much better than what they serve in flight - whilst
 awaiting our bus to Southampton on the Hampshire coast. 

This evening we took a walk to the German Christmas Village in Southampton's
 city center. As darkness fell, the festivities included an early visit from
 Father Christmas flying in his sleigh across the sky. . . . . . . . 

. . . . . . then he came down to earth to meet the children and hand out treats.

Then, as it turned chilly, we headed to a quaint old pub for a fish and
 chip supper by an open fire, taking a few photos of the interesting historic buildings
 along the way. 

We are tired having skipped a night of sleep, but we believe 
that staying up, staying awake and then going to bed at the normal time 
the best cure for jet lag!

Tomorrow we embark on the ship and sail away to the first port of call, Lisbon, Portugal. 
Two days at sea with plenty of time to unpack, get organized, and relax at last.
Note, I've had no time to learn how to get decent night shots with the new camera!
Will try to do better next time.


  1. What a dreamy trip Mary. I will try and remember that about jet lag as it really affects me. Can't wait to see more pics.

  2. Lovely to hear you made it safely to the other side of the pond. Thanks for the festive shots. I agree staying up until time for bed there does help quickly get readjusted. Enjoy!

  3. Your pictures are just fine, Mary. So happy to hear you made it to England safe and sound. Enjoy your trip on the ship.

    Love and hugs,


  4. They look fairly decent to me, your night shots - beautiful places, and I love the church especially.
    Goot do know you had a smooth flight and a good first day/night!
    Happy sailing now :-)

  5. Good advice Mary. Forcing yourself to stay up works well. It's coming back that takes longer to adjust.
    Looking forward to your photos of Lisbon...will be there in a few weeks.

  6. Enchanting post! Thankfully I learned way back in the 70s the secret to beat jet lag (as you have.)

  7. I think that your pictures are amazing. Funny, I am headed to North Carolina for Christmas! I await you sharing your adventure. Janey

  8. What wonderful things you've seen already as you arrived in England. I didn't realize you're going to Portugal as I though you were spending Christmas at your home in Devon. Have a wonderful and safe trip! I'm sure you will see lots of wonderful sights. xx Pam

  9. You and Bob saw a lot in your attempt to keep going rather than give in to napping. Enjoy relaxing on the boat to Lisbon!

  10. Glad you made it safe and sound! Looks like such a lovely time already and the fish and chips dinner by the fire sounds perfect.

  11. Hey, Mary - welcome (briefly) back to the Uk! Have a wonderful time and a lovely Christmas. Visit again soon!

  12. There is nothing like Christmas in England, esp the charming little country village churches all decorated and such.


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