My friend from Russia, Alex , has just reminded me that I have not told you about my visit to the UK…naughty me!
After having my operation on May 3 I was not too sure how I would feel about travelling to UK . However a gallbladder removal is ‘nothing’ ….just a few holes here and there, so undeterred we set forth.
Our first night was in Sofia as I am getting too old to make a journey in one fell swoop so we break it up into smaller pieces.
We stayed at the Anel Hotel and it was super-duper, service was good and food excellent and lovely huge comfortable beds..it was in fact an apartment with four rooms. A very fancy bath but it was too high for me to get into it so I gave that one a miss.
Upon arrival at Gatwick we went straight to the ‘ car hire’ office of Green Motion Cars (which is something to do with Car Flexi.com (BEWARE OF BOTH OF THEM). I showed my booking confirmation to the sour faced woman at the computer..’Oh ‘she said …….that booking has been cancelled’.
Of course I was not happy and tried to remain a lady….I asked why? She replied that it was because we were not here at 11am. I mentioned that at that time we were still in Bulgaria and the car was not due to be collected till 14.30. …. I was getting very angry.
Hard luck she said.. its been cancelled and we cannot do anything. I asked her how she thought we could get from Gatwick to Bognor Regis without a car…On the train…!!! I was livid….3000 miles we had flown and now no car.
Upon returning to the airport terminal we inquired at a couple of others but they had nothing available and then we spotted Interent just a bit behind the main building…finally we found someone to help us and what a lovely man he was. He had had many customers who had been let down by Green Motion and he was able to provide a sweet little Mercedes-Benz Smartcar…. so we were off and away!
The first 11 days were in Bognor Regis and our B&B was extraordinary..it was more like a 5* hotel and we were very happy and very pleased that we had found such a gem. It was fantastic.
The following day my daughter Jennifer came with her partner Mark and daughter Natalie and grandson Lennie. It was a lovely day and we went down to the beach but time seemed to pass so quickly and then they departed to go home.
Then on Tuesday I met for lunch with my cousin Pearl who I have not seen for at least 40 years but an even bigger surprise because also at the lunch was my cousin Syd who I have not seen since he was a child and now he is 70 and he came all the way from Australia to see me…it was a really fantastic day and I enjoyed so much to see them…
The remainder of the week was spent buying clothes as the weather forecast had said cold and wet in England so we only took clothes for that weather but here it was hot sun and blue skies, I did not mind. I love certain shops in UK..Matalan ( but that has got expensive) Primark , and Bon Marche. So we bought loads….
I had fish and chips so many times and I lost count of the fresh cream cakes I had eaten ..but that could explain the extra 7 lbs gained in weight.
Most of the children ( I call them that but of course they are not children at all) stayed at Chichester Lake park where you can rent a caravan or put up a tent…but this place was a great disappointment as it was grubby and dirty and noisy and not at all nice.
My daughter Lynda came with her son Leon and his family… her daughter Jayde and her children James and Max.
Darren my grandson with Jo and his daughter Olivia
Rebecca came with Grace, Sam and William.
It was wonderful to see my whole family together and I enjoyed every minute
I went to Portsmouth with Rebecca to see her Auntie Shirley ( my ex-husband’s sister) and that I enjoyed too. Shirley and her husband Jack have been married forever and they have got to the stage in their lives when memory is a bit hazy and you end up hearing the same story about three or four times but they are so sweet that it was always a pleasure to listen again and again and again,
Then it was time to leave Bognor and travel along the coast to Hastings where I was to have my fish and chips from a shop I first went to over 60 plus years ago…except when I got there this particular shop was built in 1990 and the one I should have gone to was the Mermaid which had been there since eternity….oh well,,,at least the fish and chips were right.
After two days in Hastings we drove towards Gatwick and stayed two nights at West Grinstead which was OK but nothing remarkable.
Then it was back to Gatwick to return our dear little economical car, which had served us well and should we ever require to hire another car it will certainly be Interrent and definitely not Green Motion.
Whilst overnight at Gatwick we saw Neville’s daughters, Maria,and Frances and drove to Crawley to see son Robert with his family Jude, Chloe and Luke.
Then it was back to Bulgaria and my dogs…..
A good visit ..I enjoyed it and I hope my children did as well