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UK visit September 2008

We spent a week visiting William's grandparents in the UK. We stayed at a rental property in Norfolk.

Friday (September 12): Arrived at Rochester airport to be told that our connecting flight to Dulles would not arrive in time to go connect to Heathrow. We were rescheduled via Toronto.

Saturday: Arrived with most of our luggage at Heathrow, and drove up the M11 towards Norwich (pronounced gnaw-witch by Americans). We stayed at Hall Farm Cottages at Upper Street.

Sunday: Found some blackberry bushes on a local path.

Monday: Lunch in Sheringham, followed by kite flying on the beach.

Tuesday: Rode a steam train along the Bure Valley Railway. We walked to the top of a local hill (altitude about 35 feet above sea level).

Wednesday: Visited William's assorted grand aunts and second cousin in Oakham, Rutland.

Thursday: Birdwatching at Ranworth Broad, a trip to the beach at Winterton-on-Sea, and a visit to the Horsey Windmill.

Winterton
Path to beach.

Friday: rode two steam trains and an ancient carousel at the Bressingham Steam Museum & Gardens. Dinner at the Kings Arms, Ludham.

Saturday: A long drive to Heathrow, where United told us that our reservations had been cancelled. Fortunately, our flight to the US was restored, but the connecting flight to Rochester no longer existed. In an epic battle of wills (The Battle of Dulles), Anne secured hotel coupons for us.

Sunday: Flight from Dulles to Rochester, including an epic security line. (Flying today often seems to include "epic" aspects, never good ones).


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