As I've mentioned in previous postings, I'm off to the Old Country, and thence to Italy, for a few weeks after Christmas.
For the benefit of my friends and well-wishers, here are my finalized travel plans:
Wednesday 30th DecemberFly to Melbourne at 9:55 am, arriving at 11:00 am; depart Melbourne at 10:25 pm for Dubai...Thursday 31st DecemberArrive Dubai at 5:40 am local time, departing at 7:45 am; and arrive London (Heathrow) at 11:35 am GMT.(It'll be interesting to see the UK, but I must admit my images of London are largely informed by watching The Bill; at least my accommodation is just down the road from Liz and Phil...)Friday 1st JanuaryAt some point during New Year's Day, my mate Michael (whom I'm meeting in London) and I will travel up to Oxford, weather permitting!Sunday 3rd JanuaryBack to London...Monday 4th JanuaryI fly from London (Gatwick) at 8:20 am, arriving Edinburgh at 9:45 am.Thursday 7th JanuaryDepart Edinburgh 6:10 am, arriving Paris (Charles de Gaulle) 9:10 am, then flying on from there at 10:05 am, arriving Florence at 12:10 pm.(It will be good to get back there: Firenze - città bellisima!)Saturday 9th JanuaryI will take the train down to Rome in the morning...Thursday 14th JanuaryDepart Rome at 8:25 pm, bound for Dubai.Friday 15th JanuaryArrive Dubai 5:05 am, depart 9:40 am; arrive Singapore 8:50 pm, depart 10:25 pm.Saturday 16th JanuaryReturn to Australia: arrive Melbourne 8:45 am.(My friends at the Dominican Priory in Camberwell have kindly agreed to let me stay the night there.)Sunday 17th JanuaryDepart Melbourne 3:20 pm; return home to Launceston 4:40 pm.
Many thanks to Great Circle Mapper, with which I've plotted my course (excl. Oxford and back, about 200 km)... it turns out I'll be travelling around 37,000 km in total, about 90% of the circumference of the earth - I love trivial facts.