Sunday, 29 July 2012

Final days in the USA...

It seems like we left our floating home an eternity ago. Perhaps it is because of all the new life experiences I have had - I'm not sure. But nevertheless, despite it feeling like this trip lasted forever, the time sped by rather quickly.

We spent our last full day in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and spent time on the beach before exploring some of the souvenir shops along the main road. The following day (21st July) we drove from Gulf Shores to Mobile, Alabama, where we said some rather painful farewells to Candace's family - who have been so friendly and hospitable over our time here.

Candace and I at one of the souvenir shops.
USS Alabama docked in Mobile.
My new family. :-)

We then caught our domestic flight from Mobile to Dallas, Texas, and onward across the Atlantic Ocean. We flew direct to London and then on to Madrid and finally Tenerife. It was with some joy that we spotted our ship home far below us as we approached Tenerife North Airport. (22nd July) Our travels were very long and tiring, but we were finally home.

Thanks to everyone who made our USA trip such an amazing experience! We appreciate you all!

 The sun sets as we fly over the USA en-route to London.
 Puffy clouds far below.
 Our first sight of the United Kingdom - the coast of Wales.
 The rural farmlands of Wales.
 The Severn Bridge near Bristol.
 Hot-air balloon over the English countryside.
 The mighty Thames River - visible is Fulham's football stadium on the right bank at centre of shot.
 Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye (the Ferris wheel) all visible in this shot.
 Banking to begin our approach into London Heathrow.
Olympic symbol in the fields along the flight path.

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