Howdy from America!
Never have the words "home sweet home" meant so much to us as they do this week. On our 300th day (exactly!) we headed home from London to Portland. We're all feeling a mix of emotions being home, like "did we just do that?" or "we WERE gone a really long time!", but mostly we are thrilled to have a home, friends and lives to return to.
For some reason, after all of our careful saving and budgeting for this adventure, we ended up spending our last couple of weeks in 2 of the most expensive cities on the planet. After a fun and sunny week in Provence, we headed for Paris and once again braved the summer tourist crowds in the City of Light. Highlights were frequent trips to the Eiffel Tower (near our hotel), regular morning visits to the patisserie for croissants and pain au chocolat and a trip to one of Emmett's favorites, Playmobil Park.
From Paris, we headed for London. We spent far more time negotiating the Paris train system and Charles De Gaulle Airport than actually flying, but finally made it on Aug. 1. Highlights in London were the Tate Modern Museum, good English beer and a visit to Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station (you Harry Potter fans know what I'm talking about...).
And now home in Portland...thanks to Deb's sister Tristin for meeting us at the airport (and for the goody box!). It's amazing how quickly we have all settled back into our house again and we are all thrilled by even the smallest things: familiar bed, home cooked meals and clothes that are NOT the same we've been wearing for 10 months.
(soapbox statement follows) As we all know, global climate change is an issue we can no longer ignore. We've experienced that first hand as nearly every place we visited was having "unusual" weather as the earth is trying to cope. We've calculated the "carbon profile" for our trip and are using a web-based group called Climate Care to offset our emissions by funding sustainable energy proects. We encourage you, as you make your future travel plans or even after you travel, to do the same. The site is www.climatecare.org.
Thanks to you, faithful blog-reader, we've had over 11,000 hits on this site! Words cannot express our thanks for the support we've received from our family and friends during this adventure. Even though there were only 4 of our traveling, we felt you all there along with us!
Bon Voyage for now...
-The Crawford Family