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Best day of our lives!!!!

Upper class living

semi-overcast 30 °C

Picking up where we left off we had a fantastic last couple of weeks in the UK.

Our Big Cat Photoshoot at the Wildlife Heritage Centre in Headcorn, Kent was a fantastic day, we had 6 hours of getting up close and personal to photograph a huge variety of cats; lions, tigers, snow leopards, amur leopards, palace cats, servals, pumas and many more.
After leaving there we headed straight to Devon for a weekend in Dartmoor. We spent the next day with my grandparents and had intended on doing some walking on Dartmoor but the weather was awful and not having the appropriate clothing to deal with rain decided to head back towards home - doing a little bit of geocaching once we found some sunshine again.

That week we also had a day in London and decided to do an open top bus tour around the city in true tourist style. We met up with Gerald's cousin Tony who treated us to lunch in a lovely tea room and then jumped back onto the bus tour but, being England, it had to rain of course!

The next day we headed off to Somerset to a little place called Frome. We stayed in a lovely boutique hotel called Archangel. Our room was gorgeous with everything you could want including a roll top bath! The food was also delicious and we made full use of the huge array of breakfast items available. We spent the days exploring the area and had a ride on an old steam train on the East Somerset railway, visted Glastonbury Abbey where I got to hold an owl and climbed up Glastonbury Tor & Cranmore Tower for the amazing views. On the way home we stopped for a scrumptious cream tea in Marlborough. Friends of ours lived close by so they came and joined us and we decided to go geocaching together - after a couple of hours the iphone died, we had no GPS and were in the middle of the countryside with only a vague idea of which way the car was!!! We did manage to find our way back but arrived home much later than aticipated!!!!
Another couple of weeks spent having lunch/dinner with different sets of friends each day in a final bid to say our farewells to all before we left meant we were almost ready to head off but there was one last spanner in the works......
I had been trying to sell my car but it seems the car market is pretty depressed right now and there were no takers. After a horrendous offer of just £4000 from a dealer and a bit of research (my car would cost well over NZ$20,000) I made the last minute decision to ship my car to NZ! So after a few phonecalls and texts I found out all I needed to know, booked my car onto the next ship and filled out the necessary paperwork. I should see my car sometime in October....

So all that leads us up to our last 24 hours - today we have experienced a life that we could very easily get used to! Mum and Dad dropped us off at Heathrow and after teary goodbyes we began our taste of the 'celebrity lifestyle'. We checked in at the Upper Class desk and got the lift up to the fast track departures/immigration and followed the signs to the Virgin Upper Class lounge where we were greeted warmly. Our bags were taken by the concierge and we were invited to dine in the complimentary restaurant. Afterwards we headed to the complimentary bar and then had a wander around the lounge to see what else was on offer.....well it turns out there was a pool table, old school computer games consoles, giant TV screens, a salon, a delicatessen and a table full of huge jars filled with sweets. We most definitely did not allow enough time to make full use of all that was on offer.....then it was time to board the plane to Hong Kong. We got to go down our own Upper Class gangway to our seats. The upper class area had it's own bar and a menu that we could order from any time we liked with plenty of choice of starters, mains and desserts (we had eaten in the restaurant before boarding so were still too full to make good use of it all). As it was a night flight it wasn't long before I turned my seat into my fully flat bed. I managed to spend almost the whole flight sleeping soundly in my complimentary sleep suit under my duvet whereas Gerald spent it watching movies and saying 'yes' everytime he was asked if he would like another drink! Once I woke Gerald and I were able to eat breakfast together as my footrest doubled as a guest seat so we could both sit at the table. Our table was set with a tablecloth and napkins, we had real cutlery & glassware and they even gave us mini salt and pepper pots in the shape of aeroplanes! As if all that wasn't enough, after our speedy exit off the plane and out of the airport we were greeted by our chauffeur to drive us to our 5* hotel, Upper House. We then got to say 'WOW' all over again! We were shown to our room by Adriene who will be 'looking after us while we stay here' she showed us around our suite which is HUGE! We thought our room in Frome had everything we wanted but clearly not! This place has a king size bed that gets 'turned down' each night which includes slippers being placed on each side of the bed, a view over Victoria harbour, an ipod touch to use for music and information, a complimentary minibar - well they call it a 'maxibar' as it also includes tea, coffee and a variety of snacks, a massive TV and an L-shaped sofa looking over the harbour. The bathroom has a huge bath, a monsoon shower, his and her sinks, enough toiletries to last a month and a TV and sound system! There is also a walk in wardrobe area, just when we thought that was it the doorbell went and we were presented with a card and gift to welcome us! How will we ever go back to normal holidays after this?!

Well that's it for now :-) More photos to follow soon.....

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