Thursday: bye bye sooty, bye bye.

At leisure in the B.A. lounge. It’s not at all bad; wine, optics and glasses! The meal last night, same restaurant was delicious and that taxi ride back was only seven dollars. Seven dollars! If I’d known that I would have had much more fun at the golf club. 😜

This morning a fond farewell to Jackie and Daphne, (Jackie is on the left!) and we set off like intrepid explorers in the snow showers, towards Calgary. Mary couldn’t say goodbye to the Rockies because unlike last night at dinner, you couldn’t see them!

Totally undecided what to do; park and go in by train, drive into town or ditch the car and the bags at the airport and get a bus into the city. In the end, as the weather was very iffy we plumped for ditching the car, leaving the luggage in ‘left luggage’ a phrase one of the many airport folk just didn’t understand. It was a bit of a four candles moment, until we changed left to stow and luggage to baggage. The bus for $10 each took us downtown. We arrived in time for lunch at a fantastic old bank, “Bank and bacon,” it still had the old vault downstairs.


Such a great place to stumble upon, for stumble upon is what we did, no one had recommended it.

The cloud had cleared a little so we decided to ascend the Calgary Tower and the view was indeed not bad. In fact probably slightly better visibility than the disappointment the day before of the Gondola.

Again no one told us about it, except our lovely neighbour Mike (my partner in crime for neighbourhood watch!) who said it was pretty worth it on a clear day. I can’t remember exactly the cost but it wasn’t an arm and a leg. What he failed to tell me was there was another see through glass floor.😱😱😱 Mary was undaunted!


Just looking at this picture makes me feel slightly queasy! And no, Mary looks adorable…… not that! Bus back to Airport, coffee and relax. Check in opened at Β 6-20 and we are now safe in the arms of the B.A. lounge and staff and all the helpers around seem to be cowboys.

So, so long Canada it’s been wonderful. Thank you Audley Travel for such wonderful back up, which we did need at one point, sorry! Thank you the Wedgewood Hotel you are my favourite hotel of all time. Thank you to all the people we met on the way. “You’re welcome. Perfect and awesome, are phrases I will try not to use but after six weeks……😱 It’s going to be a hard habit to kick. Oh yes, and thanks to the bears, the whales, the bald eagles and all the other wildlife; please if someone asks you to keep them safe, believe me……… should.

Over and out folks, that’s a wrap. Till next time?

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

13 thoughts on “Thursday: bye bye sooty, bye bye.”

  1. What a wrap.. Birds Bees Bears and all sorts… Plus the glass slipper Cinders… ‘Er The glass floor… What a bloomin’ trip… Enjoy the flight… Sort out the Autumn stuff in the garden and we’ll look forward to the general stuff from now on……

  2. Well done, excellent trip and looking forward to the next one. Have a safe and comfortable trip back to Globe FarmπŸ‘

  3. I am going to miss Canada and the daily updates. You have had a great time, thank you so much for sharing it with everyone. See you next week at some point for a coffee and a catch up hopefully. With thanks and best wishes Mike Stone

  4. Well in my defence there wasn’t a glass floor last time we went up there! Glad you enjoyed it. And the guys in white cowboy bags at the airport are all volunteers, can you believe. They love their city over there. See you soon.

  5. Thank you for 6 glorious weeks of photos and descriptions. As I ‘comment’ I can see from flight tracker that you must be almost over the lakes… thank goodness the plane doesn’t have a glass floor!!!. Travel safely and I’m going to miss Canada. Xx

  6. Wow, what a find Bank and Bacon was, it looks fantastic! Mary, you are my hero! I’m with you Malcolm, no way would I be standing on the glass floor! Glass floors and heights are not my thing either. Pleased you had a great final day in Canada. x

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