18.07.2012 - 18.07.2012 15 °C
Entering Poland and the Czech Republic makes one feel that we have re-entered civilization as we know it today. Sure there are old buildings and cities but somehow we seem to be heading into modern Europe. The roads are Highways full of expensive cars, travelling up to 130kph and the whole trip has become easier. We have had more time to do tourist things such as visiting Auschwitz and Passendaele. Quite moving and emotional to see the evidence of what we already knew about. Also a chance to visit the Porsche and Mercedes Museums == such German efficiency. An even bigger surprise was the Museum at Sinshein. None of our party realised that such a place existed. To see both a Concord and the Russian equivilant suspended on top of the roof of one of the two enormous buildings, in which this museum is housed, blew us all away. And you can walk up into each of them!!! The exhibits included hundreds of rare race cars, vintage cars, millitary vehicles, aircraft and trains. Just too much to describe. The final stretch down through Belgium and France and across the Channel to Dover was exactly as we expected. The wet weather started and we got drowned visiting Dover Castle. The official ending following a celebratory dinner, was at The National Motor Museum, at Beaulieu, which was previously the home of Lord Montague.
The adventurous part of the trip was certainly, China, Mongolia and Russia, with all the difficulc conditions and language challenges to cope with, and perhaps the final two weeks flew by pretty easily. Maybe we were just getting better at it. The pressure is off us now and we intend to have 3 pleasant weeks playing tourist in England and Scotland, and catching up with the Colchesters and others. I know it will sound corny but NZ is still a stand-out country to live in.
This is our last Blog Entry and are looking forward to catching up with family and friends when we get home.