We made it to the UK! After months of planning and talking about moving, it finally happened!
Teddy, Omri, and I all arrived to our home in the Cotswolds, United Kingdom, last week. It was quite the journey getting here – we flew from LAX to CDG and then used a driver to take us from Paris to Calais, a northern French city, where we boarded the EuroTunnel to Folkestone, UK, and then drove the rest of the way to our home. In total the trip took about 23 hours, so we were quite happy once we got to the house!
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The plane ride was just ok – this was Teddy’s second plane ride and he did really well! The caveat was that we had no in-flight entertainment! The systems were down during the whole flight so it was pretty boring to say the least. The people on the flight stayed pretty calm however, no riots or mutinies!
The flight was 10h50m, so during that time Teddy stayed (mostly) in his carrier under the seat. He had no accidents (!! go Teddy and his training!!) and we tried our best to let him (ahem) relieve himself in the lavatory, but he would not. Omri and I spent about 2 hours trying to get him to go – at least this gave us something to do without the in-flight movies! Finally when we touched down in Paris, Teddy went straight away…but enough about our dog’s bathroom tendencies!
Our My biggest fear was that Teddy would not be let into the country (France or the UK for that matter!) and that we would have to board a plane back to the states. I was fully prepared to do this, but luckily it did not come to that. Customs in France waived us right through, stamping our passports and barely blinking at the fact that we had a 12 pound furry friend to declare. We met our pet transport company (more on pet transport for a later post, for those interested) and started to make our way to Calais to catch the EuroTunnel train to the UK.
The ride was comfortable and not memorable because Teddy and I fell asleep immediately. I did wake when we reached the crossing, where again, I was frightened that we would not be let into the UK. We entered the border crossing station specially for pets where Teddy’s microchip was scanned and his documents were checked. Turns out, I did everything right! We were waived through with a smile and headed back to the car to drive onto the train.
The EuroTunnel train we took is designed for passenger cars to drive directly onto the train and travel to the UK. This trip takes about 35 minutes and seemed pretty cool, but again, was not memorable to me because I fell asleep immediately again (thanks Gene for the wonderful trait of falling asleep in moving vehicles!). Once across on the UK side (in Folkestone) we headed to our home in the Cotswolds.
By the time we got home it was about 9pm and we were exhausted. Omri had moved in three weeks prior and had made the house homey and comfortable for Teddy and me. After a light dinner and unpacking (a bit, it never ends!) we finally turned in for a very deep and much needed sleep.