Monday, June 12, 2006

Countdown to Holiday

We have finalised our holiday plans. We are going by car.

Car Reservation Information

Pick Up Date: June 19, 2006 at 9:30 am
Drop Off Date: June 23, 2006 at 9:30 am
Car and Rate Information: Class D/Standard (Vauxhall Astra, Toyota Corolla or similar)
£100.72 (Daily 4 Days @ 25.18)
£17.63 (VAT 17 Percent @ 100.72)

Total Car Cost £118.35

Ferry Reservation Information

Route: Southampton to East Cowes
Departing: Monday 19 June 2006 @ 14:00 hrs
Arriving: Monday 19 June 2006 @ 15:00 hrs
Adults: 2; Infants: 2;

Route: East Cowes to Southampton
Departing: Thursday 22 June 2006 @ 10:30 hrs
Arriving: Thursday 22 June 2006 @ 11:30 hrs
Vehicle: CAR (max length: 5.5m / max height: 1.99m)
Adults: 2; Infants: 2;

Total Ferry Cost: £57.50
TOTAL COST: £175.85

This will be Amelia's first holiday and, in fact, bears some resemblance to Barnaby's first holiday. In August 2003, when Barnaby was about seven months old, we drove from Atlanta to Gulf Shores, Alabama for two or three days. Of course, the Isle of Wight is not Alabama (what an interesting thought!), but it's still a few days at the beach with a baby. Gulf Shores from Atlanta was a distance of 352.7 miles (and took us about 6 hours by car). The holiday house in Ventnor is 140.4 miles from our house in Loughton and should take us about 3 hours and 22 minutes if we could travel there directly, without any stops.

We are planning to take things easy on the journey and so we've factored in a lot of time to stop and breastfeed etc.

Here are some photos of where we will be staying. The house (called Western Lines) is about 100m from the sea (our cabin at Gulf Shores was even closer, but we're not complaining!).

Holiday House Indicated by Arrow (Courtesy of Google Maps)

Click on Image for Larger Map. The House, "Western Lines" Clearly Marked

I am hoping that it will be a little cooler next week. It was 26 degrees today and Amelia was finding it hard. I am struggling to keep her comfortable. I wish she would feed a little more though. I do worry about her dehydrating.

I must say, I am glad that I checked the distance from Atlanta to Gulf Shores. If Sheep and I were able to make a 6 hour journey with baby Barnaby, we should be able to make a considerably shorter journey with Amelia. I can become a bit of a wimp, sometimes, at the prospect of travelling with them both: on occassion it can seem so much easier just to stay at home! But no - we are going. Thanks to our friends Emm and Nick for inviting us.


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