Planes, trains and automobiles!

LOCATION: Housesitting in Ross-on-Rye, in western England

WEATHER: Cooler than Venice. Highs 60s

We had a nice final breakfast in our pensione in Venice, then caught the water bus to the main plaza. We squeezed out our last few hours/minutes on our expiring 48-hour travel pass. Saving money makes us happy! From the plaza, we took the public bus to the airport, again with the “el cheapo” method.

Venice’s Marco Polo Airport is quite nice. We departed on time with Easy Jet, one of Europe’s low-cost airlines. Our fight from Venice to Bristol is only $30 per person. If you work at it, you can get some cheap fares.

After a nice 2-hour flight, we arrived in Bristol.

The bus from the airport to the Bristol train station was just departing and we jumped on it. Then, only waiting 10 minutes, we boarded the train to Gloucester.

Our homeowner picked us up at the Gloucester train station and drove us to their village, about a 30-minute trip.

We will be staying in a cottage on their property. The homeowner showed us around and oriented us to our duties and to our 2 charges – 2 very well-behaved Jack Russels. We will be here for about 10 days.

DINNER: The homeowner had kindly bought us some things to cook for dinner – hunter’s chicken (a British dish with chicken wrapped in bacon with some cheese and sauce). We cooked it up in the Aga oven. Homey!

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