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Seems like a good wrap to the trip. Hope you get some sleep on the flight!
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Safe travels home!! I am so glad you enjoyed your last day here!!
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Sorry you weren't feeling well. I know how you felt. I caught some kind of bug and was sick on my way home from Disney last month. Thankfully it didn't last more than that night.
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Well, we are now home and on the second and third loads of washing in the tumble dryer, with the fourth in the washing machine, so normal service is resumed...

We had a very good flight back and I reckon got a good four or five hours sleep, and both of us are (so far!) coping remarkably well with the jet lag. Normally, one of us has been sleepy by now, but so far, so good, which is better than usual. I guess having that bed really does make all the difference.

The trip report will be starting momentarily in this forum, as I do have a number of instalments ready to go, but in a new thread, so I hope to see you all over there!
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Sounds like a great last day in NYC. Too bad the 9/11 memorial was so crowded at some of the exhibits! I know it's best to buy tix online for this. I love the American Museum of Natural History! I've been there several times and always discover something new each time. It is just so big with such a variety of exhibits, special exhibits and shows!

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Sounds like a great last day in NYC. Too bad the 9/11 memorial was so crowded at some of the exhibits! I know it's best to buy tix online for this. I love the American Museum of Natural History! I've been there several times and always discover something new each time. It is just so big with such a variety of exhibits, special exhibits and shows!
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