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Taxi to Greece to avoid airports
Kathleen Searles and Wendy Turner
Kathleen Searles and Wendy Turner travelling by taxi
An 89-year-old woman took a 2,000 taxi trip to Greece - because she can't stand waiting in airports.

Kathleen Searles is fascinated with history and Alexander the Great.

So, to visit Mieza, where he went to school, she ordered a cab to take her on the three-day journey through France, Germany and the Balkans.

She made the 3,000-mile round trip from her home near Sudbury in Suffolk after persuading friend Wendy Turner, 73, to join her and share the taxi fare.

The fare was 2,000 but with food and accommodation the cost was 5,000 when a plane trip would have been 130.

For Mrs Searles it was the trip of a lifetime as she had wanted to see where Alexander had learnt the things that had made him "great" - even though she only spent four hours there.

Comfortable mini-bus

She said: "I've always been extremely interested in Alexander. I've been to Greece before but never to Aristotle's School at Mieza where he was taught and I thought if I was ever going to do it had better be now.

"One could have spent a lot longer than four hours there but I have read a lot about it so it was really just checking things out. The whole journey was most delightful.

"I'd been to London in Julian Delefortrie's nine-seater mini-bus before and it was very comfortable."

On the way back they group made a detour and saw the sights of Belgrade and Munich.

Taxi driver Mr Delefortrie said: "I like driving and it seemed a good idea. The drive through Austria was spectacular."

The 89-year-old traveller took a taxi to Greece to avoid using an airport


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