Got to Oxford okay, and the taxi was waiting for us, so we got all the bags in and were in Abingdon by 5pm. We got ourselves settled into the B&B, and then left for the restaurant around 6. We met Joy and Fred outside the Bella Napoli about 6:15 and sat down for dinner.
If you're ever in Abingdon, and have a hankering for Italian, I thoroughly recommend Bella Napoli. The food is delicious, and reasonably priced; the restaurant itself is cosy; and the hosts are the type of wonderfully boisterous Italians that run really good restaurants. Over the course of the next three and a half hours, we had great food and great conversation. It was terrific seeing Joy and Fred again -- there's something special about being thousands of miles from home, and being with family and friends (that goes for Cassandra & Sianon, and Rachelle & Lee as well): friendly faces in the midst of unfamiliarity.
We got back to the B&B about 10:30, and settled in for the night. I miss the campervan, but sleeping in a proper bed after two weeks on the campervan's bed is divine.
Got up this morning about 7, got all packed up and off to breakfast at 7:30 -- just as delicious as last time. It's now 8:15, and Juliette's hurried off to the nearby Waitrose supermarket to try and find the soup she likes for dinner tonight. The taxi's picking us up again at 9 to take us back to Oxford, so we can catch the X90 back to London. (The buses have wifi, and if it's working, that's when I'll add this update to the blog.)