This was 80-year-old Mike Howitt's planned route from Leicester to Cape Town before he set off, and he says despite a few train cancellations in Europe, he was able to stick to his strict itinerary.
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East Midlands Airport is preparing for its busiest day as part of the Christmas getaway.
Genelle Aldred brings you the latest weekend weather for the East & West Midlands.
Another largely dry and bright day with plenty of winter sunshine.