We are both retired and as from January 2011 plan to spend as much time as possible travelling anywhere and everywhere, starting on January 8th 2011 with a month in Northern India!
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Europe » France » Centre May 23rd 2014

Sunday 18th May 2014 It was very sad leaving Chris and Lorraine – especially as they were going south and we had to head North!!! It was such a fun couple of days and we really enjoyed their company! Had a cup of coffee before we said goodbye and eventually left, and drove high above the valley we had been on the steam train yesterday, and past the cherry tree farms until we reached Lamastre! Bought some pastries in the same shop (yum yum!!) for lunch before heading towards Le Puy en Velay! Lovely scenery with farmland and far reaching views of the old volcanic region with towers and crosses on the pointed hills! Stopped at Allegre and climbed up through the old town to the remains of the three towers of an old castle that ... read more
2. 14th C Abbey at La Chaise Dieu
3. The Auberge,Chassignolles
4.Brioude Basilica

Tuesday 13thMay 2014 Very heavy rain, with a clap of thunder overnight, that fell as snow on the Pyrenees. A very easy drive out of La Seu D’Urgell running along a valley with wooded mountains but as soon as we got to Puigcerda and crossed into France, we were more or less up to the snow line with little snow-covered villages and hill top churches! I think the top of the Pass was around Font-Romeu Odeille-Via and after driving past Mont-Louis Citadelle ( we would have stopped if we had more time!) we drove down the very winding road, following the route of the narrow guage yellow train (built in 1910) , dropping slowly and steadily to Villefranche-de-Conflent. Decided to stop and have some lunch here, and then had a walk around the walled town before ... read more
2.Chris on the ramparts at Villefranche-de-Conflent (1)
3.Saint Sara
4.Typical Gardians house

Europe » Spain May 12th 2014

Saturday 10thMay 2014 We didn’t really know anything about Cuenca so as we drove the 8 miles into the town, we spotted a Tourist Information and a very helpful girl explained that all the sights were in the old city and the parking was at the end. What she omitted to say (or maybe I didn’t understand that bit!!) was that the road went up.....and up....round a couple of hairpin bends, then up through the narrow streets of the old City to the archway leading into Plaza Mayor, then up again to the castle archway and finally up to the free car park! Wow! Spectacular views of Cuenca with all its old churches and of a statue on the far side of the gorge, the monastery (that is now a Parador) and of course, the stunning ... read more
4. Chris and the Hanging Houses
5. Romeria at Carboneras de Guadazaon
6. Our coffee stop!

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid May 9th 2014

Tuesday 6thMay 2014 Up and on the road by 9.30am and after a shop at nearby Carrefour we left Cordoba about 10.30am on the A4-E5 as far as Montoro where we took the N420 to Cuidad Real. Easy journey through the rolling wooded mountains and as Cuidad Real didn’t really appeal as a sightseeing place we decided to push on towards Toledo. We have been to Toledo previously so we branched off on the CM4167 (scenic route!!) towards Consuegra where we wanted to have another look at the eleven Don Quijote windmills and stretch our legs! The road wasn’t exactly that scenic – just more of a 1960’s road/track with lumps, bumps and potholes but it was interesting to drive across the huge multi-coloured plains and seeing the wind whip up small tornados of dust! The ... read more
3. Me blowing the dandelion clock at Don Quiote windmills
4. Royal palace at Aranjuez
6. Plaza Puerta del Sol, Madrid

Europe » Spain » Andalusia May 5th 2014

The 1st of May was going to be a cleaning and packing day but we were woken up by the loud bangs of the rockets at about 8.00am.........a signal that ‘something would be going on today’!! Walked down to the roundabout where there was an assortment of vehicles and trucks amassing, with a lot of horns blowing, green flag waving and crowds of people all wearing emerald green. Saw our Spanish neighbours who explained it was a romera and they were all going out to the ‘campo’ and coming back at about 12.30pm. Well it was about 1.00pm they actually arrived back in the town and about 100 vehicles zig-zagged the main roads on the town, causing mahem, despite the police trying to control the traffic! It was absolute chaos, trucks and cars waving green flags, ... read more
2.Our neighbours getting ready to leave for the procession!
7. The winning Cross in Plaza St Andres
8. Inside the Mezquita

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Alhaurin el Grande April 28th 2014

Tues 18th March - It was lovely to, at last, catch up with Bjorg who we had met in 2011 in China, and nearly got together with in Norway last year on our cruise! We could only give her a taste of Andalucia in the four days she had here, but we really enjoyed showing her around and had a lot of fun together! I hope she enjoyed sharing Chris’ 55% Anis that he bought in Rute last year – it was certainly an evening to be remembered!! We have lost our English Sky TV programmes, as we knew we would, as Sky has ‘so said’ turned the transmitter off! We still have some odd English channels we are able to watch, including Sky news, but after buying a new digital ariel and a new digital ... read more
2. Me and Bjorg enjoying the sun!
3. Bjorg & Chris (both hungover from Rute!!)
10. In the Gorge, Ronda

Europe » Spain » Andalusia March 18th 2014

Wed 12th March 2014 To blog or not to blog!! That was the question! It was only going to be a quick belt down through France to Spain, where we were receiving visitors, and hoping to see friends and do some walking so could be a bit the same as our other trips, but we have decided to keep a blog just so that we have a record of where we went, places we saw and maybe we would want to re-visit at a later date! It wasn’t a particularly good start to our trip as we informed that the ferry was delayed by two hours which meant it wouldn’t leave Portsmouth until 01.00am and then make up the time overnight! Had a good nights sleep by the deluxe couchettes on Deck 7 (Seven Sisters!) albeit ... read more
Crossing the Pyranees
Coming out of the tunnel on the Spanish side

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island February 25th 2014

HONG KONG 21st – 23rdFeb 2014 We were due to arrive at 10.30am but due to rough seas, we were running late and didn’t dock until about 14.00hrs at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, about 10kms from the City Centre. It’s a new cruise terminal (once was the old airport!) and we took the free Port shuttle bus at 15.00hrs to Telford Plaza – the nearest MTR (Metro) station! The idea was to catch the metro to Mong Kok and then pick up the Big Bus from there. (We had already bought a 48hr ticket online!) The metro is fairly easy and cheap to use, and after changing a HKD$500 note to get some obligatory coins for the metro, we got off at Mong Kok station, as we could see from the map that the Big Bus ... read more
At the Bird Market
Repulse Bay

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour February 24th 2014

SINGAPORE – 8th / 9thFebruary 2014 I can’t get excited about Singapore! I don’t know why – it just doesn’t seem a very exciting place – maybe because its too westernized or maybe its because we have been here before? I don’t know! Anyway, we cruised across the Andaman Sea and then the Straights of Malacca (the busiest shipping lane in the world!) between Malaysia and some Indonesian Islands and reached the Marine Bay Cruise Terminal (MBCCS) 61, Marine Drive about 2.00pm. Disembarked through a very efficient system and decided to walk to the iconic Sands Hotel as it didn’t seem too far! Big Mistake!! Its further than it looks, crosses (at the moment!) a huge building site, and it was also about 33C and very humid!! Eventually got to the Sands Building, on our knees, ... read more
Year of the Horse
Clark Quay

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 16th 2014

Yangon – Myanmar 11th – 13th Feb 2014 After three relaxing days at sea (flying fish – tick!) our first sight of Myanmar (or Burma) was the Irrawaddy Peninsula – quite flat, a lot of small fishing boats and small villages of a dozen or so bamboo huts, clustered around golden pagodas! We cruised up the river for an hour or so before docking 15.00pm at Myanmar International Terminals Thilawa (MITT), which was unfortunately about 30kms from Yangon (Rangoon) – we were told this was as far up the river as the cruise ship could go! We were one of the first cruise ships docking here, so it was all a bit of an unknown! It was also a National Holiday on the 12th Feb so we were advised that a lot of things ... read more
Huts outside the Port
Us on a trishaw in Dhala

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