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Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle February 10th 2014

COLUMBO – SRI LANKA Thursday 6thFebruary 2014 Got up at 07.00am as we wanted to do our mile around the deck and go to the gym before breakfast – and also see if we could see any whales as Blue Whales are somewhere off the coast of Sri Lanka! There was quite a strong wind whipping the sea up so predictably no joy on the whale front!! The sea calmed back down by about 9.00am and the wind dropped leaving another scorching hot day and after a lazy day we got to Columbo about 14.30pm. (Docked at Passenger Terminal Ports Authority 19, Chaithya Rd) None of the palava of the Indian Ports and we were able to stroll off the boat at around 15.00pm where we walked into town to negotiate a tuk-tuk for the afternoon. ... read more
The 'White House'
Moslem children at the beach!
Temple on the Island

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi February 8th 2014

MUMBAI – Sunday 2nd Feb / Monday 3rdFeb 2014 Marvellous, manic, Mumbai!! Lots of administration before we could even get off the ship! (Docked at No 18 Indira Dock) We got up at 5.30am (walked a mile around the deck!!) before queuing with all the other mad people at 6.00am, waiting for the immigration officers to come on board and have a face to face interview – ie stamp our yellow card!!! Breakfast and then queued again for ‘ship clearance’ and eventually disembarked at 8.15am where our Private Tour of Mumbai (Services International, Delhi) driver should have been waiting!! To be fair, they were only 5mins late and we were duly driven and escorted to The Gateway of India of India to buy our tickets for the first boat of the day to Elephanta Island at ... read more
Chris at Elephanta Caves
Us at hanging gardens
Dhobi Ghat

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 4th 2014

26th / 27th January 2014 Where do I start?!!! The journey to Gatwick was uneventful, arrived, checked in our luggage – that was a new one as we usually only take hand luggage!! The plane left on time ( A huge Boeing 777!) and after a delicious 3 course meal we tried to sleep the remaining four hours of flight (6 ½ hrs altogether!) Managed to doze for a while but woke up in time to see a beautiful sunrise across the mainly sandy terrain and we landed at about 7.00am Dubai time (3.00am UK time!!) The airport was impressive – large as are most things here! Full of pillars, mirrors, coloured glass and palm trees. A guy was waiting for our taxi transfer to Cassells Al Barsha Hotel, and we were whisked off for the ... read more
Me and Him in the desert
Catching the abra
Bedhouin Camp

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Godstone December 15th 2013

Well, thanks to the challenge from Dave & Merry Jo, here is our collection of signs we have taken photos of during out travels! I didn't realise that we had so many - it appears we are a collector of strange signs as well as ice-cream vans! (And birds, butterflies, insects, flowers....!!) We shall definitely be looking out for more signs on our future travels and adding them to our collection!... read more
Cairns (128)
Malaysia 042
t.Grand Canyon (1)

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík December 7th 2013

Monday 2nd Dec 2013 – Friday 6th Dec 2013 I think Iceland is one of the strangest places I have visited!! It is the worlds 18th largest island and has a total population of just 320,000 people! We happened to be there when an old 100 year old record was broken and a new record of ‘the coldest first 5 days of December’ was made! We were experiencing temperatures of -12C to -20C in the day time, and even with a slight breeze, it was uncomfortably cold! We stayed at the Ramada Plaza, Three Bridges on the Monday night for the bargain price of £55.28 which included 3 days parking at ACH Parking near Cobstone. It worked very well as we walked for 30mins into Crawley on Monday afternoon and found a lovely old pub (The ... read more
3. Our room!
14. Me
10. Hallgrimskirkja Church

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Alhaurin el Grande November 21st 2013

2nd – 21st November 2014 This was a short three week hop over to Spain, to check the house (it’s been nearly 18mths since we were last here!), catch up with old friends and do some walking. We got some friends to book us on the Field Club walks, as they would have been fully booked had we waited until we arrived.! Which begs the question - maybe there should be more walks, but there always appears to be a shortage of people to lead and organise them. We are always happy to lead walks but the walk programmes are done at least 6 months in advance, so difficult for us to say exactly when we will be here....... The house was fine on arrival – just a bit musty! A few minor repairs needed on ... read more
walking on Sierra de la Robla with Casarabonela in distance
Spain - Nov 2014 470
Getting the catamaran to Puerto Banus

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Aix-les-Bains September 22nd 2013

Wed 18th September Baveno to Aix les Bains, France 239 miles It was cloudy with sun when we woke up, so after packing up and saying goodbye to our neighbours, we headed off – in the wrong direction towards Milan and Genova!! After a string of tunnels eventually we were able to turn around and head north towards the Simplon Pass. We climbed steadily up through the valley with some magnificent views of the villages, waterfalls everywhere, raging torrents of rivers after yesterdays snow, cows with their cow bells and cloud hanging across the mountain tops! We soon reached the snowline and summit of the Simplon Pass at 2005 metres where the sun shone on the gleaming white snow capped mountains! (ok – so there was a bit of cloud around as well....and we did have ... read more
Top of Simplon Pass
Sully-sur-Loire Chateau

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Baveno September 18th 2013

Sun 15th Sept Peschiera, Lake Garda to Menaggio, Lake Como 108miles No thunderstorm but it was hazy cloud the next morning and a bit brighter so drove in early to Sirmione which is a peninsula that juts out 4km into Lake Garda. Greeted by an impressive turreted C13th castle and moat, and then walked out to the end of the peninsula, past the hot bubbling sulphur springs in the lake. The peninsula used to be a Roman settlement, set within ancient olive groves and Cyprus trees so it made a very pleasant stroll around! Massive queue of cars trying to get to the head of the peninsula as we were leaving so I’m glad we went early! By now it had clouded over and rain was threatening so we got onto the A4-E70 motorway until Bergamo ... read more
Our derelict campsite!!
dropping down into the valley

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 16th 2013

Wed 11th Sept Bled to Lido di Jesolo 202 miles It rained all night and was still raining when we woke up at 8.00am with more rain forecast so that was time for us to move on. Took the wrong road out of Bled (I didnt want to put us inadvertently on a Motorway and incur a fine! – well – thats my excuse!!) and went via Spodnje Gorje to the main road where we then headed, in error, towards Radnovlica instead of Kranjska Gora! Its not easy when you haven’t got a Sovenia map, there is no sun for any sense of direction and the names are just soooo difficult! The only good thing was that it stopped raining as soon as we were away from Bled!! But it was gone 11.00am when we crossed ... read more
over the mountains of Slovenia
St Marks Square from the WaterTaxi
Bassano del Grappa

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Weer September 10th 2013

MOUNTAINS! Austria, Germany and Slovenia Sat 7th Sept Innsbruck to Berchtesgaden 110 miles Heard the church bells chime at 5.00am, then loads of church bells at 6.00am, then cow bells from the cows along the lane at 7.00am so gave up and got up!! A beautiful morning after the heavy thunderstorm we had yesterday evening. After breakfast, opened my Birthday cards and presents including special nail varnish, earings and a kitch musical snow globe of Neuschwanstein Castle .......mmmmm. We carried along the valley on the B171 to Worgl. Such beautiful scenery with mountains both sides, huge massive peaks in the distance and lovely wooden chalet type homes and hotels with masses of coloured geraniums and petunias! Turned on to the 178 towards St Johann, steadily climbing all the time. Chris thought that the brakes felt a ... read more
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Chris & Mozart

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