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Europe » United Kingdom July 22nd 2014

July 21: St Davids and about What a perfect way to end my trip; I had a really truly lovely day. I took the bus up to St Davids (I will forever marvel at how people drive on such narrow roads and don’t have road rage. I love it.) and started the day off exploring the little town. The town is basically three streets big and yet for some reason has a cathedral… and it’s a pretty impressive one at that! Sadly, I took no photos because you had to pay and since I’m at the end of my trip I currently have… £1.73 left factoring in my bus ticket for tomorrow, so, could not spare the £2 for a photography sticker lol. After wandering around town a bit I took a coastal “bus” (minivan) up ... read more

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo July 22nd 2014

We are in the centre of the old city of Sarajevo. On the small square were the taxis and busses that collect the passengers Also a car park that is a hive of activity. Again we are in a city of the early Romans and Ottomans. In many streets and shops are places to eat. We thought we were back in Turkey, with souks and all. Whole streets are dedicated to trades. Such as Jewellers, Metal artists and Carpet sellers etc. It is also the first city in Europe to own an electric tram work. They are still very sensitive about the assignation of the Arch Duke of Austria in 1914 and the recent Bosnia war. Again UNESCO is assisting in the preservation of many sites one such the city hall, which now is the National ... read more
beautiful buildings Sarajevo
bullet holes from Balkan conflict
close to hotel Sarajevo

Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade July 22nd 2014

Let me preface this blog post by noting one thing: unlike Bosnia, Serbia actually functions as a unified country. Granted, this makes sense because, unlike Bosnia, Serbia mainly consists of just Serbs, while Bosnia includes Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks. Note that Serbs are Orthodox Christians, Croats Catholic, and Bosniaks Muslim. As such, the tensions are more than just ethnic differences; they are deeply rooted in religious conflicts. The reason it's necessary to note that was our group activity today. We visited the a Serbian Court, where we met with representatives of the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor. This court was established to prosecute those who committed war crimes during the Yugoslav wars that plagued the area in the early 1990s. However, it was interesting to follow and learn about because they have issues with some ... read more

Europe » France » Burgundy July 22nd 2014

We are into our third week now; we have bought an utilitaire (a van in French) a 3 year old Renault kangoo, which we naturally have named Matildas. The cleaning is still ongoing but we have done most of it now and a few more days will see it done. The Bow and stern cabins are finished and look great. Amigo has settled in, he says he has been waiting years for his own cabin with ensuite. The new water heater, stove, Weber barbeque, are all working well. Had our 41st wedding anniversary on board some new friend’s boat, at least they were friends until the next day when the effects of all the wine and pastis were blamed on us. After 28 years on Swara in all sorts of conditions Marg fell overboard the other ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom July 22nd 2014

The last few days I've been keeping busy travelling to and from Wales to collect things I left during the move just over a year ago. But luckily my Japanese hasn't suffered completely as I got a brand new phone which allows me to download apps! The first thing I downloaded was a language app which tests me on the Japanese alphabet including Kanji and to my surprise, I remembered what I'd learned years ago immediately. It's encouraging knowing it goes in easier than people generally think, it's not impossible. For the next few weeks during the holiday, I'm going to be a lot more active, I've had a month to relax and talk to my boyfriend everyday; now I need to concentrate and feel good about myself. We've been talking a lot more Japanese lately ... read more
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2011 Bookshelf
2011- charity event

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Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca July 22nd 2014

Menorca is a lovely island, and as I look back on my week there, I am very glad that I chose it as a destination after my stay in Barcelona. The flight to Mahon, the capital city, was only about half an hour. As I landed, I noticed how flat the island is. In fact, I later read that the highest point, Mount Toro, is only 358 meters high. It's also only 56 kms wide. After arrival, I took local bus number 10 into town. Here’s a tip: the French (!) woman at the tourist office at the airport is VERY knowledgeable. She gave me a great brochure about walking on the Cami de Cavalls, the hiking trail that goes round the island. And, had I known, I would have asked her for information about hotels ... read more
Mahon harbor
boats in harbor
boats in harbor

Europe » France July 22nd 2014

22 juli - Besançon Ja we liggen nog altijd in Besançon wegens....... regen, regen, de ganse dag al regen. En hoe meer regen er valt hoe hoger de kans dat met het kanaal/rivier ergens afsluit met de overstromingspoorten. Dan is pleziervaart niet mogelijk (beroepsvaart is hier niet). Morgenvroeg nog even nakijken op "Avis à la battellerie" hoe de toestand is. Morgen beslissen we ook of we nog verder varen of terugkeren naar Roanne. Vandaag nieuwe buren gekregen, Russen. Zo ver zijn we al dat zelfs de Russen hier komen varen (of zijn het spionnen). Volgend jaar misschien ook de chinezen. Maar ik heb toch mijn goed hart laten zien en de Russische schipper verder geholpen met een overgangsstekker voor zijn aansluiting op de elektriciteit (in leen). Even nog ter informatie, Victor Hugo is hier geboren.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland July 22nd 2014

We got out in the country today & saw lots of sheep on our way to Stirling Castle. They've restored the castle to the time of James VI where only men were allowed in the kitchen to cook!☺️ The afternoon was spent on a boat ride on the Loch Lomond but no sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. Glasgow is packed with athletes ready to compete in the Commonwealth Games starting tomorrow. Unfortunately, the Queen, Prince Charles, & Camilla are in residence @ Holyrood Castle so we're going to miss seeing it. They didn't invite us in for tea when we stopped by. Cobblestones are tricky walking even in tennies.... read more
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Europe July 22nd 2014

We are cruising somewhere along the Rhine, having entered Germany a couple of hours ago. All of a sudden I've got wifi, so can make a brief post. We spent the past few days in the Netherlands, visiting interesting towns and, of course, many churches and cathedrals. The Netherlands has got some long-term problems with water -- or, more precisely, too much water. Basically the Netherlands is somewhat akin to the Mississippi Delta where the river enters into the Gulf. A lot of silt builds up islands which eventually somewhat join together. Many year ago the Dutch people started pumping water from the land to let it dry out and form a somewhat land mass. All silt -- no rocks or solid foundation. They have built dikes to keep the ocean out as 70% of the ... read more

Europe » Germany » Berlin July 22nd 2014

So after waking up from the previous nights festivities in Berlin, I had to nurse a headache before I could get out and about. It was already noon and I felt like I was wasting the day away. So I decided this was the perfect day for a nice relaxing museum visits. We took the U Bahn to Museum Island. It took a while to get there, and the construction was throwing me off. But once I saw my first glimpse of the Berlin dome I was not only excited, but amazed. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I took many photos and just sat there and looked at it. Because it was so busy and the lines were so long, I only had time to visit two of the ... read more
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