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Europe » United Kingdom » England July 28th 2014

After leaving our hotel (The Francis), we went on a walking tour of Bath with our Guide - Andrew (a very witty man) who took us to the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Bath Abbey built in 1499 by Bishop Oliver King & the Roman Baths. Following that, we had afternoon tea at the Pump Room, which was beautiful! We then toured the Jane Austen Centre - a must see for us since we love her books - unfortunately, Mr. Darcy was nowhere to be seen!!... read more
Royal Crescent

Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Dobrinishte July 28th 2014

Up early - well we were. Everyone else strolled out of bed after 10, 11 etc. Phoned Anton and he arranged to drop of the key at 11.30 and true to his word the key arrived. I had already nipped out and got some fresh bananas and bread. We were on our way out when Anton gave us the key so we just popped down to check the key worked and we could get into the Gym. Looks very nice, nice boxing bag fixed to the roof, table tennis table with bats and balls, cycle, weight machine and cross trainer. Changing rooms have been provided as well and I think I can see where the Sauna will go. Then we drove over to Dobrinishte and uptowards Bezbog hut where we are going to get the cable ... read more
Hotel at Gotse Delchev
Uncle Bulgaria on tour

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 28th 2014

If you are looking for local produce and specialities Borough Market will be a gem for you whenever you are in London. Located near London Bridge, Borough Market is a haven for those who have passion for food, wine, world cuisine. Around the Market you will find variety of restaurants and cafes. Most famous of them is the Monmouth Coffee Company. But note to those who are passionate about their coffees better be ready or be ready to cue up. Inside the market fresh produces can be found and hearty snacks. Borough Market is not for the faint hearted and for those who love to eat (guilty as charge). Anyways for more information about the Market please click the link below: read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » La Palma July 28th 2014

The ship is in the water! That means cooler conditions and more lights. We are back on water restrictions because three of the four tanks are in the process of being repaired. The families have moved back to the ship. Things are still on schedule to go to Tenerife sometime at the beginning of August. Some bunkering was done today (loading of fuel). The work continues to the inside of the ship. I have been working long hours in the café and store. Our staff was down to three because some long-term people take a vacation during dry dock. I mostly sold cold drink and phone cards in the evening. Sometimes I made popcorn if enough people wanted it. Last weekend I had off on Saturday and most of Sunday. A group of us went to ... read more
Nice and Clean Now
Men at Work
Hospital Floor Getting a Make-over

Europe » Belgium » Liège Province » Huy July 28th 2014

Voor twee daagjes op naar onze Ardennen, iets preciezer Awirs. Erik en ik hadden er nog een date met enkele routes. Wat werd me dit een avonturen-weekend! Zaterdagochtend geraakten we allebei niet erg goed op gang, maar toch. Tegen de middag stonden we op het vaste plekje in Awirs, de noordwand. In een korte broek waren we al vrij snel voer voor de muggen. Maar wat is een beetje jeuksel... Ik startte met "The Fin" (6c). Kobe had deze vorige week nog behaakt en samen met Erik nog vrij geklommen. Ik had die kans niet meer gehad en ik vond het een keitoffe uitdaging. Dus bij de derde poging stond ik geheel en wel boven. Was echt tof! De eerste poging was inpikken, de tweede poging focus wat kwijt, dus derde ... voilà. Mijn geplande uitdaging ... read more
Vorige weekend, Erik in 'the Fin'.


Europe » France » Burgundy July 28th 2014

Or maybe a bottle of wine? This week we bought some new bikes, not got round to using them yet but they are on the back of the boat ready to take us along canal paths to the nearest place to buy bread and wine. We are still in Briennon, nearly finished the cleaning and minor mods to get our new home usable. Scrubbed the hull above the waterline, cleaned fenders and reinstalled on one side. We are still amazed at the selection of fruit and veggies available; shopping is a pleasure with everyone so polite. After years of wearing Tee shirts and shorts it is a pleasant change to be able to wear something a little more upmarket and even shoes and socks! Not sure how long the novelty will last. Decided to have a ... read more
France (2)
La Benisson Dieu

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich July 28th 2014

It began to rain, and we waited. We waited as a group on the steps of the hostel in Munich, waiting for Cal's parents to arrive and gather him up, ending his time with us. The scene was ripe with symbolism and full of feeling. Here we were, a group previously made up of individuals who wanted to experience Europe. Some were friends, some acquaintances, some relative strangers. What we had become over the course of three weeks was a tightly knit group of friends who will now share these memories and experiences for the rest of their lives and in doing so, have a bond that will never be broken. The day in Munich began with a sobering reminder of what can happen to humanity when lies and propaganda become accepted as truth. When a ... read more
Listening to the Guide
The Yard
The Camp Road

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava July 28th 2014

Andrew here, reporting on behalf of the wanderers... incoming message reads "Lousy internet connection today in Bratislava. Will try again in tomorrow in Vienna." Though not explicitly stated, I suspect we can assume that Carole says she's fine...... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region July 28th 2014

The bus tour of Bratislava was scheduled for the afternoon, and me not feeling the fittest (Carole says she was feeling fine). :-) However, lunch improved my outlook considerably, so we decided at the last minute to go on the bus, both of us as it happens forgetting in the rush to take any money. A very exhuberant and very pregnant guide gave us a terrific up-hill-and-down-dale tour. At the Russian soldiers' monument she commented wryly that they (the Russians) did after all rescue Slovakia from the Nazis, it was just a pity that they stayed so long afterwards! In the middle of the walking part of the tour loud sirens suddenly approached, and a fire engine screeched to a halt at the end of the narrow street we were in. Half a dozen burly fireman ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater Manchester July 28th 2014

This is a bit of a random post, but since I'm away travelling I thought I'd ask my (wonderful, patient!) boyfriend back home for his thoughts on me being away. Turns out he's a bit worried I might forget him (er, likely!)... When I tell my friends that my girlfriend is travelling through South Asia, Australia and New Zealand for a year after finishing her degree, I get the usual jokes about Oz being full of ripped surfer guys who like nothing more than short-lived flings with backpackers. And whilst I trust the girlfriend implicitly, these comments do tend to play on my mind. Additionally, I like to do nice things for her because she is lovely. So, I have implemented a few (maybe sneaky) techniques throughout her travels to ensure that she doesn’t forget about ... read more
cocktails - Laura can't get enough of these apparently

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