James Delaney


James Delaney

So this has become more of a general blog for all of mine and my fiancées' travel adventures, may it long continue!

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » s'Arenal August 10th 2019

It’s holiday time and we are off to a villa in the south east of Spain’s Mallorca, super excited for a week off from work and life in general, time for a San Miguel, beer us, stat! Preparation time and Narla is not happy at been dropped off at the cattery, our parting words consisted of “bye Narla, see you in a week…. Narla, urmmm, hiss!”. Sad times for the fur-baby. All packed and parked up at Gatwick and looking forward to some Airport lounge champagne and Eggs Royal, we head to the Gatwick Lounge, or at least we thought we were about to... we apparently didn’t book “The Lounge”, we booked, “My Lounge”… oh no… On checking in, it was not as fancy as the other one and was a bit basic on the food ... read more
View from the villa!
Cocktail time!
Balcony with a view

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Chewton Mendip August 3rd 2019

Another adventure out in The Bongo, still not named it! Day 1. Mendip Hills This time off to Somerset to stay over in the Mendip Hills, staying at Brook Lodge Farm Campsite and with a plan to drop the Bongo back to the garage, JCS (SW) LTD, to have a few issues that were there from purchase, they were good and agreed to fix all issues if returning in the first 3 months. “Issues: Roof had a gap at the top right, folding mirror didn’t fold and a screw was missing from the steering column, all sorted on the Monday so no complaints with JCS in Bristol, JCS (SW) LTD: Company number 09589353 for anyone looking at a Bongo” Onto the fun bit, the drive through Jane Austin country was easy, lovely woodlands and small villages ... read more
Blagdon lake
Field hopping...

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » New Forest July 13th 2019

130719 - New Forest, Hampshire First time out in the Bongo for a test trip out to the New Forest in Hampshire. We had some fun and games trying to figure out what to pack, we're a bit rusty on this travelling thing, it's been 10 years since the days of Oz and New Zealand camper-vaning after all! In the spirit of past adventures and taking us all the way back, we bought a box of Australian Shiraz, only a bit fancier than goon! A short drive out of West Sussex via Petersfield and the South Downs and we’re in the New Forest heading for Burley. On our trip, we come across a very, very posh, one-percenter posh Polo Club in Cowdray, Midhurst. Not to feel too out of place, we park the Bongo next to ... read more
Forest  Walk
UK  Hamptons
Highcliff Beach

Europe January 4th 2019

This is a whistle stop blog from the start of 2019 and what looks like two fingers up to lowering my carbon footprint this year as it's all about enforced jet-setting, apparently! Amsterdam, Schiphol, NetApp Work Trip First off, a work strategy outing to NetApp's head office in Amsterdam Schiphol, March 6th flight out. Not too much to talk about apart been as it's work, but, work to one site, a lovely evening put on by Steve at restaurant Westeinder Paviljoen Aalsmeer, westeinderpaviljoen.nl, great views over lake Grote Poel and some great steak tartare followed by a sirloin steak, who doesn't love a double steak all paid for dinner and some great red wine as well. Highlights: Johnnie Walker's blue label whisky, top shelf! Double steak at Westeinder Poland, Krakow, Dad's 65th Adventure Next trip out ... read more
Dad's 65th
Krakow, Market Square
Prague, Club lights-on!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Ives July 13th 2017

Cornwall, the most southern and tropical part of the UK and also one of the most remote parts. Day 1. So our journey begins... at 2:30am to travel the predicted 6 hours to Marazion, Cornwall’s oldest Town. I've got the car packed, its down on its wheel arches and a super strength coffee to go! The drive from Shoreham By Sea was pretty uneventful with not a soul on the roads until we got past Bodmin which goes on forever, to our surprise there is a dual carriageway that goes all the way into Cornwall that opened last Friday. This motorway knocked two hours off our predicted time and we got to Cornwall in under 4 and a 1/2 hours, good going! We took the time to have a drive around Marazion and Penzance to hunt ... read more
Cornish Coast
Dune hiking
Dune loving!

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Cala Millor June 10th 2017

Anticipation out of the way and an early rise, the usual no sleep the night before from been too excited about a week off with the family in Majorca. We arrive at Gatwick and meet up with Oli, Maia, Phoenix and little Indigo for a Wagga-Momma breakfast before the TUI flight, a nice airbus plane with a bit of mood lighting, why not! It's a nice chilled out flight watching plant of the apes and a bit of Mario kart on the DS, losing to Helen which was a sad day for my Mario Kart skills, all those years at uni gone to waste! We land at Palma airport, usual feeling when we got off the plane, feels like an oven, beautiful weather and ready to get to the hotel but not before we find Mom ... read more
Out and about
Spikey Spanish plant
Hotel evening meal

North America » Mexico » Yucatán May 29th 2016

Mexico – Rivera Maya 29th May – 13th June It's that time of year again and we are off for 2 weeks of sun, sea and non-pebble beaches in Mexico! A nice early 5am start, bound for Gatwick for our flight on the Thomson Dreamliner (apparently ubér modern and fancy) to Mexico for two weeks of 5-star sun, sea, sand and Mayan hospitality. Some airport fun and games at Alfonso's restaurant, quickly seated but no one to server us for 20 minutes... in a very British way we depart for Jamie Olivers after saying no thank you to Alfonsos bad service. Tradition is the order of the day with a full fry up before out inflight (no-doubt) delish food! Boarding the fancy DreamLiner plane which was pretty uneventful, few movies down on the flight and a ... read more
beaching it!
Chicken, Pizza!
Mayan temples of death!

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Perivolos May 20th 2014

There's nothing quite waking up at 4am, taxi arrives and holiday bound. Usual airporto fun with Helen having to through the x-ray body scanner, i tried to see the picture but the airport staff didn't seem to happy about me peering over the barrier... Time for some brekkie before lift off and Weatherspoons looks decent, although on entering we notice a lady drinking a pint of red wine, bear-in-mind that its only 5:33am, strong commitment to the drink! In the flight we board and get seated, usual tiny seats made for Mr Average. We doze off until I'm woken by Helen wanting me to look out the window... Its the Alps and they look pretty awesome and completely covered in snow, maybe a skiing holiday later in the year is in order..! A few G&T's later ... read more
Alps from the plane
Sunset in Fira
Porto marina

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Bodrum August 11th 2009

The day of the flight we get our bid flu masks at the ready from Birmingham to Turkey, on meeting Oli & Maja we rock our masks and think we look pretty fly! The flight is fairly standard and we arrive to hot Turkey, just our transfer to go till we get to the Villa Louise in Calkan. We arrive at Villa Louise and it looks amazing, pool is nice and warm and the rooms are a great size. We kick back and shotgun our rooms! On to exploring the local town and it's many bars and resturants, on the first shop I go into the local shop owner starts speaking Turkish to me, apparently I look like a local Turk who goes by the name of Memet! And so the name sticks for the rest ... read more

Pacific Islands all the way to our LAX... The US of A here we come, first stop the home of the rich and famous in Los Angeles and landing in LAX, whoop whoop to the America, burger me! So we’ve got three days to visit three iconic places, first port of call is the Walk Of Fame, which famous person to walk on first… Then onto Universal Studios, back to the future rides, terminators and dinosaurs! Finally, it’s time for the home of the Walt’s in the land of Disney, awesome! We are staying in North Hollywood so should be able to see the sign, if the smog clears that is… Day one and we get dropped off in North Hollywood, aka Dodgeville USA! Our hostel, NoHo is like a loony bin with an old granny ... read more
Wacko Jacko..
Universal Studios...

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