Grandma Parry

GrandmaParry

Grandma Parry

Our holidays!



Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 10th 2013

Our last point of call was Dubai. It was excruciatingly hot. Dubai boasts over fifty five star hotels and one seven star. Here you can receive free of charge a gold plated I pad when you pay your rent for the night. Of course you will be fifteen thousand dollars poorer. Dubai has an indoor ski run with lifts and everything, it boasts the richest horse race, tennis tournaments and all to attract tourists when the oil runs out. The artificial Palm islands are incredible with thousands of homes on each of the branches. The whole area smells of money. We are now at home with the very sad news that Ed Carroll with whom we exchanged homes had a major cerebral haemorrage and is not expected to survive.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Bristol County » Bristol June 1st 2013

Two weeks in Cornwall completes our UK Holiday. Cornwall has very many beautiful fishing villages, spectacular coast lines and the narrowest and most winding roads in the world. Cousins Michael and Barbara wanted to come with us , so Michael drove us just about everywhere, as David hated the narrow lanes and the vehicle we were provided with by the house exchanger. We stayed in Mylor Bridge, which is a pretty village just outside of Falmouth. Every time we went to the waterside the tide seemed to be out so the boats were lying on their sides! We were delighted to see a swan on her nest, but after a week the nest was abandoned and the eggs left behind..it was very close to the road so I guess the swan was frightened away. We walked ... read more
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Mylor Bridge in bloom
Land's end

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm » Hagersten May 19th 2013

We continued our journey going to London and staying in a very expensive hotel with a horse called Jacob outside.We were near the Tower Bridge,and walked across it. At night we went to see “The Mouse Trap” which was very well done.We wandered the streets after the show..dark alleys but we were safe and we eventually found the railway station. Next day we went to our ship the Marco Polo, the same ship we had sailed on before around the Mediterranean. Most of the passengers were our age, and we befriended a Welsh couple whom we may visit before we come home. We were at sea for two days and landed in Copenhagen where we looked around the town and went to a typical Danish Village Dragor on the Baltic. In Germany we looked around an ... read more
Victoria and Albert Museum
V and A Museum Suspended Musical Instruments
London Underground

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Warwickshire » Warwick May 2nd 2013

Stratford on Avon and Warwick. On the 30th April we set out to travel three hours on English roads. Narrow roads with cars parked on both sides and parked in both directions are somewhat of a challenge, especially since in the narrow space between the parked cars , locals drive very fast. Broadway was our first destination and it was said to be the epitome of Cotswold villages It was where I purchased my pullover twenty years ago and I needed a replacement since it was full of holes. I bought two for the price of one, so was happy. On to Stratford, using the Satnav, which took us on the scenic route via the Scottish border. We arrived nearly an hour later than we should have as a result. I spoke harshly to my Lady ... read more
2 Thatched Cottage Broadway
3 Transport Broadway
4  Royal Shakespeare Theatre on the Avon

Europe » Isle of Man » Douglas April 26th 2013

Gillian has tried to set the kitchen on fire twice when trying to cook carrots on a gas stove. David is now expert in cleaning blackened saucepan and carrots are now off the menu. The trains in England are amazing, they travel at 200km per hour. They are very clean and comfortable. Campbell Newman take note. We started this leg of our trip to the Isle of Man with a train journey to Liverpool and were impressed at the transformation of Liverpool Docks. The whole area is now magnificent mix of old and new buildings. Elvis and the Beatles memorabilia are everywhere, museums are first class. Next day we travelled on a catamaran built in Tasmania that the Australian Government would not buy, and we had a very rough crossing to Douglas on the Isle of ... read more
6 Isle of Man Ferry made in Tasmania
9 Refuge Island
10 Port Perin Steam Train

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Levallois-Perret April 18th 2013

Our trip continued on a very fast train to London where we briefly walked through waist deep crowds to Harrods and turned for home. The London underground does not function very well on a Sunday and we stood for half an hour at 11pm in the rain waiting for the replacement bus. Our apartment was very comfortable but a long way out of town. In the evening we went to the Royal Albert Hall and were thrilled with a wonderful performance by the massed bands of the Royal Marines. Next morning we went to St Pancras (Gillian called it St Pancreas) and made a two and a half hour trip at over 200kph to Paris. We stayed in a very nice (expensive) part of Paris and were thing of selling the grandchildren to pay for the ... read more
A 16 carriage train
Eurostar
Hercules and the Serpent

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Bristol County » Bristol April 13th 2013

Having returned from a snow covered Wales, we decided to explore the local stretch of the River Frome, which turned out to be a shallow slow stream, so we went over to Downend and saw a fast flowing beautiful Frome river. The next day we caught a bus into Bristol and visited the Museum and saw a real flying box kite made for the movie “The magnificent men in their flying machines. We walked up a very steep hill as to Cabot tower a memorial to one of the first men to go to America. We visited the 900 years old Bristol Cathedral , St Marys Redcliffe (infamous for its involvement in the slave trade) and a church that was bombed and left as a memorial of those thousands who died in the Blitz. Michael and ... read more
9 Raglan Castle fortress against English parliament
25 Helter Skelter
1 Lifeboat station converted to a home in Tenby

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Bristol County » Bristol April 7th 2013

We had another try for Chipping Sodbury on Monday morning, freezing cold and blowing a gale we were able to see this beautiful village completely devoid of people. We then went to Tintern Abbey which is in Wales and almost had to drive to London when I got into the wrong lane. The UK is big on ruins. Tuesday we went to Bath and walked for four hours , we saw the Jane Austen museum, the Bath Abbey the Royal Parade and lots of cobblestones. It took us one hour to get out of Bath because there was a traffic light being repaired. Wednesday we went to Castle Combe which is a delightful village in the Cotswolds , and where several classic films were made. On Thursday with great trepidation we set out for Tenby in ... read more
2 Clifton Bridge
8 The scary eye hospital
3 The Bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Bristol County » Bristol March 30th 2013

This is our first real Travel blog. We left Brisbane flying out at 2.35 am on Monday 25thMarch. No one in their right mind does anything at that hour. Our journey to Singapore was very good because the plane was almost empty and Gillian stretched out over three seats and sort of slept. We arrived at 6am. Our hotel was the Changi Village Hotel which was as far away from the city centre as you can get, but it is close to the airport. It was the site of the infamous prison which is in the process of being demolished. We were able to rest until 10am and then went into the city and travelled on two buses and saw almost all of the city. The most spectacular structures were the Marina Bay Hotel which has ... read more
Singapore  Architecture
Singapore Washing
Sombre reflection




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