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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 5th 2018

This morning we had our breakfast at a different café then wandered around the streets for a while, ending up at the Rialto Markets. As it was a wet day, we mooched around the shops for a while and then came back to our hotel room at midday for a cup of tea and a rest before heading off again to go to Scuola Grande di San Rocco. This had amazing floors, wooden carvings and paintings along the walls and ornate carved and painted ceilings. They had large magnified mirrors there that you could use to walk around and look at reflections of the ceiling in. Across from this was the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, which had copies of his paintings and wooden replicas of a lot of his inventions. You were allowed to touch them ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 4th 2018

This morning we had a lazy morning. The high tide was at 8:30am and we could see from our hotel window that the water level was spilling over the edge of the canal wall so we took it slowly getting ready. The forecast is rain for the next 4 days but today was supposed to be 20 and sunny so we decided to go to the Piazza San Marco today to see it at its best. We crossed over the bridge in front of our hotel and had a look at the planks that they put up to walk on. Breakfast was in a café in the plaza across the canal from us. After this, we walked through all the tiny alleys in the direction of Piazza San Marco. On the way we stopped at the ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 3rd 2018

This morning, I left the Arthur Findlay College and my cousin Christine drove me to her place where my other cousin Jo collected me to go to London Gatwick Airport for our flight to Venice. We landed and got a coach to the terminus area and then walked to our hotel, the Hotel Papadopoli Venezia. After settling into our room, we walked a few streets until we found an amazing restaurant where we had dinner. Jo and I shared a delicious Bruschetta and then she had Gnocchi and I had lasagne. It was the best I have ever tasted as it literally melted in my mouth. Wow….. Our hotel is amazing, with brocade wallpaper and doors and crystal doorknobs. What an experience. :-)... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Stansted Mountfitchet October 28th 2018

Here I am back at the Arthur Findlay College in Essex. It is an amazing place. Previously, it was owned by a family and it was bequeathed to the Spiritualists National Union for the purposes of education. The grounds are lovely, as you can see from the photos. Inside, the decor is that of a stately home. So far the weather has been kind and it is 0 degrees (wind chill of minus 3) and up to a balmy 9 degrees. At least there hasn't been any rain.... yet. This week, the course is Animal Communication and Healing and we focus on both living animals and animals that have passed over. On Thursday we have the option of going to a bird sanctuary where there is a bird hospital and rehoming for injured animals.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London October 27th 2018

On Thursday, after an early breakfast in the hotel, Jo and I caught the tube to Charing Cross Station and then a train to Orpington and took a taxi to Jo’s house. Jo then drove us to Jean and Ron’s, where Christine (my other cousin) and Frank joined us for a few hours. We left about 2pm and came back into town, stopping for an early dinner in China Town. At 7pm, we met Jess at Kings Cross Station for a drink and then caught the tube back to Russell Square and our hotel. Yesterday (Friday), we walked around to see the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street first, then carried on to the Museum of London. After lunch at the Museum, we walked down to St Pauls Cathedral and joined a tour of the Cathedral ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London October 24th 2018

The plane landed half an hour late, at 5:30am, and I had a very quick trip through Customs as it was empty at that time of the morning. I had a pickup from the airport at 6am and early check in to the Mercure London Bloomsbury, Russell Square. My cousin Jo caught the train into the city and met me at the hotel. We walked down to the Thames and caught a ferry from Embankment to Greenwich. Here we saw the Cutty Sark sailing ship and had lunch in a pub called the Spanish Galleon. After this, we walked through Greenwich Park, up the hill to Greenwich Observatory, to see the terrific views of London. By this point, I was so jet lagged that I was seeing double so we headed back to the hotel where ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Redhill October 13th 2017

On Thursday, after a slow start with a late breakfast, Jean, Ron and I went out to do some grocery shopping. After Jo finished work at 1:30, she came over to pick up Jean and I to take us out for dumplings at Wing Yip in Purley. This is a very big restaurant, with a grocery store beside it. It specialises in dumplings like our yum cha, which they sell until 3pm, and they also have an a la carte menu. As it was a very late lunch, we bought a soup home for our tea that night. Friday morning was spent in the house, playing with Oscar the one-eyed cat and watching birds in the garden and squirrel outside the conservatory. As it was my final day on Friday, we decided to go out for ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England October 11th 2017

After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and drove around the point to the Studland Peninsula, where we parked and walked down a path to Middle Beach. There were a lot of bathing cabins along the path that people own and use. From the beach, you can see Old Harry Rocks, which are the bits of cliffs that the sea has eroded from the main coastline. We walked further along the beach to where it became Knoll Beach and then back to the car and headed home as it was blowing a gale. 2.5 hours later we made it back to Jean and Ron’s, in time to collect Oscar the cat from the cattery.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Swanage October 10th 2017

After cooked breakfasts (Eggs Benedict for me), we decided a nice walk along the seafront was in order. The road is downhill so it was an easy walk down and we walked along the beach, looking at the changing cabins and the bay and boats. Along the rock wall, the water was crystal clear and there were large fish floating in a couple of feet of water below. The irony was that there were fisherman fishing along the pier when these big fish were right under your nose on the promenade…. Probably mullet though and not as appealing to eat. We came to the pier and had a cup of tea at the café at the start of it and then continued along the pier to the end, where we chatted to a few fisherman. They ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Swanage October 9th 2017

After a lovely full English breakfast, we walked across the road to St Michael’s church. The graveyard there had the grave of Alice Hargreaves, who was the Alice in the Alice in Wonderland story written by C. S. Lewis. After a walk along the high street, we checked out and set off to Corfe Castle. Corfe Castle is a ruined medieval castle, set on the top of a hill. You can either catch a steam train to it or drive into the village of Corfe. The village has all old style houses with slate or thatched roofs and local stone. We had a late lunch in the Bankes Arms Hotel in the village and then drove to Swanage, where we will be staying for the next 2 nights. On the way, there was a very scenic ... read more
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