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Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Hoorn April 9th 2018

The Amalea left Amsterdam this morning heading for Hoorn, in North Holland. The captain promised sunshine, hope he is a better captain than weather forecaster! We cruised across the IJsselmeer, the biggest lake in the Netherlands - used to be the Zuiderzee (South Sea), but was closed in by a man made dyke. Have to admit I was not expecting open water, thought all our cruising would be in canals. Big surprise at breakfast this morning, they have Vegemite! They also print a "newspaper" each day, with American & world news that you can grab from reception, but we had an Australian "newspaper" under our door when we woke up. When we came back to the cabin after lunch there were gits on the bed - a cap and a scarf - new fashion statement onboard. ... read more
Captain supervising!
This is how close they get!
Two boats already there, had to wait for one to leave, then "parked" alongside the other one

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam April 8th 2018

Left Covent Garden this morning in the rain, off to Heathrow, so Kate could fly back to Spain, and we were off to Amsterdam. Don't think I have ever been to Heathrow when it wasn't raining! Our flight was delayed almost an hour (late aircraft arrival), but when we got to Amsterdam, the sun was shining, and it was almost warm! We were the only people on the transfer bus (full sized bus) from the Airport to the ship (I guess because of our late arrival). Arrived at the Amalea, our ship for the next 7 nights, docked in the centre of Amsterdam. Wow, it is absolutely beautiful. It was only launched this year, and apparently this is only it's second cruise. Checked in and off to our cabin. Fairly compact, but very nice. (And we ... read more
Our cabin
Cabin again
Cabin balcony

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Covent Garden April 7th 2018

Rest day today, still catching up with the washing. Pret for breakfast, lunch & dinner (not everybody, but it worked for me). Kate did go for a walk to Regents Park, but a day "in" was what we needed Saw Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre tonight, great show, pleasant walk through Covent Garden to get to the theatre.... read more
Inside Savoy Theatre
Walking back through Covent Garden

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London April 6th 2018

Maurice had places to go, and people to see again today, so Kate and I went to brunch at Balthazar (a cafe in Covent Garden) because she wanted to have Smashed avocado & eggs on toast - apparently they don't do that in Spain. Our brunch was very nice, quite a large and popular place. Afterward, Kate went for a walk to the river, and I wandered around the markets and shops of Covent Garden, lots of street performances, lovely afternoon. Decided to try the new Inamo (in Covent Garden) for early dinner before the show - again, Kate wanted Sushi because they don't have that in Calahorra either! Nice meal, but system and menu a bit different to the others we have been to. Then a short walk to the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane ... read more
He's hanging around too
Still hanging around
Covent Garden

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London April 5th 2018

After a very nice breakfast, we left the castle this morning (in sunshine) for the short drive to Aerospace Bristol. They had lots of interesting exhibits, from both world wars, and also lots of modern things as well. But we came to see the Concorde - wow - the last actual Concorde that flew is in a hanger, and you get to walk round it, under it and inside. Very cool! Lots of people (standing guard) who are happy to talk about it as well. The we headed for London, via Oxford (because we haven't done enough random driving). Had to drijve through the streets of central London (including Picadilly Circus) to find our unit in Covent Garden (not the original one we booked, it had plumbing problems, but a substitute they arranged for us). Very ... read more
Castle again
In the castle grounds
Old plane at Aerospace Briston

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Thornbury April 4th 2018

More driving around Cornwall today (no, we haven't done enough(?)). Headed first for Port Isaac - where Doc Martin is filmed, but can't get near the town, cars not allowed. (Maurice decided to walk down the hill for a closer look.) Then on to Padstow, where Rick Stein has his restaurant, cooking school and fish & chip shop. And just like all the other seaside villages, there is nowhere to park. They all seem to have a park and ride facility (with a car park on the edge of town), but they only seem to operate in summer. All of these little villages have been really crowded, I guess it is English school holidays, but it is cold! Hate to see what they would be like in summer. Eventually, Maurice drops Kate & I off, and ... read more
Thornbury Castle
Four Poster Bed

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance April 3rd 2018

Set off this morning (in sunshine) for a driving tour of Cornwall (or the bits someone has decided we need to see), planning to be back in time to walk across the causeway to St Michael's Mount (open today from 12.30 to 3.30pm). First to Penzance, then a little further around the bay to Mousehole (because why wouldn't you visit a place called Mousehole!), lots of narrow streets in Mousehole! Then off to Land's End. I thought this was a sign at "the end of England" - but has been turned into a tourist park - shops, movie theatre, cafes, restaurants, hotel etc. Sign is still there, but you have to pay to get your photo taken with it! Seriously cold & windy by now (think Cornwall has the same weather as Melbourne - all things ... read more
Land's End - just the entrance!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Penzance April 2nd 2018

The rain had stopped in Beesands this morning, so we could see it was a one street town (and only one side of the street has bulidings, because the other side is the ocean (English Channel). At least the rain washed most of the mud off the car, but had to go back on those roads to get out of the place. Had a chat to a local and found a better way, but couldn't avoid them entirely. So headed off to Cornwall, via Plymouth (because that's where some old ships left from, the Mayflower, Captain Cook etc), and via Truro (something to do with Maurice's family history and cornish pasties) and finally to Marazion. We are staying at the Godolphin Arms, a pub directly across from St Michaels Mount. This is a tidal island which ... read more
Mayflower steps in Plymount
Bakery for Cornish Pasties in Truro

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Kingsbridge April 1st 2018

Left Brighton this morning for our long drive (by English standards anyway) to Beesands in Devon. Stopped for lunch in Weymouth, another seaside town (city really). Beach had a little more sand then Brighton, but still plenty of rocks! Then onto Devon, started on motorways, then country roads, lanes, tracks? Where is this place? We are now driving on narrow lanes (sealed but very muddy) with hedges taller than the car on either side that seem to randomly criss cross the countryside. The signs saying the roads are for single vehicles only, with passing places mean that when we meet another car, somebody has to reverse to a place where two cars can pass (usually us). Then we come across water, and a car. They reversed (and kept reversing), we drove through the water. Eventually found ... read more
Nice spot for lunch? Yes it was cold!
Along the way

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Brighton and Hove March 31st 2018

Spent the day today exploring Brighton - where the English go for summer holidays! Was much brighter this morning, so we could see that there is a wind farm off the coast that was invisible yesterday! The sun appeared (sort of) after breakfast, so we headed for the pier - an amusement park on the pier over the water. Wandered to the end (very windy) and back, still lots of people around even thought it was cold. The central part had inside games (video games etc) and also lots of games that seemed to be like a miniature version of a chocolate machine, but with coins - you fed in money, in the hope that the coins would push the coins already in there, out to you - seemed a little bizarre, but there were lots ... read more
Walking onto the pier
At the end of the pier
Also at the end of the pier

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