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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

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Brighton and Hove March 30th 2018

Long day today - left Calahorra at 7am for the 2 hour drive to Bilbao (we were a little early for our flight, could have slept a bit longer). Then our 2 hour flight from Bilbao to London. Got stuck on the tarmac in London (in the rain) as a plane was stuck at the gate we were meant to use! While we were waiting, saw the new Qantas Dreamliner taxi past - the one that does the Perth to London direct (Kate didn't believe me, had to check with Matt!) Then 2 hours of who knows what to organise the pre-booked hire car! Then the 2 hour drive through the rain and the holiday traffic from London to Brighton. Brighton was cold, windy and rainy, but we could see the beach (even if it wasn't ... read more
Hotel window in Brighton

Europe » Spain » La Rioja » Haro March 29th 2018

A beautiful, warm day (well relatively - 19) for our (self drive) winery tour in La Rioja (with Kate, because it's a public holiday in Spain). And she changed the sat nav to English, always helps! Headed first to a town called Haro (about an hour northwest of Calahorra) where there are lots of wineries. We had appointments for a tour and tasting at one winery and a tasting at another (have to make appointments and pay, can't just walk in and taste). The first was CVNE, (also known as CUNE because of a printing error way back when) which was established in 1879, and is a family owned and run winery. We had a most interesting tour (even though I struggled with the accent) and then tasted 2 wines - red - were ok. Then ... read more
CVNE Alcohol fermentation barrels
Oak Aging Barrels
Winery No 2

Europe » Spain » La Rioja » Calahorra March 28th 2018

Took advantage of the later than usual checkout time this morning and had breakfast back at Bar Swing (didn't really want to leave this lovely hotel). Then had a drive around San Sebastian trying to get to the top of Mt Urgull (view to the right!), but discovered the road only goes around the base. Still, interesting drive through the narrow one way streets in lots of traffic! One thing we learnt while we were here is that San Sebastian is not a little beachside resort town, but a big (population, not area) busy city that has a beach. Then we were on our way to Calahorra. A 2(ish) hour drive from San Sebastian. Drove through the mountains (there seem to be lots of them here!), and past lots of small towns, most with churches on ... read more
Spanish Town
A little snow left on the mountains
Wine country - La Rioja

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebasti├ín March 27th 2018

Slow day today in San Sebastian - weather changed from cloudy to railny to sunny many times throughout the day. Went for a walk, found a church, and the river, then stumbled across the shopping mall (and a shopping centre). Maurice decided to keep walking, I had a look around - lots of up market shops, but ventured into the supermarket again, in the frozen foods section, you can buy seafood and vegetables loose - just scoop up how many you want. Then made my way back to the hotel, to Bar Swing - the bar in the lobby. Have been trying to get in here since we arrived, but very popular - views onto the beach. So managed to sit there for an hour or so before Maurice arrived back, then had late lunch there ... read more
Church in San Sebastian
Frozen Seafood
Frozen Vegetables

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebasti├ín March 26th 2018

Travelling again today, picked up at our apartment (transfers went very smoothly here) at 7.30am (daylight saving started yesterday, so dark) and off to the airport. Managed to check in and find the gate for our Vueling flight to Bilbao. Short flight, very squeezy!! Landed in Bilbao, pouring rain, and then the fun started - driving in the hire car, a Renault Scenic - feels huge! Drove into Bilbao (airport is outside town) to check out the Guggenheim museum - from the outside only, closed on Mondays. There was one sculpture outside - "Puppy" - a dog made of flowers. Apparently it has been there since 1992, and the flowers are actually planted, and growing! Got very wet (even with rain jackets and umbrellas as it was also very windy) walking around the outside of the ... read more
Trying to take photos in the wind and the rain
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
"Puppy" - outside Guggenheim

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