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Europe » Ireland August 19th 2017

On Wednesday, we took our time leaving the hotel as we had to pick up our car at 11am. We got a taxi to the Avis depot and there we acquired our black Astra . After programming the GPS we headed north for the coast. We had a few twists and turns following the Sat Nav’s lady’s instructions but eventually arrived at the seaside town of Howth which is still in the outer Dublin suburbs. This is a busy fishing port so we parked and walked along the Marina. It was very overcast and windy, more like our winter than a summer’s day. We did find Beshoff’s market restaurant where we had a delicious seafood platter for two. This was fresh and scrumptious and was quickly devoured. We headed along the coast, stopping briefly at Portmarnock ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 16th 2017

Our last day in London was a quiet one. We spent the morning getting packed and updating blogs etc.We walked next door to Brown's for lunch. For once the sun was out and we sat outside. As it was a Sunday there were several families also enjoying the sunshine and the food. for lunch. I chose a fish pie while Fletcher thoroughly enjoyed his lemon sole. The fish pie was excellent and went well with the Gavi de Gavi pinot grigio. Kevin Gosper was also dining nearby and stopped by for a chat. We chatted to two couples next to us . Both had small girls who were very cute. After a pleasant couple of hours in the sunshine we returned to the hotel and watched the 20km walk on the TV.. At the track I ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 13th 2017

What an exciting and busy few days have we had!! With the athletics events on every night and catching up with people during each day we have hardly stopped. Again I will try and sum up what has happened in each sphere. Firstly the Athletics. These Championships have produced some outstanding results and unexpected happenings. Some highlights for me have been the Australian performances. Kurtis Marschall, at only 20 years of age, placed 7th in the Pole Vault final. This competition was fascinating with several athletes passing to gain advantage and the American Sam Hendricks eventually the winner. Brooke Stratton, in the women's long jump final, jumped very consistently and was 6th in the world! And the final high spot came last night when Sally Pearson, coming back from breaking her wrist very badly, won gold ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 9th 2017

Our time in London has been so busy I have hardly had time to stop and think, let alone write this blog. So today I am attempting to sum up what has happened over the past four days or so. Firstly the Championships. These have been action packed with several highlights every night. The crowds here are amazing with sold out sessions even in the mornings. They are knowledgeable as well and great supporters of the British athletes. The presentation has been excellent too. Hero the hedgehog arrives at the start of the night and "warms up" the crowd with his keep fit routine and the beginning of every final is literally heralded by a fanfare of trumpets coming from a group of soldiers. The last two nights it has been the Scots Guards in their ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 5th 2017

On Thursday, Fletcher left for the Congress at 8-30am. I had a quiet day. I ventured out and walked across the footbridge and down to the Thames at Canary Wharf. It was overcast and extremely windy but I strolled along the banks, watching the various boats and ships travelling the water. I stopped for lunch at Zizzi's, an Italian restaurant with a view of the river activities. Very nice pasta and gelati. Then it was back to the hotel. Fletcher returned about 6-20pm after a long day of meetings and we went down to the bar for a pre dinner drink. We met up with John Coates who stopped for a chat and then Gunther and Marco De Rosa who works for Dartfish which has developed video performance analysis software. He is Swiss and was very ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Canary Wharf August 3rd 2017

We said our goodbyes to Roger and Judy and set out for London about 9-30am Judy had said to go straight up the A3 and then onto the M25 and we would be at Heathrow. We programmed the GPS and off we went. Because I had entered the "shortest" way into the Sat Nav the lady took us off the A3 and onto the A320. Though this is more scenic and probably cuts a corner or two, it proved to be not a good idea. We were held up at a roundabout where there were roadworks in progress and spent about 15 minutes in a queue before getting through. However, we finally made it and after getting petrol we dropped the car off at the Car Rental depot and rode their shuttle bus to Terminal 5. ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England July 31st 2017

Waking with some glorious sunshine we had a leisurely breakfast with much chat and friendly banter. We set out about 10-30 to execute Judy's plan for the day. We drove first to Chawton. This was the home of Jane Austen for several years before her death and I could not resist visiting. As we arrived there were many ladies and gentlemen , all dressed in Regency style costumes, assembled on the lawn outside the house. Judy discovered that they were from the Hampshire Regency Dance Group and were staying in Chawton for the weekend to explore all things, Austen. While Judy and Roger went for a stroll, Fletcher and I paid the entrance fee and went on to see where Jane had lived and written. The house itself is quite small and they have furnished it ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England July 30th 2017

We left the motel about 10am and after scoffing a Subway bacon and egg roll we headed east, our destination, the town of Battle. Fletcher has wanted to visit the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 for a while now so this was our chance. It was cloudy but fine as we drove along the A27 and there was not too much traffic.We followed the GPS instructions but decided to take a side excursiion as a pamphlet I had picked up in the foyer described Herstmonceaux Castle as being of interest. It certainly proved to be.This beautiful moated castle was built in 1441 by Sir Roger Fiennes, ancestor of Raph Fiennes. In 1946 it was bought by the Royal Greenwich Observatory and used as their headquarters. Next to it is now a Science Centre ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom July 28th 2017

On Tuesday night we walked with Steve and Sue round the corner to the local pub, the Rose and Crown. It was Quiz night and as we had met through the quiz on the ship we had to get the team partly back together. We had dinner there and then managed to come equal last. The questions were pretty UK based but what did it for us was that there were only 20 general knowledge questions and then 20 identify photos and then a music round and a TV round. Not our strong points!! After the quiz there was a card game where Ace was high and you had to get through all the cards on the board by calling higher or lower. Our ticket was pulled out to go first and the card turned around ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Worcestershire » Worcester July 25th 2017

Yesterday, Monday, we set out for the market town of Worcester. We have had lazy mornings so did not get on the road until about 10-30am. It was an overcast day, coolish but no rain. After a 15 minute drive, we parked the car on the outskirts of Worcester by the Worcester-Birmingham canal and then strolled along the canal to the centre of the city.I love the canals with their narrow boats and bird life and the leisurely felling they evoke. Steve lead us to the Commandeery, a museum of the Civil War. Worcester was the site of a major battle during this time and Charles 1 was supposed to have left a large amount of silver here when he was forced to flee. Unfortunately, the Museum was closed as it was a Monday. We continued ... read more
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