Page 6 of Mumtraveller Travel Blog Posts

Hello all I thought I better finish the blog about my trip to Spain before I set off on my next one!! So it was a great drive down to the Costa del Sol from Alicante – even better that Terry was driving – thanks, Tel, it’s great for me to have a break from driving myself. The roads are fabulous and at that time of year there wasn’t much traffic. We passed through a range of landscapes – snow capped Sierras, villages with troglodyte cave houses, mountainsides covered in endless olive groves, orange and lemon trees and near Granada there were acres of tree plantations – not sure what they were – birch or aspen but obviously planted as a crop. And then there was “spaghetti western” country but no sighting of Clint Eastwood in ... read more
Calahonda Apt Pool
La Cala (1)
La Cala (3)

Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Alicante March 19th 2012

Dear all I have actually been back home a few days but didn't get a chance to do my blog on the latest trip away- so it's retrospective - but I know everyone likes to see my photos and know what I have been up to- so here it comes..... Many people fly into Alicante’s new airport and then whizz off to the coastal resorts like nearby Benidorm and Torevieja…. But visiting my lovely cousin, Marilyn, and her husband,Terry, they pick me up and whizz me inland across the mountains to the valley where they live between two villages Frailes and Hondon de las Nieves. Almonds blossoms were out and vines are cut right back to stumps, orange and lemon trees are laden with fruits and we pass many olive trees some ancient and some newly ... read more
Around Hondon de las Nieves (3)
Walk with Hashers (2)
Walk with Hashers (4)

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 30th 2012

You know you are still in Dubai when the call to prayer from the local mosque wakes you about 5 am!! It’s hard to believe I am almost all packed and leaving warm and sunny Dubai behind this afternoon.. I have certainly made the most of the time here – out and about visiting our “old” haunts, discovering the new Dubai and seeing friends. I have travelled about on the new Metro system and busses which has been great- if a bit crowded at times- there is a Gold Class Card you can get but I had the Silver one so was in with the crowds although you can go in the “ladies” only carriage but that is also crowded – so it means standing quite a lot of the journeys. On busses again you use ... read more

Middle East » Oman » Muscat January 21st 2012

At last I have found a coffee shop which does wif fi - I am back in Dubai but here goes with the report on my last couple of days in Oman ... it's a bit long but you will see why.... After the visit to the fort I was off again – driving myself from Muscat through the mountains to the coast at Sur and then on to the turtle reserve at Ras al Jinz. This was a journey of about 250 km and well done Oman for such brilliant roads. The geology of the country here is fantastic with a a huge range of different rock types and ages from ancient to relatively recent in geological terms. So what a lot of dynamite must have gone into blasting the way through these mountains to ... read more
Coast Road from Sur
Coast Road from Sur (1)
Coast Road from Sur (2)

Middle East » Oman » Muscat » Muttrah January 19th 2012

What a lot you can do in 4 days here in Oman. And many thanks to Tamsin and her family I have been most warmly welcomed here from a pickup at the airport to a comfy bed in their lovely villa, swimming in their pool and delicious food. They've been my tour guides and even gave me a car to drive. What it is to have such generous warmhearted friends. In between lazing around in the garden and swimming in my first 2 days there has been a visit to the Souq, Muttrah old town and harbour , lunch at the Marina overlooked by the British Ambassador's residence and then a visit to one of Oman's many forts. The souq is fabulous with such a range of goodies-from giant pans (imagine them full of rice and ... read more
Day 1 at the Souq, Muttrah (1)
Day 1 at the Souq, Muttrah (2)
Day 1 at the Souq, Muttrah (7)

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 19th 2012

Just over a week ago I left the chill of Sussex behind and flew to Dubai and am staying with my good friend, Lesley. (Sorry that Lars and Lillemor couldn't join us as was the original plan). For those of you who don’t know I was teaching in Dubai for 6 years and we left in 2004. The last visit was in 2006 just after Michael died – so I knew there would be many changes. But the scale of change in that time is staggering-- mile upon mile of construction of fabulous skyscrapers, roads, shopping malls, leisure and housing developments….and to top it all the tallest building in the world Burj Khalifa. Then at ground level there is a new public transport system something I never contemplated for Dubai – two metro lines run across ... read more
Beeny ready to go in the new rucsac.
Old fort at the Creek
Heritage Housesat Creek.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Ambleside January 8th 2012

Photos of Xmas week with Richard, Catherine and Suzanne. XXX... read more
Xmas in Lakes
Langdale Valley
Styckle Ghyll

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Lake District January 8th 2012

Happy New Year and January marches on so I better get up to date before I start my travels for 2012. In early December I set off for the North of England ( with a flasks of hot tea, blankets, shovel and bag of ashes in the boot in case of a repeat of last year’s weather- fortunately I didn’t need them). On the way I picked up Marilyn and Terry who had left behind their home in sunny warm Spain for the family pre-Xmas visit. I think they like being here for a winter visit to remind them of why they left!! We spent that week in the Lake District at Chapel Stile in the Langdale Valley- this is a timeshare apartment I have. We were lucky to have cold frosty days and snow on ... read more
Our  apartment at Chapel Stile
Chapel Stile (1)

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Tyne & Wear » Newcastle Upon Tyne October 30th 2011

I hope 2 blogs in one day is not too much to cope with- but I must catch up as I am now back at home after a week up north. When I say "Up North" I am always reminded of a children's book I used to read, Stanley Bagshawe, where he lived with his granma " up north where it's boring and slow"- and so the phrase always comes into my mind and I laugh because now it is anything but "boring and slow". My old home town Gateshead reaches out across the River Tyne and the regeneration along the riverbanks is quite a tourist attraction these days. Behold culture - The Sage for music, The Baltic for art, the newly refurbished Theatre Royal , magnificent stone facades of Grey Street and the Grey's Monument, ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Donegal October 24th 2011

Hello folks another update as I have been travelling again. If you remember last year this time I was in Australia - and swapped my house with the lovely Susan and Geoff in Port Maquarie, NSW - well here I am in Ireland with them as they have swapped with an Irish family who are now in Port - hope thats not too confusing - and while I am here another family from California are staying in my house!!! The world is your oyster with home exchange. This is my first time in Ireland so I am very happy to have the opportunity to stay here and meet up again with S+G in Muff, Co.Donegal just over the border with Derry. And to top it all I managed to get £6 flights with Ryanair -hard to ... read more
Susan at St Aidans Well
Surpise Chalk Cliffs

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