Paula & Mike

PJandMike

Paula & Mike

We are oldies who love travelling in 2012 we travelled around the world after Mike taking early retirement and I took voluntary redundancy. As mentioned earlier we love travelling and have just come back from Japan. With all our travelling and staying in different accommodation we have put this to good use by purchasing a Grade 2 listed cottage and completely renovating it. The cottage is in the Forest of Bowland and we are renting it out as a holiday cottage www.bowlandcottage.com. Why not check us out?



Europe » Russia » Northwest » Saint Petersburg August 7th 2018

So for our last night in Moscow I thought we would go further afield and into the suburbs of Moscow. I looked up on the internet and found a really nice little place called One Teaspoon. I got all the directions how to get there from the metro and even pin pointed where the place was on the map. Did everything go to plan - hell no! Did we find it hell no! I think I need some orienteering lessons or some new glasses as I honestly thought we were in the right place but could we find it NO. So what did we do but stop for a drink or two before returning to the area we knew very well Red Square, for a little bite to eat and more drinks. Anyway, as you know, ... read more
Hermitage Saint Petersburg

Europe » Russia » Northwest » Moscow August 6th 2018

So my birthday did not finish as expected, President Putin did not send a undercover agent to pick me up for a meal in the Kremlin - I am sure it was because a major event was happening and he just could not spare the time in his busy top secret world. Anyway we decided to go to Gorky Park which to be honest was a BIG mistake I really did not want a birthday meal of eating a pizza or burger in a take-away (yes you guessed it Mike forgot to book a restaurant). Anyway we decided that we would walk back to the district named as Red October - yes that's correct Red October and no Sean Connery was not there waiting to wine and dine me for my birthday either (things are going ... read more
Kitai-Gorod Station
Dorogomilovo Station

Europe » Russia » Northwest » Moscow August 5th 2018

So yesterday we saw so many things and were so blown away. Last night we went on a river boat. Now to give you some context whenever we go to a city and it has a river we always and really always take a river boat to see the sights and gain further information about the city we are staying in. Well all I can say is a Moscow river cruise is not like another river cruise I have ever and I mean ever taken before. We board the boat just like we always do. We go up top as you do and then all we hear is Sting, Rag and Bone Man etc any commentary on what we are passing i.e. the Kremlin NO just music - big lesson make sure any trip you make ... read more
Russian breakfast including caviar
Peter the Great

Europe » Russia » Northwest » Moscow August 4th 2018

So it's day 2 in Moscow and we have a private tour booked - why are you having a private tour I can hear you ask! Well if you have ever been on a tour with me you will know the one person who asks so many questions and you are thinking not again!! Well that's me so that is why we have a private tour just to save everyone else the misery of another question. Before this we have booked breakfast in the hotel which is a novelty for us as I normally say no way let's eat like the locals. Anyway would you believe the breakfast room is situated around a fountain and that is not the best bit whilst eating your breakfast from an around the world buffet who walks out but a ... read more
Bolshoi Theatre
St Basil Cathedral
Stalin

Europe » Russia » Northwest » Moscow August 3rd 2018

Well our Russia trip started with successfully getting our visas. This was no mean feat but could have been a lot easier if we knew the information we needed before we started to fill in the visa form. So all you travel agencies out there why not give people who are booking a flight a fact sheet it would make our lives a lot easier. So we arrive in Moscow airport and it is a bit intimidating as you are herded into lines and you are not sure you should be in that line but we were so no bother there. The immigration is a bit daunting as your passport is really scrutinised which I have never seen before. Once through immigration everything goes swimmingly. We meet our guide who takes us to the train and ... read more
A stranger in Moscow

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire September 10th 2017

So you are probably thinking, why oh why have they renamed the trip. Well if you read day 1 of the blog you will understand and if you haven't you need to. To be honest it was Gill’s idea and it really was apt, so the road trip is now Adventure before Dementia. Remember day 2 started in Brian & Gill’s hotel car park. You can just imagine the hotel residents waking up to see 3 bleeding great big motor homes outside their windows. They were probably thinking the gipsy’s have arrived! in Grasmere! So in true camping style Gill arranges the kitchen of the hotel to make us bacon butties - nothing like slumming it on our road trip. The man from the garage comes to fix Chris and Katie’s motor home so now the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Alnwick July 17th 2015

Camping adventure continues in the North East I have added the photos of the puffins which I could not do yesterday - don’t they look cute - you want to take them home. We wake up and decide that we are going to go to Lindisfarne so after a bacon butty made by the fair hands of Mike (told you he is doing all the cooking), we jump in the car and off we go. As we did not look at the tides it could have been a wasted trip but we were really lucky and the tide was out. So we drive over the causeway and park up. I thought I had taken Mike here before and kept telling him he has been here before but it appears last time we were not as lucky ... read more
More puffins
Priory at Lindisfarne

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Seahouses July 16th 2015

Camping in the North East So we set off with the Range Rover fully loaded after having a couple of days looking after Scuzzie the springer spaniel. So after dropping off Scuzzie we are off and no I am not singing “we’re off, we’re off, we’re off in a motor car, 360 miles to go and we don’t know where we are”. However keep that song in mind you never know as I decide that the SAT NAV is not required the girl guide in me will take over so map in hand and here I go. It is the Yorkshire Show so I am trying to avoid Harrogate like the plague which is a bit difficult as it is on the way. However, the dib, dib, dib in me (girl guide - talk, just in ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hokkaido June 22nd 2015

So we had another day in Tokyo just going around looking at amazing things. Yesterday we went to Matsushima. Matsushima was hit hard in 2011 by the earthquake and tsunami. The town is now nearly back to what it was prior to the tsunami. We had to get there by the bullet train via Tokyo to Sendai and then a local train to Matsushima - so we can honestly now say that after over 2 weeks in Japan we are train aficionados .Anything you need to know about Japanese trains please tweet/email me and I will be able to answer your questions, ha ha. We decide that we are going to take a boat ride around the harbour of Matsushima to see the 100 islands - it is not a good day from the weather perspective ... read more
Bullet trains joining

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Chuo June 19th 2015

So we were up quite early this morning to catch the train from Kyoto back to Tokyo. British Rail needs to look at the Japanese train system as I know it could learn a lot from it. The train was brilliant once again and gave me time to finish the book I have been reading called Still Alice by the author Lisa Genova. If you only read one book a year, this is the book for you, it is one of the stories that you want to stand up and tell a train full of strangers YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. Ok so rant and rave over now and on with the blog. We arrive in Tokyo and find the hotel really easily - see we are turning Japanese (I told you so in an ... read more
Shibuya Area
How fab is Tokyo!!!!!!!




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