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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London January 14th 2017

Ever since my arrival Florence has talked about going to the museum to see the dinosaur bones, so today we're doing just that. Of course, the museum in question isn't in Weston Super Mare, or Bristol even, let's head straight to the top - to the Natural History Museum in London. Now, anyone who's done a long day trip with small children knows just what an ambitious plan this can be. The amount of paraphernalia required to meet the needs of two small people can be mind boggling to the uninitiated. Florence's main concern was ensuring her packed lunch wasn't left behind. It was a two hour drive to the outskirts of London. The plan was to leave the car at Hillingdon Station and catch the train into South Kensington Station, the closest one to the ... read more
The Earth Sculpture
Animated T Rex Display
The Underground

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff January 10th 2017

It's 9 degrees and overcast when Ben dropped me at Worle Station just before 7.45am this morning. Today I'm heading to Cardiff in Wales to catch up with a friend. Only an hour and 40 minutes away by train, via Bristol, it's an easy trip with a return fare of £23 ($38). A section of this trip is through the Severn Tunnel which runs under the estuary of the River Severn. Completed in 1886, it was the longest under water tunnel in the world until 1987. On average, around 50 million litres of fresh spring water are pumped from the tunnel and released into the River Severn every day. My friend Annie and I first met in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in 2013 when we were both working as volunteers with English charity Globalteer. We were working ... read more
Old Church with Grave Stones
Approaching The Castle
The Beach From Above

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset January 8th 2017

Over the past few days I have spent some time in Bristol, visiting particular areas of the city, wandering around snapping photos of landmarks and browsing in some lovely shops. An enjoyable way to pass the hours, especially if the day is broken up with a good lunch. Unfortunately the weather isn't always as I'd like it to be, I rug up well against the cold but when the rain starts and the day turns dismal, it's time to head home. No visit to Bristol would be complete without walking across the Clifton suspension bridge, which I did early Friday morning. The bridge spans the Avon Gorge and River Avon, linking Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. A competition was launched in 1829, with the hope of finding someone to design the bridge. But it ... read more
Stokes Croft
Banksy - Paint Pot Angel
Banksy - The Queen as Ziggy Stardust

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Glastonbury January 5th 2017

Despite the mercury still hovering around freezing at 10am, it was bright and sunny outside, so we went ahead with our plans for the day - a visit to Glastonbury and The Tor. Situated about 40klm south of Bristol, it makes for an easy day trip. Glastonbury is best known for The Glastonbury Festival, a music festival held annually since 1970. With an entrance fee of just £1 back then, Glastonbury 1970 was held the day after Jimi Hendrix died. Around 1500 people attended, and it was headlined by T Rex, stepping in for the Kinks who failed to show up. Tickets for last year's festival sold for £228 each ($385) and the five day 2017 festival, to be held in June, has already sold out. Glastonbury is reputed to have had the oldest Christian Church ... read more
Glastonbury Street Scene
Street Scene
Street Scene

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset January 4th 2017

As my flight prepared for landing at Heathrow Airport in London, the pilot's announcement rang through the cabin - 'one degree and foggy outside with visibility of 400 metres'. Welcome to winter in England! Long haul flights can be trying and I was feeling sleep deprived and headachy by the time I passed through immigration and made my way through the airport, following the signs to the bus station. My journey wasn't quite over, I had a two hour bus trip from London to Bristol yet. I was pleased to be able to change my booked ticket (an extra £8) for an earlier service once I'd found the National Express desk, and was able to hop on a coach leaving in five minutes. Bonus! How wonderful it was to see my daughter Petra, her husband Ben, ... read more
The Royal Cresent
The Royal Cresent
The Circus

Asia » Singapore April 17th 2015

The bus from Melaka pulled into the Queen Street Bus Terminal in Singapore 4 hours after departure, and right on time. There is a motorway between KL and Singapore, with regular toll booth stops, so the trip was a breeze, in another comfortable bus. I had no Singapore dollars on me, and I was hoping there would be an exchange booth at the bus terminal, but no such luck. So, I was directed to a shop across the street where I was able to exchange the last of my Malaysian ringgits for Singapore dollars. Bugis MRT station was 300 meters away, so the idea of getting a taxi to my accommodation was scrapped, I would take the train instead. Once again I’m staying at the Wink Hostel in Chinatown. The price has risen in the 2 ... read more
Looking up one of the super trees
Marina Bay Sands

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka April 11th 2015

My Melaka bus left from KL's new intergrated transport terminal, Bersepadu Selatan, situated 30 minutes south of the city centre. It's connected to Bandar Tasik Selatan LRT station via a covered walkway, and was only three stops from the closest station to my accomodation. So it made perfect sense to me to use the train to get there, which I did. The trip to Melaka passed quickly in another comfortable coach. Two hours later I stepped out at the Bus Terminal and caught a taxi to my accomodation for the next 2 nights, Heeren House. This guesthouse is situated in the heart of the Old Town, in Heeren Street, a street of traditional shophouses beside the Melaka River. Melaka is the capital of the state of Malacca and is conveniently situated on the west coast of ... read more
Lovely Building Facade
Melaka Street Scene
Melaka Street Art

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur April 9th 2015

Thank goodness I hadn't booked myself onto an early bus to Kuala Lumpur, as I was still shaky and not well when I boarded at 10.00am the next morning. Sitting in the bus terminal under Komtar, breathing in fumes and the lingering smell of cooked food from the eateries, certainly didn't help. The coach had big, reclining, armchair style seats, three per row, and I fell into mine with a sigh of relief. I took off my shoes, pulled my small pillow from my backpack and dozed the next seven hours away. The bus pulled into Puduraya Terminal in central KL around 5.00pm, and I was greeted by a huge clap of thunder and a few spots of rain as I left the terminal, in search of a taxi. I knew my accomodation was within walking ... read more
Batu Cave Monkey
I Love KL
Queen Victoria Fountain

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town April 3rd 2015

After chilling out in Vientiane for a week longer than I really needed to be there, it's time to move on. It's been a very laid back week, I've read three books, caught up on some naps and hibernated in my air conditioned room as the temperature outside rose to 40 degrees some days. I ventured out for breakfast, and again late afternoon, to mooch around the markets, walk along the riverfront and enjoy dinner and drinks in a different restaurant each night. I didn't feel the need to fill every day with activity, travel can be hard work! So, now I'm looking forward to flying to Georgetown in Malaysia and getting the most out of what's left of my time away. My Air Asia flight left Vientiane on time at 9.45am, and landed in Kuala ... read more
Blue Mansion
Kungfu Girl Street Art
More Street Art

Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane March 22nd 2015

My pick up for the bus trip to Vientiane was earlier than expected, around 7.30am. Thankfully I was ready and at reception when he arrived with an electric people mover, definately a first. The bus to Vientiane was a full sized coach and I claimed a seat in the back corner with plenty of leg room and the only window that opened, I later discovered. Many of the locals suffered from motion sickness on this trip. Sick bags were handed out before we left and my big packet of wet ones was passed around as people needed them. I thought there was a new road between Phonsavan and Vientiane, but we certainly didn't travel it. Some of the road through the mountains was gravel and I held my breath more than once as the huge bus ... read more
Patuxai's View
Pha That Luang Stupa
Lovely buddha image outside Wat That Luang Tai

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