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31st May 2015

love the light on the mount
Hi again. Love your images of the mount bathed in light, looks great. It is an amazing place (apart from the cafe) and we loved the aspect of taking a boat there. Would have to dig out my old diaries but I am fairly certain that we walked over the causeway and returned by boat. It is a long time ago, 1992, so the memory is a bit hazy. Wondering if you are heading to Lands End? If so, there is a wonderful open air theatre not far away at Porthcurno called The Minack Theatre. Not long before we went over there I saw an article in a National Geographic about the lady who built it and had to visit to see for myself. It is in a spectacular coastal location and if you are lucky enough there may even be a show on. We were lucky and saw 'The Comedy of Errors' Shakespeare's play. It was quite an experience. The audience brought their picnics along. luckily it was a balmy night. I can still imagine myself sitting on the stone seat, watching the show as the sun set over the water, it was magical. Wherever you go for the final part of your holiday, I hope you both continue to enjoy all of your experiences with no more of those travel frustrations that are all part of the journey. At least they give you some good stories!
31st May 2015

Didn't quite make it as far as Land's End
We have been to Land's End before so didn't venture quite that far on this trip. You have told me about the outdoor theatre and it does sound like it would be beautiful ... English weather permitting!! It sounds like you were very lucky to be there on a balmy English evening. Goodness knows they are rare!! Because of my current obsession with Captain Cook this trip has been about getting to a few places that are connected with James and his voyages of discovery. We have been up to Yorkshire to visit Whitby, Marton-in-Cleveland and Great Ayton. Hopefully later today I will update the blog to include North Yorkshire. Love, Tracey.
30th May 2015
St Michael's Mount

Happy Birthday, Bernie!
I hope you do make it out to St. Michael's Mount, which looks so like my beloved Le Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy; it would be a proper birthday present! How lovely to get a recommendation from your lunch staff that led you over the moors--another b'day present, I suppose. Love the ponies, lambs and postbridge. Happy travels in your new year!
31st May 2015
St Michael's Mount

Mont St Michel is beautiful too!
Hi Tara, thank you for Bernie's birthday wishes. We caught the boat out to St Michael's Mount on the 25th and enjoyed our exploration of the castle and the amazing gardens. I think we visited Mont St Michel before we started blogging on this site. When we return home I'll have to try to remember to find our photos and post a couple here. Bernie's photos of Mont St Michel are pretty good ... even if I say so myself. We got up early and took some amazing early morning photos of the mont reflected in the tidal estuary. I looked up your blog the other day and you don't seem to have posted for a while. Are you still on your epic travels in South America or are you back in California at the moment? Cheers, Tracey.
29th May 2015
Dartmoor foal

Wonderful
Lovely picture, wanna be there riding it.
28th May 2015

that scam has been going on for years
Phil and I became aware of that car rental 'offer of upgrade' scam when every time we declined we found ourselves with the same car being offered without extra cost. Sneaky! Glad to see the weather is so nice. Hope it is like that when we arrive in a couple of weeks. Getting close now and we are really looking forward to it. The plans are all coming together, everything is booked and now I am already focused on packing!
31st May 2015

Enjoy the excitement of packing ...
... while it lasts because soon you will be sick of unpacking and re-packing! Although you have planned longer amounts of time in fewer places so won't have to re-pack too often. This is definitely the last Grand Tour that we do when we visit Europe. When Bernie is also retired we look forward to exploring fewer destinations in a bit more depth rather than the constant go, go, go of trying to pack so many different places into just eight weeks! Only 16 sleeps to go until your own o/s adventure with Jill. Love, Tracey.
27th May 2015

Stonehenge
WOW ~ what a glorious, sunny day on the Salisbury Plains. You have been SO lucky with the weather. I was there September last year {after flying in to the UK on the tail end of a hurricane which drowned London and then followed us north to Scotland for over a week !!!} I didn't get one single photo with clear blue skies!! I guess that just means I'll have to re-visit and hope for good weather. So glad you are having such a good time. Caroline
31st May 2015

The weather can be so fickle
We have certainly been enjoying a pretty good run of weather on this trip. The only really disappointing day that we had through Italy and France was the day that we went to Pisa so we consider ourselves lucky. Even though it is rather cold in England we have had some sun along the way. A bit of blue sky and sunshine is a bonus for holiday photography. I bought a card the other day that featured a 'Photo of the Year'. In a blurb on the back the photographer said that he planned the shot for a year and kept returning until all the elements that he wanted were in place!! It just goes to show that the really great photos don't just happen. Cheers, Tracey.
26th May 2015

almost close encounter
I was surprised to see that our friends Andrea and Greg visited Monet's garden two days after you! How funny if you had crossed paths as fellow aussies. Missed by that much!
26th May 2015
Tulip staircase, Queen's House

The ups and downs of travel
I love architecture and Inigo Jones, and this is a fabulous staircase!, and as a traveler, how thrilling to stand on the Prime Meridian! How fun to let your volunteer work at Cooks' Cottage help direct your exploration in England. Too bad the K1 watch and "The Quest for Longitude" (how delicious) weren't there for your visit, but how lovely that you caught some Cookisms in the Art Gallery. Hope your weather luck holds.
From Blog: Greenwich
26th May 2015

And hello to Greenwich
Sounds like quite the debacle, thank goodness for contingency timing! We tend to do the same given the sort of hurdles presented when travelling. We have had horrible experiences returning hire cars in non english countries at time critical moments, hence our preference to travel by trains and only hire cars for one or two days at various locations. But of course pubic transport can present its own set of problems as you have found. At least in England you will be able to ask and (hopefully) understand the response. I am keenly following your Greenwich experience given Jill and I are staying there in an apartment near Cutty Sark for 12 nights. We are really looking forward to having an extended stay in London. I can still only cope with a small dose of activity in one day so we will be able to take in the sights and experiences in a leisurely manner. So any hints will be welcomed. Scotch College in Melbourne has a library with an amazing collection of australian books and artifacts. I visited one time with the curator who was a friend in Toastmasters, Dick Briggs. He showed us some amazing items including some items from Cooks voyages and also a journal belonging to Matthew Flinders. Added to that some original Gould books with the most amazing bird illustrations and a copy of the original Ned Kelly court transcripts. I am not sure whether it is ever opened to the public but am wondering if people with a special interest in such issues may be given access. Just a thought that it may be worth contacting them on your return in case you are able to visit. Looking forward to further blogs as you continue on your way. Enjoying the armchair ride with you both. love Janet xx
From Blog: Au revoir France
20th May 2015

A-MAY-ZING
A-MAY-ZING photos/places/food/accommodation. What an A-MAY-ZING holiday! It sure pays to spend the time to properly research places before you go o/s. Lucky Traberns. BUT where's Steven???
19th May 2015

You need a 'drone'.
Met a guy on Frankston beach yesterday who was playing with his 'drone'. Turns out he is a professional photographer who also takes aerial photos of properties for real estate agents. His aerial photos of the peninsula were AMAZING. The drone can be operated for up to 3 kms and goes very high to take those amazing photos. Bernie you'll just have to get one BUT I'm not sure you'd be able to take it with you o/s. Great 'boy's toy' - and I could even see myself having lots of fun with it! For instance, instead of 'invading' the vineyard you could have just sent the drone aloft to get the photos for you - no hassle!! But 'sans' drone Bernie you photos are really wonderful; and so sharp. I think you're getting better and better as a photographer every time you go away. Keep up the wonderful photos and dialogue. Caroline
From Blog: Carcassonne
19th May 2015

I love bridges too.
I do love taking bridge shots and most do look amazingly more romantic lit up at night. Great shots thanks to your perseverance. You're doing a great job 'blogging' Tracey. Cheers. Caroline
From Blog: Avignon
19th May 2015

nice wide shot
Love the wide shot, having been there we can appreciate the degree of difficulty in getting so much of the walls in. Well done! Loved this old city. It was a very warm day when we visited so a different experience. I am not at all keen on windy days, must have been tricky walking the wall.
From Blog: Carcassonne
17th May 2015

such patience!
Yes you are both very patient. It is an amazing structure and great walking around that area. To think all those years ago they were able to devise a plan to bring water down the valley to the towns below. Must have been patient work for those people too! Phil took lots of great images there but we didn't persist with various lighting options as you have done. I am not so patient so the iphone is fine for my lesser efforts at photography! I do get some great images at times and the photoediting on the iphone6 plus is pretty good, but nothing to rival your efforts. A joy to the eye! Only a month before Jill and I head off to UK for a 6 week stay. I am mostly organised now apart from a final hotel booking at the end of our hol. We have 2 wks in Greenwich, a few days in Bristol, a short stay around the Cotswolds, Stratford Upon Avon weekend staying with our cousin (does PR for Royal Shakespeare Co), 3 weeks in our Haworth apartment (not Fern House) and a road trip around Yorkshire with our niece and aunties visiting cousins along with a short stay at Bowness on Windermere. I have been wanting to visit Hilltop Farm for years to check out Beatrix Potter's farm and finally am making it happen. So lots of plans for the itinerary and much anticipation of great times with our very special UK family.
From Blog: Avignon
16th May 2015

More Great photos.
Really loved your panorama of Le Théâtre antique - great shot. Very sadly tonight I heard on the news that IS are closing in around the historic Roman city of Palmyra [Eastern Syrian desert]. There is enormous fear in the antiquities world that IS will destroy the ancient ruins [where I enjoyed a sunrise camel tour on my own in 2009]. What can be done to stop this death league? Please stay safe you two. Caroline
From Blog: Arles
16th May 2015

You have had some amazing adventures ...
I am very envious of some of the places that you have seen that are inaccessible to travelers now due to IS. It is so sad that these radicals are robbing the moderate Muslims and the rest of the world of some truly amazing treasures. Thanks for being such an avid follower, it is so lovely to receive messages from home. 💜 T.
From Blog: Arles
16th May 2015

living dangerously
You two really live on the edge, paying the ferryman up front! haha Love the flamingo pics, they look bizarre in flight, almost hard to tell which is the head end from a distance! So beautiful in flocks!
16th May 2015

nostalgic journey
I am enjoying catching up with your blog and drooling over the lovely images too. Some of my favourite parts of the world. Phil and I loved our one week stay in Aix back in 2012 and also a week in Arles so we had plenty of time to explore those superb areas. In fact I could swear some of the photos displayed were ours! I was walking along with you through those streets and past those fountains and structures, imagining it all over again. We stayed in an apartment very close to the city centre with a supermarket one minute away. I loved walking through the narrow old city streets, but also enjoyed the modern aspects of the city too, especially the stunning street sculptures displayed at that time. Sadly travel does have its stressful moments but the enjoyment of new experiences outweighs the frustrations. Unfortunately there are times when it can colour our view of places we have visited over the years! I feel for non english speaking visitors trying to work out how to pay tolls or travel on our public transport system, such a minefield! Keep enjoying the good times! love Janet x
From Blog: Aix-en-Provence
16th May 2015

Your own departure date is getting close ...
are you all prepared for your own trip with Jill? We are about half way through our eight week holiday so that must mean that you and Jill are due to start your own adventure in a little over four weeks time. I bet you are getting excited. I can't remember how long you are going to be away, but guess that you will be o/s until about the end of July?? We won't have seen each other for months and will have so much to catch up on when we do. Love, Tracey.
From Blog: Aix-en-Provence
14th May 2015

Its not a bird
Promise, I will not be offended, what was in your casserole, my guess is goat?
From Blog: Aix-en-Provence
14th May 2015

Il était lapin
Did you study any French in high school? Just in case you didn't ... it was a🐇.
From Blog: Aix-en-Provence
13th May 2015

Aches in Aix??!!
Thank God you didn't eat Stephen! Hope it wasn't Wendy! Now here's a thought - you might be the unwitting stars of the next "Night in the Museum 3" ???? You do get to do some amazing things, even if they are totally unplanned. Ciao. Caroline
From Blog: Aix-en-Provence

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