Jackie

jackieandchris2011

Jackie

We are both retired and as from January 2011 plan to spend as much time as possible travelling anywhere and everywhere, starting on January 8th 2011 with a month in Northern India!
Our previous blog was www.no-melon-no-lemon.blogspot.com



Europe » Portugal » Madeira May 18th 2019

May 6th 2019 – 18thMay 2019 It was a bit of a chaotic start to the holiday as we had Chris’ sister Wendy 70th birthday bash in Oxford on the Saturday. Two nights hotel booked in Swindon, a day sightseeing around Malborough and the bluebells at West Woods, then a drive on the Monday morning to Birmingham in our new car, where we were flying out at 3.30pm. Arrived at our hotel )Dorisol Mimosa) about 7.30pm, quite impressed with the room (903), as it has a kitchenette and a small balcony overlooking the sea and bay at Funchal with the morning sun! Beautiful! Tuesday 7th May 2019 Out by 9.30am and after walking to the seafront and discovering that there wasn’t a Paseo into Funchal, we decided to get the Big Red Bus ticket for the ... read more
Camara de Lobos
Chris inside the Cable Car
Monte

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Alhaurin el Grande February 15th 2019

19th Jan 2019 – 16thFeb 2019 A short hop to Spain to avoid the harsh and grey winter of the UK! We actually travelled on a Saturday and both Bristol and Malaga airports seemed very quiet. Maybe this shows how times have changed and that people now travel on Sunday eve to Friday eve for work leaving the weekends quieter? Who knows!! Anyway, it was very quiet! Usual round of walking and socialising – we have three walks to lead this time so quite a few reccys to be done and we were also helping find a route on someone elses walk so my poor knees have taken a bit of a hammering!! We also went to a dog charity (SOS) and were rewarded with four dogs (two puppies and a Mum and daughter) to walk ... read more
Estepona (5)
Horse Show at La vega
Us at the top of La Bola


Day 15-21 Friday 7th Dec – Thursday 13thDec 2018 Guadeloupe Well, we made it!! Was there ever any doubt!! We were quite surprised crossing the Atlantic Ocean as it was hot and sunny most of the time so we were able to make good use of our balcony. There were a few swells in the middle of the ocean but nothing to get excited about!! The days settled very quickly into breakfast followed by an hours walk around the deck and an hour in the gym, followed by lunch and various interesting lectures in the afternoon, mostly about the Caribbean, music, history, slave trade etc followed by afternoon tea and then dinner at 6.15pm and the show!! We missed the Italian lessons which I was a bit gutted about, but there is only time to do ... read more
At the Restaurant
Pointe des Chateaux, Guadeloupe (1)
Waiting for the Sorbet - Guadeloupe

Europe » Spain » Andalusia December 6th 2018

Day 9 – Saturday 1stDecember 2018 Today we were at Marseille! Watched the sunrise and after breakfast off the ship by 9.30am (lazy start!!) We were, according to the Tourist Info, approx. 8km from the Old Port and we could either walk and then catch a 35T or get the shuttle outside! The shuttle was 10.95 euros each return and it dropped us near the Cathedral, INSIDE the port and was probably only 5kms!! From our dock we could have probably walked for 15 minutes, following the green line, and caught the free shuttle! I don’t know!! Anyway, duly took photos pf the Cathedral, quick peer inside and then walked round the Old Fort and along the Waterfront around the Old Port! It was lovely! The sun was shining, the water was blue, white xmas trees ... read more
View of the Fort, Marseille
Sunset leaving Malaga
Jameous de Agua, Lanzarote

Europe » Italy » Sicily December 3rd 2018

1st Day – Friday 23rdNov 2018 – Not that much happened!! Flew to Venice (40min delay due to fog) and arrived at AirBnB about 8.15pm. Usual stresses about journey but nothing too bad! Learnt that you buy a bus ticket ON the bus from the airport to Corso de Poppola BUT you need to buy a ticket in a Tourist Office for travelling into, and around Venice. Supermarket shopping across the road, then went to a lovely atmospheric bar around the corner for tapas and drinks – Hostaria Vite Rossa. Wonderful little find! (AirBnB Corso del Poppolo 84B) 2nd Day – Saturday 24th November 2018. The best 8 Euros we spent was on a pair of plastic wellingtons!! We had seen some Japanese girls wearing orange ones and thought nothing of it – other than they ... read more
Bari
Chris feeding the seagulls
Costa Deliziosa

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Alhaurin el Grande September 18th 2018

We flew to Spain on the 11th Sept! Boy it was hot!! Hot and humid and unlike I had ever known in Spain! Lots of thunderstorms, for the first week or so, occasionally rumbling around in the mountains - one night we had heavy rain and an amazing overhead storm about midnight - that put paid to any sleep until about 1.30am!! But it was good to see everyone again from our various walking groups, and the walking started off relatively simple and easy because of the heat,. Although when we did a 9km undulating walk, it just about finished us off!!! Had a few walks, eventually finding the waterfall made famous by the 1985 Timotei Shampoo advert, and also a good walk at Refugio and the Torremolinos ... read more
Waterfall used in Timotei advert 1985
Malaga Train Station
Statue of the Fallen Angel

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales August 4th 2018

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm May 9th 2018

Thursday 3rdMay 2018 Well, after a hectic two days in London seeing friends and the musical Chess, we left for Gatwick early on the 3rd May and after the Campervan on the M25, bus, airplane, bus, train, subway and funicular, eventually reached our Airbnb about 7.00pm (Swedish time!) in the rain! We have bought a travelpass, at the Information Point at the airport, for 220Seks each (over 65’s) which is about £21.00 for 7 days unlimited travel on the buses, trains and ferries. Very clear instructions of how to get to the Airbnb, which was just as well as it was quite a complicated journey, made very easy! After a delicious meal of chicken and vegetables cooked by Erika, had a quick walk around the lake for 40mins – nice views! Friday 4th May 2018 It ... read more
The Main Square
Abba. Spot me!!
Drottningholm Palace

Europe » Spain » Andalusia April 20th 2018

We few back from Tenerife to Malaga on 12th February 2018 and sat on the porch and felt warm for the first time in two weeks! I think we had just been very unlucky with the weather in Tenerife – they couldn’t remember it ever being so cold in Tenerife and there was even snow in Morocco!! Did a Valentines walk to see the almond blossom at Tolox with the Field Club, as well as a Senderista walk. With good views of Alora, even though there was a ‘bit?’ of vertigo around the goat track, and the track over the top of the mountain, had been ploughed up, so the track non-existent!!! Had an excellent lunch at Kens of Irish Stew (also helped ourselves to his oranges and lemons!) before completing the walk! My favourite walk ... read more
Top of Teba Gorge
Alora
Working in the orchard

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife February 12th 2018

We were lucky enough to have ten days back in Spain in January before our cruise around the Canary Islands. A few walks, plenty of socialising and a local procession of a trono with an orange tree on the Sunday (we think it was in honour of St Anton but not sure!!) We went a farce at the Theatre in Fuengirola on the Friday evening, and learnt that some friends of ours, Gwen and David, were going on the same cruise as us, AND that they were also using Norwegian Air on the Sunday at 7.15am. After getting up at 4.00am, taking the rental car back, getting through airport security by about 6.00am, the flight was uneventful, other than a view of Mount Teide above the clouds, and we arrived in Tenerife South Airport at about ... read more
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma
Agadir, Morocco




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