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!
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík June 29th 2021

22nd June 2021 – 29thJune 2021 Well it was certainly a rollercoaster to get here!! First of all we booked a trip to IceIand 22nd – 29th June , but then the hospital phoned up and I was going to have a replacement knee on 23rd June, so the trip was cancelled. After being in the hospital on the 16th June as a standby patient, having various tests etc I was eventually declined because of a graze on my knee! The surgeon wasn’t keen to do it on the 23rd June due to the fact I was going to a wedding on the 2nd July so it was decided he would see me in 4 weeks time for a pre-assessment!! So the first thing we did was re-book Iceland!! Iceland is a ‘green’ country so no ... read more
On the aeroplane!!
Kleifarvvatn Lake . No 42 Road
Gerouberg, West Iceland

Europe » Channel Islands » Jersey September 11th 2020

Well, whose bright idea was it to go to Jersey!! At first we assumed that Jersey was part of UK……only to discover slowly and painfully that Jersey is a British Crown Dependency and it wouldn’t be possible to have a day trip to Guernsey or Sark as we would have to isolate there for 14 days. Guernsey and its bailiwick ( includes Sark, Alderney and Herm!!) are COVID free so I don’t blame them for not welcoming visitors. We also learnt that as we are coming from a ‘Green’ area, we wouldn’t need to self isolate in Jersey, BUT ( and things change hourly!!) if we were coming from an ‘Amber’ area then we would need to self isolate for 5 days!! Then we learnt that we would also need a COVID-19 test on arrival and ... read more
Jersey lilies
Gorey Harbour at night
Bouley Bay

South America » Chile » Santiago Region March 2nd 2020

Saturday 22nd February 2020 Another sea day and we didn’t get to Magellan Straights until mid afternoon. Bitterly cold wind, even though the sun was out - it was Chile!! Lol. The straights narrow to a gap about a mile wide which we reached about 7.30pm – we saw a few Comison dolphins but otherwise very quiet! Sea wise!! Sunday 23rd February 2020 I hope the penguins appreciated the effort (and cost – $310!!) to see them!! I somehow doubt it!! Up at 6.00 am to meet in the Theatre for our Cunard trip at 7.45am. Onto the tender, then onto the coach and along to our transport to Magdelena Island that was declared a national monument in 1982 and had a pinguinera (penguin colony!!) Transport left a lot to be desired!! It was an old ... read more
Our Ferry Boat
Sei Whale on Magellan Straights
Bad selfie with Amalia Glacier

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires February 23rd 2020

Friday 14thFebruary 2020 Chris had planned a couple of walking tours, but after yesterday’s walking tour failure and as Buenos Aires is such a large sprawling City, we decided to buy a 48hr hop on, hop off bus ticket (@ 45 US $ pp). Left the ship just after 8.00am and caught the shuttle to the Port Gates, got our tickets for the Big Bus and then had to wait 10 mins to get a yellow bus company shuttle bus to the Bus Stop for the yellow HOHO bus. All seemed very complicated!! Caught the bus at red stop 14 and were treated to some of the sights of Buenos Aires! It is full of trees, statues, churches, clock towers, fountains, parks and gardens as well as old grand French and Italian style palaces and buildings ... read more
La Boca stadium
Eva Peron tombstone

South America » Uruguay » District of Montevideo February 14th 2020

Thursday 13thFebruary 2020 Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. It is situated on the Rio de la Plata and was founded in 1726 by a Spanish soldier – Bruno Mauricio de Zabala and claimed Independence in 1830. It seems very flat apart from a 450ft knoll with an old fort on top, now a military museum and gained its name Montevideo when a Portuguese sailor called out on first sighting - ‘Monte vejo eu’ (I see a mountain!!’) Docked in Montevideo, Uruguay at 08.00am and off the ship by 8.30am! Walked up through the town, with its tree lined streets, lots of flowers about and some beautiful squares with flowering trees. Apparently, Uraguayans have a lot of civic pride and the streets are well tended and maintained and the parks are landscaped, making ... read more
UIs in Independence Square
Our walking tour
Plaza Zabala (2)

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro February 10th 2020

Saturday 8th February & Sunday 9th February 2020 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil It was a good idea to get an extra day in Rio and after a fairly bumpy 11 ½ hour flight we ended up at the airport 20.30pm ( Brazil time which is 3hrs behind UK time!). It’s a good job we didn’t leave it until the Sunday as UK was hit by Storm Ciara, loads of BA flights were cancelled and the storm made headline news!! A smooth transfer to the Hilton Hotel, Copacabana Beach, (1 hr 20mins) a quick pack of the day bag for tomorrow and a look at the Roof Top Bar with its infinity pool and views of the beach and Christ the Redeemer ( that actually looks very small!) and that was us done. Five hours sleep and ... read more
Me and Him at Christ the Redeemer
SAeleron Steps
Sugar Loaf Mountain

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Alhaurin el Grande January 31st 2020

Our trips to Spain are getting shorter!! This trip was only Sunday 5th Jan – Friday 31stJan and we had planned to re-paint the whole house as the weather isn’t usually that warm and there is more cloud in January!! We also hoped to catch the Three Kings Fiesta on the 6th Day but arrived late on the Sunday evening to catch the last of the Processions and to learn that the fiesta is 4th and 5th with the 6th Being a National Holiday! This caused us a few problems as there were no food shops open on the Monday, after we arrived!! However, despite the weather being warm and sunny, with blue skies, we made a good start on the painting, painting in the mornings with well earnt lunches or siestas in the afternoon, as ... read more
Kens cookery course
San Anton at Mijas (2)
Driving out of the Storm

Europe » Austria » Vienna December 13th 2019

Vienna Sunday 8th December 2019 – Friday 13th December 2019 Waltzing Vienna!! A few days away to celebrate Chris’ 73rd birthday! We had a lunchtime flight so quite a leisurely day arriving at the hotel about 4.00pm. No problems at all, an easy journey from the airport to the OPP Wien Hauptbahnhof (Central Vienna Station) and a five minute walk to our Hotel (Hotel Prinz Eugen) Apart from having a little local wander and a local gluhwien we had a relaxing evening, getting ready to explore Vienna tomorrow. Monday 9th December 2019 After a good breakfast we set off 9.30ish and caught the Blue Line on the Big Red Bus, past Belvedere Palace to Hofburg, the Winter Palace, the last royals that lived there - Franz Joseph and Elizabeth (also known as Sissi). It was enormous ... read more
Jewish Monument
Hotel Sacher
Spanish Riding School

Europe » Spain » Andalusia November 12th 2019

29th Sept 2019 – 26th Oct 2019 There was a flash flood in Alhaurin two weeks before we arrived, with cars being washed down the streets, so it was with some trepidation, when we arrived. The neighbours told us before we even entered the house, that the water in our road had reached half-way up the cars and there were lots of ‘granizo’ (New word for me and we learnt later it meant hailstones!!) After eventually opening the door (it was slightly stuck) we were pleasantly surprised that there was no water, even though on closer inspection the next morning we realised that there had been about an inch of water on the floor, leaving behind a thin layer of fine Saharan dust! Fortunately, there was no smell at all! The only damage we had was ... read more
The holes created by hailstones!
me in 'jail'
The walking Hoiliday

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca November 10th 2019

It seemed to take all day to get to Mallorca even though it’s a 1 ½ hr flight!! I don’t think it helped that the 13.05 flight didn’t take off until 14.40pm after a lot of gate changing! Managed quite easily to find the No 1 bus that takes you to Plaza Espanol in Palma, where we changed bus and caught the No 7 bus to Yolanda’s air bnb. Dinner at local restaurant before bed!! Sunday 27th October 2019 A full-on day sight-seeing in Palma – first of all we caught the No 7 bus back to the outskirts of the Old Town and whiled away a few hours just wandering the narrow old back streets, adorned with glass balconies, numerous squares and churches, Plaza Major, arab baths etc until we came out on the old ... read more
Palma Cathedral
Catching the train to Soller
Puerta de Soller

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