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 » France » Auvergne » Clermont-Ferrand September 14th 2022

France & Spain Sept – Dec 2022 Wednesday 14th September 2022 We are off!! At last!! We had decided to drive to Spain a) because Chris wanted to see his brother in Chassignolles, France b) his cousin Lynn was in Montpellier and c) hire cars have suddenly gone ridiculously expensive in Spain! We left early so that we had chance to visit another of his brothers in Lewes and duly arrived at the ferry port, Newhaven. Uneventful crossing – it was just so nice being back on a ferry! Watched the sunset over the sea just before we docked at Dieppe where we drove to Ibis Budget Hotel (secure parking with hotel if booked 10 Euros) 124611 -124808 197miles Thursday 15th September 2022 Left hotel and had uneventful drive to Bonneval where we parked up outside ... read more
The Loire at Beaugency

Europe » United Kingdom May 21st 2022

Wednesday 11thMay 2022 . To blog or not to blog! We were off to Scotland via a wedding at Wyresdale Park at Scorton, near Lancaster and then an Air B&B for a few days at Bassenthwaite in the Lake District with Chris’ siblings! The wedding was brilliant, and our time in the AirB&B was good as well, with various meals out and walks but we left at10.00am on Wednesday 11th May to go to the Scottish Borders via Silloth, a lovely old Victorian seaside place. It was another wild day as we crossed the Border on the A7, with showers, cloud but lots of sun! Our first stop was 16th Century Gilnockie Tower and the Armstrong Clan. Drove along a small road and at first didn’t see the tower as it was quite small! Went into ... read more
Jedburgh Abbey
The square at Kelso
Floor Castle

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam April 30th 2022

Monday 25th April – Friday 29th April 2022 Easy Jet Holidays A short hop to Amsterdam to mainly see the tulips as we had both been to Amsterdam before but many, many years ago! Bus, train, bus for our flight at 4.35pm. Uneventful flight, other than being 45 mins late leaving and hanging around on then runway at Schiphol Airport for 30 mins also. Couldn’t find Information Office for bus tickets and our bus number had changed from No 69 to No 369, that was also confusing. Anyway, a friendly train info man helped us out, we paid for single tickets on the bus by card and after finding the correct bus stop at the Airport, and finding the correct bus stop to get off at ( 4 minute walk to the hotel!) we ended up ... read more
Me & Him at Keukenhof (1)
Kings Day
Volendam 2

Europe » Spain » Andalusia February 22nd 2022

21st January 2022 - 21st February 2022 Well – it’s good to be back in Spain at last!! Due to Covid it’s been nearly two years since we had been here, so, because of my knee replacement Oct 21, I had a cleaner to clean the house before we arrived! It’s just so lovely to see the oranges on the trees, bougainvillea, the almond blossom and lots of spring flowers! You don’t realise how much you miss all the colour! Caught up with all the neighbours as well as Zizpa the 3-legged dog – who seemed to actually remember us! Usual round of catching up with friends, menu del dias ……and Chris went on a few walks (with a bit of persuasion!! ) that I was unable to do! We joined the FEW (Flat Earth Walkers) ... read more
Ermita De Tres Cruces
Rambling Als walk along the Rio Grande
Crossing the railway track at Aljaima

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

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