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Europe » United Kingdom » England September 10th 2009

Wake up 6am breaky 7:15 Leavee 8:15am We went for alittle walk through the main street to fill in time and found a little bit of heather. When we walked past one of the houses, I saw a bunny hop very fast out of a vegetable patch. It was Peter Rabbit, for sure! As we headed out of Newtonmore, we stopped at a Loch and took some heather photos. We stopped at the most beautiful spot where the battles of the highlands took place. It was the most beautiful 360 degree view of lush green mountains and water courses. It was a great spot to stand in and just be. We stopped off in a little town called Fort William. I bought a “sponge roll” for 50p that was a little like a hidden treasure. I ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England September 9th 2009

Sunday 30 August After breaky we drove through Windmere to see the town and the lake. We went to the pretty town of Grasmere to see where William Wordsworth is buried. The town had lots of Beatrix Potter odds and ends since she use to holiday there and spent a lot of money trying to preserve the area. We had awalk around town and a hot chocolate at a café. There were dog trials on and in general, there were dogs everywhere. We drove back to Windmere and had a walk around town. I bought some hot chips I had been craving and some Beatrix Potter items. We had a quick look at the Beatrix Potter display while we waited for our lake cruise. We went to see the swans. They were very greedy after food, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom September 8th 2009

Monday 31 August Bags and Breaky 7am Leave 8am Today I was REALLY sick of breakfast. Bleaugh. We left the hotel and headed off the Chester. The black and white buildings were lovely. Some of them dated back to 1622. Very hard to imagine.The commercial signs ruined the buildings, but are really a sign of the times. So many red brick buildings everywhere. We had a hot chocolate at a café and a walk around town. We drove on and crossed the border into Wales. We stopped at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch… the town in Wales with the longest name. Apparently there is a place in New Zealand with a longer name. It was bedlam and filled with pensioners. We didn’t get anything to drink or eat here as we knew we’d have 4 hours on the ferry. We ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 7th 2009

September 1 We had a slow start today and at 9am went on our Dublin tour with Kate. She cracked us up by laughing huskily at all her own jokes. We visited Dublin castle and then were free. We headed straight for the Temple Bar, passing Molly Malone on the way. The Temple bar was fantastic. Great atmosphere. Would have loved to have heard the music. The bartender was lots of fun, poking fun at us. We shared a great BLT for lunch. I bought a fantastic tshirt there. We headed off in different directions then. I started on the ‘local’ side of the river which was very different to the touristy side. I bought Maddy a toe ring at a little celtic jeweller. Very hard to get as it’s too cold to bar toes.  ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney September 3rd 2009

Thursday 3 September This morning we were excited to go on the Ring Of Kerry excursion. We were lucky that the rain looked like it was stopping! Perfect timing. We drove off on some very narrow and dangerous roads. At one time, there was a near accident, when some idiot overtook us, nearly hitting oncoming traffic. The coach driver rang his licence plate into the police. The views were finally what I expected of Ireland. Beautiful coastlines and inlets. Many green mountains… although they did not compare to those in Scotland. Not even close. It was a lovely day though and the highlight in Ireland. We stopped at a tearoom for lunch that was intimate and lovely. We had delicious sandwiches and homemade scones. It was a lovely stop. I had a walk through the town ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney September 3rd 2009

Wednesday 2 september Bags and breaky 7am Leave 8am The pastries at breakfast were delicious. We headed off in fairly nice but drizzly conditions to the National Irish Horse Stud. I thought it was going to be a boring stop, but it was a lovely, peaceful morning. The highlight was seeing Vintage Crop, who’s in retirement there. We saw the stallions, especially Invisible Spirit, who had covered 110 mares that season and is worth over $US 60 million. They know when the mares are in season by using a teaser horse. The guide, David, was informative and interesting. I had a quickl walk through the Japanese gardens, picked some clover and back to the bus by 10:40. It was a long drive to Killarney and John filled in the time by holding a limerick competition. It ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Waterford » Waterford September 2nd 2009

Friday 4 September We headed off this morning towards Blarney, gearing up to kiss the stone. The castle is really lovely and relaxing. A peaceful stop, but then again, we had just beaten bus loads of tourists. The climb up the tower is through a quite narrow spiral staircase. There were tiney rooms coming off the staircase. Certainly a modest castle! When we reached the top, there was only a very small line up. The story is that a prince saved a drowning witch from a river and she returned the favour by telling him there was a magic rock at his castle. One that would give a person the eloquence of speech. Hoping it works. A man helps you to lie on your back, and you reach over your head to hold onto two steel ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England September 1st 2009

Sunday 6 September Bags and Breaky 7am Leave 8am This morning was not a great day thanks to the wine the previous night. I managed to get one tiney hash brown down. We headed of towards Bath. Like all the little English towns we’d stopped in, this one was quaint and beautiful. This was by far my favourite though. One day I will get an apartment here for 4 or 5 days. The Roman Bath museum was fantastic. Such a comprehensive and interesting display. The baths were fantastic and I can totally see how they were used. They had computerised images of Romans walking around the walks which was great. At the end, we drank a glass of water from a fountain that is spring fed. Silly me wasn’t expecting it to be hot though. Ick. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff August 30th 2009

Saturday Wake up 5:30am bags and breaky 6:15am Leave 7am We had an early start today, to make the ferry to Wales. This time the seas were calm thankfully. The ferry left at 8:45am and this time we paid for the club lounge. 14 pound and it was worth every cent. There was all you could drink tea, coffee, soft drink and wine, plus cheese and crackers, and all sorts of nibblies. No screaming children, just a relaxing trip with a comfy seat. This was a longer trip on the ferry, so I was glad it was calm. No real sea sickness this time. The first glimpse of the port area of Wales told us that it was quite a poor town. It took about 2 hours to drive to Cardiff. We stopped to have a ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 29th 2009

Monday 7 September We were up early for a final breakfast in London and then had to hurry as our transfer was already waiting. They spent a long time shoving all our suitcases into the one car and we pulled out before realising, this was the wrong transfer. So bags back out, and into the right, much bigger van.  We arrived at St Pancras with a lot of time to spare. Jules met us for a coffee and then we headed into the Eurostar waiting area. The train was great. So much better than flying. There was lots of room. Unfortunately we were on a morning train and dipped out getting breakfast again. No champagne before 11.  I didn’t even notice going under the channel, as that was food time! We had a great ... read more

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