Paul & Sheila Williams

silvernomads

Paul & Sheila Williams

We love to travel and experience different places and particularly like to view and photograph the world's wonderful array of wildlife - and we are so so lucky to still be able to do so. After retiring in 2010, we have travelled the world covering every continent as older generation nomads - hence our name Silvernomads. We have been really blessed to live out our retirement as we had always dreamed when we worked all those long years.

The world is such a kaleidoscope of colours and cultures that have blown our senses away and this blog is a great means to store all of those memories in a secure ‘out of body’ hard drive! Hopefully we will always have this great ‘encyclopaedia’ to look back on and ‘laugh at’ or sometimes ‘cry over’ - ‘did we really do that’ … …

We wish every one of you, peace, fun and laughter, life is too short to wish for anything else - go out and do what you want to do, or you will always regret not doing so.

Happy travelling to you all 👣 Paul + Sheila





Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire July 10th 2021

LOTS OF SAINTS AND PUFFINS TOO … 1. SAINT DOGMAELS Heading south towards Milford Haven our first stop was only a short distance from Rocket House near Poppit Sands where we had spent a glorious week. Llandudoch in Welsh or Saint Dogmaels (our first Saint), an unusual name and a fascinating place particularly for the history enthusiast. This small parish and community had a peaceful setting next to the River Teifi, a mile downstream from the town of Cardigan. Not much is known about Saint Dogmael who has given his name to this Pembrokeshire village, apart from that he was a native of Ceredigion (Cardigan). He preached both in Wales and Brittany and several churches bear his unusual name. The remains of a 12th century Abbey built on a site of a pre-Norman monastery takes pride ... read more
Y Felin (Welsh for ‘the mill’)
Wandering the ruins
Cwm-yr-Eglwys (English: Valley of the Church)

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales July 5th 2021

TO0 MUCH HOMETIME AND THEN FREEDOM IN GLORIOUS WALES … … It has been nearly a year since I last wrote up and published a travelblog but of course Covid has kept Paul and I firmly close to home for these long, long months, as indeed it has for everyone all around the world. Who would have thought that this dreadful pandemic would last this long - such a sad time - the world sure does weep. The UK is hopefully now looking forward to some stability and at last we have been able to plan a journey away from home although we still feel as though we should remain near to our home patch. So we have been able to reinvent a trip we had planned for 2019 - two years ago now! Lockdown has ... read more
Sparrowhawk
Mute Swans
Peregrine about to land on St Mary's Church Andover

Europe » United Kingdom August 17th 2020

A VERY DIFFERENT YEAR Its been a while since I last wrote a blog - our wonderful adventures travelling having been suddenly cut short … … Lucky for us we had returned from an amazing journey around China just before the Covid outbreak started but since then life for us all has changed dramatically. I would like to say a big thank you to fellow travel blogger, Alex Waring - your recent inspirational blog made me put pen to paper again and really appreciate what we have on our very own doorstep. My feet had been itching so badly through the months of March, April, May and June with ever tighter travel restrictions coming in so ‘thick and fast’ and travel limited and then stopped altogether ... ... ... never in my lifetime could I have ... read more
Holy Trinity Church - Wonston
Local thatched cottages
Young Robin

Asia » China » Shanghai October 24th 2019

THE VICTORIA JENNA - YANGTZE 3 NIGHT RIVER CRUISE It didn’t stop raining and we had a long walk to get to our ship, the Victoria Jenna docked in Chongquing on the Yangtze River. Launched in 2009 the Victoria Jenna is one of the largest, most technologically advanced ships on the Yangtze River. The 10,000-ton, 418 passenger vessel is almost 440 feet long, spans six decks and is roughly 50 percent larger than other Victoria cruise ships. Due to scheduled maintenance at the Three Gorges Dam our ship was not permitted through the ship locks there and we would be going to finish our journey, just west of the dam at Maoping. On arrival absolutely soaking wet we decided to upgrade our Standard Cabin to an Executive Suite and we were glad we did it was ... read more
We found the bar really quickly
Temple - Jade Emperor Scenic area
Temple - Jade Emperor Scenic area

Asia » China October 24th 2019

CHENGDU Our flight from Lijiang to Chengdu was with Lucky Air but not completely lucky as we were delayed by an hour - but overall it was a smooth flight and we had some excellent views on our way over the mountains, with clear skies until we neared Chengdu when it became quite overcast which was so different to what we were now used too … … We were taken straight to visit Broad and Narrow Streets and were not really impressed with this we would have preferred to book into our hotel first. These two streets were basically two adjacent long straight roads, one very narrow and one a little bit wider - both full of tourist shops and eateries. Everywhere you looked it was heaving with people, you just got caught along in a ... read more
Photo bombed again
Broad and Narrow Streets - Chengdu
Chengdu Peoples Park

Asia » China October 19th 2019

LEAVING KUNMING We left Kunming and boarded our bus - the journey was going to take up to six hours, depending on traffic, heading up into the mountains but it would give us an opportunity to watch the world go by. We were lucky we were such a small group of nine and of course Helen our National Guide so there was plenty of room on the bus and we could all spread out. Water was available on the bus and you could buy three small bottles for 10 RMB. We drove through several small villages and a few larger towns the traffic was quite light which was good. In the small edged fields we saw local people tending their crops, mainly with hand tools, we did not see any tractors or other farm machinery just ... read more
Ancient Streets
Market Corner
Local lady

Asia » China » Guangxi October 11th 2019

GUILIN Our flight from Xian was quick and as we drove from the airport we noticed a slightly slower pace of life, although a lot busier than we had anticipated and probably not only due to the fact that we were in the middle of their national holiday and its special year. We were looking forward to seeing this scenic area and hiking up into the rice terraces. Guilin is renowned as one of China’s most beautiful spots and I must say our first glimpse was impressive but we had only seen large cities so far on this journey. Our guide Helen said that this was her home town and she was really enthusiastic about everything we could do here. It was hot though in the mid 30s so you had to take things at a ... read more
Wonderful greeting
Pizza with gloves
Gold & Silver Pagodas!

Asia » China October 4th 2019

HIGH SPEED BULLET TRAIN We took the high speed train from Beijing to Xian which still took 6 hours as we made 13 stops en-route! However we did travel at speeds of 190 miles per hour which was pretty fast. Although not as fast as a plane as far as travel time goes, you save so much time and stress by avoiding having to get to an airport 2 hours in advance, long security lines and the queues would be long this week as we were now in the middle of the ‘magic holiday week’ in China - even more so due to the 70th year celebration of the People’s Republic of China. We had comfortable seats with plenty of leg room and we just relaxed and looked out of the windows as we passed through ... read more
Xi'an Railway Station
Terracotta Warrior Workshop
Terracotta Army

Asia » China » Beijing September 30th 2019

HUANGHUACHENG GREAT WALL Another early start and we transferred 45 miles out of Beijing to reach the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall of China. So very different to our visit to the Jinshanling Section a few days ago this part of the wall edges the side of Haoming Lake. The Huanghuacheng wall is divided by reservoirs, and some parts are even submerged in the water, which is a very unique characteristic, distinguishing it from other sections of the Great Wall. Again the first sight of the wall takes your breathe away - this time as we approached the area the wall was snaking across the green hills, stopping here and there where it had disappeared into the undergrowth or dropped off the edge of the mountain tops. We were directed across a massive dam to ... read more
Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Asia » China » Beijing September 27th 2019

DOWNTOWN BEIJING Since our last blog from Beijing, formerly Peking we have enjoyed getting acclimatised to the area whilst resting after our flight and a great days hike on the Great Wall. We enjoyed several shorter walks around our hotel watching locals go about their everyday lives, little market stalls being set up on the side of the road and we noticed that the fresh produce disappeared as quickly as the farmers were putting it out. A good sign of fresh produce and looking at the stalls excellent quality. We were going to use the subway and head a little further into the city but Marco our guide for our wall hike informed us that some of the stations were closed because of the security, rehearsals for the pending celebrations - the previous evening he had ... read more
Zhengyangmen
Tiananamen Square
Mao Zedong - Tiananamen Square




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