Blogs from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea September 11th 2016

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea December 30th 2014

Oxfam Wood Green’s shop manager had decided to take us to Southend for the annual summer excursion in 2014. I had noticed that it would be more convenient to travel to Southend from Fenchurch Street near Tower Hill rather than from Liverpool Street. He got the tickets for us to travel with the c2c train from Fenchurch Street to Southend Central on 31 August. Southend seems to be smaller and more compact than Brighton – a few-minutes’ walk from the station brought us to the seaside and viewpoint to the Southend Pier. Like Brighton, there was a fun-fair with various rides, stalls and arcade centres. Some of young volunteers were interested in these kinds of things and they entered the fun-fair while we were walking on the seaside. There was nothing interesting on the east edge ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea February 22nd 2013

Planning this trip is improving my geography no end: now I actually know where Bordeaux is, for example, rather than it being just a name on the label of a wine bottle! We're caught between wanting to visit as many places on our wish list as possible (also wanting to be able to give our friends an idea of where we'll be and when, in case they want to come out and visit us) and not wanting to have too much of a rigid schedule, it is supposed to be a holiday after all, but we've managed to put some timeframes on our first few stops and book the campsites! We start with our ferry to Cherbourg and decided that the best way to begin the holiday properly would be to do no more driving that ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea January 28th 2013

Where to start?? A question that applies to this blog as well as to planning our trip! Travelling was never on my list of 'to do's', I've worked hard, and enjoyed it (mostly), but most of my earnings just went towards the upkeep of my flat and perhaps a week in the sun or, more recently, walking holidays. Then I met Steve and learned that he has, for a long time, had a dream of travelling Europe in a camper van! He's far more widely travelled than me to begin with, this not being difficult as I had never ventured further than a Greek Island when we planned our first holiday together last year to Vietnam! What an amazing holiday that was, a fantastically diverse country, and definitely sparked a desire (and a confidence: long haul ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea » Westcliff-on-Sea April 19th 2012

After consulting many a good and helpful 'How to successfully pack your backpack' type website, obviously written by true professionals who know their stuff, I must woefully report that my HUGE pack is full and the bedroom floor still has several piles of bits and bobs laying around. Admittedly, I have a slightly skewed perception of what constitutes 'essential'. The first item to go into the cavernous pack was a towel (surely that's okay isn't it?) followed by a travel hairdryer and, ahem, a set of travel rollers. It gets worse, in the lid of my pack is a pair of stilletos! I am an Essex girl after all! But, to be honest, other than my passport and purse, what I want to take most of all is my newly delivered giant photo album of Chester ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea » Westcliff-on-Sea August 24th 2011

Here I was, with 2000 raving Tottenham fans, surrounded by 72000 jeering Manchester United followers. All adorned in their proper colors. I'm not in America anymore. But I'll back up. I left America, which was very tearful and depressing. It's hard to imagine how long this year will be, how much will change in this year. How much will stay the same at this time of “transition” for all of us? All my friends will live yet another year without me. I'll come back home and need to be prompted of a whole years happenings in a few meager hang outs and then go back to Purchase, where I'm sure even more of my friends will have dropped out or left. But I have to stop thinking about that. I'm doing awesome things. I'll be ... read more
Kids playing in the Sea
Manchester United Stadium Front

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea April 11th 2011

made a v high level map of our tour ... only can't see how to embed it... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea April 11th 2011

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea October 12th 2010

No-more getting up for work for the next year. I was a little sad as I cleared my desk at work but not for too long. Riplet is now put away for the winter, I have my visas and am beginning to feel organised. will try and upload my first photo, this is what I'm leaving behind. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea April 5th 2010

I’ve now packed up work and I was in full preparation for a boot sale filled weekend. For those in the USA boot sales are a little like yard sales, we drive our cars in convoy at 5:30am to a large field unpack our boots and sell out wares from any old table or rail we can lay our hands on. It’s usually freezing cold too so we hop from one foot to another whilst attempting to smile and negotiate a decent price for a CD we’ve already attempted to sell on Ebay twice. As it happens a few drinks in the pub on Thursday afternoon to bid farewell to my cracking colleagues actually ended up with me drinking far too much wine, falling through the door totally drunk to the point where my husband put ... read more

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