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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester October 6th 2018

I’d forgotten how quaint a double bed could be, especially in a poky, “under the eaves” room! But I’m pleased to say that breakfast at this disappointing place was delightful, even though the drizzle outside tried to dampen our spirits. We set off for the north western bank of the Severn River, to a village called Aylburton, where Tom’s 7xG grandparents (William Jones & Anne Prifford) lived at the time his 6xG grandmother (Anne Jones) was born In 1695. We continued on then to Lydney, to church of St Mary the Virgin, where William & Anne had married in 1684, young Anne was baptised in 1695, and then where she marries Henry Imm in 1725 and their baby Mary (Tom’s 5G grandmother) was baptised in 1730. We know it was the same church because the burials ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester October 5th 2018

What a roller coaster of a day. We started with a lovely cooked Derbyshire breakfast in the breakfast room, and then packed up and checked out of the lovely inn. It started life as a farmhouse before 1850, then became a brewery and then an ale house. We had a long drive down to Gloucester where we first went to the church of St Nicholas where one of Tom’s 4xG grandfather’s had been buried. The church is no longer in use, all locked up (with the key obtainable at the local museum, but we’re not here for that long). I suspect the flats next door to the church are probably built on the original churchyard. We drove on then to St Swithun’s in Hempsted, the location of the burial of Tom’s 3xG grandfather, but the graveyard ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester September 13th 2017

I awoke to another sunny morning, although the Welsh Gate Inn owner said the rain was heavy during the evening, as was the winds. Nothing noticed on my end, as I seem to sleep well after 100km rides, up and down hills, and the wind, and rain. While sitting at the restaurant window having breakfast, I spied a steady stream of vehicles with one or two student passengers on their way to school. Each passenger appeared to be zoned out or looking resigned to the prospects of another school day ahead. I managed to get on an old repurposed rail line, but I had to make a slight detour, as I was routed to a bridge crossing about 60ft above, but with sheer walls on each side below and no trail link, that wasn't going to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester March 21st 2017

Geo: 51.8667, -2.24867Set alarm for 05:30 but we are both awake before then. I pop to 7/11 for coffees to accompany our croissants as we finalise our packing arrangements.Check-out about 06:30 and take a taxi to Suvarnabhumi. There had been an accident on the superhighway and traffic was moving slowly but at least it was still moving. We are still at the airport not much after 07:00 before our check-in desks have been announced. We settle down near the BA area and wait for the check-in to open.Drop off bags then go towards departure lounge. The place is full of Chinese travellers again who have little idea of queueing and manners ... they definitely need their own terminal !! Really long queues through security but once we reach immigration I dodge the crowds and pass through ... read more
Waiting at airport ...

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester January 4th 2017

Geo: 51.8667, -2.24867Leave home and walk round to the bus stop, dragging my case, at 09:30. As usual coach appears on time but nearly drives right past me and it is only frantic waving that attracts the driver's attention. As he has gone past the bus stop I have to walk up the road a bit before boarding. That is the end of the excitement for this part of the journey though as the drive to Heathrow is uneventful. I now know that 10 mins after we are due to arrive at the Central Bus Station a coach leaves for Woking by way of Terminal 5. Only 10mins is too close to book tickets on this service but they have always been happy to take me anyway and today is no exception. Arrive at T5 before ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester October 4th 2016

Geo: 51.8667, -2.24867Not much sleep last night and I awake when the alarm goes off at 05:30.Out to 7/11 for a coffee and croissants for breakfast whilst I pack up again.Check-out at 06:30 then have the quickest journey I have ever had to the airport arriving at 07:10 with 4 1/2 hours now to wait. I've known the taxi ride to take up to 2 hours so always allow myself plenty of time but ...Way too early for the flight check-in to be open so find a seat in a quietish corner and get a book out. It already feels as though it has been a long day and there is still about 22 hours to go till I get home ... deep joy !I check-in as soon as the counter opens then make my way ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester March 24th 2016

Geo: 51.8667, -2.24867Awake at 05:30 for a breakfast of croissants and coffee from 7/11 up the road.Get all of our stuff up together, check out and by 06:30 we are sat in a taxi on our way to the airport. Roads are very quiet this morning and by 07:15 we are at Suvarnabhumi.Fortunately check-in opens early and we can drop off our suitcases.Jai's daughter comes to say goodbye and to pick up the keys for the house as she will probably be going for the Thai new year, Songkran, holiday in April.The airport is busy but for a change there are also lots of people working and it doesn't take long to pass through security and immigration and by 09:50 we are seated in the departure lounge with a box of orchids to take back with ... read more
Bit colder in London !!!!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester July 26th 2015

Sunday 26 July 2015 It is time to head back to London after an enjoyable week in Wales and the Cotswolds. The experiences we have had are more memorable than the changeable weather. Our fellow guests at the hotel, a football team from the Northeast of England, are looking the worse for wear after last night's celebrations following their championship win. For them it will be a seven hour bus trip. For us it will be an all day to drive that normally takes two hours. We like to meander. We start the day with a wander around the centre of Gloucester. The rain stopped as we walked past the cathedral and into the city. A wet quiet Sunday morning is not the best time to visit any city and Gloucester was no different. Having seen ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester June 3rd 2015

Geo: 51.8667, -2.24867Last morning here and I am up at06:00 for breakfast at New Siam. Walk to 7/11 to buy a coffee and to get a snack for at the airport then back to room to pack last few things.Check-out and go for a taxi on Thanon Phra Arthit. Roads are quite busy locally but once we hit the toll roads things quieten down and we make good time to Suvarnabhumi airport arriving only 35mins later at 07:45.Check-in for BA0010, 11:50 flight Bangkok to London Heathrow is already open so I lose my suitcase immediately then head outside for my last breath of polluted Bangkok air. Have about 3 1/2 hours before boarding but as the transfer to the departure lounge can often take a long time I head off. Today security is quiet and the ... read more
A departing image of Thailand

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester January 15th 2015

Geo: 51.8667, -2.24867Awake or at least arise from another near sleepless night just before 05:00. Guest house doesn't start serving breakfast until 06:00 so I go out to the nearest 7/11 for a coffee to help clear my head.I go down for breakfast at 06:00 but by 06:05 there is still no life in the kitchen. I ask about breakfast and am told about another 20mins as the kitchen staff have only just turned up for work. I need to be in a taxi by 07:00 so don't wait around but head out into the dark and eat fried eggs and toast at a street stall on my own.Back to room to finish off packing then check-out just before 07:00 and walk up to the main road for a taxi. Run to the airport is quite ... read more

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