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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham November 19th 2009

Thursday 19.11.2009 Day 36 Shakespeare We had a sleep in extended our stay at the hotel for another nigh and then when to the car place they had our car in the service center when we arrived and explained that it was a battery problem and they have tested the alternator and it was ok. They said the car should be ready for us tomorrow. We when to Stratford-upon-avon where Shakespeare was born, died and berried and where his wife lived before she married him and where his mother lived. We saw the place where the house was that he owned for the last 18 years of his life and where he died. We saw his grave in the church where he was burred and we saw his baptism and death register. We saw the place ... read more
shakespears birth house 2
Acorr hotel
Garrick 2

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham November 18th 2009

Wednesday 18.11.2009 Day 35 Birmingham We woke up to see a boat going though the cannels and locks it was interesting to see then changing the water levels. We organized the 7 day free insurance on the car and got a quote for insurance that we will take up later. We had brunch at big Johns a UK take away chain that sells almost every take away food i.e. fish and chips chicken (roasted, fried or portages stile) Pizza, dona kebab, pies pasties, burgers and more. It was also drive though we need some of these in Aus. We then went to the dealer and took the car for a test drive. It stopped just before we got back to the dealer he said it ran out of petrol but the gage showed a ΒΌ full. ... read more
barge 2
barge 3

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham November 17th 2009

Tuesday 17.11.2009 Day 34 Buying a car in the UK We got up and had a look on line for car prices and dealers around Birmingham. We then when and got a GPS and a thing so my iPod would play thought the radio. We used the GPS to take us to a few of the car dealers. We found a car we liked. We tried to go for a test drive but the battery was flat so we put a deposit on and said we would take if for a test drive the next day. We stayed in the same place again as last night and Looked for a cheaper place on line for the next night. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham November 1st 2009

Right, so after weeks of 'thinking' about packing my rucksack and not actually doing anything about it, I decided to take the challenge of packing it on Friday night after work - which turned out a disaster because I couldn't squeeze everything in! After a bit of debating and taking out things and repacking, it eventually got done today - see photos for the end result (noting my grin being pleased of myself). Yay! :) It's 1am now and I thought I'd give my blog a go (mainly to test it beforehand) and probably because I feel I'll probably get no sleep because there's just too much going on in my head at the moment and i'm feeling very anxious. But i'm going to try now as I've got the journey to Heathrow to look forward ... read more
Me trying on my backpack
Me & my backpack

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham October 20th 2009

So here it is... the coundown is on. Only one more day at work then that is it!!! This is our first blog so excuse me if ive done it wrong. At the moment Kat is packing her rucksack, very organised I know considering we dont leave until Saturday; but the real reason is that we're busy tomorrow, thursday and friday. We dont really want to leave until the last minute, we want a stress free morning on Saturday :-) Although im not sure thats likely. Its my go at packing in a minute although i cant see it taking long to pack 2 pairs of shorts, 3 t-shirts, 1 pair of flip flops and sunglasses. Travel light!!! We have got a busy few days with making sure everything is tied up but im hoping to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham October 10th 2009

10/10/2009 Birmingham We left our home in Spain last Thursday to begin our next epic adventure ie our trip to Thailand, Burma (or Myanmar as it is properly named)and Bali. Once again we are flashpacking around SE Asia as part of our "Gap Year for Oldies". We didn't have the opportunity to do it when we were young so now we are retired we plan on seeing as much of the world while we still can. However, we can't bear to leave our mad dog Ollie for more than a couple of months at a time so this is the only way to do it. Since retiring we have travelled to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and San Francisco. Leg two took us to Bangkok, Vietnam, Cambodia, Kuala Lumpur and back to Thailand to Koh ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham August 31st 2009

Bonjourno Blog Readers! We're just packing for our trip to Peru and thought we should send out a 'taster' blog for anybody thinking of following us on our travels. If you're reading this then save the link so you can get to it quickly each time we update it! I think it should be . The plan of action is to fly into Lima, get a coach to Arequipa then move to Puno before spending a few days in Bolivia via Copacabana and La Paz. We'll then visit Cusco and Machu Picchu before flying to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Basin. We're thinking of travelling across to Brazil at some point since we're only about 4 hours coach ride away! We then fly back to Lima and do some last minute present shopping before coming ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham August 5th 2009

The Ashes Day 474 (29/7/09) We left warm and sunny Lisbon bound for Birmingham. It was gonna be a long day, first a taxi to the airport for check-in and our flight was already 30minutes behind schedule and it was about to get longer. After an hour queue through passport check we finally boarded and left for London 1 and half hours late. Fortunately, we'd booked our bus with just enough time to grab a bite to eat and not miss our bus which too ran 20minutes late. We arrived into a rainy Birmingham and waited for Shea and Justin who were on the next bus. We got a taxi back to our old place in Moseley where Kara and Leanne and Brian were waiting (after a slight mishap of their own). Gaffy arrived shortly after ... read more
The weather sets in
More Blue sky
Punter a nervous start

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham August 3rd 2009

Well, if you were thinking we'd had enough chocolate this trip, you were probably right. However, we took Uncle Paul's advice and went to Cadbury World in Bournville just south of Birmingham. This is the original Cadbury manufacturing plant and is still operating. We had an amazing time and a sort of Willy Wonka tour including more samples! Nobody fell into the chocolate lake but we did get to write our names in chocolate! After the tour, there was another building near the kids play area that had another couple of brief movies to watch followed by a warm cup of melted chocolate with whatever candy you wanted! Soooooooooooo yummy! When we got home, Nigel and Lori both strangely felt the need to squeeze a run in.....Which was then cancelled out very quickly by a final ... read more
Name in chocolate
The plant from the back
Melted chocolate

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham July 26th 2009

Hi Everyone, Unfortunately we've had to postpone our trip, Collette's dad is very ill and we've popped back to assess the situation, at this time we don't know what is going to happen. if you've subscribed to the blog and we carry on then they may start up again. We'll finish off up to date there's a bit to add about Barcelona and then the ride from Barcelona to Birmingham in 4 days!! Stu and Collette... read more

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