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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 24th 2019

Today we slept in a little. The alarm was set for 7:15 am rather than the ungodly hour of 6:15. It was almost like a vacation. Now anyone who has traveled with me and my family knows one thread weaves it’s way through most of our adventures. Tragedy. There is usually someone on the plane who gets sick, is dehydrated, can’t breathe, has swollen ankles, etc. The list goes on and on. As a trained EMT I have been called upon to treat them all on one trip or another. Then there is the lost person who misses the coach, the pickpocket at the Vatican Gift shop, the lost passports, the broken camera, on and on. Each time we take a trip something goes awry, but this trip, this perfect trip through Britain was almost tragedy ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 22nd 2019

British Tour – Highlights - Blog I Sixteen days ago, we landed in England with our long-time travelling companions for an adventure to first honour the medical achievements of our friend’s uncle, intermixed with social get-togethers with various family members all combined with a certain degree of tourism. One of our first adventures was a trip down the Thames from Westminster Pier to Greenwich where finally after six attempts over the last 15 years we finally got the opportunity to visit and step aboard the Cutty Sark, one of the last remaining tea clippers. On previous visits the ship, which is in a dry dock in Greenwich, was closed for special events, restoration, including being shrink-wrapped following a fire. Now the ship is open for inspection from below her keel to the main deck and everything ... read more
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#4 - London's iconic bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York June 21st 2019

Back on the coach we bid a fond adieu to Scotland and cross over into England at Northumberland. There was an amazing view of the North Sea as we crossed back into England. The sun was shining and the warmth of the day was upon us. Quite the welcome back. We are heading today to York, our last stop before returning to London. Our first stop the town of Alnwick. It means town on the clear river. We examined the outside of the castle from the 11th century. It is an outstanding example of a Norman castle. It was updated by Queen Victoria and the outside was used in the movie as a back drop in Harry Potter and in the TV show, Downton Abbey. A quick photo stop, and on to the center of town ... read more
Alan snoozing on the bus
Remains of Hadrian's Wall
York Minster

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth June 19th 2019

Right - not had much time for blogging the last few days, as it's either been long travelling stages, or lots of time with people. But now we're at Port Solent, Portsmouth, with time to kill before our overnight ferry, so here we go. It was getting on for 11 by the time we rolled out on Sunday, after lots of packing up, stowing away, and swapping back of borrowed kit. (as far as we know, we DID succeed in getting back all our own stuff, and nothing of anyone else's!) The rest of the morning the weather was grim, all the way up the M5 and M42, but started to clear a bit on the M6, so that the long A14 stretch was in really nice weather! Still, a long journey, right across to Wrentham, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 16th 2019

16 June 2019 In June and July, with15 other vans, we are joining a 31 night GB Motorhome Tours trip to the Baltic States, (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia). Our itinerary is as follows: 17 June Cross the Channel via Eurotunnel 18-24 June Make our own way across France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Northern Poland 25 June Meet up with the tour party in North Eastern Poland’s Lake District 26 June to 23 July The Baltic States Tour 24-25 July Overnight Baltic ferry from Klaipeda in Lithuania to Keel in Northern Germany 26-28 July Make our own way back home... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Shropshire » Ludlow June 15th 2019

Last night was a special treat. Many of us went on the optional dinner and entertainment excursion; it was wonderful. We took a short bus trip from the hotel to the Welsh cultural center, the Millennium Center, the home of the Welsh Opera, restaurants, and other entertainment options. It is located right on the old Cardiff docks and was amazing in design. The evening began with a taste of Meade, an alcoholic beverage based on honey and developed by monks. It was sweet and delicious. Our hostess sat us right near the stage so our view of the entertainment would be excellent. The tables were set with red and white wines complimentary of the house. We were given a number of options for dinner. I chose the salmon appetizer, the beef dinner, and the chocolate cake ... read more
King Richard III Castle in Ludlow
Entrance to Ludlow Medieval Church
Tudor Rows Houses

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Christchurch June 14th 2019

Friday 14th We were visiting Christchurch for the Flowerfest and arrived in good time for the Mary Poppins inspired Flower arranging demonstration with afternoon tea at the Captain's Club hotel. The hotel overlooked the river and the little ferry boat was decorated with flowers at it ferried passengers to Chrustchurch Quay. Time for a drink before the ofher guests started to arrive, The doors opened at 3pm and a warm welcome was given as we were directed to our table, the beautiful circular tables looked wonderful with bottles of clear, blue & pink bottles/co trainers filled with amazing flowers & embellished with Mary Poppins deign ribbons. We were served with a choice of tea or coffee and each guest had a delicious 3 tiered stand containing finger sandwiches, savouries, scones and cake delights including a nod ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon June 13th 2019

Before we talk about today's tour, a word about the weather. Now I have been looking for the right words to use to describe the weather in the southern part of England and the kindest word I can find is unpleasant. A more apt description would include words like wet, cold, cloudy or deeply overcast or downright miserable. Our weather has been on and off rain, cold and drab. It rains in this part of the world 1 day out of 3, so dealing with rain is a must if you are planning to come here any time of the year. This is my first summer vacation ever where I was happy I brought a jacket. I even spent money on a heavy hooded sweatshirt to accommodate! Oh well, we will persevere. After another fine English ... read more
Polperro
Local Cab in Polperro
My Namesake

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Bristol County » Bristol June 13th 2019

Really heavy rain during the night, amplified by the fact that we were pitched where a tree hung over us! Still managed to get a reasonable sleep, even though we did wake before the 0800 alarm we'd set. Reason for the alarm was to catch a bus into Bristol, both to have a look at the place and to meet FB/Twitter friend Kaycee for lunch. Moved the van closer to the gate to reduce walking on the wet field, then went off to the bus stop. Bus was about 10 mins late, which made it a bit tight for our lunch appointment (which had to be 11.45, so Kaycee could be back in her office by 1). Google Maps has, shall we say, an "optimistic" view of our walking speed! Still, we made it - and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Tyne & Wear June 12th 2019

Hi, This is less of a blog and more of a quick update. The journey back from Johannesburg was not too bad. We arrived in Madrid about 6.30 am and got the shuttle bus to the station and then the train to Murcia. Our friend Tony picked us up and we were back in the house mid afternoon. The whole village was in the local restaurant , Colombino's, for a first communion party and the bar and shop were closed. We went and had some wine at the party and caught up with most of our friends in the village. We spent a couple of days sorting things out . We collected the motorhome from storage, the little Opel combo passed its annual test. The only thing not sorted was the paperwork for our house but ... read more
breakfast with Abuela
New carpet and painted walls




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