Back To Blighty

Back to Blighty

I awoke alarmingly early on the final day and was still perplexed by the lack of tartar sauce served with my fish and chips in the hotel restaurant last night. I mean this is France. They’re supposed to know about things like that. Anyway, rather sporadic service so once again…

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Strasbourg To Reims

Strasbourg to Reims

I left the hotel with a heavy bag around my shoulder and schlepped to the car park a few hundred metres away. There was no helpful man to assist me in my moment of need. I knew the car park would be problematic and it was. For ten minutes I…

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Liechtenstein To Strasbourg

Liechtenstein to Strasbourg

I spent time in four different countries on Tuesday - Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany and France and didn’t pay one toll. But it did take me seven hours and the little Mazda is great fun but not for long journeys. It wasn’t long this morning before I was out of Liechtenstein…

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Innsbruck To Liechtenstein

Innsbruck to Liechtenstein

I left at 11 from another garage with a car lift in it. Never experienced one before then have two in a row! So bizarre I needed a lie down. At first I’d decided to give Neuchwanstein Castle a miss as the forecast wasn’t very good however as I got…

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Ljubljana To Innsbruck

Ljubljana to Innsbruck

I left at 11am after searching for ten minutes for my car in a small underground car park. Apparently I was on the wrong floor. Prior to that I’d spent a few hours walking around the outskirts of a retail park which I can assure you was more exciting than…

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Splitting Split

Splitting Split

At 8am the chaps left to catch their flight back home and I skedaddled about 30 minutes later with a long drive ahead - 285 miles on non-motorways to Ljubljana, Slovenia. I decided to hug the coast as much as possible and boy was it scenic. Some of the most…

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Sailing In Split

Sailing in Split

I was greatly relieved to arrive in Marina Agana after such a long drive and see the chaps. We got some supplies from the supermarket and went to dinner. Sunday was our first day of sailing and I’d hired a skipper for the day because we’d forgotten everything from last…

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Prague To Zagreb To Split

Prague to Zagreb to Split

I left Prague at 6:45 on Friday for the two day journey to Split to meet the chaps for sailing. This was due to be the biggest drive of the whole trip - some 420 miles and I was still trying to avoid tolls and motorways (and of course Japanese…

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

I arrived into Prague in the early evening on Tuesday and checked into the Sheraton which is home for three nights. The nicer hotels in Prague are fairly expensive and I can’t say that it represents value for money. I’ve certainly stayed at nicer Sheraton’s with lower rates but this…

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A Night In A Castle

A Night in a Castle

What a difference a day makes. Having left drizzly Luxembourg the weather showed some signs of improvement as I headed for Germany - somewhere I’d never been to. My final destination was a castle in Colmberg which is a town near to Nuremberg some 250 miles away. I was originally…

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London To Luxembourg

London to Luxembourg

I like living on an island separated from continental Europe with only the Welsh and Scots to share a land border with (you can’t have everything). But there’s something adventuresome once you cross the English Channel and arrive at the largest continuous land mass on the planet with over 80…

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Williamsburg And DC

Williamsburg and DC

Following on from the beach, Georgia and I had 5 days with Jo in Williamsburg. Our days were filled with trips to see Jo’s new horse Rio, shopping, long walks and cheeky lunches. It was at one of the lunches that I first became acquainted with the Red Hat Society.…

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Outer Banks, North Carolina

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Georgia and I were fortunate enough to be upgraded to business on the way out while brother Alex and cousin Caroline were in the back row by the toilets. Sister Laura and nephew Felix didn’t fare much better next to a man who needed a seatbelt extension. IAD immigration was…

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Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin, Thailand

Saturday morning marked the end of the trip and we got officially released from the care of Son who certainly took his responsibilities seriously. As I was in a different hotel I’d said my goodbyes the night before so I was ready for the final few days of the trip.…

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Dalat To Ho Chi Minh City

Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City

Our early Thursday morning departure from Dalat was via one of the Royal palaces. The Art Deco architecture was quite ghastly as were the interior furnishings. The last king of Vietnam used it as one of his residences. In 1945 when the communist party came to power and Ho Chi…

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