Cartagena & Gibraltar

Cartagena & Gibraltar

We had a much needed sea day before the next stop in Cartagena, Spain. I spent my time in the retreat and got speaking to Ron (78) from Stoke on Trent. He’s on the ship with his ex-wife who he divorced 28 years ago. Their respective partners had both died…

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Pisa & Rome

Pisa & Rome

For Pisa and/or Florence the ships dock in Livorno, or Leghorn in English, an Italian coastal city in the Ligurian Sea (the leghorn chicken originates from Tuscany). The choice was Pisa or Florence and I chose Pisa (12 miles away) because Florence (71 miles away) warrants more than a day…

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Monte Carlo Or Bust

Monte Carlo or Bust

It think country number 76 deserves a blog of its own because it was quite fabulous. The second smallest country in the world to the Vatican, with a bulging population of 38,000 (Goodson Park could hold them all) comprising about 20% Monegasque and the rest foreigners (who like paying zero…

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Alicante & Barcelona

Alicante & Barcelona

Our first port of call was the lovely city of Alicante. I was due to go on an excursion to Guadalest but three hours on a coach was less appealing than a colonic taster session so I went freestyle and found Georgia and Hope by accident. We went to the…

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The Bay Of Biscay

The Bay of Biscay

The three sea days sailing toward the Mediterranean provided an opportunity to acquaint myself with Britannia and the P&O way of doing things. This was also the first time I’d cruised from a UK port and the first time I’d sailed with 700 kids. My last cruise had only two…

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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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