We woke to thick fog with visibility less than 5 metres - curtailing our plans to start at the cliff edge! Our hostess, Alison Arnold advised we start via the Priest’s Way. Outside the Old Post Office, Worth Maltravers Dinosaur footprints (here’s one taken in December 2022, because the fog was too quick to see … Continue reading Day 6, Worth Maltravers to Studland
Day 5, Lulworth to Worth Maltravers via Stoborough (because Lulworth range was shut for firing)
Met guest walkers: Mandy, Poppy (the guest dog) and Julie at Stoborough Stoborough Heath was wet and muddy, and hard going - excellent practice for Colombia. One of several deer near Furzebrook aka Watch Farm oil field (how did they mislay 200 barrels at the weekend?) After lunch, along a rare road-stretch we found a … Continue reading Day 5, Lulworth to Worth Maltravers via Stoborough (because Lulworth range was shut for firing)
Day 4, Weymouth to Lulworth cove via Durdle Door
Sunshine again! Our guest walker, Peter P. arrived at our B and B (thank you Nick and Caroline Hayes at the Valentine guest house). We set off along the charming seafront with double-storey terraced beach houses. Weymouth with Peters and Wilbur Fairly easy (well we think so now!) to Osmington Mills, overlooking where we’d come … Continue reading Day 4, Weymouth to Lulworth cove via Durdle Door
Day 3, Chickerell, Chesil Beach, Portland Bill, Weymouth
The Coast path from Chickerell’s Knights of the Bottom, was flooded meaning we had to climb over a wire fence, not meant for climbing. There was mud and more flooding until the path was completely submerged by the lagoon! In the background are the Knights of the Bottom The Coast Path submerged completely by Lagoon … Continue reading Day 3, Chickerell, Chesil Beach, Portland Bill, Weymouth
Day 2, West Bay to Chickerell, Jurassic coast
The sun and blue sky were out again in defiance of the weather forecast. It was the full vegetarian c/o Paul and Joanne Lound with mustard and tobasco for Peter. The Haddon House hotel was charming - the bath with a TV ideal for a post-trek soak. Picking up our Coast Path route We found … Continue reading Day 2, West Bay to Chickerell, Jurassic coast
Day 1, Jurassic coast
Awoke to unpredicted blue sky over the pub with rooms we were staying in, the so-called Eyre Court Hotel. Seaton is a quaint little town, reminiscent of “Bungay” but on sea - pubs just a few steps away from each other and small shops with curiosities. During breakfast three paramedics in green uniforms and two … Continue reading Day 1, Jurassic coast
Trekking the Jurassic coast
Leaving Salisbury train station Day 1 After work, walked across the Water Meadows in the rain and our rain proof trousers to the station. It’s a local bus to Seaton for the night, and then an early start. We’re expecting to be joined by guest walkers in the morning!
Malaga, day 2
This morning we discovered that despite being January the rooftop pool was open! Perhaps we'll try it before the week is over! We took the number 35 again, but nearly to the end of the route. We walked 12,000 paces from Avenue Andalucia along the river estuary to the port. We rested in a square … Continue reading Malaga, day 2
Malaga, day 1
The quality of the daylight is so bright compared to January in England. It was warm in the sunshine. We caught the local bus into the historic centre and toured the rococo cathedral. After that, we went to the Picasso museum, which has a good example of most of Picasso's works and an excellent collection … Continue reading Malaga, day 1
And we’re off! Malaga, on record the driest place in mainland Spain
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So, the World Medical Association are gathered in Tbilisi and my fellow chair at the BMA and I have seats on the WMA Council. It was actually quite difficult to get here, and certainly beyond me by train:-( I had wanted to fly Georgian Airways directly but my colleague had checked the TripAdvisor reviews which … Continue reading Tbilisi, Georgia
Days 22-24 Toronto
The Canadian Medical Association. After Registration, there was time for an ascent up the CN (formerly Canada ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼National) tower; vertigo nearly stopped me from eating! Two and a bit long days inside later, on my way home!
Day 21 LA to Toronto and Niagara Falls
P, I, Kat & Livy checked in for LHR whilst I had a 9 hour wait for the 'red eye' to LA. Caught some sleep arriving here at 0630 where Reception were kind enough to give me a room 10 hours early! View from coffee bar View from room I had bought a day tour … Continue reading Day 21 LA to Toronto and Niagara Falls
Day 13-15: Monterey
Monterey was once the capital of Spanish Alta California, then a backwater fishing village, now just laid-back tourist resort with a few old adobe buildings from its previous eras. Robert Louis Stevenson visited in pursuit of a married woman with fever and debts. Surprisingly, it all worked out pretty well and they still preserve the … Continue reading Day 13-15: Monterey
Day 11-12 Silicon Valley
Time to move on again and we're heading back south, over the Golden Gate (sorry, supply your own photo https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Bridge) to stop at Stanford University where there's an art museum with a great Rodin collection (https://museum.stanford.edu). Next day, as we staying in Cupertino, a visit to Apple is in order. The visitor centre, as our … Continue reading Day 11-12 Silicon Valley
Day 9-10: Occidental
On from Sacramento towards the coast. We stop first in the Napa Valley area for a quick bite to eat at Yountville's bakery. The sat-nav then chooses to take us by winding mountain roads on to our next destination, the little town of Occidental, deep in the coastal forests and by happy chance, a wine … Continue reading Day 9-10: Occidental
Day 8 Yosemite to Sacramento
We left Yosemite regretfully, so beautiful - we could have spent far longer there; trying out different swimming holes, exploring the boutique museums, trying a family round of golf with the magnificent backdrop. The highway stretched straight into the city and we caught site of the stately Capitol building. Our hotel is central and we … Continue reading Day 8 Yosemite to Sacramento
Day 4: Sequoia to Yosemite
A travelling day today. We avoided Fresno and made our way through the foothills of the mountains, with a stop for an excellent and enormous breakfast at Gena's Place, a real old fashioned American roadside diner, on the road down from the mountains. Between us, we managed breakfast burrito, french toast, waffles and eggs benedict … Continue reading Day 4: Sequoia to Yosemite
Day 3: Sequoia National Park
Sequoia is all about big trees - really big trees. Sequoias are the world's largest trees and grow only high on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada in California. We stayed at the Wuksachi Lodge, 7200ft (2200m) above sea level and hiked down to the General Sherman tree, the biggest of them all and … Continue reading Day 3: Sequoia National Park
Day 2, Disney’s Adventure Kingdom to Sequoia National Park
P still successfully avoiding Disney we managed a successful, albeit soaked through on the rapids morning. Handmade ice creams (vegan available), then a seven hour drive with a pit stop at Taco Bell.
Day 1 Los Angeles
P never wants to go to Disney again so the girls and I went for the whole day experience in the Magic Kingdom.
Tolpuddle Martyrs festival
Starting our annual holiday with a weekend’s camping with BMA friends and colleagues at Tolpuddle.
Baia dei Mori, Tanaunella, Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia
Day 29 Kennedy Space Centre
Day 28 Universal Studios & the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Day 27 Disney’s Animal, & Magical, Kingdoms
Day 26 Reunited in Orlando
Day 25 Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, Don Vito e Zanoni, Casas del Bosque
24 hours or so on the Chilean mainlaind, so we need to make the most of our time! We were picked up at 8 o'clock by our very friendly guide, Sergio for a trip to the coast. Valparaiso and Vina del Mar are about an hour's drive from the Chilean capital Santiago and halfway … Continue reading Day 25 Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, Don Vito e Zanoni, Casas del Bosque
Day 24 Easter Island to Santiago
This is what Helena's hand luggage looks like unpacked - and back in the bag, ready to head off to the Chilean mainland, another 5 hours' flight away... And, by the way, you can get a very nice Easter Island stamp in your passport at the Post Office for a small tip.
Day 21 Easter Island – the Birdman and the moai of the first people
Guest blogger Peter Our first full day on Easter Island started (after a substantial breakfast) with a visit to tbe volcanic crater of Orongo, one of the largest of 70 extinct volcanoes on the island. The crater itself is beautiful, filled with a patchwork of islands and pools - our guide told us how her … Continue reading Day 21 Easter Island – the Birdman and the moai of the first people
Day 23 Easter Island
Guest blogger Peter So, what is the mystery of Easter Island? There is actually an immense amount of existing oral tradition by which the monuments can be understood. The ahus contain the bones of the ancestors and the moai represent their spirits and continuing presence. Equally, we can see where the moai were made and … Continue reading Day 23 Easter Island
Day 22 Easter Island
And now for some serious moai... Most of these pictures are from the site of Rano Raruku where the moai were cut from the mountainside before being moved across the island to be placed on their platforms or ahu. Nearby Tongariki has no less than 15 moai on its ahu...
Day 20 Tahiti to Rapa Nui aka Isla De Pascua or Easter Island
There is only one flight a week from Tahiti to Easter Island and it's at 02.55. Yes, in the morning. We returned to the airport after an evening that even the locals thought was hot and humid. Easter Island is 5 hours ahead of Tahiti, so we arrived in the middle of the afternoon. We … Continue reading Day 20 Tahiti to Rapa Nui aka Isla De Pascua or Easter Island
Day 19 Moorea to Tahiti
Our second two island day - we are aware that this is a holiday if a life-time and the two centres gives the illusion of two days. Caught a 10 minute flight to Tahiti - we six passengers unanimously followed the Air Hostesses advice to swap to the right hand seats for a better view: … Continue reading Day 19 Moorea to Tahiti
Day 18 Moorea
This morning we went kayaking and viewed the beautiful coral reef. Then a light lunch shared from the excellent Carte Vegetarienne. We drank Argentine, Tierra de Luna - Shiraz/Malbec 2013 at dinner, and for those of you of a certain age, it tasted just like Black Forest gateau! (It was delicious)
Day 17 Moorea
We visited the amazing Turtle sanctuary and clinic run by a vet and dedicated volunteers http://www.temanaotemoana.org/conservation/the-sea-turtles-clinic/ On the way I had accidentally disturbed a large land crab, which rested up its claws and gave me quite a fright. In the evening we went out very locally to the low key but hospitable Les Tipaniers, http://www.lestipaniers.com/en/th_portfolio/restaurant_and_bar/ … Continue reading Day 17 Moorea
Day 16 Bora Bora to Moorea
In the evening we couldn't resist a trip to the Holy Steak House, which unlike the previous evening's venue did not purport (misleadingly) to be veggie friendly but turned out to have several excellent veggie choices, so the cow festooned in the Santa hat remained safe! Chickens wandering around the beach bar at the Intercontinental … Continue reading Day 16 Bora Bora to Moorea
Day 15 Bora Bora
We returned to The Lucky House https://www.tripadvisor.fr/Restaurant_Review-g669130-d3826048-Reviews-The_Lucky_House_Fare_Manuia-Vaitape_Bora_Bora_Society_Islands.html and we shared the crispy garlicky pizza & I had a dip in the pool whilst waiting for it; a different meaning to a pool bar! In the evening we caught a ride to the Yacht club, where we saw a ray off the deck. Unfortunately there was … Continue reading Day 15 Bora Bora
Day 14 – Bora Bora
Guest blogger - Peter I have been invited to be the guest blogger today. For those who don't know me, I'm the chap in the Panama hat in the photos. (I find this helps to easily distinguish me as an English tourist.) Our daughter thinks that "Bora Bora is for those who have done their … Continue reading Day 14 – Bora Bora
Day 13 -1 day as we crossed the International Date Line
We had a very early arrival in Auckland; I hadn't slept since the day before yesterday, and hauled up in a quiet-ish corner - too tired for words for the Day 12 blog; but even from the airport we could reminisce about the NZ scenery and our Christmas 2006 stay with the Stradling clan. We crossed … Continue reading Day 13 -1 day as we crossed the International Date Line
Day 12, Uluru sunrise & Kallista family supper
Day 11, Uluru sunset
Caught shuttle towards Ewing Look Out, and as we hadn't had the foresight to ask the driver to take us there, missed our stop and took an unexpected bush walk! Then, ironically, we arrived at precisely the moment the next shuttle arrived and the driver promised to collect us 30 minutes later... Once more we … Continue reading Day 11, Uluru sunset
Day 10, Perth to Alice Springs
Walking into the bustling (not) town centre and then a schooner in Monte’s lounge - where we stood out a little from the backpackers!
Day 9 Lion Mill Vineyards, Mt Helena
Our friends arranged to take us for a return visit to Patrick Bertola at Lion Mill Vineyards, Mt Helena http://lionmillvineyards.com.au/ Last time I'd jokingly asked Patrick about his retirement plans and hot they might fit in with ours - if I could persuade P, (and the small impediment of how to get over my fear of … Continue reading Day 9 Lion Mill Vineyards, Mt Helena
Day 7, Monkey Mia, dolphin experience
Up for bakery breakfast (veggie pasties) at 0630 7 a trip to the other side of the peninsula for the first half hour dolphin experience: up to 15 wild dolphins visit, up to three times daily, and five of them (the same five) our fed a measured amount of fish (to avoid them becoming dependent), … Continue reading Day 7, Monkey Mia, dolphin experience
Day 5, Siem Reap to KL to Perth
Time for a swim, then off to the airport. Flights on time, and then a search for our friend's duty free challenge in a nearly dry airport at KL - single malt. We also quite fancied a beer! Caught the train between terminals at the advice of airport staff (they seemed used to this request) … Continue reading Day 5, Siem Reap to KL to Perth
Day 8 Shark Bay, Carnarvon, & the Parkerville Tavern
Peter’s bag, day 8 Took a swim in Shark Bay (really), then a long lunch of veggie stir fry (again) admiring the beautiful azure sea (still no shark). Stopped briefly at Carnarvon on the flight home. I would have liked to have stayed there & visited Ewing Place. There were two extremely cute young kangaroos … Continue reading Day 8 Shark Bay, Carnarvon, & the Parkerville Tavern
Day 6, Perth domestic departure for Monkey Mia
Our friends drove us home, out of the city, to their beautiful bush retreat for refreshments on the patio under the southern sky with the sounds of the native night-wildlife. We slept soundly with the night air coming refreshingly through the insect screen. Mid-day it was off to catch a Skipper's flight together, approximately 2 … Continue reading Day 6, Perth domestic departure for Monkey Mia
Day 4 – sunrise at Angkor Wat
Day 3, Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
We ate lunch at Marum - just outside the Heritage Suites where we were staying, We had an excellent selection of vegetarian dishes, including a black mushroom and brie croquette with broccoli in hoisin sauce. This maybe gives an idea of the fusion of flavours available here. This food would seriously attract high prices in … Continue reading Day 3, Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
Day 2 – is there a doctor or a nurse on board?
I'd just woken up at 2am GMT when the PA (Public Announcement)woke the passengers to ask whether there was a doctor or a nurse on board? Rather anxiously owned up and was grateful for not having had second glass of red wine with supper! I was escorted to Business class where a man, who at … Continue reading Day 2 – is there a doctor or a nurse on board?
We departed from Heathrow Friday for Siem Reap - we are staying at the Heritage Suites Hotel for 3 nights We depart Siem Reap Tuesday for Perth. We'll then head off with Rob and Lucy for Shark Bay/Monkey Mia and back to Perth Friday. We then fly out of Perth on Sunday to Alice Springs, … Continue reading Our itinerary
Well we’re through security with our hand luggage, and my 40 pairs of Matalan biodegradable throw-away knickers. The poor children have been left behind with Hugo in charge for week 1.