Vancouver, what more can I say?...

Jul 31, 2016 by

Looking to explore further afield, when my son got the chance to work in Vancouver, I began to plan my visit straight away. I would recommend booking your flight early. I tried playing a game, by waiting for the price to drop around a magic date. When it did drop, I dithered and then it went back up again. I ended up booking a flight with Air Transat, a Canadian budget airline.  If you like a lot to eat, it’s a good idea to bring some extras, but I was fine with the free stuff, which was snacks and drinks, including a glass of wine and seconds were offered, when there was food left over. So all in all, not a bad choice of airline. Except for my case arriving home three days after me....

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Darwin, Down and Downe

Jul 31, 2016 by

 If you’re travelling to Down House, home of Charles Darwin on public transport, you need to know that buses to Downe are very infrequent, by which I mean every 90 minutes Monday to Saturday and not at all on Sunday. I discovered this when I had just missed one. I had a nice 80 minutes at Orpington Station,  chatting to bus drivers and reading my book, but it didn’t make for good progress. It’s a 25 minute ride to Down House from Orpington, with various Hail and Ride sections along the way, so once out of the town, you make speedy progress into the countryside. Shortly after Downe village you need to ring the bell and tell the driver you want to get off at Down House. I think most people must travel by...

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