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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Three Days in Bruges

Aug 9, 2012 by

Arrival and first impressions When I told people I was going to spend a few days in Bruges, I didn’t meet a single one who hadn’t already been there. They all said what a beautiful place it is so it was definitely time for me to check it out. The journey was painless and I arrived late afternoon. I walked to my hotel  which was close to ‘T-Zand through King Albert Park and via the Tourist Information Centre where I picked up an excellent map for 50c which I used a lot during my stay. If you are interested in visiting a lot of museums it could be worth purchasing a City Card. Alternatively some of the museums are grouped together so you can buy a day or three day ticket for several. Generally all...

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Los Escullos

Sep 14, 2011 by

  Driving from Capilleira to Los Escullos on the coast was not a great plan as the motorway I thought would zoom us there is not yet finished and traffic is very heavy between Motril and Almeria. Past Almeria we were back into the desert landscape. The hotel we stayed at, although near the sea, was set below the mountains within the natural park of Cabo de Gata; a unique setting. La Isleta, a fishing hamlet nearby, was a lovely place to spend the day. It has four beaches, one where the fishing boats are based, two sandy beaches and one in a rocky bay which was great for snorkelling. Boat trips and a diving school are based here. Las Negras is a small resort further along the coast to the east. This is...

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Capileira

Sep 8, 2011 by

We drove up into the mountains to look for the best spot to view stage 4 of the Vuelta. We had chosen a Category 1 climb and were hopeful that the riders would be spread out, giving us a good view of our favourites. As we drove up into the mountains, the desert-like conditions were left behind and we saw goats and trees. There was ample parking and shade at the top of the climb and we settled down to wait for the riders. I was surprised to see a couple of publicity cars throwing out goodies to the spectators but have to admit it was not exactly the extent of the Tour de France. We didn’t have too long to wait before the first group of riders came along, quite a large group...

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Tabernas

Sep 8, 2011 by

The area east of Almeria is very dry, with tiny amounts of rain annually. We were intrigued to learn that many spaghetti westerns were filmed in this area and at least three film sets are open to the public. We visited the most highly rated one, Mini Hollywood, trying to find shade where we could, arriving just in time for one of the thrice daily shows. This was great fun and a must if you come here. We also saw the Can Can show. Fluent Spanish would have been helpful here as the MC seemed brilliant. Bring your swimming things and you can cool off before visiting the spread out zoo. We didn’t get round much of this as we were waylaid by the birth of four meercats and were privileged to observe the...

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Almeria

Sep 8, 2011 by

We felt the dry heat as soon as we disembarked. It was 9 pm so we did wonder whatever it would be like during the day. We picked up our hire car in Almeria, fairly painlessly, only being second in the queue. From experience we knew to sprint to the hire car desk to avoid long waits. It is a nuisance that you cannot pay in advance for everything you want, eg extra driver, fully comp insurance. This makes it very difficult to compare prices. Our chosen provider, Goldcar, turned out to be fine and we were very pleased with our Opel Astra car. The newly modernised airport is superb.   After having been quite impressed with our Tom Tom’s performance, navigating me from Glasgow airport to Glen Nevis, Wasfell Head and Pen y...

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