Thursday, January 10, 2019

Holidays are on

While I really wanted to see Cornwall and St Ives, R really wanted to visit Ireland and wanted me to see Scotland. R wanted to see Stonehenge. Some old rocks, ho hum for me. Bath, oh yes for both of us. We have booked a tour in the English summer to see some of England, Scotland and Ireland, the very same one as Gattina took a couple of years ago. The price is very reasonable.

The only way for me to sleep on plane without taking drugs is to have a couple of drinks. Ok, maybe three. Even then, it is not proper sleep, just a heavy doze. Nevertheless, we bought really cheap flights to London with Royal Brunei Airlines, and while the airline of the very conservative Muslim Asian country doesn't serve alcohol on its flights, they do cater for people who bring their own, with mixers, ice and glasses. Just the glass thanks my lovely.

We will catch up with Marie in London, where we will stay for a few days before the tour. I've already asked her to drag us about London or even to Brighton for a day, and she readily agreed. What a wonderful thing blogging has been for me. She showed us some of Greenwich during our last visit, and this year we will be staying there and look forward to exploring the area further.

After the tour, we will have a few days in the north of England, staying with R's closest sister and then back to London for the flight home.

I will be on extended work leave, beginning in February. Gosh, it is a long time until our holiday in July, but.......

a bargain price deal popped up, for a 14 day Autumn cruise from Australia to New Zealand and back. The cruise leaves from Melbourne, so it is just a short cab trip to Station Pier from home. Brighton Antique Dealer has taken this cruise, as has R's former workmate who he had lunch with today, as I write. We are well advised by both parties.

So, we have two holidays booked, and may well have some brief holidays of a couple of nights here or there. We have to do them while we can and we are fortunate that we have enough money, for cheap holidays at least.

Meanwhile, Little Jo is at a very large scout camp in South Australia, while Sister and Mrs Sister swan around South Australia. So good to hear after the collapse of a pylon supporting the causeway to Granite Island at Victor Harbour, that the horse drawn tram is back up and running along the causeway.

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  1. You do have a busy life two holidays booked now that is planing.
    Merle...............

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    1. Merle, we have the time, and no trappings.

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  2. Woo Hoo. Looking forward to hearing about your trips. And your shorter excursions.
    Sleeping on planes isn't a happening thing for me either.

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    1. EC, and it is a very long flight to London.

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  3. How exciting to be planning your holidays! I can't sleep on the plane either, no matter how much I drink.
    I'm counting down the days until I leave for Florida. 10+ inches of snow and no electricity, have made me very grouchy!
    Thankfully we have a generator for heat, but no internet access!

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    1. S'cuse me Maribeth, you have no internet access yet you are post on the internet? The extreme cold must be so difficult, but I guess you are prepared.

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  4. You have done well to be so organised. Other than Brighton, which will obviously be the highlight of my year, I have decided on Russia for my main trip which I am hoping to book within the next week.

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    1. Marie, somehow I think Russia will be highlight of your year. There is much beauty to be seen, as long as your ignore what happens in the country.

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  5. Ooh! I'd forgotten to check on the horse drawn tram. I heard of the damaged pylon and the bridge sinking a bit and hoped it would be fixed quickly. I also hope there are now long term plans to make gradual replacement or support of the old worn out pylons before something drastic happens. Looking forward to hearing about the holiday trips. Does one need a passport to go to NZ?

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    1. River, I guess the causeway is sound again, but its long term future does need to be looked at. It is a good question about passports and I don't actually know. We never used to need them.

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  6. Yes!!! Travels Plans On The Horizon!! Fantastic

    Cheers

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    1. Somewhat exciting Padre. Holidays can be hard work, but remember fondly.

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  7. Certainly planning ahead but then you do have to get booked in. A cousin is currently doing the NZ cruise.
    England, Ireland and Scotland sounds good to me.

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    1. Margaret, from Melbourne I guess. I saw the Golden Princess in the bay before arriving at Station Pier this week.

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  8. Your holiday plans sound wonderful enjoy!!

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    1. Cheryl, only one holiday we have had was not to R's enjoyment too much, the campervan trip within Australia. The weather was rather against us. Still, I enjoyed it. Otherwise, every holiday we have had have been great.

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  9. St Ives is gorgeous, especially for art fans ... so is all of Cornwall. But that is the issue, isn't it? Holidays are always limited in the time available, and the distances that can be covered. So if you travel west, you won't have the time to travel north.

    Perhaps this doesn't apply to anyone in Europe... but for Australians and New Zealanders, choices are critical.

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    1. Hels, it is so hard for we Australians and Kiwis. We travel for 24 hours, sleepless for many, to get to London and then have to start doing things.

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  10. Andrew, We're not sure if we'll be going to St Ives this Summer. It's still undecided. As lovely as it is, self catering cottages can be very expensive in the high Summer season. The last few years it's been £475/£500 just for one week.
    I guess that if you can ever talk R. into going there then you'd probably prefer to stay in a more affordable Bed & Breakfast or Hotel.
    But Brighton sounds nice. I wonder if you could talk your friend into a visit to Hastings on our South Coast.

    Still, if we don't have our holiday this year then we have promised ourselves several coastal day trips.

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    1. Dee, that is really getting up there price wise for self catering. A lesson we have learnt, as we have never done B&B, is go for the standard chain hotel. Hastings. I will take a look.

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  11. Exciting times ahead Andrew, sounds fab.. except for the necessity to board several planes 😀

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    1. Grace, while I don't have a fear of flying, I hate flying. Royal Brunei has new Dreamliners, with generous leg room and top class facilities.

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  12. Today's Post explains all. I managed to hook up the modem and wifi and my laptop to the Generator. But for over half the day (Until I figured out how to do this), I was Internet-less! Horrid really! LOL.

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    1. Maribeth, no internet is intolerable nowadays. I would just die.

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  13. How exciting to plan holidays. We don't get Royal Brunei in Perth.
    I agree travel now while you can physically do it.

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    1. Sami, yes, our fitness levels aren't what they should be but we plan to be somewhat fitter for walking before we go. I know you are a pretty impressive walker.

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  14. More trips! I enjoy reading your vacation stories so I'm excited too.

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    1. Thanks Strayer. I enjoy sharing them.

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