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UK/Belgium holiday in planning

Very busy the last few weeks, which is why the blog has been so quiet. Long-time readers would know that I like to write about my interstate and overseas holidays in almost excruciating detail. Well brace yourself for another one - I've got a European holiday in planning for later this year. It's looking like England, Wales, and Belgium, with catching up with various family scattered around

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European holiday: Escaping the winter

(I am prone to do long overly-detailed blog posts about my holidays, perhaps more for my benefit and enjoyment than yours. Here's the first instalment. This post is backdated. Published 26/7/2017) This holiday was a long time coming. Co-ordinating with my sons (including university holidays) and work and M and relatives, let alone getting the money together, took some time... in fact it would b

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Go west! (to Cardiff)

(Backdated. Posted 28/7/2017) Click on any photo to see it larger After a long flight from Singapore, we landed in London, and as we taxied I did my usual thing of checking out the exotic airlines you can see at airports outside Australia. I particularly liked the Brussels Airlines slogan "We fly you to the home of Tintin" - apparently this is their "Rackham" aircraft. Hello He

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Cardiff Who?

(Backdated. Posted 31/7/2017) Oh the joys of jetlag. Having gone to bed at 8pm, I woke at about 5am. But being summer, it was already light. Eventually it seemed like a half-decent time to get up and out, and we prepared for our mission. Why had we come to Cardiff in the first place? And at the start of the holiday? Because of the Doctor Who Experience. It's been at Cardiff Bay since 2012

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Battling the buses

(Backdated. Posted 4/8/2017.) We'd be leaving Cardiff the next day, so before heading out we decided to get some laundry done. This is one of the benefits of Air B'n'B over hotels - at least if you've booked somewhere with a washing machine. Then, what excursion today? We'd considered trying to get to Llanfairยญpwllgwyngyllยญgogeryยญchwyrnยญdrobwllยญllanยญtysilioยญgogoยญgoch, which as many would kno

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Time for a Bath

Friday morning in Cardiff, yet another warm sunny day -- I was in danger of getting sunburnt. The locals all swore it was highly unusual to have this much sun -- apparently "sunburn" and "Wales" are words not often found in one sentence. Time to head elsewhere, but first, one more walk to Cardiff Bay to stretch the legs. We walked past the BBC Cardiff studios, wondering if we might spot any

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Canals and cathedrals

(Backdated. Posted 10/8/2017.) The hotel, being a cheapie, didn't offer breakfast, so we sprung out around 7:30 looking for foodโ€ฆ and discovered that almost nowhere in Bath is open before 8am, at least not on a Saturday. Eventually (eg at 8am, or just before) we found a great cafe near Bath Abbey just opening up, which made a delicious cooked breakfast. We made a note to come back here th

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Family reunion time, and the mystery of the Bath toastie

(Backdated. Posted 15/8/2017) Sunday, and today was the day we were scheduled to meet all the English relatives - aged from 2 to 92 - this was one of the primary reasons for the trip. But first - breakfast! We hit the streets of Bath in search of food, discovering yet again that before 8am, almost nothing in this tourist town is open. Worse, being a Sunday, that cafe from the day before w

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Heading to the wild, wild west (Cornwall)

(Backdated. Posted 16/8/2017) We bade our farewells to the family and my uncle K gave us a lift to Taunton station. First step to our next destination was a train to Exeter, or to be precise, Exeter St Davids. As with Bath a few days earlier, Exeter is served by multiple railway stations, originally built by different railway companies. Exeter Central is, as the name would suggest, more c

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Epic bus ride to the end of the land

(Backdated. Posted 22/8/2017.) Unlike the budget hotel in Bath, this hotel in Penzance included a full English breakfast, of which we availed ourselves. Very tasty. We'd be spending the day in and around Penzance, but leaving in the evening, so we had to check-out. The hotel initially seemed a bit iffy about having the space to keep all our bags for the day. The station doesn't offer left lu