We had a great weekend in Shaftesbury and caught up with some old friends. Mark and I had to watch the sport on Saturday, while the ladies went into town. We did not spend all our time in front of the TV, we visited two National Trust sites, Stourhead and Montecute. These are two fantastic places and well worth a visit if you are ever near them.
Yesterday we heard from Cunard about our voyage. We have received our tickets and instructions to be at the port at 15:00 on 17 July for embarkation. No news yet on what time we sail but as high tide is at 22:37 I expect it will be quite late. We have also received our tickets for the Princess cruise as well.
Today was our last full down here in Catalonia and we went to visit our friends Geoff and Wendy who were over the border in France. They have bought a two bedroom apartment in Collioure right on the sea wall, just look at the photos!
Collioure is about one hours drive from here and it was very windy driving over the border. We arrived in time for coffee and then went to see their new place, it is absolutely fantastic. We had plenty of time for a spot of lunch before driving back to Camallera.
Geoff and Wendy are renting the apartment for holidays, if you are interested have a look at their website, 24ruebellevue.com
Tomorrow we leave this great area for another one, the Creuse valley in the Limousine region, we will be staying there until the weekend.
23rd April has double significance; St Jordi (St George) is the Patron Saint of Catalonia so this is the Catalan National day and it is also Kim’s brothers birthday. This year we were able to celebrate both! We gave Mark his presents and cards after breakfast; interesting to be told they do not do birthday cards here in Spain! Continue reading 23 April→
Well we have taken another large step toward our trip. On Good Friday we moved from our home of 23 years and established a new basecamp in sunny Dorset.
It was with mixed emotions that we left our beautiful home, where we have been so happy. However we take lots of wonderful memories with us and the friendships we have made will survive a change of geography. Lots of our Cambridgeshire friends are threatening to come to Cornwall when we are settled.
Another piece of the jigsaw falls into place. We have confirmed the arrangements for our time in Australia.
We had already decided to spend two weeks in Melbourne, it is one of our favourite cities and after six weeks touring New Zealand it will be good to stay put for a while; a holiday from our holiday if you like. But Australia beckons and we don’t want to miss some of the sights we haven’t been able to see on previous visits.
We will leave Melbourne and drive the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide. We have allowed time to visit the Barossa Valley (cheers) and spend a couple of days on Kangaroo Island before we fly to Ayres Rock to explore the Red Centre. Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs are all on the agenda followed by a flight to Cairns to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland Coast. Finally, just in time for Christmas we will head up to Darwin and take in a trip to Kakadu National Park and Katherine Gorge.
After all that I think we will be ready to make the short hop to Bali for the beaches and some spiritual refreshment.