The rail trip up to Vancouver was fantastic, it followed the coast, hugging the shoreline most of the way up and we saw eagles and very large herons a plenty. The journey took four hours but did not feel like it, there was so much to see in perfect weather conditions. On arrival the Canadians let us through immigration and we got a taxi to the Times Square Apartments near Stanley Park. We have got a self-catering studio apartment, it is just what we need after 4 weeks of hotel rooms and restaurants it is a place where we can relax, do our own thing, do our laundry!!
Once we had checked in to the Warwick Hotel and had a shower we set out to find some cash and a meal. We left the hotel and headed towards the Space Needle which took us through a residential area, no banks, no restaurants! Eventually we found a bank and changed direction to head downhill towards the waterside. We decided to eat at the Belltown Inn which was great. Continue reading Seattle→
Here we go again on to the next stop, after four great days in Glacier National Park. The weather seems to have changed here with some heavy rain, thunder and lightning recently. When we arrived at the station we had a very spectacular sky as you can see from the photos. The train was only 45min late which for a 1500-mile journey is great going. The journey from Glacier to Seattle is 650 miles and was scheduled to take 17.5 hours with another time zone change.Continue reading Train To Seattle→
On Friday, just a month by date until our departure, we booked the last few elements for our trip. We booked our flight from Dubai to Budapest and the hotels for our European rail journey home. We have booked three nights in Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Berlin and Cologne. Which just leaves the train tickets between those cities to be booked but we can’t do that until 3 months before we want to travel.
We have used Emirates for the flight and a website called RoutePerfect for the European hotels.
We had a visit yesterday from Pam & Steve from Haddenham. We had a tea at home and then went to the coast. They were blown away by the area around Avon Beach, Christchurch. Pam surprised Steve by saying she wouldn’t mind moving to an area like this; could have been an expensive visit! It was really great to see them.
We have set off on our first practice adventure driving down to Spain and back. We are taking 3 days to get to Camallera with stop overs in Beauvais and Millau.
We took the chunnel to get to France, it was really quiet so we got an earlier train than we planned!
We have just completed the first two legs of the journey and we are in our hotel in Millau. The difference between the two hotels is chalk and cheese. Yesterday we stayed in a Campanile at Beauvais and it was lucky to get a one cheer, this hotel is called Chateau De Creissels and is a definite 3 cheers and depending on the meal tonight may make it to a Wow! The interesting thing is the prices for the hotels and food are almost the same.
The weather so far as been fantastic sunny, blue skies, 13C when we left but 18C when we got to Millau, warm enough to have a drink outside on the lawn, well you have to don’t you. Only complaint is the sun is in the wrong place to take a picture of the Millau bridge; will have to do it at breakfast in the morning.
Last leg tomorrow down into Spain and it’s only a 3 hour drive. I only hope the weather holds.
We have just confirmed the Mela Hotel for our time in New York. It looks like a great place to celebrate 30 years of marriage, and a brilliant base for all the things we want to see and do in the Big Apple.