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Vancouver – I survived the 9 hour flight (Just about!)

By on May 5, 2018

The flight from Heathrow Terminal 2 to Vancouver International is 9 hours in duration and I have to admit I felt it during the last 2-3 hours.  I did the journey to Montreal last year and that was 7 hours, but this time I found that extra couple of hours was a real killer.  Read more…

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Kefalonia – Greece (Journal Day 6)

By on November 16, 2017
Assos

On our penultimate day, we were heading off to Assos Castle but decided to stop off at Sami on the way to take a look around the port area.  The port itself is located on the North Eastern side of Kefalonia.  It was fairly quiet when we went but in the summer season, it gets really busy with ferries connecting to Patras and Astakos in mainland Greece, Italy,  Ithaca and Lefkada.  From here we headed to Myrtos Beach and then on towards Assos and the castle there.

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Kefalonia – Greece (Journal Day 5)

By on November 9, 2017
Moon at Mount Ainos

Mount Ainos & the Destroyed Village

Today we decided to head up to the top of the huge peak that dominates the Island – Mount Ainos.

The drive here was strangely not as steep and perilous as others and it was well worth it for the amazing views of the Island from the top.

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Kefalonia – Greece (Journal Day 4)

By on October 29, 2017
Kastro Ag Giorgios

Day Trip to Kastro Ag Giorgios

Today we headed East out of Lourdata along the road to Argostoli so that we could take in a visit to Kastro Ag Giorgios, situated on a hilltop between Peratata and Traviliata.

The Castle itself is clearly visible as you drive across the Island and it is one of the most visited historic sites on Kefalonia.

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Kefalonia, Greece (Journal Day 3)

By on October 24, 2017
Cave Kefalonia

Visits to Caves and Underground Lakes

We had heard a lot of stories about the caves and the underground lakes on Kefalonia so today we decided to head out towards Sami which is a coastal town located around 25km east of Argostoli (the Kefalonian Capital), and after Argostoli, it is the second largest port on the Island with ferry trips to Patra, Ithaca and Italy leaving from there daily.

The plan was that on the way to Sami we would stop off en route to check out the caves.

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Kefalonia – Greece (Journal Day 2)

By on October 21, 2017
Cronidis Beach Kefalonia Greece

Today we took delivery of a hire car – rather cute Suzuki Jimny 4×4 with a soft top. On the website it was red and rather fancy, in real life, it was a clapped out old banger, white, with an ill-fitting soft top. Still, it worked, it got us where we wanted to go and we grew to love that little car.

Neither of us had ever a) driven a 4×4 or b) driven on the right-hand side of the road but we put on our big girl/boy pants and set off on the road out to Skala from Lourdata.

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Kefalonia, Greece – Journal Day 1

By on October 17, 2017

KefaloniaKefalonia (may also be spelt as Cephalonia, Kefallonia, Kefallinia or Kephallenia) is the largest of the Ionian Islands of Western Greece, it has a rich and varied history and you can read about that here.  This is the first of a series of excerpts from the journal I kept during our recent stay on the Island.

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Post Travel Brexit Ranting – Can we please just stay?

By on October 16, 2017
Brexit EU

We are now well and truly on our way to leaving the EU following the Brexit vote.  The more places I visit within the EU the more I come to believe that all of the ‘issues’ that we apparently have as a result of ‘Brussels’ that were trotted out by the pro-Brexit lobby are a total myth.  It seems that actually across the EU people seem to be able to get on with their day to day lives perfectly well with little to no regard for the EU at all.

We seem to be entering the Brexit negotiations from the position of wanting all the benefits of the EU with none of the responsibilities and certainly not the bills.

Our currency took a dive from which it has still not fully recovered and then suddenly all those people who had happily voted ‘leave’ realised we would no longer get EU subsidies, could no longer retire to go and live in Spain at the drop of a hat or even go on holiday as easily or as cheaply once we leave the EU.   Hello?  What did you actually expect?

Yes, we did have an Empire (PAST tense), what we have now is a huge sense of entitlement and a stick up our collective arse.

‘Getting our country back’ – because we have ‘no room’, blah blah.  Newsflash – being an Island does not give you the monopoly on limited space.  Last I heard all countries in the EU have finite space, these are universally known as ‘borders’.  Those things certain people were so keen on ‘getting control’ of exist around the whole world even within the EU.  Who knew?

Remember how we were all braced for a huge influx of Rumanians desperate to move to a cold, unwelcoming country to claim £73 a week?  Probably you don’t because it never happened.  You never really hear about ‘benefit tourism’ in other EU countries. Why?  Because their governments have rules regarding length of residency, economic activity and so on before you can claim.  Despite claims that people can walk into the UK and claim, we have the self-same rules here.  Don’t believe me – check it out here or here.

Also,  have you seen Italy or Greece?!  Why the hell would anyone come here where our climate sucks, people are wound up tighter than – I dunno, a really, really, very tight thing – all for the princely sum of £73 a week?

I have seen no evidence of the excessive health and safety laws people constantly bang on about in other EU countries I have visited.  No evidence of rules on straight bananas or perfect veg.   In actual fact, people seem to cherry pick a lot more what rules and regs they actually follow.

Mention any of this now and you are branded a ‘remoaner’.  However, while we are still in ‘us and them’ mode this situation will continue simply because people are too proud to admit they were actually wrong and are still in the ‘we won, you lost’ state of mind.  The reality is, we’ve all lost so much.  Some of us haven’t realised it yet.

 

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Farleigh Hungerford Castle

By on October 2, 2017
Farleigh Hungerford Castle

After our trip to Stoney Littleton Long Barrow, we decided to head down to Fairleigh Hungerford Castle which can be found in the village of the same name located on the Somerset/Wiltshire border about 9 miles from the city of Bath.  It was only a 10-minute drive so it seemed like a good idea to pop in while we were in the area.

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Stoney Littleton Long Barrow

By on September 28, 2017

Entrance Stoney Littleton Long BarrowLast weekend we decided to go on a short camper van adventure and visited Stoney Littleton Long Barrow. This is a multichambered Neolithic burial tomb, about a mile outside the village of Wellow, Somerset.

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