Some shots from a trip to Bergen in 20012.
Blogging from a small iPhone – is it possible? I’m on a trip with no laptop or iPad, so I’m evaluating the possibilities of travelling light.
The trip began with a train cancellation and consequently a squeeze to catch the connection in London, but it turned out ok. Another connection from Birmingham and then buses from Gobowen and finally from Oswestry took me to the lovely village of Llanrhaeadr. This final leg wasn’t without incident due to diversions that required the bus to negotiate even narrower country lanes than the normal route.
After a settling in at my holiday cottage, followed by an hour or so with my aunt, I picked up a few basics from the small supermarket.
Being a Saturday night, a pub meal for dinner seemed very appropriate, and a steak and ale pie and a Shiraz were duly consumed.
And now, the final episodes of Spiral.
It would be great if it was like this….
and even better if it was like this!
There’s an amazing variety of vehicles used to move visitors around Lisbon. There’s a plague of electric scooters and electric bikes around the tourist areas, and for the adventurous / foolhardy there’s also Segways that can be hired. There’s a small, easy to use Metro system as well as buses and the wonderful trams. Finally, there’s a varied range of taxis.
Drinks in our hotel’s beautiful bar. The missus, a draught beer, a Joe Nesbo and some peanuts. Perfect.
We enjoyed our meal in Lisbon, having purposely chosen the restaurant because it offered Portuguese food. That was until I checked out the Tripadvisor entry and discovered that it was 4,260 of 4,613 restaurants in Lisbon, which somewhat took the shine off the evening. My son’s comment via WhatsApp was “Almost the worst one in Lisbon 😂 fingers crossed…”, which was amusing if not comforting, whilst my missus chipped in with “Not like dad not to have done his homework!!!”.
Many times I’ve travelled on the 10:12 from Clapham Junction towards Southampton.
In the last year of my mum’s life, when I had become fed up with the drive, I would catch this train to visit her in her care home. I’ve also used it to carry on beyond Southampton to Brockenhurst and eventually Lymington, one of my very favourite places. From Lymington you can walk or catch the little ferry to Hurst Castle, you can walk around the coastal path, and you can catch the larger ferry to the Isle of Wight. I love ferries, large and small.
Over the past 12 months I’ve also caught the 10:12 in order to reach the starting points of the four sections of the Itchen Way walk – Southampton, Eastleigh, Winchester (twice).
On most of these train trips, I’ve bought a coffee and KitKat from the on-board trolley service (I’m a creature of habit), and on most of these times I’ve been served by the same East-European lady with the lovely smile. And though I remember her, she probably doesn’t remember me.
On Tuesday I set off to start the last leg of the Itchen Way walk. I was standing on the Clapham Junction platform, waiting for the 10:12, when an express, non-stopping train shot past, but with its hooter blaring. The next thing I know is that station staff are active, moving waiting passengers away from the platforms. Someone had jumped under the express train. Chaos followed as trains were suspended in order to deal with the emergency. I abandoned any thoughts of doing my walk. Two days later I tried again, this time without incident.
I guess that forever, when standing waiting for the 10:12, I’ll spare a thought as the express train shoots through, for the person who had had enough.
Traveller hint #1: Before travelling, as well as checking if the trains are running / on time, it’s also worth checking that the underground line you intend using is running. We didn’t and it wasn’t.
Traveller hint #2: Don’t assume that because the bus company confirms that the last bus is running on your date of travel and that it goes as far as your destination, that this will be the case. It wasn’t – the late service has been discontinued. Sadly the company (Tanat Valley – www.tanat.co.uk) have not updated their on-line timetable, so others may also find a £26 taxi will be required.
A big birthday spent with the family in a magnificent converted barn just outside the New Forest. In large grounds, it had a lake and children’s play area and acres of woods to explore.
It’s worth an overnight stay in Hull if only to walk the splendid old-town streets and visit the art gallery. Our hotel, a Premier Inn, is quite basic, as you would expect, but it’s just fine. It’s on the edge of a trading estate so no great views, but it’s just a minute’s walk from the old-town.
I’m a little disappointed with my Fowey pictures. I took too few of the town itself and of the winding streets and alleys. Fowey is a lovely, small Cornish town at the bottom of a steep hill. The shops, pubs and cafes are wrapped around the winding, narrow roads. There is a small bookshop, selling antiquarian and local books but also some general novels. Fowey is small – but just the right size!
Our holiday cottage was a barely 5 minutes walk to the town, though it took a little longer on the way back up the steep hill. The many views from Fowey are of across the estuary to the small town of Polruan.
We had a fabulous 5 nights in Fowey. It was warm and sunny /cloudy apart from one day when it drizzled all day.
Fowey getting dark
Fowey and across to Polruan
Where is Fowey?