Julie

Brinks Concerto Bow

Norfolk Broads Boating Holiday

We’ve not had a boating holiday before, so when good friends of ours were thinking of booking their next trip on the Norfolk Broads, we decided to join them. The lovely thing about the Norfolk Broads is that it’s an easy introduction to boating, there’s 120 miles of waterways and no locks to deal with. We had booked a 35ft Brinks Concerto for our week, with two double cabins and two bathrooms. As we had choice of cabins, we went…

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Fur & Feather Woodfordes Flight

Norfolk Broads Pubs

We were looking forward to eating out at a few pubs during our tour of the Southern Broads. We managed 6 during our week, and had some fabulous meals as well as tasting local ales. The pubs are listed in the order that we visited them. The Maltsers, Ranworth Ranworth is a picture postcard setting, there’s a village green with a local shop, and the tower of St. Helen’s church peaks out from the trees. The Maltsers is visible from…

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Joanna Lumley’s India

We are really looking forward to watching Joanna Lumley’s India which starts tonight at 21:00 on ITV. Mike’s mum was born in India and as yet neither of us have been to this country, which is why it’s top of our destination list for 2018. Actually Mike has just clarified that he has been to India, but only for refuelling at Bombay and New Delhi airports during long haul flights from Hong Kong to the UK. In this three part…

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Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle Tour

6 day India’s Golden Triangle INCLUDES • Return flights • 6 day India’s Golden Triangle independent tour, including 5 nights’ accommodation, services of an English speaking guide, various meals, selected sightseeing and all transfers HIGHLIGHTS Embark on a whistle-stop tour of India, taking it many of its key attractions on this 6 day tour to give you just a taste of what this magnificent country is all about. Visit spectacular monuments the Taj Mahal and the stunning Agra Fort before…

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Pirate Pool H10 Mediterranean Village

H10 Mediterranean Village

We chose to stay at the 4* H10 Mediterranean Village hotel in Cap Salou for 2 nights as part of our short break in Barcelona. There are a few H10 hotels in the area, but this one had good family reviews and an interesting pirate boat themed pool for our granddaughter to play in. We only needed bed & breakfast accommodation, but we upgraded to half board, as the extra cost was just £30 for the 5 of us. We…

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Ferrari Land Barcelona

Ferrari Land Spain

The boys were excited about visiting the brand new Ferrari Land during our trip to Barcelona, which opened on the 7th April 2017. Ferrari Land is the newest of the three theme parks at PortAventura in Salou and a €100 million euro investment, the water park Caribe Aquatic was the second development which opened in 2000. At the moment you can’t pay a single entry to visit Ferrari Land, it is combined with PortAventura on 1-3 day tickets, plus the…

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Bar Central La Boqueria

La Boqueria Food Market

The Mercat de la Boqueria, also known as the Mercat de Sant Josep is a magnet for tourists. This superb food market is situated between La Rambla and the plaza of Sant Josep, it’s a busy, bustling and vibrant place. We tried twice during the afternoon and again in the evening to find vacant stools at one of the tapas bars in La Boqueria, without success. So that mission remains top of our list for our next visit to Barcelona.…

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Turó de la Rovira Wedding Shoot

Best view of Barcelona – Turó de la Rovira

For the best panoramic view over Barcelona head for the Turó de la Rovira, a viewpoint enjoyed by locals at the weekend, but not on the tourist map. This location is approximately 15 minutes by taxi from the centre of Barcelona, we had a hire car so it was relatively easy to access, although there is limited free parking, we were fortunate to take the last space on arrival. You can also catch these buses, 24, 92, 119 & V17.…

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Barcelo Raval 360 Roof Bar Terrace

Barcelo Raval

We wanted a hotel with a wow factor for our Friday night with the family in Barcelona, we found it at the Barceló Raval. Having arrived early in the city, we parked our car at the underground parking next door to the hotel and went out to explore and get some lunch. It was slightly disappointing when we arrived in reception after the standard check in time of 14:00 to find that our rooms weren’t ready. We were surprised also…

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Our Travels

Last trip: Salou and Barcelona

Next Trip: Norfolk Broads

Fave Trip so far:

Julie: Cape Town

Mike: Hong Kong