The Shambles in York dates back to the 14th
We then went up to Chirk near Wrexham. The Chirk
viaduct is 70 feet high, built between 1796 and 1801 by Thomas
Telford and William Jessop and like the Pontcysyllte, carries the Ellesmere
Canal, part of the Shropshire Union Canal - impressive. Chirk
Tunnel is 420m (459 yards) in length. One end of the viaduct is in England,
the other in Wales.
A short visit to
I know it's a bit
extravagant, but what the heck - 1 week in Majorca on the
(relatively speaking) cheap.
Went with Monarch airlines
to Cales de Mallorca - lovely weather and very nice place - will
definitely re-visit, weather permitting.
The Hotel Canarios is OK - loads of kids
though, and overlooks Cala Antena and round the corner is Cala Domingos
(v popular beach) A train runs round the resort, and next time I think
we may well try Cala D'or and hire a car for the week, to save the
rather long-winded transfers.
The Hotel Canarios is OK -loads of kids though,
and overlooks Cala Antena and round the corner is Cala Domingos (v
popular beach) A train runs round the resort, and next time I think we
may well try Cala D'or and hire a car for the week, to save the rather
Forgot to take a photo of the White Hart, so used
an on-line one - sure they won't mind ! On the middle picture, the iron
structure is in the shape of a man's silhouette - they say it's Abraham
Darby according to Portillo's train programme.
Furthur on is the Pontcysyllte aquaduct
126 feet above the River Dee - didn't walk across this one - it's quite
Founded by an American, Frederick Belmont in 1919,
there are 6 of these well-known establishments in Harrogate, York,
Northallerton and Ilkley Aunt Betty's Tearooms.
Knaresborough castle - not much left.
The Knaresborough Railway Viaduct, built 1851, 78ft
high which spans the river Nidd.
Stayed at the Kimberley hotel, Harrogate - nice, clean
Had a walk by the river to the petrifying well and
Mother Shipton's cave, a 16th century soothsayer (allegedly) more details
are found at www.mothershipton.co.uk
York Minster - very impressive but didn't go in -
charge to go into God's house !
The only Bullet train outside Japan, which runs on the
Shinkansen network developed in 1964, and Stephenson's Rocket (replica)
built for the Rainhill trials in 1829, and achieved up to speeds of 24mph
Back to Fuerteventura and Magic Life - hired a Suzuki
Jimny for a day to explore Villa Winter more.
Thought we'd try Lanzarote for a change. Booked through
Low Cost Holidays - no problem at all - always cheaper than Thomsons (which
we do like) & Thomas Crook (which we don't !)
Stayed at the Santa Rosa appartments in Costa Teguise
- half board, not bad for price.
View over complex
Costa Teguise is nice - very windy - more so than
Fuerteventura. The entrance to the small market place was designed by Cesar
Manrique, a well known artist/sculptor on the island. The festival visited
town one night - (below) and very lively !
Took a bus ride (well couriered) to Teguise market.
The market occupies all streets of the town and the church is really well
preserved and worth a visit. Vik, for some reason, thought the dirty great
big black pig was really cool !
A return trip to Mallorca - thought we'd try Cala d'Or
as it looked quite nice when we went to Calles de Mallorca last June -
really nice place - probably going to make this place a regular. Stopped at
the Puerto del sol appartments overlooking the marina - only 3 star but got
everything you need - clean, quiet and all-inc.)
via Low Cost Holidays again.
The picture of the front of the Puerto del Sol is off
the net, as I can't find my photo anywhere ! The marina is lovely and we had
a marina view (just !) Plenty of bars and eateries to choose from and not
particularly expensive. Below is the train that goes round town etc. - well
worth the 4 euros and I want the driver's job when he retires.
Off to Lanzarote again - this time Playa Blanca, not
so windy and a nice quiet place with nice walks to town and lighthouse -
room was right on the front and the hotel Royal Monica was very nice - all
Our apartment was right on the sea front.
From the front you can see Fuerteventura and Los Lobos
(tr. the wolves)
To the left a photo from the air - you can just
make out the lighthouse (Pechiguerra) in the far distance.
The stretch of water between the 2 islands is called
the Bocaina Strait
You can walk either to the right (lighthouse) or the
left which eventually leads to the market at Rubicon Marina. We cheated and
took the bus !
A couple of new additions to the area - the area
between the hotel and Esquinzo has been developed a little so you can take a
nice walk around and opposite the front of the hotel a supermarket has been
built - not Dino's by the way.
Thought we'd treat ourselves - stayed a night in the
Hard Day's Night hotel, with my name on TV and Lennon looking over us ! Nice
place - worth a visit. On the second night we stayed at the Blenheim in
On the way to Chester we made a slight detour to the
boat lift at Northwich - Anderton's is one of only two in the UK, the other
being the Falkirk Wheel. The lift takes boats up from th river Weaver to the
Trent & Mersey Canal.
Various pix of Chester including the cathedral and the
Pied Bull where we stayed.
Stayed at Royal Monica in Playa Blanca again -
quite windy this time. Ventured to the Marina Market again, and did the
trip to the Timfaya Volcano Park - enjoyed that.
Off again to Mallorca and Cala d'Or again - we seem to
have fallen for Mallorca - it's little coves and mountain scenery. Below are
pix of Cala Egos - Vik wants a house on the cliff when we win the lottery !
Next is Cala Figuera, a really quaint fishing village. Next is Formentor, at
the end of the Tramuntana Mountain range - driving there was very hairy and
Vik had to reverse the car in the car park _ I s..t myself ! and finally
Felanitx where there is a busy street market and impressive church -
Mallorca is definitely up there for impressive churches/
A quick couple of days up in Whitby and Scarborough.
We then went on to stay at Blands Cliff, just off the
main street - must sat that Scarborough is looking very tired and scruffy
Stayed at Captains Lodge up on the cliffs, just around
the corner from where Bram Stoker stayed on the Royal Crescent whilst
reseaarcching and writing Dracula between 1890 and 1896.
Off to Mallorca again - the NE -Alcudia. Stayed at the
Condes de Alcudia - quite nice hotel - think we were on the 9th floor
Drove through the Tramuntana mountains to Deia one day
- it's where Robert Graves lived his later life
at the house, above right (author of I Claudius and others)- the scenery is stunning if not a bit
Visit 'Let's Get Away' 4 for more places we've
The 365 Calvari Steps at Pollenca - visited a nice
little street market there.
A quick stay at Harrogate & York
Drove up the zig zag road to Santuari de Sant Salvador
- historic monastery near Felantix.
The abbey is a former monastery 509 metre high and has lovely views all
around. It was founded in 1348.
Since 1992 the former cells have been rented in the old
buildings, which also has a restaurant. You can walk over to the cross on
the other peak but we didn't bother - too hot !
A 3 DAY DIVERSION TO :
18/19th May 2015
WHITBY & SCARBOROUGH
Puig Major, the highest point in Mallorca, 1,436m or
4,71 ft high
Colonia de Sant Pierre
Porto Cristo -lovely place near the caves of Drach. Rafael Nadal's house
is in the bay - smashing setting but I don't think he was in !
Alcudia Town Hall
Went from Berwick down to Seahouses staying at Farne
Islands B & B - well recommended and went on Billy Shiels boat trip around the
Farne Islands - extremely wet but good fun and well worth it. Whilst there we
visited Alnwick and Bamburgh Castle (pictured). Whilst at Bamburgh we caught up
with the tale of Grace
Horsley Darling who was an English lighthouse keeper's daughter, famed for
participating in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in
1838 - pictured is her grave at Bamburgh church.
North East for 2 nights - stayed at Castle View House
in Berwick - lovely, friendly B & B by the River Tweed. L S Lowrie stayed
here on numerous occasions and he painted the Lion House and the Town Hall
below, whilst there.
The Volcan de Tindaya, one of a few Armas ferries
operating the Canaries.
A rare pic of Vik, having a rest on the way to Playa
Special one-off treat to Jandia Princess for a week
and we got special adults only service - what fine people ! Took a Thomsons
holiday this time, again all inc.
Decided to spend a couple of days at
Ironbridge. Stayed at the White Hart on the river front - quite nice and
then on the way home made a detour north westerly towards Wrexham.