This is our last day. This is a lovely place to do nothing. Tonight we have to fly back and start doing things again…
The weather is persistently nice. And they have crazy golf course on the roof of the hotel. I wonder how many balls they lose each year?
I don’t own a boat. They look nice, but apparently they involve going out on the water and getting wet and stuff. Although I guess if you can afford to buy one of these you can also afford to pay someone to do all that for you.
We’ve flown off for a few days in Portugal. Very nice.
Expect lots of pictures of sunsets.
I've never been that keen on the outdoors. What, with it not having a roof or air conditioning.
However, on the basis of this trip I'm having to modify this opinion a bit. I think you have to choose your outdoors carefully, and be lucky with the weather, but we've done a couple of walks that I've really enjoyed. I'm not quite at the point of buying an Ordnance Survey map and a pair of waterproof trousers yet, but I'm thinking about it.
We went for a walk in the forest and found that someone had hammered a bunch of coins into a fence post. Not sure why, although it did make a rather good picture. I guess you can have the cash - if you can get it out.
Never been to the Lake District before. But I can strongly recommend it. Especially in the weather we're having at the moment. We're in Ambleside, which is a lovely place. It turns out to be remarkably like the riviera, even down to the waiters speaking with Italian accents.
When we had our awful struggle to get to the airport a couple of weeks ago one of the things that sustained me was the knowledge that at least it wouldn't be this bad on the way back.
Turns out that Mother Nature (tm) had arranged another show of strength just as we got back into the country, with lots of thick snow and the prospect of blocked motorways.
Fortunately, with jetlag you don't let such trifling things as icy roads worry you. All you want to do is sleep. So we got a train and a taxi back to our snowbound car, loaded it up and shot onto the M62 before fate noticed. And we got home just fine.
We've had a lovely time away. All the better for not having to be at home.
This is our last day in Lisbon. We actually saw some grey clouds and some rain, which I think is preparing us for what we can expect back home. On well. We will definitely be back.
The Romans liked Lisbon too. They built a dirty great big amphiteatre just to show off. There are still some bits of it left which you can see, yes, at another museum.
We like museums.
Today we headed for Lisbon Castle. It has a great view of the surroundings; what with it being on the top of a hill and all that.
The Isle of Man is lovely. It's as if they've taken lots of the best places in England and folded them in on themselves to make a place where there's something really nice round each corner.
And you get to drive on a race track.
We're heading home today. But we'll be back.
So, today we went to the Isle of Man Royal Manx Show. Wonderful. Rather like the Traction Engine rally of last week, but with more cows. We didn't expect to stay all day, but a combination of good weather and plenty of things to see took us all the way to the Grand Parade at the end. They had dog agility, pony club express, bright blue sheep (and a Bo Peep to go with them). They probably had a kitchen sink somewhere too. And very probably it was beautifully decorated.
One of the highlights was the Stampede Stunt Company. They did a fantastic routine showing us the "Way of the Cossack Warrior". Which apparently is all about the Dzhigits of the Cossack people. The pronunciation of which for some reason had me thinking of this video. Anyhoo, they were awesome. Of course I had a camera with me. Of course I took some pictures.
Of on my holidays today. By boat. This is the view from the ferry.
This is the view as we docked.
Red vs. blue..... I think were going to like it here...
Today we got on the bus and headed to the centre of San Francisco. I really like the way that the city has a proper centre, with lots of shops and other good stuff. The weather was very kind to us (especially by the standards of San Francisco), and so I took a bunch of photographs. As you do.
It occurs to me that perhaps people don't care about what I do on my holidays. But please remember, dear reader, that I write this blog for me........
We slept very well and headed out first thing for breakfast. The place we are staying is right near the Golden Gate Park which is really lovely.
We had a good wander round and then staggered back to the flat when the jetlag kicked in....
Big day today. In more ways than one. It's the start of the holiday (yay!) and it will also be around 8 hours longer than usual thanks to time zones etc. We got off to an early start which turned out not to be necessary as our flight out of the UK was delayed. But thanks to the magic of computers we were automatically routed onto a later connecting flight and the journey was smooth enough. Particularly when those awfully nice Delta people moved me into a seat with actual legroom.
We are presently in San Francisco, looking for some flowers to put in our hair. Or something.