Rye 2009

What could be better than heading off down to the warmer climes of the south of England, and taking time to stop off at the Great British Beer Festival on the way? We broke up the journey with an overnight stay in London to pay our first visit to the Earl’s Court beer festival. The arena was a swarming mass …

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Peak District 2008

A week in the Peaks staying in Ashford on the Water, a small village in Derbyshire. Thorpe Cottage was our base for a lovely stay in Ashford, near the River Wye, not far from Bakewell. From here we walked and cycled many a mile of disused Derbyshire railway tracks, and visited various places such as Matlock, Bakewell and Chesterfield. The …

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Prague 2007

We booked into a strange hotel in the centre of Prague where they served broccoli, carrots and boiled eggs for breakfast, the Japanese seemed to enjoy it though. The hotel wasn’t great but it was ideally placed just around the corner from the tram stop from which we explored the city. Once you escape the ugly graffiti scrawled back streets …

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Lapland 2007

Our second trip to the frozen north, a week within the Arctic Circle and again the Northern Lights fail to show up! Twice now I’ve tried to fulfil an ambition to witness one of nature’s wonders, the Aurora Borealis, and both times I’ve failed. Despite being told that if you stay for more than a few days the chances of …

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Jasper 2005

The family split for this year’s holiday to Canada, with Coral, William and co. heading out first, them me, Tina, Andrew & the lads going two weeks later. It was the first time we’d taken two whole weeks and I have to admit that this was a bit of a strain on the legs! My first impression of Canada was …

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Mexico 2005

From the -40 temperatures of freezing Canada in January to the tropical summer heat waves of Mexico, there couldn’t have been a much more extreme variation in climate. I’d given up summer holidays for skiing trips, but was talked into this by my niece Kerry, who had chosen Cancun as her wedding venue. It had been some time since I’d …

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Andorra 2004

On our second visit to Andorra Coral somehow managed to get us intermediate skiing lessons for the princely sum of £11 for the week! So Coral, Tina, William, me, and an Israeli woman brushed up on our skills and reached the heady heights of the red slopes with our personal trainer. For me it was a welcome return to confidence …

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