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May 10, 2015 - Bath

Today we drove down to bath. Having a Volvo with heated seats and a GPS made it a very comfortable experience. Far better than trains. We arrived in the beautiful town of Bath and went to a lovely unit I booked through Air BNB. They had left milk in the fridge, a fresh loaf of bread and butter and jams. We were in walking distance of everything. I cooked home made pumpkin soup for tea that night. First home made meal for ages.They left a gorgeous message on the table with the scrabble board and when we went to bed that night - there was a...

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May 9, 2015 - Day in Crouch End/Home Alone - Tim & Garth depart.

Tim and Garth left for Edinburgh this morning. They loaded the car with a keyboard, all the wedding clothes including ours and set off. Paul and I thought about decorating their room so that they came back to a new room - but after walking around Crouch End, trying to sought this Bank thingy out, posting off our excess gear, and picking up our hire car to go to Bath the next day - instead went out to tea to Tim and Garth's favourite pub for eating at the moment and collapsed into bed. I KNOW, I KNOW lost opportunity - but you just can't buy...

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May 8, 2015 - London - Massage and Nail polish thanks Ange xx

Today Timothy worked half a day. We went to the bank to see if we could transfer money over to hire camper van - but we have had a big block here. Banks won't take money out of credit card and transfer to account for us, we can't transfer money from Australia and we can't open a bank account in UK to do transfer. So we then went opened a 3 account for our Samsung Phone - thank goodness Garth was with us again - could not have a phone account!!!!! Had to open it in his name. Thanks Garth. This afternoon made up for it. Had the most amazing...

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May 7, 2015 - London - The hair appointment

7/5/2015 Okay decided to go with hair appointment booked the day before. She could only cut it badly and make me a totally different colour couldn’t she? Tim off to work for 9:30 learning seminar - banking time to balance the credit cards. Haircut time – buy boxes and check Barclays to see if payment for motorhome is possible. Photos of Crouch End Hill and pick up Vicki – haircut was good – made her look younger and no grey hairs now (thanks Paul). Bought roast and stuff for tea. Tea in oven and stove and settled in to more OITNB. Roast...

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May 5, 2015 - Zurich-Paris-London - Hello Tim & Garth

5/5/2015 Today we caught a train from Zurich to Paris. As things go with trains, and with us, we still managed to miss the train from Paris To London. The hotel found a new bag for Paul which was lovely of them. After that they booked a taxi from the hotel to the train station – phew – we did not want to re-walk what we had the night before. We climbed on the train for Paris at Zurich (not sure I want to go back there) a 4 and a half hour trip on a VFT. I booked the train so that we would have a lovely view of the countryside. It was not to...

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May 4, 2015 - The Queen of the Mediterranean

And now I see why. I am still debating, but I might say, if you see anything in your lifetime, perhaps it should be Venice. This is an amazing and unique seat of a 900 year dynasty and we haven't even gotten into St Mark's and The Doge's Palace yet. Hope to tomorrow, crowds permitting. In the meantime, I am wondering how they built an entire city on water which likes to lap into peoples' front doors. I am also trying to figure out how these buildings just don't topple over for foundation failure due to waterlogging. I mean if we had a house...

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May 2, 2015 - Murano & Lace & Venice

This afternoon we boarded a boat to Murano Island. We saw glass being blown - but they did not give out any of their secrets. It was an amazing demonstration and I now know how they make legs on horses. They only sell signed Murano there and they did not sell it anywhere else. Not to say that the glass I have seen in Venice is any less beautiful. Murano is just a brand and there other people who can, and do do just as good as work. We then arrived on this tiny island where they make lace. The lace is all hand done and is very specialised...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Hilltop villages and gushing rivers

Hi Everyone As we were nearby we had to pay a second visit to the medieval city of Carcassonne with its ramparts and coolie hat topped turrets. It was built in the 12th century as a trading town between the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Spain. In 1355 during the 100 year war with England, the Black Prince tried and failed to capture the city and by the 17th century trade had dwindled and Carcassonne fell into disrepair but now the city is under the UNESCO banner and is one of France’s major tourist attractions. We drove through an area of...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Venice Here We Are

Today we arrived in Venice and it is amazing - everyone walks, no cars, bikes and children playing safely in the streets chatting Italian. Our apartment is beautiful- typical Venetian (renovated) and it is nice not to be rocking. Venice is like a labyrinth and we have not got lost yet - but have had amazing meals, tried the lemon Cello and Spritz all unique in this country. I have even tried seafood - because that is what Venice is famous for. Paul is not as adventurous liking carbonara (so she says - Friday night I ate the shrimp). We said...

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Apr 29, 2015 - Boys behaving badly

Kevin wasn't ready till 10.30 and in that 30 minutes David had again been criticising /finding fault and making me wrong about everything I said and did. Instead of speaking up which would have been the right thing to do I just went very quiet. Later I had a stern word with myself and said 'pee or get off the pot'... That is either say something or stop being shitty because if I don't say what's wrong how can they stop doing it. Anyway some time after that I got my sense of humour back and started to enjoy the day. We hopped onto the...

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The Italian Job

Apr 28, 2015 - San Marco

So here's some info re the Torcello basilica. Those mosaics that I wasn't allowed to take any photos of for obvious reasons were done between the 9th and 12th centuries. It really was amazing to see the colours and the workmanship. It was weird how we were allowed in some sections but not others when it all looked the same... Maybe the 9th century work was cordoned off ... Who knows... Claudio gave us paper mâché masks. Mine is a cat, common for women, the boys got the classic make mask but none of us caught the right name of it. Showering...

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The Italian Job

Apr 25, 2015 - Venice, Italy

We took the train to Venice today and had a wonderful visit. This is our second time going there, we rode the gondola the last time in 1995, so we skipped it this time. If the price had been more reasonable, we would have taken a second ride, but they wanted 80 euros each. Yikes! We were amazed how easy it is to visit Venice by train. The train lets you off right at in the city, you walk out of the train station and you see the Grand Canal right away. It was awesome! We did make a mistake of going on a Saturday, what were we thinking? The...

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