One Door Closes...

One Door Closes...

November 11, 2010 Great Britain by Steve Martin Edit

It’s the end of our time in the UK and Europe and stress levels are rising. Once again we will be homeless and lugging suitcases, strollers and Child Car seats around with us. Once again we will be tourists rather that travellers.

We’ve been on the move for over 6 months and it’s a bit of a shock to think about the places we have visited and the things we have done & seen.

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The Ben

The Ben

October 15, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

The forecast did not look good. The prediction was for early sun deteriorating to a wet afternoon with strong winds. The temperature on the summit was expected to be about 3 degrees, but the wind chill would take it below zero. But I had been planning to climb Ben Nevis in my mind for some months.

The Ben, as it is known locally, is the highest mountain in the United Kingdom and relatively accessible at just 1344 metres high. But despite that moderate height the mountain is considered dangerous to climb. Ben Nevis is on the west coast of Scotland and can be covered by snow for months at a time. It also has a history of foul weather with a mean monthly temperature of just minus 0.5 degree. It also has the dubious honour of having an average of 261 gales a year.

 

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Back in Old Blighty

Back in Old Blighty

September 29, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

“I think I have to go to the bathroom” she said. The ferry pitched and lurched its way across the English channel, and while Jo didn’t look too well, she wasn’t nearly as green as some of the other passengers.

One woman in particular was a sort of avocado green, the sort that's about a week away from being ready to eat. She had her head between her knees and her husband was sitting there helplessly staring out to sea.

 

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A biological hazard

A biological hazard

September 10, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

With some fear and just a little trepidation I lifted the child seats out of the car. From under the corner of James and Emily’s seats I could see what I thought was once a bit of sandwich. On this day it resembled something that might have come from some sort of chemical factory. Perhaps the sort of thing the chemical factory throws away because it’s just too dangerous.

Once the seats were clear of the car the extent of the biological hazard became clear. Sandwiches, Fruit bars, Drink bottle lids, sour lollies and bits of chewed paper were all in various states of decay. The chewed paper under Emily’s seat had once been a train ticket from Del Ponti station to Rome.

 

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Travel the world; meet interesting people, and....

Travel the world; meet interesting people, and....

September 07, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

The old joke says “Join the army. Travel the world. Meet interesting people. And Kill them” It’s not the only way to travel the world and meet interesting people, try touring Europe in a caravan!

Barbara and Maurizio in Vietnam. Carol and Steve in the midlands of the UK.  Barbara and Allan in Normandy.  Jordie and Lisette in the Netherlands. Tony and Katty in Belgium.  Irene and Nick in Venice. And Davide and Sara in Rome.

 

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