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  • Did the other two "Hop on Hop off" routes, plus visited Notre Dame. So Paris well and truly visited. lovely meal on night, including tarte tatin to die for.
    A and B to Frankfurt
    Posted: Thursday 9 June 2011
  • We used the "Hop on Hop off bus" all day, starting on the yellow route in Montmartre, getting off at Eglise Madeleine for lunch, then joining the green route to the Eiffel Tower, where we got off and did a boat cruise down the Seine under 22 bridges. Then completed the green and yellow routes to eventually get to the hotel for 6, having been in the Champs Elysee at rush hour:)Alan and Barbara are in Amsterdam.
    Posted: Wednesday 8 June 2011
  • Early start to fly to Paris. Very wet in London, just dull in Paris. Traffic horrendous, journey to hotel interesting:)) Saw Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. In evening joined Paris cafe society plus visited Sacre Couer - mind blowing. Plus the view of Paris was unbeatable.
    Posted: Tuesday 7 June 2011
  • But it was a good one, driving through the Sussex and Hampshire countryside, visiting Chichester and Winchester on the way to our hotel near Heathrow. Tomorrow we split into two parties, all heading to Europe - so keep watching this space:)
    Posted: Monday 6 June 2011
  • Portsmouth has much to offer everyone. Up the Spinnaker Tower. Hovercraft to Isle of Wight. Ferry to Gosport. History. Boats. Shops. Then farewell meal in Brasserie Blanc. Yet another good day.
    Posted: Sunday 5 June 2011
  • Wednesday saw us driving past Stonehenge (heaving with tourists!) and on to Lacock, full of historic buildings from the 13th century, featured in Cranford and Harry Potter, to name but two. Then on to beautiful Bath.
    Posted: Saturday 4 June 2011
  • What can you say about Bath other than WOW. The whole city is a heritage site, and it is easy to see why.
    Posted: Saturday 4 June 2011
  • We were all sad to leave Bath but saw stunning scenery en route to Portsmouth. First we visited the awe inspiring Cheddar Gorge, then on to Wells to enjoy England's smallest city. Then cross country with lovely views, including catching a long distance glimpse of the White Horse.
    Posted: Saturday 4 June 2011
  • Down through the Warwickshire and Oxfordshire countryside to Banbury to see the Cross and the lady on the hoss (not white!!) Then to Oxford to marvel at the old buildings and history. Plus watching students graduate ie new history. And also the sun shone all day, so legs were on show again:)
    Posted: Wednesday 1 June 2011
  • In the morning we visited Warwick Castle and then St Mary's church, having lunch in a Tudor tea room. On then to Stratford - upon - Avon, followed by our return to Birmingham for the last time.
    Posted: Tuesday 31 May 2011
  • Set off at 9.30 to visit Kidderminster, then Worcester. After lunch drove back to Brum via Bromsgrove and Redditch, through various suburbs. Some then blobbed, some went on a canal boat trip, which was fascinating.
    Posted: Monday 30 May 2011
  • SAturday was at leisure in Birmingham. Some people walked (and sailed!!) the canals, learning how to pass through locks. Others took the tour bus around chocolate and custard factories etc, finishing up in the world famous, unique, Jewellery Quarter
    Posted: Sunday 29 May 2011
  • Over to Winchcombe, then Bourton-on-the-water, lunch in Stow-on-the-wold then on to the jewel in the crown - Broadway. Finally battled our way through the Bank Holiday traffic back to Birmingham
    Posted: Saturday 28 May 2011
  • East to Lichfield to walk around the centre and then visit the Cathedral, learning about the New Zealand connection. Up into Leicestershire for a lovely pub lunch, then down the M42 and M6 to Birmingham, driving through torrential, blinding rain - which stopped on arrival!!
    Posted: Friday 27 May 2011
  • We reluctantly left our Llanidloes hotel after a delightful gourmet 5 course meal last night. We visited Much Wenlock, then Ironbridge, followed by Blists Hill Victorian Town - lots of fun:) On to Boscobel House before braving the Midlands traffic to get to our overnight stop in Rugeley.
    Posted: Thursday 26 May 2011
  • Spectacular drive to Devil's Bridge, then even more spectacular steam train ride to Aberystwyth. Up the cliff railway for magnificent views over Cardigan Bay, followed by paddling in the icy sea by some intrepid (mad?!) travellers - well done Cindy and Barbara.
    Posted: Wednesday 25 May 2011
  • Sunday was grey, cold, severely windy and wet. Hairy drive down the M6 to Blackpool, only to find the whole of the Promenade is up so couldn't drive along the sea front. Blustery drive to Chester, where weather cheered up for our town tour. Then on to Shrewsbury to stay in a 400 year old hotel, patronised by Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin.
    Posted: Tuesday 24 May 2011
  • Morning at leisure exploring Shrewsbury, then back into Wales via glorious mountain passes, stopping near Rhayader to learn the history of the Elan Valley and its dams. Then we drove along the River Wye to stay at a delightful hotel in Llanidloes
    Posted: Tuesday 24 May 2011
  • Perfect conditions for touring the Lake District, as the grey emphasises the grandeur of the lakes and mountains.The full day tour took in all the main lakes, including Coniston, plus Potter and Wordsworth country.
    Posted: Sunday 22 May 2011
  • As the next two will be busy, we blobbed in Edinburgh till midday, had lunch at a pub in the Scottish Border country before visiting Gretna Green. Then back over the border to England for our stay in Carlisle.
    Posted: Saturday 21 May 2011
  • A tour of the Trossachs and lochs today, including transporting us back to the Iron Ages. lunch was had at the oldest Inn in Scotland. All brought to life by our Scottish guide Martin, resplendent in Scottish dress.
    Posted: Friday 20 May 2011

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