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  • The Hop on Hop off bus gave a good overview of the city, and then people went shopping and to gardens and to colleges etc. Weather was a bit cold, so shops were particularly popular!
    Posted: Sunday 15 May 2011
  • Today we went well off the beaten track and went from Cambridge to Aldeburgh via Lavenham via really narrow, twisty roads. Lavenham was beautiful - a perfect medieval village. Fish and chips in Aldeburgh was special:)
    Posted: Saturday 14 May 2011
  • Took over an hour to get out of London to start trip around Essex and Hertfordshire. Lunch in Sawbridgeworth, walked the canal, visited antique centre, then over drove through rural Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire to our hotel to the north of Cambridge
    Posted: Friday 13 May 2011
  • Harrods, Changing of the Guard, Westminster Abbey, Covent Garden, Dr Who Experience......all doing different things today. Some went to a show at night - "Love Never Dies" by Andrew Lloyd Webber - so glad we are staying in Theatreland:)
    Posted: Thursday 12 May 2011
  • Posted: Tuesday 10 May 2011
  • Arrived London Monday evening. Easy journey to hotel in the heart of London, on the Strand. Doors opened by man in top hat - very nice place to spend 3 nights;) All on Hop on Hop off bus today, getting orientated. Still can't post photos, sorry.
    Posted: Tuesday 10 May 2011
  • Saturday was spent touring Dublin, including the museum, Trinity College and the Cathedral.
    Sunday was a scenic train trip to Belfast and a tour of the city. Very sobering - much of tour was about the Troubles of the 1960s to 90s
    Posted: Monday 9 May 2011
  • Posted: Saturday 7 May 2011
  • Action packed day! Tour of Cork first - fascinating, very historic.Then Jameson's Distillery - fascinating, very alcoholic! Then long scenic drive to Kilkenny Castle - fascinating, very full of stairs! Finally back to Dublin. Still no pics, sorry, very slow Wifi :(
    Posted: Saturday 7 May 2011
  • Posted: Friday 6 May 2011
  • "So here the scenery is completely untouched, except for the houses and roads!!"
    Weather variable - basically a "soft day" ie it rained. Scenery interesting but not as dramatic as the, last couple of days.
    Visited Bantry House and gardens and met the Australian husband of the English heir living in Ireland, they have just produced the 10th generation of the family to live in this house.
    Photos to follow, but connection here very slow so might not happen :(
    Posted: Friday 6 May 2011
  • The trip round the Ring of Kerry was unforgettable. Craggy, wild, mysterious - I run out of superlatives. Lunch for most was fisherman's soup - a chowder packed full of locally caught fish. Day finished off with an interesting visit to Muckross House (where Queen Victoria stayed) and Ross Castle.
    Posted: Thursday 5 May 2011
  • Wow! The Cliffs of Moher blew me away - almost literally, as there was a wicked south easterly blowing! The scenery on the drive was very like a moonscape, interspersed with derelict towers and monasteries etc.
    A visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park completed another wonderful day
    Posted: Wednesday 4 May 2011
  • Today we travelled all round Connemara, to the north west of Galway. This is a very big Irish speaking area, so much so that many road signs are only in Irish! We visited Kylemore Abbey which was really interesting, especially once the bitter easterly dropped. Autumn would be a better time to view as there are more flowers out, but we all agreed today was spectacular.
    Posted: Tuesday 3 May 2011
  • Three of the ladies wanted to get the bus but did not have the right change. A passer by paid for their tickets!Two others booked a table for 6pm to take advantage of a meal offer finishing at 7pm. They turned up at 7.10 pm and still got the meal deal!
    Posted: Monday 2 May 2011
  • Today we travelled from Dublin to Galway, stopping at Clonmacnoise, with a driver born and bred here. Fascinating to see the bogs and peat areas, which are the reason for the bumpy roads!
    Posted: Monday 2 May 2011
  • We all arrived in Dublin on 29 April. Drive to the hotel was horrendous. Got hopelessly lost. Asked for directions. Were told "Go down this road til you come to a pub which used to be The Flying Horse - don't know what it is called now."Priceless:)
    Posted: Sunday 1 May 2011
  • The past few weeks have been split between coping with the effects of the Canterbury earthquakes (sunken floor and wrecked patio) and finalising plans for the upcoming tour of the UK.
    The trip will now see all of the participants enjoying a 10 day tour of Ireland before going to the UK, with many then going on to Paris and Rome for a week.
    Hotels are now booked, transport organised - if only the weather could be prebooked too:)
    Posted: Monday 21 March 2011
  • The book "So, who needs wheels?" is now available from Amazon.com as well as from a variety of outlets in New Zealand.
    Posted: Tuesday 14 December 2010
  • Guided walk of the Otago Central Rail Trail
    Following on from the success of the book, "So who needs wheels", published last month, accompanied walks of the Trail will be available in the New Year.
    Posted: Monday 6 December 2010
  • Book Published
    A brief guide to walking the Otago Central Rail Trail, entitled "So, who needs wheels?" was published by ConsultationNZ in October 2010.

    The book is on sale throughout the New Zealand Visitor Information Centre network, plus selected book stores. It is also advertised on the official website of the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust - www.otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz
    Posted: Monday 1 November 2010

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