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Nov 2, 2017 - The Ghost of Henry the VIII is just as irritating as you'd think

Caught the 11:10 pm flight to Heathrow. 6 hours and 45 minutes. Not bad. I actually slept for a couple of hours which is unheard of for me. I read somewhere (the interweb) recently that if you take the window seat you are self absorbed and selfish much like the guy in the window seat in my row. We had no one between us and he piled his debris in that seat, took his shoes off and then took the middle seat's pillow and blanket, put his headphones on and went to sleep. All night a child behind us quietly wept as she had no blanket. Now that I...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Bristol, England

Bristol is 50 miles southwest of Cheltenham, located at the mouth of the Avon River that leads to the Bristol Channel and onto the Atlantic Ocean. It was in 1497 that Giovanni Caboto, an Italian navigator and explorer better known as John Cabot, sailed from Bristol on his historic voyage to North America. His discovery of parts of North America under the commission of Henry VII of England is commonly held to have been the first European exploration of the mainland of North America since the Norse Vikings' visits to Vinland, the area of...

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Jul 29, 2015 - Shaun the Sheep trail completed in Bristol

It was really, really hard to pick out only a sample of Shauns to include in the posting. I wanted to share a sense of the whimsy and settings, but not bore you with too many Shauns. So hope you enjoy this small sample. The movie opens in the USA on August 6, so make sure you find a theatre and attend! The movie is not just for children! Bristol had not been on our list of places we really wanted to visit while in Europe, but 70 Shauns was more than enough of a justification to go. We left Paris with beautiful weather and temps about 100...

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Jan 6, 2015 - Off we go.....

Holiday 2015 Flew from Bristol to Bangkok via Amsterdam. Had a 5 hour stopover so lunch and a glass of wine. Boarded the flight at around 5:00 pm Netherlands time and took off a little late. Had good seats for which we paid extra. Watched a movie, had dinner and wine followed by coffee and brandy...lovely. Just nodded off when lo and behold the person behind decided to lay down in the gap...for which I'd paid, kicked me and woke me up....pretty dangerous thing to do. Grumbled, he moved a little but then had his feet protruding from under...

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Aug 25, 2014 - Bristol

A Bank holiday and Bristol was excited about a one day international cricket match between England and India but the rain came down. At breakfast this morning my b&b host informed us that he is The Lord Mayor of Bristol so was to go to the cricket in his official capacity after he and his wife had visited a group of Brownies on a three day camp. I think the official duties at the cricket and the entertainment continued although no ball was bowled. The weather caused me to amen my plans a little but I donned the raincoat etc and took off...

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Aug 24, 2014 - Bristol

ELISA call ed at the house last night to make sure I'd arrived safely. Lovely to see her and we agreed to meet up for diner tonight as she had rehearsal today. I had breakfast along with my fellow boarder - a young man Anna's Syrian by birth who has lived since aged two in Dohar has a British wife and two young children and is looking to move to England as he has almost no chance of becoming a citizen where he is so lives in the knowledge that he could be put out at any time. He is a construction engineer involved in managing building...

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Jul 14, 2014 - Bristol, le retour!

I know..For how long have we not updated our web site?! Time is flying. It is time to think: for how long have we not see each other? for how long have we not given any news? So just after you look at the photos, write an e-mail and think about your next vacation...somewhere in Asia? What would you think about Shanghai? :-) Well, let's come back to the purpose of this e-mail... Our previous summer holidays. Let's start with the UK. Girls wanted so much to go back and see their friends, Mum could not say no. Katharina and Piala welcome us at...

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Jul 7, 2014 - Thornbury UK; 7th to 11th July

7th July, 2014 - Monday The weather today is a complete contrast to yesterday. There is light rain and it is cooler but a bit humid. Our taxi drops us at Heathrow to catch the National Express Bus to Bristol. Bus arrives right on time and our lady driver quickly loads up passengers and baggage and we are on our way. It is a two hour journey which passes quickly and we get to enjoy the English countryside on the way and the weather gradually improves as the day progresses. The bus arrived spot on time and Gil is there to meet us, wonderful...

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Oct 14, 2013 - Suspended In Bristol

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Great Britain chapter on Southwest England has to say about Bristol: The city began as a small Saxon village and the medieval river-port of Brigstow. Bristol developed as a trading centre for cloth and wine, before ‘local hero’ John Cabot (actually a Genoese sailor called Giovanni Caboto) really put the city on the map, when he set sail from Bristol to discover Newfoundland in 1497. Over the following centuries, Bristol became one of Britain’s major ports, and grew rich on the...

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Oct 14, 2013 - Bathing In Bath

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Great Britain chapter on Southwest England has to say about Bath: Prehistoric peoples probably knew about the hot springs; legend has it King Bladud, a Trojan refugee and father of King Lear, founded Bath some 2800 years ago when his pigs were cured of leprosy by a dip in the muddy swamps. The Romans established the town of Aquae Sulis in AD 44 and built the extensive baths complex and a temple to the goddess Sulis-Minerva. Long after the Romans decamped, the Anglo-Saxons arrived,...

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Sep 2, 2013 - 01 September 13 - Bristol

This morning we met all the family (12 adults & 8 children) about 11am at the Bristol International Kite Festival that was held at Ashton Court Estate in Bristol. The kites were fantastic and it was a great day with a huge crowd and a good carnival atmosphere. We all enjoyed the day and had a picnic for lunch and the kids had a lot of fun flying their own little kites. Late afternoon we all left the festival and went to a multi culture buffet restaurant in Bristol for a meal. Again, we had a great time with lots of food and a few drinks....

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Sep 2, 2013 - 31 Aug 13 - Bristol

After a quiet morning, everyone started to arrive for a family lunch and it was a wonderful and emotional time for us all. All of the children were gorgeous and cute with William (11) and James (9) lovely young men. We had a great feast, plenty of drinks and loads of sunshine. We have been fortunate with the weather for all of our trip so far, including our time to date in Bristol. The long lunch passed so quickly and we were sorry when it was time for the nieces and nephews to go home. We had another quiet night and we are looking forward...

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