3 months since our last entry god we're slack!!.
Trying to think of what to write since we went to venice, will try my best.....
We had a great Xmas, New Year and all that stuff.
We went for a weekend away in to York about a three hour drive, from London. The little red beast did really well, was a bit worried as it was our first decent trip since we bought it. York is a really nice place, probably one of the best little cities we have been to over her in the uk that is. Went to all the touristy things. I think we have been to to may cathedrals in this country though when you can walk into york minster and say you've seen better! Went to some viking ruins they found when building a shopping mall and you do a sort of cable car thing under ground in the foundations of the shopping centre and have a look. Dylan loved this with his nerdy little sister giving him them history lesson all the way around. in all a top weekend away.
We got the Eurostar to Belgium two weeks ago and toured around for 5days. Brussells was ok. Not alot to do there but in all glad we went. Brugge was really nice. Very old. Got stuck into lots of chocolate, tried some beers (very over-rated). Bella finally got her Mussells and got stuck into the fresh cooked waffles (awsome!). Really nice little country, but expensive compared to a lot of the others we have been to.
Trips that are in the pipeline are: Scotland- we leave on the 4th ofg April and will be gone for around the 10 day mark. We are staying with friends in Edinbourgh, then head up and around then take our time to get back to london. We have also booked flights Austria (Salzburg) in early May which is going to be great, just going for three days.
Thats about it really we do stuff but it's just general life things that I wont bore you with.
Anyway all is well, and are still having an amazing time.
Ian, Pam, Bella, Dylan
Location: Venice, UK
Well we went to Venice for the weekend which was great. So we left Friday night after leaving the kids with our friends (spud & Kareen) and took our nice liesurly drive out to Gatwick airport with plenty of time to spare. SOOO after getting stuck in a traffic jam and then the buses from the car park not working as they should we made our flight, after sprinting through the airport. We arrivaed in Venice on the Friday night and checked into our room which was only one block away from the main square. We got got up nice and early on Saturday and went to the clock tower in St Marks square where the views are fantastic. We then went to the basilicca, and just generally wandered around. After lunch we went on the obligatory gondala cruise. In all a great weekend away. Ate lots of pasta, drank lots of espessos and wine.
Other than that we hav'nt been doing to much, just getting ready for Xmas. Shopping lots. The weather is getting cold, getting down into the minus temps now! Still having a great time over here and will post photos soon,
Ian, Pam, Bella, Dylan
Location: Malta, UK
Hello, well we have just got back fron Malta where we had a fantastic time.
We got in nice and early and went straight to our hotel, we where all rugged up from leaving Gatwick at 6am (4 degrees) then landed in Malta 26 degrees! So we sweltered to the hotel checked in then went for a harbour cruise around the huge harbour. and that was pretty much it the kids had a swim in the pool on the roof of the hotel while I sampled the local beer (cisck) if you get a chance try it.
Went to Valetta today and walked around the city. The city is really old, a lot of it has been rebuilt since the war. Went to St Johns Co-Cathedral which is painted and carved from floor to ceiling, by far the best one we have seen. Had a look and the general sights then went on a horse ride around the city. Sampled more cisck.
Caught a bus out to Hagar qim and the blue grotto. Hagar qim are some old temples 5000bc and are apparently the oldest monuments in existance (older than stone henge). The blue grotto was really rugged/beautiful coastline with huge cliffs. Sampled more Cisck.
Went on a cruise up to the blue lagoon and spent the day swimming in the bluest water I have ever seen. The water was a warm 24 degrees (yes, I went in even though it was'nt my required 28 degrees). Also went on a speedboat ride around the caves and whatnot there. There had been some films shot there, The count of Monte Cristo and popeye in the 70's. When we came back the sees where so rough, pam had to do all the walking around with the kids cause if I moved I would have lost lunch it was ok if you just sat but when you started to walk......Sampled more cisck.
We wanted to go to the Valetta markets today, but when we got over there they were not on and they had a grand prix on instead. Dylan was really in his element and did'nt want to go home. So it was a bit of a wasted day. We just looked around a bit more and spent the afternoon in the pool. Sampled more cisck.
We went to a water park today, I know very touristy. Got there at 10 and left at 6.30. We had a great day. The kids really enjoyed themselves and we just chilled out all day. They got to see a dolphin and seal show which they loved. got home late and sampled more cisck.
We went to a war museum today before we had to fly out that night. Spent the afternoon getting a last minute swim in. Satrted withdrawral from cisck.
Flew out of malta 28 degrees-flew into london 5 degrees! We all got a bit of a tan and are now working on our next big trip away which looks like rome/florence/venice in Feb. We will be doing a few weekends away but will make up our minds when they are nearer. Everyone is well and doing well. Before you think Im an alco pam was the only one who bought the 2 litres of vodka on the way back in duty free!!
Till next time,
Ian, Pam, Bella, Dylan.
Well the kids have started school and Dylan is loving it, he's up bright and early 6.30 usually and raring to go unlike his sister who takes after me and is struggling every morning to get out of bed.
We have been doing a fair bit but I cant remember what so will try and remember as I go on.
We went and seen Lord of the Rings stage show 3 weeks ago, forget the reveiws it's pretty awful if you havnt seen all three movies you would have no idea what was happening. The theatre looked pretty amazing though.
I finally went to Montpellier for the rugby which was fantastic, really beautiful city. The night life is pretty good too had some absolute blinders. Ended up in a gay bar one night and had a ball especially spud who had no idea what was going on, he was very popular and being a guy who is really friendy had a lot of admirers and he was totally oblivious, fricken hilarious. Went to the game on Sunday and sat in the absolute nose bleed section and watched Oz destroy Fiji. So now it's back to work for three weeks and then we are off to Malta. Cant wait!!.
We bought a car the other day so life is becoming very cruisy now and we are thinking about going away next weekend somewhere. It's our little beasty and Dylan is now begining to refuse to walk.
We will be putting most of our photos onto Facebook now because you can fit more, our name for a name search is Iannpam Anderson so join up it's free and you can have a look. We will put some on here eventually.
Anyway thats about it, will update soon,
Ian, Pam, Bella, Dylan
Again on nights updating this page, Geez it's nice to have a computer at the bedside that you can do what you want with.
We havent been doing that much over the last fortnight so it's going to be a short one.
We went out to camden market last weekend (our kind of place), bought some clothes and what not and found a great food market out there, all good watching american tourists taking photos of punks then getting threatened if they did'nt pay them for it!!.
Dylan and Bella start school on Monday so its been full steam ahead getting Dylan all his gear, he has been wearing his school shoes everyday for a week now, he's very keen to start. We are keen also and are having a champange breakfast with spud and Corrine to celebrate them going, it's just like christmas to have both of them at school (3 more sleeps).
Im finally off to Montpellier to go to the rugby world cup next week so am looking forward to that and we are hunting in earnest for a decent car.
Thats it!! Nothing new.
Bye for now,
Ian, Pam, Bella, Dylan.
Bored on nights again, so I thought a quick update was in order.
Well mum and dad left suddenly as our nan is quite ill so it is going to be quite here for a while. No more babysitting on tap! It was quite weird for them to go so suddenly we had sort of worked it into our heads when they would be going so it dos'nt feel like we said a proper goodbye but such is life eh.
Anyhow, had a great time while they were here and when we got back from Ireland we went to Brighton for the day. This is a really nice beachside resort area. The beaches are made up of rock so hurts the feet a bit! Yes people I went for a swim (well to my waist). Water was what you would expect and as my family know I dont even get into the pool unless it's a reliable 28 degrees. There are photos to prove I went in flotin around but you would be quite dazzled by the brightness of my skin. We went out to the famous Brighton peir which was good fun and Bella had her first go on a logride which was hilarious scared the crap out of her but she wanted to go straight back on.
We just hung out at home for the rest of the week pretty much. Took the olds out to Kew gardens for an afternoon which they enjoyed and thats about it.
Now that they are home dads going to have to get used to schooners again, knocks you a bit when you drink three pints as quick as the three schooners in an hour dont it dad!!!. Mums legacy over here is she has us addicted to phish food icecream (choc chunk, marshmellow, nougat, choc icecream yum).
Hope you feel better nan and we will all talk to you soon, make sure you comb your hair (we will give Daphnes cure a go eh!!!)
Anyway thats about it till next week or so,
Ian, Pam, Bella, Dylan
World tour of Ireland 2007.
Well we are back from Ireland after our 8 day trip. This place is absolutly amazing, probably the most scenic place I have ever seen. I know it sounds bad but in some aspects it absolutely smashes oz. Anyway to make it easy will go day by day.
Arrived at a bright 7am in Dublin and picked up our beast of a van and off we went. First stop was Killkenny which was a bit of a disapointment. The guide books talk this place up a lot but there is a castle and that's about it, quite nice enough but nothing to do so we took off again and went to the Rock of Cashel which is this huge old church/castle on top of a rock funny enough, the views were spectacular and my comment from a distance of "I thought it would be bigger" quickly disapeared as we climbed up the side of a hill and walked around for an 1 1/2 to have a little look. We then went down to cork and spent the first night down there in this hostel that was so small you couldn't help but laugh. 6 foot wide with 6 bed in it you just couldn't move- good fun but.
Did a day trip out to Killarney from cork and did a jaunty cart horse ride out to Ross Castle which was good. Kids loved "Pepsi" the horse. Nice castle with good views. We then drove around some of the ring of Kerry- a really scenic part of Ireland. Trouble was it was quite misty but still got some ok views. We then crossed over to the ring of Baera and went through a mountain pass called Healy's pass -views were spectacular. Off to Cork again for the night in our shoebox.
Left cork today and went to the Dingle Peninsula for a drive- this place was awesome, we have never seen views and scenery as we did here, really rugged. Saw some neolithic rock houses which made you think if they could make a house out of rock why not use wood? We then got the car ferry over to The Burren where we stayed for a night.
We went to the Cliffs of Moher this morning. The cliffs are huge and look out into the Atlantic -then into the Burren and had a look at a stone fort (caher commaun) and a grave from 3000BC (poilnabrone dolmen) wandered around in the limestone crevaces for a while then went up to Sligo for the night. Stayed at the Gyreum a hostel inspired by Star Wars. Very cool- kids had a great time. Probably because they didn't have to duck to walk around the place.
Went to Londonderry (Derry) and did a red bus trip around the city. This place has a weird vibe about it it was where the "troubles" as the Irish call them where at there height as well as Belfast. Had a look at all the murals and what not and drove up to the Antrim coast where we went to this amazing castle (Dunluce castle) on a cliff that was slowly crumbling into the sea, really beautiful.
Went to the giants causeway today -great place, thought it would be a bit bigger though, then went out to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and walked across that, a nice 40 metre drop into the ocean. Funnily enough this was our first day of real rain. Then onto the Bushmills distillary ( Good Stuff!!!!!!!). We then travelled down to Belfast and did a Black Cab tour of the city with a guide and they take you right into the heartland of protestant and Catholic heartland. This city is having major work done to it now the "troubles" are over. We loved this city the people are so accommodating/friendly etc and couldn't do enough for you, I just hope it lasts.
We did a red bus top tour of Belfast tour to get a few more sites in then travelled down to Dublin. On the way we went to Jamesons distillary- after we eventually found our way around all the one-way streets to get to it- and did a tour( Also very good!!!!!).
We got up bright and early - me and Pam wandered down and around temple bar in Dublin ,then did a red bus tour when everyone was up. We stopped in at the Guiness factory for a tour which is really good ( had to drink!) then wandered around the city before we flew out. Dublin is a great city and we could very easily have spent 2-3 days there ( maybe next time).
Anyway home now all is well and will update again soon.
Ian, Pam, Bella, Dylan.
Location: London, UK
Hi again, time for another entry,
This weekend we went on a little road trip with the oldies, we went out and hired our matching purple fiestas and off we went. The plan was to go to Cambridge then onto the Cotswalds, did this happen of course it did'nt! Cotswalds went under water on the Friday night so we we thought we would cut our losses and run from the water.. Sooo..
On friday we went to Cambridge as planned and is flogged down pretty much all day we went and saw a few of the colleges and went into kings college chapple which was awsome the ceiling was very elaborate. We then headed of to stay in Coventry where it continued to bucket down and then flood warning for all of the cotswalds was sounded so the next morning headed over to the other side of the isle so after a bit of back tracking we found the sun. We went to colchester on the way and went to the castle there which was good and did the guided toour and got to go right down into the catcombs, lots of history started out as roman and then ended up norman so lots of mosaics plus tapestrys etc. Then went down into the town centre to have a look at an old abby in church grounds which were nice. The town itself wass a bit run down so we headed out to Harwich on the coast words to describe this town.... hole pretty much sums it up. The main tourist attraction is a lifeboat museum fun stuff. We bailed out early next morning and went to a place called Hever castle which was great, absolutly beutiful grounds and the castle was in really good repair. When we got there we fluked a medievil day so got to see some jousting and sword fighting etc. They have a water maze which you walk around and if you step on the wrong one a jet of water comes up and you get wet. Kids loved this and of course bella slipped in and got soaked. So thats about it.
During the week we have taken the oldies to the museums through the week and we will go to brighton this week. Next teusday we fly out to Ireland for 8 days which is going to be great.
Other than that thats it. We are getting tickets to lord of the rings for Sept and are going with our friends Spud and Karrine so that should be a good night.
OK thats it for now,
Ian, Pam, Bella, Dylan