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Eleanor (and Michael)
Apart from trips on the Norwegian coastal steamer, until a few years ago Eleanor and Michael always holidayed in the UK, favorites were Northumberland, Llyn Peninsula, Galloway and the Western and Northern Isles. Turning 60 and getting their bus passes and free medicines turned into a wakeup call. There were so many places in the world they had learned about in school and had dreamed of visiting.
They took stock of finances and knew they "couldn’t take it with them" and decided to start visiting some of the places on their dream list. Initial research quickly showed that places which were difficult or impossible to get to in their youth now had a tourist infrastructure. They planned in earnest, intending to take their time, soak in the atmosphere of the place and learn something about the history and how it works. Michael is the photographer, so they needed to allow plenty of time for that. They ruled out escorted tours disliking the idea of being tied to a rigid itinerary. Below, they share the stories of photographs of their travels.
When not travelling, grandchild sitting keeps them on their toes.
You can view Michael's photographs on his site, wasleys.org.uk
Eleanor is Eleanor on the forums.
2064: "Speak of the North..." Northumberland and the Borders: Eleanor and Michael return to Northumberland and the Scottish borders but this time in the summer, visiting castles, gardens and churches along the way.
2043: Northumberland in the Snow in January: Eleanor And Michael won three nights dinner bed and breakfast in Northumberland. This is the review of what they did.
2053: A Nostalgic Return to North Wales: a return to some favorite sites in Gwynedd as well as some new ones.
1992: Tunisia - the North and the Roman Sites: We spent a month in Tunisia in March and April 2012 doing a loop beginning in the north and taking us down to the desert. This report describes our stay in the north and the Roman sites visited.
1993: Tunisia - the South and the Desert: We spent a month in Tunisia in March and April doing a loop beginning in the north and taking us down to the desert. This report covers our time in the south and the desert.
1932: Ladakh Takes Your Breath Away: Trip report for 12 days spent in Ladakh, North West India.
1791: Delhi and Rajasthan: Trip report of ten days spent in Delhi and the non tourist areas of Rajasthan.
1790: Bhutan - Land of the Dragon: A report of a magical three weeks spent traveling through Bhutan in October/November 2009.
1777: Seven Weeks Across Asia - Part 1, Siberia: Trip report of a journey starting in Siberia, through Mongolia, across China and over the mountains into Kyrgyzstan from April to July 2008.
1778: Seven Weeks Across Asia - Part 2, Mongolia: Trip report of a journey starting in Siberia, through Mongolia, across China and over the mountains into Kyrgyzstan from April to July 2008.
1779: Seven Weeks Across Asia - Part 3, China from Beijing to Kashgar: Trip report of a journey starting in Siberia, through Mongolia, across China and over the mountains into Kyrgyzstan from April to July 2008.
1780: Seven Weeks Across Asia - Part 4, Kyrgyzstan: Trip report of a journey starting in Siberia, through Mongolia, across China and over the mountains into Kyrgyzstan from April to July 2008.
1984: A Week Round the Golden Ring, Russia: The Golden Ring is the tourist name given to a loop of old towns to the north east of Moscow. Eleanor spent a week visiting some of them in September 2007.
1842: Let’s Go Someplace Like Bolivia...: Trip report of three weeks in South America in April 2010, starting in San Pedro de Atacama and into Bolivia.
1754: A Trip to Argentina and Chile: A five week trip round South America starting from Buenos Aires, to Ushuaia, Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine, Chilean Lake District, Atacama Desert finishing in Santiago.
1739: Six Weeks in Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC where English Tourists Don’t Get to...: Report of a six week trip to Canada - including the parts of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia the English tourists don’t get to visit from May to July 2009.
1902: A Quick Scamper Round Nova Scotia: Trip report of a short holiday visiting Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island and the Eastern Shore.
1901: A Month on the Rock: Trip report of a month spent in Newfoundland and Labrador in September 2010.
1980: Megaliths, Parish Closes and Cider - Part 1 Southern Finistère: This is the first of three trip reports covering a three week holiday in Brittany in September 2011. Eleanor and Michael spent a week based in Guengat, near Quimper. This gave them access to some glorious coastline, heritage towns and villages as well as Monts d’Arrée.
1981: Megaliths, Parish Closes and Cider - Part 2 Morbihan: This is the second of three trip reports covering a three week holiday in Brittany in September 2011. Eleanor and Michael spent a week based in Plumelec which was close to the megalithic sites at Carnac and also gave them access to the Blavet Valley with its small towns and villages and some great churches.
1982: Megaliths, Parish Closes and Cider - Part 3 Northern Finistère: This is the third of three trip reports covering a three week holiday in Brittany in September 2011. Eleanour and Michael spent a week based in St-Thégonnec for the Parish Closes. They also spent time exploring the Abers and the coastline to the east of Morlaix as well as Monts d’Arrée.
2029: France 2012 Part 1 - The Loire Valley: A week based near Loches exploring the Loire Valley, its châteaux, churches and small villages.
2030: France 2012 Part 2 - The Cantal and Aveyron: A week based near the tiny settlement of Cassaniouze in the Canal region of the Auvergne and covering parts of Aveyron.
2031: France 2012 Part 3 - The Haute-Loire: A week spent exploring the Haute-Loire Region of the Auvergne.
2076: Montferrier and the Midi-Pyrenees: a cold and rather wet week based at Montferrier in May, visiting parts of Aude, Ariège and as far west as Haute Garonne.
2077: Dawdling Through the Dordogne: a week exploring the Dordogne from a base near Sarlat-la-Canéda.
2074: Spain - Cantabria and the Picos de Europa: four nights in Picos de Europa in May 2013 based around the small town of Potes.
2075: Spain - Navarra and the Area Around Lerate: a cold and damp five days in Navarra in May, exploring the area around Lerate visiting small towns and churches.
Other European Countries
2011: Gozo, Calypso’s Isle: Eleanor and Michael won a trip to this island of Greek Myths and Knights and thoroughly explore it in May 2012.
2012: Five Days in Malta: Eleanor and Michael spent five days on Malta in May 2012 hitting the main spots after a week on Gozo.
1767: Greenland - Icebergs, Bare Rock and Amazing Scenery: A report of holidays in West Greenland in 2007 and East Greenland in 2008.
1983: Tallinn, a Beautiful City with so Much History: Trip report of a week’s visit to Tallinn in May 2007. Eleanor and Michael visited before Estonia joined the European Union. There was a feeling of anticipation and excitement about this.
1995: Reykjavik and the Golden Circle: Report of three days spent in and around Reykjavik on the way to East Greenland in early July 2008.
1996: A Week in the Faroe Islands: Mention the Faroe Islands to most people and you get a blank look. A few recognise the name from the shipping forecast. They are a small group of islands between Scotland and Iceland which belong to Denmark, but are self governing. This is a report of a week spent exploring the islands in 2007.
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