Transport & Touring 2
The Galleries are made up of random Worldwide pictures.
This section will combine Touring (Holiday) with a mix of Transport seen.
RMS Queen Mary 2
Southampton - New York - Southampton
The Three Friday's Voyage
13 to 27 October 2017
Galleries 131 to 136
We cross The North Atlantic in both directions on
the ONLY liner in the World - RMS Queen Mary 2.
The Galleries cover the voyage in detail with a
one day tour of New York.
We leave Southampton on Friday 13 October,
arrive in New York on Friday 20 October and
arrive back in Southampton on Friday 27 October.
The Three Friday's Voyage.
X54 Bus Ride to Weymouth.
From Poole, Dorset to Weymouth, Dorset on the
We visit the Nothe Fort Museum and then tour Weymouth.
20 to 26 August 2017
Galleries 125 to 129
We travel from Poole, Dorset to Oxford for a coffee stop.
Then onto Trentham Estate for lunch.
A short break is also made at Lancaster Services on the M6.
The final leg of our journey is to Gretna Green where we stay overnight
at The Gretna Hall Hotel.
The following day we head for Grantown-on-Spey with stops at Stirling
Our hotel in Grantown-on-Spey is Grant Arms Hotel.
Day three we visit the Strathspey Steam Railway where your Host is
invited for a footplate ride by the Driver and Fireman of our train.
Excellent hospitality was received from the engine crew Ken and Doug.
PM we visit the Glenlivet Distillery for a very interesting factory tour.
Wednesday morning we travel to the Lock Ness Centre which is
followed by a boat ride on the loch.
Did not see a monster!
PM we travel to Inverness, capital of the Highlands, to explore the town.
On our last day in the Highlands we visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
and this is followed with a ride to the top of Cairngorm via the
Day six we return to our hotel in Gretna Green with stops at
The House of Bruar and Bothwell Services near Hamilton on the M74.
Our final day we travel home with stops at Lancaster Services,
Dobbies Garden Centre for lunch and our last stop is at Chrewell Valley Services on the M40.
The last leg of the journey returns us to Poole, Dorset.
Summertime in Liverpool
16 to 19 July 2017
Galleries 121 to 124
All the famous sites, people and the River Mersey.
With Wayahead Travel and sea View coaches.
The Baltic on MV Celebrity Eclipse
18 June to 02 July 2017
The gallery titles are self explanatory for location.
Poole - Southampton - North Sea. Gallery 108
Our Ship. Gallery 109
Copenhagen, Denmark. Gallery 110
Inside Access Tour. Gallery 111
Tallinn, Estonia. Gallery 112
St. Petersburg, Russia. Gallery 113
Helsinki, Finland. Gallery 114
Stockholm, Sweden. Gallery 115
Sea - Clouds - Sunsets. Gallery 116
Warnemunde & Rostock, Germany.
Shipping. Gallery 118
Food. Gallery 119
North Sea - Southampton - Poole
Shop and Ship. Gallery 107.
Sightseeing tour of London.
One night on board MV Columbus at Tilbury.
A walk round Windsor.
09 to 10 July 2017
National Trust Holiday to Shropshire
14 to 19 May 2017
Galleries 101 - 102 - 103 - 104 - 105 - 106
From Bournemouth to Charlecote Manor (NT)
Albrightoh Hall Hotel, Albrighton, Shropshire.
Ironbridge, Coalport China Museum
Blists Hill Victorian Town, Shropshire.
The Severn Valley Railway
Boscobel House (EH) Shropshire
Shugborough Hall (NT) Staffordshire.
Leave hotel for Baddesley Clinton (NT)
Warwickshire and return to Bournemouth.
Wayahead Travel & Sea View Coaches
01 to 05 May 2017
Based at the Cliff Hotel, Gwbert, Dyfed.
Devel's Bridge - The Vale of Rheidol Railway
Aberystwyth - Cardigan
St.Davids (UKs smallest city) - Caerphilly.
South West Wales is a lovely part of the country to visit with rolling countryside, valleys, mountains and a scenic coastline.
All the places visited had much to offer.
Our hotel was perched on the cliff top of Cardigan Bay and
commanded excellent views.
The weather was very kind with only a couple of showers on our first
The four evenings at the hotel were enhanced by superb sunsets
as you will see from the pictures.
Dorset & Devon. Gallery 98
19 to 21 April 2017
We visit =
Lyme Regis, Dorset.
Rosemoor Gardens (RHS) Great Torrington, Devon.
The Tiverton Canal, Tiverton, Devon.
Knighthayes (NT) Bolham, Tiverton, Devon.
Derbyshire. Galleries 95 - 96 - 97
14 to 17 April 2017
Wayahead Travel and sea View Coaches.
Day one - Traveling from Poole, Dorset to Derbyshire.
Day 2 - We visit Ashbourne and the National Trust property of
Sudbury Hall which contains the Museum of Childhood.
Day 3 - Crich Tramway Museum.
The museum is also hosting a WW2 themed event.
We also visit Bakewell home of the famous Tart and Pudding.
Day 4 - Return from Derbyshire to Poole, Dorset with a stop at
Hatton Adventure World.
Weekend Away. Gallery 95
24 to 26 March 2017
Hinton Ampner National Trust Property - The Mid Hants Railway
Alton Model Shop - The Grand Union Canal
Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire.
Brian's Birthday Bash (BBB)
22 to 23 January 2017
The birthday trip is always a mystery tour and this year after travelling from
Poole, Dorset we had a coffee stop at the Hilton Hotel, Chieveley Services
on the A34.
From here we travelled north and arrived at The Evesham Vale Shopping
Outlet, Evesham, Worcestershire for lunch.
Located here is a delightful narrow gauge steam railway and the opportunity
was taken to ride on the small, but interesting system.
We continue north west for our overnight say at the Telford Golf and
Spa Hotel in Telford, Shropshire.
On the 23rd. we travel south east to Leamington Spa,Warwickshire for
Leamington Spa station was the order for lunch and a very busy hour was
spent on the station where I found the Chiltern Railway staff most helpful
After this stop we proceed further south to the highlight of the trip, a visit
to the Guide Dog National Breeding Centre, Bishop's Tachbrook,
A most enjoyable and interesting two hours was spent here.
We were lucky to see many puppies starting out on there life to help
Our tour guides gave us much information on how the dogs start out
on there training and the problems blind people face day to day in
This is certainly a charity that deserves all the public funding and support
it can get.
After the visit we return south to Poole with anothe stop at Chieveley
A34 services on the way.
A great two days out with the locations being discovered as we arrive.
Many Happy returns to Brian. ____________________________________
Iberia & Morocco
Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 3
22 November to 04 December 2016
Southampton - At Sea - La Coruna.
We travel from Poole, Dorset to Southampton Cruise Terminal where
we board Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 3.
A look around the ship before departure with two full sea days.
Our first call is La Coruna, Spain.
Weather not kind, but we managed to dodge most of the rain.
A lovely city well known for its glass fronted balconies.
At sea - Tangier - At Sea. Gallery 88
A day at sea with plenty of onboard activity.
Tangier a vibrant city with an animated life style.
Great to get lost and find all sorts of attractions especially in
Another day At Sea and again many things going on.
You can do as much or a little as you like.
Valencia, Spain. Gallery 89
Despite an overcast day and rain later on, the splendour of new and old buildings goes well together, the city has some amazing new
construction that can be seen on the two tour bus routes we did.
Valencia was subject to regular flooding and a few years ago the river
was diverted away from the city centre.
You now have an empty river bed with all the bridges still crossing it.
The river bed has been developed as a green area.
Cartagena, Spain. Gallery 90
A lovely city and all the important buildings, streets and attractions
within walking distance of our ship.
The Roman Theatre is in wonderful condition and commands good views over the city.
Close by is a modern theatre of the same shape as the Roman one.
Gibraltar GB. Gallery 91
Nice to be back in Gigraltar with all the reminders of hom i.e. M&S, policemen, pillar boxes, telephone kiosks etc.
Again a damp day but spirits not dampened with all the vibrant life
going on aroud us.
A good ship spotting run from Gibraltar to Straits and into the North Atlantic.
Lisbon, Portugal. Gallery 92
Always plenty to do in Lisbon.
Had a great tram ride (Old system now truncated) rode up in the
elevator and soaked up all the excitment of Independence day.
Across the Bay of Biscay to Southampton.
A nice calm crossing of the Bay.
Plenty of on board activity with a formal night, shows, entertainment, lectures, and doing as much or a little as you like.
Rome & Mediterranean Cruise
27 September to 10 October 2016
From Poole, Dorset to London Gatwick Airport and onwards to Rome.
Two days in Rome exploring by open top bus.
This is a really good way to see a city by doing a round trip and then
going round a second time to stop off as you wish and explore in
From Rome we travel to Civitavecchia port, an hour or so from Rome, to
board our cruise ship Celebrity Reflection for the Mediterranean cruise.
Our ship takes us to Messina, Sicily well know as the jumping off point for the recapture of Italy by Allied troops in WW2.
A lovely town and some very interesting country around.
At the Messina Straight the distance to Italy is just two miles.
Mykonos, Greece is a lovely island with great scenery and clear waters.
The town is gleaming white with black slabs that look like crazy paving.
The highlight in the town are the five famous windmills.
We visit the Ancient City of Ephesus to see the amazing ruins.
It is estimated that only 25% of the site has been excavated and future generation will have a feast of new discoveries to see.
On the way we also visit the House of the Virgin Mary where she is
reputed to have spent the last years of her life.
Rhodes is a very busy tourist town, however as soon as you visit the streets away from the crowds there is much to see.
A good area was walking by the old town walls.
A strange thing was how many old motor bikes and scoters were left to rust away.
The town of Santorini is perched on the top of costal cliff and reached
via a cable car.
From a distance the all white paint on the houses looks like a snow
There are great views of the town and the sea below when walking
in the town.
I decided to ride down to the sea on a donkey.
Quite an interesting ride down a very steep path.
Nice to be back in Athens to see all the excellent buildings and
once again to visit the Parthenon with it ongoing 25 year
I also watched the official guard ceremony taking place in the
At sea and a look around the ship including a visit to the galley.
See Naples and Die.
We did not die.
Rome and Home.
04 to 08 August 2016
August 04 is taken up travelling from Poole, Dorset to Leyland,
Leyland will be our base for our tour programme.
August 05 we visit the East Lancashire Railway and travel from
Rawtenstall to Bury, our locomotive being 4MT 80080.
Time is spent on Bury station before going to the Bury Transport
Museum just a short distance from ELR Bury station.
The museum has an excellent variety of vintage transport and
August 06 We travel to Bolton to visit the Fred Dibnah heritage centre
where you Host wallows in TV memories of Fred and recollections of my first visit to Fred's house and workshop April 2013.
To see this trip go to www.5929extended.co.uk Transport & Touring and
look in Gallery 11.
The afternoon is taken up visiting Bolton and then travelling to
In Bolton I see the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight pass over on
return from a flying display at Blackpool. (See pictures 36 & 39).
August 07 and our first call is to The Chocolate House where we are
treated to a demonstration of hand made chocolates, followed
by a tour of the establishment and have time to purchase lots of lovely
This is a very small business, but has a very big reputation for
producing excellent chocolate and since its inception is run by just
Lunch is at the Brockholes Nature Reserve; here the visitor centre
floats on water and is connected by two modern drawbridges.
The large lake was formerly an old gravel pit.
We then travel to Samlesbury Hall, a fascinating half-timbered black and
white medieval house where we are guided by Henry VIII in costume!
August 08 we travel back to Poole, Dorset.
Lancashire has lovely rolling countryside and wonderful towns that no longer show the old industrial grime and are a real pleasure on the eye.
I would thoroughly recommend a holiday in this lovely county.
National Trust Holiday to Herefordshire
Sunday 08 to Saturday 14 May 2016
Sunday We depart Bournemouth Interchange for Yeovil where we
have a coffee stop at Palmers Garden Centre.
After coffee we continue to Tyntesfield NT for lunch and a tour of the
house and grounds.
From Tyntesfield we travel to Hereford and our hotel for the week,
The Green Dragon.
Monday is a free day and a tour of Hereford is carried out with special interest in going to the cathedral to see the Mappa Mundi.
Your Host also visits Hereford railway station.
Tuesday is a damp day and we travel to Symonds Yat for a boat trip
on the river.
Despite the light rain the trip is excellent with a very good boat
captain / guide.
We then go a short distance to Ross on Wye for lunch.
After lunch we visit Eastnor Castle which is not old as castles go, but
has a very interesting history.
The visit is all the better for our excellent guide.
Wednesday we travel to Berringtoh Hall NT which is a lovely house with very good gardens.
After lunch we move on to Ludlow.
The town has a wealth of old buildings and is well worth a visit.
Thursday we travel to the village of Much Marcle where we visit the Weston's Cider factory.
A very good tour with lunch and tasting samples included in our entry price.
A short distance from the cider factory is Hellens Manor.
A lovely old style house with well tended gardens.
Friday we venture into Wales and visit the Judge's Lodging
After lunch we go to Croft Castle NT.
Another good place to visit with charming rooms and a very interesting
Very extensive grounds and walled garden.
Saturday we return to Bournemouth via Wales and the
Our last visit is to Stourhead House and Gardens NT.
Plenty of sun brought all the garden colours out and a most enjoyable
walk was taken around the lake.
Sadly we return to Bournemouth, but with memories of an excellent
very well organised trip.
Brian's Birthday Bash 23 to 24 January 2016.
Gallery 68 & 69
Brian Way (ahead Travel) January Mystery Tour and Birthday Bash.
Brian's birthday is on 23 January.
After heading East and then North from Poole, Dorset, we have a coffee stop at the Hilton Hotel, Chieveley Services on the A34.
From the services we travel via Marlborough, Calne, Bath, North Bristol
and arrive at our Mystery Destination of Portbury.
Located here is Oakham Treasures: a museum where the past comes to
To say the museum is packed with items is vastly understating what is
on display and some of my pictures will give you an idea of what you
This truly is a place with something for everyone.
if you are in the area or make a special journey to the museum
you will not be disappointed.
After the visit we travel to Filton, Bristol for an overnight stay at a
Holiday Inn Hotel.
The next day, Sunday, we make our way into Bristol and proceed to
Bristol Temple Meads Station.
We are joined here by a Bristol Tour Guide, Liz, who gives us a very interesting history of Bristol during our tour in our coach.
Many interesting buildings and areas of Bristol are pointed out to us;
we make a special stop at Brunel's Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge.
A two hour lunch stop gives your Host the chance to photograph the revitalised dock area of Bristol.
After this break we head back to Poole via Bath, Warminster and
A mystery tour is always an interesting experience and Brian never fails
to pull a rabbit out of the hat.
A GREAT WEEKEND.
P&O MV Oriana
Portugal - Spain - Morocco
09 to 21 December 2015
Southampton - Lisbon - Casablanca - Gibraltar
Malaga - Seville - Cadiz - Southampton
Part 1 Southampton and MV Oriana
We journey from Poole, Dorset to Southampton, Hampshire to board P&O
MV Oriana for our pre-Christmas Cruise to Lisbon, Portugal,
Casablanca, Morocco, Gibraltar, Malaga, Seville and Cadiz, Spain.
Prior to departure we have a look around our ship and also glimpse
some of Southampton.
Part 2 At sea en route to Lisbon, Portugal
We journey Westward along the English Channel and then South in the
Bay of Biscay to Lisbon, Portugal.
Part 3 Lisbon, Portugal.
This is our third visit to Lisbon and the city does not disappoint.
As we dock we are followed in by Cunard's Queen Mary 2 which docks
next to us.
Two trips were made into Lisbon: one AM and one PM that produce
many interesting pictures.
Just one down-side to the visit: all the old trams have ceased to run
except on tourist excursions and new Super Trams are now the order
of the day.
The old tram system has been much truncated and the new trams are on fewer routes.
I noticed many old lines still in place, but not in use.
I was glad to see that the short-distance tram that takes you from lower
Lisbon to upper Lisbon was still in use although covered in graffiti.
An evening departure from Lisbon was rewarding with the many city
lights and the bridge well lit up, as was the replica statue of Christ
Part 4 At sea to Casablanca
A lovely trip to the North West African coast of Morocco in good
Part 5 Casablanca
Casablanca is World famous for the Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid
Bergman film of the same name.
However, the city has a bustling port that is the third largest in Africa and the streets bustle with life.
The city, although not old, has some wonderful Art Deco buildings that blend in very well with some older areas of Casablanca.
A modern Super tram system makes traversing the city very easy
despite the normal roads being clogged with traffic.
There is a splendid fruit and vegetable market, incorporating
a fish market, with produce being of very good quality and plentiful.
The Hassan the Second mosque is the third largest in the World and dominates the city.
Although of recent construction, the craftsmanship is incredible, with thousands of skilled people having worked on the building when it was under construction.
As I said at the beginning, Casablanca is famous for the film;
despite this film being made in Hollywood, many people visit the city to
go to the imaginary Rick's Café.
in the café the Casablanca film is playing all the time and despite the
piano being a grand instead of an upright one, I was tempted to ask
where the Letters of Transit were!
An amazing place to visit.
Part 6 Gibraltar
The pictures say it all about Gibraltar.
Many British shops, red pillar boxes, red telephone boxes, cable car,
A great place to visit.
Part 7 Malaga (Car Museum)
Possibly the best car museum I have ever seen.
All cars are in A1 condition and a clever use has been made of
fashion of the same date and time as the car.
if you are ever in Malaga, do not miss seeing this amazing museum.
Part 8 MALAGA
A look at Malaga on a walk from the car museum back to our ship.
Part 9 Cadiz for Seville
We travel from Cadiz to Seville to see this wonderful city that combines
old and new architecture.
We go around the centre by horse and carriage and then do our own walking tour.
Part 10 Cadiz
Cadiz is a lovely town to explore with old and new buildings, parks and an extensive sea front and good shopping.
Part 11 Two days at sea and FOOD
We return North to Southampton and colder weather.
FOOD: Meals in the Restaurant and Buffet with a Chocolate Fountain
and a Christmas Gingerbread display.
Blackpool 09 to 12 October 2015
Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool Trams & Buses, Blackpool Tower,
Blackpool Piers and all that goes to make Blackpool the Queen of the
London Transport Museum
The museum is only open twice a year, this being the second opening
The site is full of all sorts of LT items to the extent there is hardly room to
fit more into the available space with packing cases, crates, boxes and large
ISO containers everywhere full of valuable items.
On view are signs, buses, trains, electric gear and every other thing you can
think of to do with London Transport.
My friend David and I had the opportunity to have a 30 minute ride around
Acton on the famous RM1
This museum is well worth a visit.
Solent Sky Museum
Gosport Submarine Museums
We visit the aircraft museum in Southampton which is quite small but packed with many great aircraft.
Of special interest is the Supermarine S6A Schneider Trophy sea plane that inspired the Spitfire.
A Mark 24 Spitfire is on display as is a Sandringham sea plane converted from WW2 use to a passenger plane.
Well worth a visit if you are in Southampton.
20 miles away is the Gosport Submarine Museum which was visited on 01 July 2014 and my ticket allowed me to make a further free visit within one year.
On my second visit the interest had not gone and much more information was taken in especially on the Alliance Submarine Boat tour.
The museum and HMS Holland exhibits still have much to say.
Another great visit.
Kilarney and The Ring of Kerry with Wayahead Travel
Sea View Coaches
27 May to 02 June 2015
We travel from England into Wales and then onto Eire Gallery 50
We travel from Poole, Dorset along the A31, M27, A34 and M4.
A coffee stop at Leigh Delamare Services on the M4 provides some interesting trucks in the truck park.
A lunch stop is then made at Pont Abraham Services near Swansea before proceeding onto Fishguard for our ferry to Rosslare in Eire.
We travel on the car/truck ferry Stena Europe.
From Rosslare we make the short trip to Wexford for our overnight stay.
From Wexford we travel along the N25 to Dungarvan a lovely small seaside
town with a very impressive war memorial.
Our next stop is at Blarney where we have lunch and visit the shopping outlet.
Our route then takes us along the N25 and N22 to Killarney.
The following day is free time and we explore the town especially the railway station. Iarnrod Eireann or Irish Railways.
During the early afternoon we visit St. Mary's Cathedral and happen across a wedding about to take place.
Your Host could not resist taking some pictures of the bride as she arrived at the cathedral door.
I hope the bride did not mind me taking and publishing pictures of her.
Today we take a horse drawn Jaunting Car ride through the town of Killarney and into the Killarney National Park (The first National Park in Eire).
The park area does not allow vehicle access except for the jaunting cars and bicycles and subsequently the park is very peaceful and quite stunning to see.
Our horse car delivers us to the lake of Lough Lein (one of three lakes in the park) where we take a boat ride around the lake.
After this we return to Killarney.
Our visit in Killarney coincides with the Ireland BikeFest 2015 and the town is full of motorbikes of all description and especially Harley Davidsons.
It is difficult to know what to look at with so many incredible machines on display.
I will let the pictures do the talking.
In the evening we stroll around and take in the Saturday evening atmosphere.
The Ring of Kerry
Today is the highlight of our tour and the weather was very kind to us with mostly sunny periods and only a couple of short showers.
The Ring of Kerry is 112 miles in length and is a must see if you are in Southern Eire.
I will again let the pictures show you what is on offer.
Monday (A bank holiday in Eire) we depart Killarney and retrace our route back to Wexford.
After a very good weather day for The Ring of Kerry it pours with rain ALL day long. In our coach we are dry and warm but sadly a great deal of the bikers returning home from the BikeFest will get very wet.
We stop in Cobh for lunch and tour The Queenstown Experience that features the Cunard liners Lusitania and Titanic.
From Cobh we journey to Waterford where we tour the Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre and see the wonderful crystal items on display and for purchase.
A tour of the working area give us an insight into how the crystal is made.
We drive onto Wexford for out overnight stay.
The next morning we take the early ferry, 0930, back to Fishguard again on the ferry Stena Europe.
Back in Wales we travel to The Outlet Shopping Centre near Bridgend for a late lunch.
As far as your Host is concerned there is only one shop worth visiting and that is the Cadbury Chocolate shop.
Much needed supplies were purchased!
We continue along the M4 to the service area at Chieveley where you Host takes time out to see and photograph the many trucks in the truck park.
Back along the A34, M27 and A31 to Poole, Dorset where we arrive at 2100 in Sea View Coaches yard and return home by taxi.
A really great holiday with much to see on all fronts and excellent sercice and planning by Wayahead Travel and Sea View Coaches.
Cunard 175 Years of Service
Lusitania memorial Cruise
On Board Queen Victoria
03 to 10 May 2015
Southampton and the beginning of the 175 years celebration with all three of Cunard's Queens in a multiple departure.
Queen Mary - Queen Victoria - Queen Elizabeth
Your Host on board Queen Victoria.
Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth are two of the most famous
Cruise Ships in the World.
Queen Mary is the only ship in the World built as a Liner and Cruise Ship.
We visit St. Peter Port, Guernsey, CI and tour the town seeing a local car club
gathering plus a visit to Victor Hugo's house.
Guernsey is also celebrating Liberation Day and bunting is all over the town with some shop windows continuing the theme.
A good selection of local buses were viewed and the new Condor Ferry (CAT) Liberation was on the Poole, Dorset service.
Le Havre is a very modern French town with much restoration after WW2.
The Hotel De Ville square is well worth seeing with lovely gardens a tram system
that runs through the middle of it.
The Church of St. Josephs is built in reinforced concrete in the shape of a lighthouse with the bell-tower reaching over 300 feet.
The interior is spectacular with very modern stained glass windows and a striking modern alter in the centre of the building.
In complete contrast and in the old style is the Notre-Dame Cathedral and again it has wonderful stained glass windows.
In the city centre is a man made lake with a superb foot bridge spanning it and on one side of the lake is a WW1 and WW2 very large war memorial.
In all a very vibrant city with a large commercial port.
We arrive in Cobh, Eire on a glorious day and venture to Cork by Train in the morning.
Cork is a lovely city with much to see including the famous English Market.
A trip on a tour bus is well worth doing so as to see all the main attraction on a short visit.
We return to Cobh to see all the remembrance activities for the loss of Lusitania 100 years ago to the day.
Very many things to do and see in the town with a parade of local boats in the evening to remember the first boats the brought survivors back from the ill fated Lusitania.
A remarkable day and very proud to be a small part of remembering Lusitania.
Dublin. If you translate Dublin from the Gallic to English it is BLACKPOOL.
Regrettably the weather let us down and it poured with rain during the whole visit to the city.
We took a city tour on a luxury coach and despite rain on the windows I manage to get quite a few shots of Dublin.
I must apologise for picture quality due to shooting through rain spattered windows and some steaming up.
I think you still get a flavour of the city and on a fine day it is a great place to see and be in.
Very much in evidence on the tour was the many Guinness sites creating the World famous brew.
The coach was a real benefit with hot drinks available during the tour and very comfortable to ride in instead of the usual open top bus.
The rain did not let up the whole time we were in Dublin and we look forward to returning on, hopefully, a dry day.
We now have a final day at sea returning to Southampton.
On our passage up the English Channel we pass close the Eddystone Lighthouse.
A look around Queen Victoria plus food on board and various other things.
At Southampton and our journey home.
Killarney and The Ring of Kerry With Wayahead Travel
Sea View Coaches 27 May to 02 June 2015
A start in England and onto Wales and then Eire Gallery 50
Wayahead Travel January Jaunt 25 to 26 January 2015
Proprietor Brian Way, of Wayahead Travel, organises a mystery tour to celebrate his birthday during January.
We travel to Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and West Berkshire and visit many places of interest where your Host takes advantage to include transport into the mix.
Scandinavian Cities (Mostly)
(G34 to 41/42)
Our travels takes us from Poole, Dorset to Tilbury, Essex where we board MV Marco Polo for our Northward Cruise.
Our approach to Amsterdam is via a canal with a lock at the North Sea end.
On arrival you Host travels by coach to a preserved and working Windmill Museum.
It is interesting to remember that windmill not only produced wheat but paint, lumber and various other products.
The site also has a very good cheese making outlet.
We travel Volendam, a lovely seaside town, regrettably spoilt by a lot of rain on the visit.
I return to Marco Polo and then walk into town to see the main Bus and Railway station.
The city is also constructing a new tram system part of which is operational.
The railway station provides a good mix of local and long distance traffic.
We leave Amsterdam down the same canal and lock to enter the North Sea.
The following day we transit the Kiel Canal.
This transit takes most of the day, but the weather was kind with much sunshine.
At the Western end of the canal we pass through the lock at Brunsbuttel and at the Eastern end is Holtenau that marks the end of the canal with another lock.
We travel to Wismar, in the former East Germany, to visit this splendid town with many fine churches and streets.
After lunch your Host visits Bad Doberan Minster a splendid example of construction with much ornamental brickwork in and out.
Our next call is a steam train ride on the famous 'Mollie' train.
A great forty minute of narrow gauge power.
Our final destination is the seaside town of Kuhllungsborn with long sandy beaches as far as the eye can see.
A leasurley return to the ship follows from the visit.
In 1965 a ship was built in Wismar and called Aleksandr Pushkin.
in 1990 that ship became MV Marco Polo after and extensive refit.
Our visit marked the first time the ship had returned to her birth port and to celebrate the occasion the ship was presented, by the town, with a shield commemorating her visit.
As we sailed away that evening the town treated us to a FANTASTIC firework display which lasted at least twenty minutes.
A truly memorable visit.
Our next destination is Helsingborg, Sweden.
Your Host has a local tour of the town which is very much a mix of old and new buildings.
Of special interest on the seafront is a very tall apartment and office tower that is twisted like barley sugar.
The building is known as the Twisting Torso.
On departure our captain has considerable difficulty leaving the quay as a very strong current was pushing us back onto the quayside.
After an hour of manoeuvring and with the assistance of the local pilot boat, luckily a large vessel, we finally got away.
We travel the short distance from Helsingborg to Copenhagen for an overnight stay.
The following day you Host and Wife use a local hop-on hop-off bus to remind us of the city. We pass the Town Hall Square and Tivoli Gardens. plus other great buildings.
Our final destination is Oslo, Norway.
The city is very much low rise with many old and new buildings.
Your Host and Wife opted for a tour of three museums:
The 'Fram' Polar Museum
The Kon Tiki Museum
The Viking Ship Museum
All well worth a visit if you go to Oslo.
Regrettably we did not have much time to see more of Oslo due to our ship departure time.
Our return to Tilbury gave us two sea days with very quiet and moderate weather.
On arrival at Tilbury, Essex we journey home to Poole, Dorset.
The Magic of the Mediterranean
(G21 to G33)
We travel from Poole, Dorset to London Gatwick Airport for our flight to Marseille, France where we board our cruise ship MV Voyager.
The following day we arrive at San Marino where we are tendered into the town.
San Marino is a lovely places to visit with many interesting buildings.
Some years ago the town hosted many rounds of the Grand Prix World tour.
We now cruise to Ajaccio, Corsica (France).
Your Host and Wife take the local hop-oh hop-off bus to see all the sights plus a lovely coastal drive.
On return to Ajaccio we visit the local market and sea front.
Your Host locates the local station where there are only new items of rolling stock.
A few years ago on a visit here the railway stock was very much older and interesting.
Our next call is Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy)
The G is silent in Cagliari.
Your Host and Wife explore the lovely old town and make our way to a high point where we have splendid views of the town and harbour.
There are public lifts to ease the climb up to top of town.
The local railway station is excellent, but more modern rolling stock.
A nice touch is a steam locomotive on a stand in the main station in the form of:
Trapani, Sicily (Italy)
Your Host travels to the mountains via the sea salt gathering area with much of the power being provided by windmills. We continue to Erice, an ancient village, full of very old buildings and splendid views across Sicily from our elevated height.
On return from the tour your Host visits the local station which has much new stock on hand.
The harbour area is full of life and activity with many local ferries plying there trade.
The early morning entrance to The Grand Harbour of Valetta is a real highlight of the cruise and we are not disappointed.
The last time your Host was here there were old buses on all the routes out of Valetta.
Sadly all has been swept away with most of the bus fleet being very modern and only a few examples of the old order on sightseeing or mobile shop duties.
Valetta main town is quite a long walk up a steep hill. but there is now a lift that takes you near the main shopping street and WW2 Siege Memorial.
Leaving Malta GC is just as exciting as arriving.
We return to Sicily and Catania (Italy).
Your Host visits Mount Etna still a very live and active volcano.
Near to the top of Etna much steam is seen escaping from the main crater and surrounding land.
On the roads up and down to the summit we pass many recent lave flows with some houses buried up to the first or second floors.
Your Host's Wife visits Segesta to see the Doric Temple and Theatre.
We now travel to Brindisi, Italy.
Brindisi is a lovely town with many interesting buildings.
You Host goes to see Alberobello and the famous Trullo Houses.
The village is in first class order with many of the bottle shaped building to see.
The drive from and back to our ship is about seventy five minutes each way.
The village is also very popular in the Puglia area for local visits.
From Brindisi we journey to Split in Croatia.
Your Host and Wife walk round the town and are surprised with the wealth old building and winding streets.
Ther is a superb market selling everything you can think of.
The local station is worth a visit to see the activity, but sadly the graffiti artist have done considerable damage to rail stock and buildings.
We now travel to the highlight of our cruise VENICE for two days.
Our daytime arrival takes us past all the famous sights as we proceed to the Cruise Terminal.
Certainly when in Venice a trip to see the famous Murano Glass and a ride on a Gondola are a must.
Venice involves much walking as there are only three bridge crossings of The Grand Canal apart from some gondola taxis.
It is fun to get lost in the city and see where you eventually arrive.
On visiting the main station you Host was delighted to see the VSOE stock awaiting departure, eventually, to London.
Many modern Italian locomotive and rolling stock were to be seen.
Our night time departure is excellent, but not many of the famous buildings were lit up.
This call is another tender port.
Paula is a small, but interesting place to visit with its oval shaped Amphitheatre that is in splendid condition with interesting cellar artifacts and wine making facilities.
A climb up to the local fort is rewarding for the views of the city and harbour.
Montenegro of the James Bond 007 recent film Casino Rayale.
We join three other cruise ships in Kotor.
Kotor is small port that give access to the small area of Montenegro.
We tender ashore and you Host tours to the mountains above Kotor.
We visit a local village famous for it Cheese and Ham.
At another small town a visit to the local museum that provide a history of Royal Families in the area.
Regrettably being so high in the mountains a lot of the views of Montenegro were not available due to cloud cover.
Your Host's Wife visits a local island and town.
Our last port of call is Dubrovnik, Croatia where we have two splendid days.
It is now hard to find signs of the recent conflict as most shell damage has been repaired.
The walled part of Dubrovnik is a must see with the highlight walking the complete circle on the wall top.
This walk can take up to two hours, but not in distance as one stops so many time to see the great views.
The walled town is also very attractive.
A visit to the mountain above Dubrovnik by cable car produced breath taking views of the walled town, Dubrovnik and the Bay Area.
Dubrovnik is now a very go ahead city and well worth a visit.
We now fly back to London Gatwick and return to Poole, Dorset.
A remarkable cruise with a new destination nearly every day.
Time now to recover and perhaps a quiet holiday!________________________________________________________________