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Tibby and spent three days in Istanbul in September 2023 before visiting our friend, Annie Cumming, in Yalikavak, Turkey Day 1 We had flown in from London, the day before, on Saturday 9th September and were staying at The Wings Hotel in the Karakoy area of Istanbul, near the Galata Tower and Galata Bridge. Arda Dincol met us at our hotel, showed us how to buy a transit pass and travelled with us on the tram to the area of the Blue Mosque. We visited the Blue Mosque, also known by its official name, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. It was completed just over 400 years ago and has a capacity of 10,000 worshippers. Over 21,000 tiles, featuring over fifty different designs, are found inside the mosque. The predominant tile colour is blue which is the reason for its unofficial name. We then walked down to the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque.…

In May and June 2023 Tibby and I did a 22 day, 3,100km river cruise from Bucharest to Amsterdam on Viking Vidar. We were travelling with our friends, Mikelle and Doug, from Daytona Beach, Florida. We first met them on a river cruise in 2014 from Lyons to…

Tibby and I did a 16-day cruise on Azamara Onward from Lima to Miami in February 2023. We spent four days in Lima before the cruise and one night in Daytona after. Our friend, Vickie Downie, joined us on the cruise. We flew on 8th February 2023 to…

In September 2022 Tibby and I did a 23-day, 2,500 mile motorhome trip from Boston to Niagara Falls to Maine and back to Boston. We travelled with our friends, Richard and Jean Thompson from London. Each couple hired a motorhome. The guidebook company Lonely Planet produces a book…

Tibby and I met Carole and Ken McCall in Holland in 1989 and have stayed friends. Their son, Ross, married Emily, from New Orleans, on Saturday 3rd September 2022, on Nantucket. There were three wedding related events over three days which were all wonderful. There was enough time…

Tibby and I departed on 7th August 2022 for a ten-day cruise from Dublin with six stops on the coast of Iceland. We were cruising on the Azamara Pursuit and we were travelling with our friend, Vickie Downie. Seydisfordur It took us 72 hours to sail from Dublin…

We spent a week in August 2022 on the Island of Lundy, ten miles off the coast of North Devon, England where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel. Lundy is three miles long and half a mile wide. There are signs that the island was occupied in…

On 26th December 2020 I walked through Camden Town with Juls and she showed me some of the notable street art. In that area there is lots more of interest as well.

We arrived at our Santiago hotel location, according to our sat nav, and I did not dare to stop. We had stayed in this hotel five years ago and had memories of a tree lined road with smart apartment buildings in the neighbourhood.

We stayed three nights in Valparaiso from 4th February 2020. Valparaiso was the principal port of Chile for hundreds of years and the government, navy and wealthy traders built several impressive buildings.

Tibby l and I arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil for a two day stay on 17th January 2020. China is the third largest country in the world, followed by the USA, Brazil and then Australia, which means Brazil is a very big country. 

We enjoyed a wonderful walking wine tour of Rioja in October 2011