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Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM Back in time to Canterbury

Back in time to Canterbury Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in England and the site where Thomas Beckett was murdered by King Henry II's knights. I'm visiting Canterbury for the first time in about 30 years and loving walking around the small streets with the quaint old buildings.

It turned out to be a really short day and only had 3 hours to explore. I also didn't pay to go inside the cathedral (12 pounds) as it was nearly all covered in scaffolding and really overcast, so I was afraid I wouldn't get the shot. I think I need to go back and hopefully the renovation would be completed. Next time.

Jun 20, 2017 12:00 AM London Baron's Court

London Baron's Court Just love the summer in London. And nothing signifies the summer season then the start of the lawn tennis season. Always after the French open, I start to look forward to Wimbledon and the tournaments which lead up to that event.

The only one I am able to attend is Queens in west London. And I had a treat of seeing Tsonga, Dimitrov and Edmund the British number 2.

I was even meant to Donald Young and Nick Kyrgios but went out for some afternoon tea only to learn that Nick retired after a bad fall. I was really looking forward to see how he played in real life. I hope I get another chance.

But my pick for the tournament - Dimitorv....

Jun 19, 2017 12:00 AM Thoughts from the weekend

Thoughts from the weekend I once heard that in Serville all the locals leave during the summer as it gets too hot. Murcia seems like the same thing to me. It was already into the 30s in June, I can't believe what it would be like in July/August.

The main question is would I return. I think my answer would be no, not really. The area we stayed was very new so it was a little inconvenient. But it was only 2 hours and 20 minutes from the UK and the neighborhood was definitely quiet. So it was nice enough.

Jun 18, 2017 12:00 AM Mazarrón - Time for a quite dip

Mazarrón - Time for a quite dip We found the nearest beach to the resort outside the town of Mazarrón; it was a 20 minutes drive and was definitely a local beach. It sits on the Med Bay and all the locals turn out on a weekend with they chairs and umbrellas ready for a day at they lunch. There wasn't any anything available for rental on the beach we ended up on, but that could also be because it was the beginning of the season. Two things which was good. they had a canine friendly beach and the board walk foot shows were perfect.

But after just coming back from the Caribbean, I wasn't tempted to swim.

Jun 17, 2017 12:00 AM Murcia - Lets go shopping

Murcia - Lets go shopping Well I just wanted to relax to day, but it would have been a bit of a waste of a day. But as we have an incredibly long day yesterday this would be much easier.

So we didn't leave the complex until after 12pm heading into Murcia by way of a factory outlet. It took us around 30 minutes to drive there and then spent a couple of hours wandering around and got some nice pieces. I was kind of happy it wasn't filled with international brands which meant we could enjoy something different.

A further 10 minutes we entered the town. As it was so late in the afternoon, we found some parking quite easily. However it was so hot, I really didn't fancy being out there. Basically we only visited the Cathedral, but it was stunning. We then headed back for dinner.

On the menu was pork ribs (cooked low and slow) and sweet potato fries with salad. We picked this up on our way back from Granada, found a huge Carrefour supermarket where we picked up all our supplies.

To be fair that day turned out really well if not too hot.

Jun 16, 2017 12:00 AM Granada visiting Alhambra

Granada visiting Alhambra I decided to venture out further afield, as I needed a little more than what was available to me. So I headed for Granada even though it was meant to be a 3 hour drive it seemed like the right chose.

With my google maps in the palm of my hand, we headed out of town. The drive didn't seem as long as anticipated, but it was better once we got the phone synced so we had music playing. The route was easy to following but it wasn't a direct route. The area was very dry, so it was kind of cool when we approached Granada it go a lot greener. There were more trees and fields although it was just as hot. Granada was great; it had a really nice charm. We headed for Alhambra along the small streets and parked in some residents parking area. A local guy ushered in but I suspect he shouldn't have been doing that. We could have turned around and parked in the car park but it turned out ok in the end.

The Palace was amazing as well as the grounds. There are a lot of areas which can be explored without a ticket. But I pre-booked as they said the queues would be long. However as school wasn't out it was still quite calm.

Jun 15, 2017 12:00 AM Murcia Spain

Murcia Spain I hadn't even heard of Murcia prior to visiting Spain and I'm not sure I will ever go there again.

This isn't really a tourist area in terms of foreigners but local tourist. The days are quiet but the weekends are really busy.

I stayed in a place called Alhama - condado de Alhama, which is about an hour from the airport and apart from taking a taxi the only way to get around is by renting a car. To be far it seems like everywhere was at least a 30 minutes drive. But the roads are good so it wasn't too bad.
The complex was huge I believe around 3000 condos built for ex-pats. They have a golf course as well as tennis, squash and paddle courts, and each area swimming pools; with plans to create a theme park. I think with all my travelling I found it hard to appreciate the beauty of this area.

Jun 01, 2017 12:00 AM Changing times

Changing times I had all these plans for the year, and now I quite fancy changing things around.
I quite like the idea of going to Berlin and Slovenia. I have wanted to go to Berlin for a very long time but it has gotten really popular lately and feel the need to explore. However Slovenia has never really hit my radar until the last couple of years, but now there is a real desire to experience the serenity of this area.
It looks like a cycling/hiking holiday will be in order and possible for a long weekend. I hope it happens this year, but may be next year.

May 29, 2017 12:00 AM Riga - Last day in the sunshine

Riga - Last day in the sunshine I had an incredibly early start this morning. The airport is only a 20 minute drive from the old town,

May 28, 2017 12:00 AM Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine Yesterday it was so overcast it wasn't great fun exploring. It is always nice when the sun comes out and being this far north, I really was able to benefit for the long day. Sunrise was around 5am and sunset 10pm. In between there was so much fun to be had. This weekend was popular for stag dos, my flight over must have had at least six groups, so I wasn't surprised when I arrived at my hotel they were handing out leaflets around social behaviour.

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