• Lac Montagne in the Black Mountains to the north of Mazamet in the Midi-Pyrenees
     Lac Montagne in the Black Mountains to the north of Mazamet in the Midi-Pyrenees
  • The Ibsley Bridge over the Hampshire Avon
     The Ibsley Bridge over the Hampshire Avon
  • A street scene on Paros in the Greek Islands
     A street scene on Paros in the Greek Islands
  • Cruising around off the Island of Corfu
     Cruising around off the Island of Corfu
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge from Circular Quay
     Sydney Harbour Bridge from Circular Quay
  • Along the Seine
     Along the Seine
  • A gondola on the Grand Canal
     A gondola on the Grand Canal

Periodically we get inspired to record some of the more memorable days of trips that we have made. They serve to remind us of the things that we have done, the places we have been to and the people we have met and if we do not record them we tend to forget great chunks of the times we have spent away.
For those viewing these diaries we hope you find them interesting but they are more likely to be of interest only to our family and friends.

Farewell to Mazamet

Posted:
Jul 28, 2014

Author:
Martin Fuggle

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Our last day in Mazamet was very busy indeed. We went to the market in the morning for the last time and said goodbye to the people in Café de la Paix and Café Central who had been so good to us in providing coffees over the past months. We also bought just enough cheese and fruit for our last day from the stall holders whom we had come to know over our few months in Mazamet. We had our last trip to the laundromat which we had come to know so well before cleaning the house and finalising our packing. We then drove to Jean-Jacques and Cathy's house for lunch. Bernard, Yvette, Mer and... + details

The George at Stamford

Posted:
Jul 1, 2014

Author:
Martin Fuggle

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From Cambridge we drove to Elton, a small village near Peterborough, where we stayed with Derek and Helen Harris. The world is a very small place. As we were talking over a glass or two of wine it turned out that Helen went to school with people we know who live in Pennyroyal, not far from our house at Deans Marsh. The next morning we drove into Stamford, Lincolnshire which is one of the earliest stone villages in England. We walked around the town and finished up walking over the bridge on the River Welland on our way to the George Hotel for a coffee before lunch at the Crown Hotel in... + details

Bicycles around York and Cambridge

Posted:
Jul 1, 2014

Author:
Martin Fuggle

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We left the Lake District behind us with a certain amount of sadness that we had not planned to spend more time there. But we were on the final few days of our four months in France and headed off to York where we planned to have lunch with a dear school friend of mine. The journey took us through the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales via Skipton and Harrogate on our way to York. Once we got to Skipton we started seeing yellow bicycles everywhere. They were on the side of the road, outside of shops, bolted to walls and on the roofs of buildings. It wasn't until we got to York and started... + details

Peter Rabbit, Derwent pencils and the Lake District

Posted:
Jul 1, 2014

Author:
Martin Fuggle

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We spent three days exploring the Lake District stopping at Coniston, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Windermere, Grasmere and Keswick. On our first day we spent most of our time exploring Hawkshead where Beatrix Potter created her characters for the Peter Rabbit series of childrens books. Jenny was brought up on Beatrix Potter, amongst others, so it was wonderful to visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery to see the original illustrations of so many of her books. Beatrix Potter donated her properties to the National Trust which now owns and manages not only her properties in the Lake District but also her... + details

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