Canal boats, Basingstoke canal, Odiham

Odiham and the Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal was built in 1794 to connect Basingstoke with the River Thames at Weybridge.  Its intended purpose was to allow boats to travel between the docks in East London and Basingstoke allowing goods such as flour, timber and coal to be transported.  It was never a commercial success and from the 1950's due …

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River Aire, Gargrave

Exploring Gargrave

The picturesque village of Gargrave is located four miles north west of Skipton in North Yorkshire.  The A65 runs through the village linking Leeds in West Yorkshire with Kendal in Cumbria on the edge of the English Lake District.  Gargrave has its own railway station on the Leeds to Morecambe and Carlisle lines enabling walkers …

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Addingham weir, River Wharfe

A walk around Addingham

The village of Addingham is situated between Skipton and Ilkley and just one mile from the Yorkshire Dales National Park close to Bolton Abbey making it an ideal starting point for numerous walks in the surrounding countryside. The Dales Way long distance path starts in nearby Ilkley passing through the edge of Addingham along the …

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Qatar Airways Aircraft

Day 14. The end of our Indonesian adventure

It was to be our final day in Bali and it began with a relaxing breakfast out on the hotel's terrace.  Our last opportunity to order from the egg station which had served up perfectly poached eggs for me each morning and delivered them to the table. As we'd arranged a late check-out until 3.00 …

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Kuta beach, Bali

Day 13. Exploring Kuta, Bali

Unusually at breakfast this morning, all the staff were looking beautiful wearing traditional Balinese national dress rather than their uniforms.  I commented how lovely they looked and enquired why they were dressed in this way. Apparently it was Prophet's Day when it is customary to wear national dress.  The entire team looked wonderful in their …

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Fishing boats, Jimbaran, Bali

Day 12. The fishing village of Jimbaran, Bali

We slept soundly until 8.00 a.m. it being extremely quiet despite the airport's close proximity.  Breakfast was again a peaceful affair as, apart from our first morning (Saturday), few guests seemed to be around.  JetStar cabin crew arrive daily on overnight stopovers and appeared friendly enjoying their mini-breaks in beautiful Bali. For our morning trip …

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Bali sunset

Day 11. Exploring Seminyak, Bali

After such a hectic previous day we enjoyed a lie-in and didn't venture down to breakfast until 9.00 a.m. when it was lovely and quiet with a good choice of tables.  I diversified my breakfast choices with a bowl of butternut squash soup (yes, I realise it's a strange choice for so early in the …

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Mt. Batur active volcano, Bali

Day 10. A day tour of Bali’s top attractions

It was just as well that we had set our alarm for 7.00 a.m. as we once again received a knock on the door with our morning newspaper.  After enjoying a large breakfast we returned to our room for our cameras, sunglasses and bottles of water then went down to the foyer to wait for …

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Day 9. Exploring Bali

It was still dark when we were wakened by the sounds of someone knocking on our bedroom door, and glancing at the time, wondered whatever it could be.  My son went to open the door and was handed a morning newspaper.  Apparently as IHG members we were entitled to a complimentary daily newspaper and the …

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An Air Asia A320 airplane at the gate

Day 8. From Jakarta to Bali

For the first time this holiday we were both awake before our alarm went off.  This wasn't a bad thing though as the earlier start to the day enabled us to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the Novotel.  We kept with our selection from the previous days and munched our way through this whilst reading …

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