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Madrid and Home

July 26, 2018 - Madrid, Spain
(September 17. This is by now so out of date that you'll be wondering why I have, apparently, re-sent it. In fact I have added a paragraph on our visit to the Reina Sofia, which Sarah reminded me I had apparently forgotten. I am currently working on pictures to add.) David was up early this morning and back to the Mezquita when it opened at 8.30 so he could get some photos in  a different light. The rest of us were not so adventurous, but we all enjoyed our included buffet breakfast at the...
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A Day and a Night in Cordoba

July 25, 2018 - Córdoba, Spain
We were  up early enough to say goodbye to all the others - Emily and family left at 7 because they had to return their car, and catch a plane from Malaga. It wasn't so sad parting from the Canadians because we are going to catch up with them tomorrow night in Madrid. But still, it was quite melancholy to be doing the last tidying up, making sure cutlery and crockery went back to the right apartements, and taking the last photos of our lovely villa. David handled the drive to Cordoba with...
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Last Day at the Villa

July 24, 2018 - Priego de Córdoba, Spain
Will, Bex and Charlie left early and the rest of us had our usual extended and unchoreographed breakfast in the courtyard. David, Sarah and I decided to go into Priego de Cordoba, the nearest large town, about twenty minutes' drive away. It was quite busy, and although we found a spot to park near the town hall, when we deciphered the sign, we decided it said that we could only park there for about 15 minutes. So we drove on up the hill and found a vacant lot where we could pay to park for as...
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Granada

July 23, 2018 - Priego de Córdoba, Spain
Before the rest of the family set off for Granada, Sarah, Lucie and I, who had decided not to go, had to say goodbye to Sam. He was going to explore Granada with the others, but drive from there to Malaga to catch his plane home. It was sad to see him go, especially as he had spent such a short time with us, but the time we  had was precious. Max and I stayed in Granada for three days in 2015, and had been twice (most recently last September) with our photography tour through the Alhambra so...
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Antequera

July 22, 2018 - Priego de Córdoba, Spain
Today's family expedition was to Antequera and we all went, in various cars and at various times.The exception was the Canadians who hadn't yet had a 'rest day' and decided to reacquaint themselves with swimming and reading; and Rachel did their washing! When Max and I did our first Torrox photo tour in 2015, Kevan took us up to the Alcazaba, the Moorish fort high on the hill on the edge of Antequera, but we only went into the courtyard where we had lunch and took the inevitable photos. I was...
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Cortijo la Presa

July 21, 2018 - Priego de Córdoba, Spain
I haven't really described properly either the location of our villa, the Cortijo la Presa, or its spectacular surroundings. The villa is on the edge of Las Sierras Subbeticas Natural Park which my research tells me is a limestone plateau and part of the Beticas Mountain Range. It is of worldwide significance because of the abundance of ammonite fossils. It is also prolific in birdlife, including the griffin vulture - I wouldn't recognise one if I saw it, but Sam was quite excited when one...
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Lake Iznajar

July 20, 2018 - Priego de Córdoba, Spain
The little town of Iznajar sits on top of a steep hill overlooking the Genil River valley. In the 1960s 200 hectares of land and 150,000 olive trees were submerged to create a reservoir, officially 'opened' by Franco in 1969, to supply drinking water and irrigation to local villages. So Iznajar became an inland town with extensive water views, no doubt greatly increasing its tourist potential. Lake Iznajar, as the reservoir is called, is about 30 km long, and almost immediately beneath the...
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Family Day

July 19, 2018 - Priego de Córdoba, Spain
Tom left early for Malaga to collect Caroline, Florence, Eloise and Felix from the plane from Cork - sadly Chickondi couldn't come as he hadn't been able to cut through the inevitable red tape to get a re-entry visa for Ireland. David, Matt and I went into the supermarket in Priego de Cordoba to get some more supplies and had the anticipated fun trying to identify or describe what we wanted. We hadn't been back long when Tom arrived with Caroline and family, and it was wonderful to see them...
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Madrid via Cordoba to the Villa

July 18, 2018 - Córdoba, Spain
  Wednesday 18th We were all up at 7 for breakfast between 8 and 8.30, as we had ordered a 6-person taxi to take us to Atocha. Again this morning we were charged more than the metred fare and when David questioned this – again – we were told – again – that the fare was for 4 people not 6. We were a bit sceptical but on the other hand Max and I have never felt that we have been ripped off in Spain, by taxi drivers or anyone else, and having been given the same information twice, I was...
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A Day in Madrid

July 17, 2018 - Madrid, Spain
  I have just written this, and the next day, on the plane between Madrid and Doha. Forgive the blunders, the illiteracy and the continuing lack of pictures. Tuesday 17th July A Day in Madrid As usual David had been for a walk before breakfast, this time up the Gran Via to the park. I can’t actually remember breakfast, except to say that it was another buffet like all the others we have had in ‘chain’ hotels – an extensive buffet with what I suppose is an attempt to cater for all...
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Naxos to Madrid

July 16, 2018 - Madrid, Spain
For some reason we all woke up a bit late this morning (except for Sue and Jackie) so it was a bit of a rush to pack and get breakfast. With blinds and shutters closed, our rooms in 'the apartment' are quite dark in the mornings - and anyway the sun doesn't rise until after 7 - so perhaps that explains it. We had ordered the hotel shuttle to the airport for 9.30, and I was the last to get to breakfast (being, I believe, the most obsessive packer), and I was just beaten to it by what looked...
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Last Day in Naxos

July 14, 2018 - Náxos, Greece
It was another sunny but windy day, and I decided that if I was actually going to keep up this Journal, I had to spend most of the day on it. I suppose I could just keep notes instead of trying to write a book about every day, but because we edit our entries afterwards, and keep them as records of our trips, it is worth trying to keep up to date before you forget. I was pleased when Sue said she was glad to read earlier entries as she had already forgotten details of some of the things we had...
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A Yacht on the Aegean

July 14, 2018 - Náxos, Greece
We were quite excited about our day trip with Actionseaze on the yacht Partes II, but a little apprehensive after David and I, waiting for Sarah at Bossa yesterday evening, had seen it ploughing back into the harbour through a very choppy sea. On the way home last night we had called in at the Actionseaze office and were reassured by the woman who had originally sold us our tickets that the boat had all mod cons (a rough translation of her much more formal and halting English) and that we...
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Walking or Swimming?

July 13, 2018 - Náxos, Greece
This is my first post for ages - we have had only intermittent internet. This is very frustrating and I will find it hard to catch up, never mind adding pictures. Sorry! Last night David, Lucie and I had decided to take the bus to the centre of the island again, to a village David hadn't already seen, but when it came to the point Lucie decided she would rather go to the beach again with the others. The thought of those sun lounges, umbrellas, and drinks by the incredibly clear blue sea was...
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Just Another Day in Paradise

July 12, 2018 - Náxos, Greece
Today was 'at leisure' as the tour brochures say. I spent a fair bit of it catching up with this, or swimming in the pool. David decided to take a local bus to the centre of the island, visit a few villages and walk the countryside. Sue and Jackie took Lucie into town to explore for the morning. Sarah and I stayed at the hotel. In the early afternoon we - Sarah, Lucie and I - had a snack at the hotel bar. David came home about 5, more swimming, then we went to Flisvos, a restaurant on the...
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Daytrip to Paros

July 11, 2018 - Náxos, Greece
I had forgotten when I recorded what we did yesterday that on our walk along the waterfront we had called in to one of the many, many tourist offices and bought tickets on the Blue Star Ferry to Paros for 9.30 today. So we had to be up and out reasonably early, which, as usual, Lucie and I found harder to achieve than the others did. We are now pretty much locals on Naxos and found our way like homing pigeons  to the ferry terminal at the end of the promenade. The ferry is HUGE - 8 storeys...
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A Day at the Beach

July 10, 2018 - Náxos, Greece
(Because I am lagging behind with this Journal, I left the wrong date on yeaterday's entry - it should have been the 9th July of course.) Breakfast is served in a separate dining room with indoor or outdoor tables beside the pool. It is buffet with plenty to choose from, althought the only hot choice is scrambled egg which is very good. No toast, but lovely crusty bread. Today was our beach day, so we made our way down the rather sandy tracks to St George's Beach where we had a choice of...
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Naxos

July 9, 2018 - Náxos, Greece
This morning was just as it should be - bright sunlight and warm. We were supposed to get a wake up call at 6 but it didn't happen so it was lucky Lucie and I were up and ready by the time we had agreed to meet the others for breakfast. Just as we were walking out the door the wake-up call came, half an hour late. After the usual generous buffet breakfast - distinguished by the presence of an amazing orange juicing machine that rolled unpeeled oranges down two slides, twisted them around a...
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Doha to Athens

July 8, 2018 - Athens, Greece
By the time I was ready to go down to breakfast (about 9am - shame!) David had already been to the gym, played squash against himself and had a swim. Sarah and Sue had been sitting over breakfast for over an hour, and Lucie not much less. When I arrived in the dining room I was greeted effusively by a young waiter offering coffee and an older one offering - well, everything, really. When I had collected my juice and fruit from the usual extensive middle-eastern buffet he came dashing over and...
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Please re-subscribe to my blog

July 8, 2018
We're moving our "Cassandra Encore" blog from "Fuzzy Travel" to "Wordpress". In the next day or so you should receive an email invitation to my new Wordpress Blog. If you would like to continue to receive my blog then you need to re-subscribe. Simple instructions will be in the Wordpress email. You just need to click in the email to accept our invitation and then choose whether to just get blogs by email or whether to set up a Wordpress account. You may well prefer the former, in which case...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore

Off to Doha

July 7, 2018 - Wollongong, Australia
I had an idea that Max had already alerted our reading public to the fact that I, Margaret, would be taking over the journal for this trip but when I searched for the email I thought I had seen, it wasn't there. Dementia or electronic problems? Anyway, Max, Zack and Olly are staying at home while David, Sarah, Lucie, Sue and I spend a stopover night in Doha, a week on Naxos, a few days in Madrid, then a week with Sarah's half-sibs and their families in a villa-cum-converted-farmhouse-complex...
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Uganda

June 21, 2018 - Kampala, Uganda
  Een week geleden zat ik bij een kampvuur naar de felle en fonkelende sterren te kijken op een klein eilandje middenin het Victoriameer. De avond ging over in de nacht, mijn laatste nacht in Uganda. Twee weken ben ik er geweest, maar het voelde als twee maanden. Zoveel heb ik beleefd, zoveel nieuwe indrukken, zoveel nieuwe mensen heb ik leren kennen. Ik kan niet anders zeggen dan dat het bijzonder, uniek en heel fantastisch was! Ik heb genoten. Het begon allemaal op Schiphol. Vlak voor...
By Anke in Oost Afrika

Daisy promotes herself to Capitaine

June 16, 2018 - Carcassonne, France
Daisy’s breeder, Janette, recently sent us an image of a westie with the strapline “If you don’t have one, You’ll never Understand!”  It almost brought a tear to my eye, because even though we have only shared our lives with two Westies, there is really something very special about the way they communicate, participate and generally worm their way into your heart.  Daisy has been so very sweet about fitting in with all the boat routines and conventions.  She realised right away...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore

2018 Season starts with new crew member

May 24, 2018 - Buzet-sur-Baïse, France
We have started our boating season a little later than usual this year.  We attended a beautiful sunny wedding in Cardiff in early May, and were reminded that when the sun shines in Britain it really is the place for such a happy occasion. On return from Wales, France beckoned, and we had a new crew member to train up.  She is nine months old and her name is Daisy.  She is another Westie, though very different in character from Bonnie.  She is small and fearless, and up for anything.  ...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore

Mensen en hun verhalen - top!

April 8, 2018 - Zonnebeke, Belgium
  Het geeft ons een fijn gevoel op deze reis zoveel verschillende mensen te ontmoeten, elk met hun eigen verhaal…: Laos: twee dagen rondtrekken met een gids die opgegroeid is in de jungle en die met ons heel veel gedeeld heeft uit het jungleleven: hoe te overleven op vlak van eten en drinken, hoe je allerlei dingen kan maken uit gerief dat de natuur je verschaft, hoe je ‘medicijnen’ vindt in de jungle en wat ze voor je kunnen betekenen en… hoe het leven eraan toe gaat in de jungle…...
By Bernard & Hilde in Noord-Laos in een kleine 3 weken!

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