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On the road again!

July 25, 2015 - Mole Nationalpark, Ghana
La semaine dernière, c'était la fin du Ramadan. À ce titre, lundi était un jour férié. Nos étudiants nous l'ont appris le mercredi après-midi. J'avais soudainement cinq jours de libre. Avant toute chose, Pierre et moi sommes allés bouffer un bon gros tilapia sur la plage et en rentrant j'ai décidé de précipiter mon excursion dans le nord pour avoir l'occasion de voir la Volta avant mon avion. Je note deux trois infos sur un bout de papier, lance une requête dans le vide sur un...
By Laurent in Just as long...

Off again

July 25, 2015 - Sydney, Australia
The time has come to cure the 'itchy feet'. Off to Europe again. This time for just 7 weeks but it promises to be a fun trip.This time the trip was prompted by an invitation to Emily and Tom's wedding in Bristol. We visited Em on our last trip and it will be good to see her again and to finally catch up with Tom. Our route to Bristol was chosen to avoid flying in to Heathrow so it promises to be an adventure in itself. First a flight to Dublin with a stopover in Abu Dhabi, then a train to...
By Max & Margaret in Europe 2015

Festoche et dreadloches

July 12, 2015 - Elmina, Ghana
Salut à tous,Je rentre à l'instant d'Elmina. Il s'agit d'une ville de pêcheurs, quinze kilomètres à l'ouest de Cape Coast. Toute la semaine s'y déroulait le Bakatue. C'est un festival en l'honneur des dieux de la pêche pour que la saison soit riche en tilapia. Le jour le plus important semble être le mardi mais comme j'enseignais, je n'ai pas pu m'y rendre. Pierre qui y était, m'a dit de privilégier le samedi pour la parade des chefs (pas moins de quarante chefs de divers districts...
By Laurent in Just as long...

Castelnaudary

July 3, 2015
Once again we are victims of the weather!   Castelnaudary was meant to be a brief stop, but has turned into several days in port.   It is a delightful port, so no hardship to be here, but we had thought that we would have moved on to the summit of the canal by now.   However, once again the wind has intervened, this time a very hot wind from the sea blowing at a fair old speed - Force 8.   We do not like to head out in these winds as the likelihood of chipping a bit of paint off the...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2015

Quand le sound est bound

July 2, 2015 - Cape Coast, Ghana
Salutations,Un peu de musique pour commencer (et l'occasion de promouvoir cet excellent site web).La semaine dernière, William (il était avec nous lors du trajet Accra-Cape Coast) nous a demandé ce que nous faisions de notre week-end. Nous avions prévu d'aller au Kakum National Park. Il nous propose alors gentiment de nous conduire parce qu'il a une voiture et qu'il ne sait pas quoi faire de son samedi... Nous acceptons ravis. Le samedi venu, Billy arrive donc avec sa voiture sport...
By Laurent in Just as long...

Masters and slaves

June 24, 2015 - Cape Coast, Ghana
Après dix jours passés ici, je ne suis pas encore au top de l'analyse des rapports sociaux locaux. Je me contenterai donc d'observer et de relater.In the ghettos La semaine dernière, je me suis donné comme mission d'aller chercher le bouquin d'un auteur ghanéen : Two thousand seasons, une fresque historique du Ghana à l'instar du Pont sur la Drina pour la Bosnie. On m'a indiqué d'aller à la librairie de l'ancien campus, plus au sud que l'actuel. J'ai bien entendu perdu mon chemin au...
By Laurent in Just as long...

Homps

June 22, 2015
The canal du midi is proving to be something of a roller coaster.   If you start, as we did,  the Eastern end, you are greeted with a rather sad stretch of canal with many sunken boats and banksides where plane trees have obviously been cleared due to the disease which has afflicted so many of them.   Our first lock keeper was far from charming, But we have met quite a few now and, on the whole, , they are well-meaning and kind.  We had hoped to complete the canal du midi by mid June, but...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2015

Riding the dragon

June 18, 2015 - Cape Coast, Ghana
Bon ben ça redémarre. Et ça redémarre sur les chapeaux de roues. Pas même eu le temps de sortir l'appareil photo (mais Pierre a pris quelques clichés que j'vais récupérer plus tard).De la conduite en milieu amphibien...J'ai débarqué dans la moiteur tropicale samedi soir. Après avoir dormi dans un hôtel accréen (ça veut dire qu'il est à Accra), Pierre et moi avions rendez-vous dimanche à 12h30 avec Jojo (ouais, ils ont tous des noms cools, j'y reviendrai ultérieurement) qui...
By Laurent in Just as long...

Marseillan

June 10, 2015
We are now moored in the delightful port of Marseillan.   We crossed the étang de Thau on a lovely calm morning and went as close as we dared to the oyster beds in attempt to see what they looked like ( not much to see).  This port is our last before we start on the much anticipated adventure on the canal du midi with its oval locks, low, curved bridges and famously inexperienced hire boaters.   We will of course see many interesting towns and villages, and we will be fascinated to see...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2015

Aigues Mortes

June 3, 2015
We have left the Rhône!   It was a lot of fun going through those unbelievably deep locks ( the deepest, Bollène was 23 metres deep) and seeing all those vineyards and  enormous power stations and pretty wine villages, but we were mostly concentrating on the wind and the current and the  flotsam in the form of some very big logs.   Not altogether relaxing.   The river was not calm enough for us to stop on pretty riverside moorings, so in the end our only stop between Valence and...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2015

Still Valence

May 28, 2015
in fact, still Valence is a bit misleading since, one of the reasons we remain moored in Valence is that the Mistral has been blowing impressively and we were somewhat reluctant to venture out on the Rhône in such high winds.   However, the main reason for this hiatus in our boating adventure is that crew became what skipper described as incompetent!   I had excruciatingly painful backache for two days after our arrival in Valence.  I hoped that the cure-all hot water bottle and ibuprofen...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2015

Valence

May 15, 2015
Yesterday was a long day from Les Roches de Condrieu to Valence.  We had intended to travel  the previous day, but then the hot wind was blowing and we saw a calm day was forecast for thursday, so we decided to delay for a day.  The weather has been very hot - high 20s, low 30s for the last few days.   Today it has all  changed, and even yesterday evening the Mistral began blowing from the North. Our Swedish friends, Karin and Anders, caught up with us in Les Roches de Condrieu and...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2015

Les Roches de Condrieu

May 12, 2015
Well, we have survived our first day on the Rhône!  We finally left Mâcon on Sunday and did one long  last day on the Saône all the way to Lyon.   This was in fact the furthest we have ever travelled in a single day navigating - 90 km.  it was fine until we reached Lyon which was still classified as being in flood, so, despite very light traffic, there was a traffic-light  system in operation ensuring that boats were only navigating in one direction through the centre of Lyon.  ...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2015

Blij met bubbels!

May 10, 2015 - Moshi, Tanzania
Elke woensdagmorgen worden een kinderarts, Marieke en ik bij KCMC opgepikt door een klein autootje dat ons naar de andere kant van de stad brengt. Bij CCBRT, het kinderrevalidatiecentrum van Moshi, worden we gedropt. Bij CCBRT doen ze prachtig werk! Sociale werkers gaan de dorpen in om kinderen met handicaps te zoeken in de huizen. Een kind met een handicap is nog steeds een groot taboe hier en ze worden vaak weggestopt ergens in de huizen/schuurtjes. Wanneer de kinderen gevonden zijn,...
By Anke in Tanzania

Macon

May 3, 2015
Just a quick update.   First of all, thank you to everyone who has been in touch, both on the blog and by email.   It is great to know that you are all following us, and on our side. We have got off to quite an exciting start this year!   We set off from Saint-jean-de-Losne as planned on Saturday morning and were very pleased to see that we had the Saône more or less to ourselves.   It is changeover day for the hire boats, so there are never many around on a Saturday, and there were no...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2015

2015 Adventure begins

May 1, 2015
We arrived in Saint-jean-de-Losne on a beautiful sunny evening on 22 April and have spent just over a week cleaning the boat, checking the electrics, going for a little shakedown cruise on the Saône and stocking up on supplies for the summer.   Now the boat ijust could be lower in the water as we have filled all the space available with stuff. Our friends Hazel and Clifford stopped off at Saint-Jean on their way back from Switzerland last weekend and we had a fun time and a nice meal with...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2015

'Daktari Uncle!'

April 23, 2015 - Moshi, Tanzania
Toeterend, remmend en voetgangers ontwijkend rij ik door de binnenstad van Moshi. Overal mensen, overal verkeer, nergens verkeersregels. Iedereen doet maar wat en ik dus ook! Het recht van de snelste en de sterkste geldt hier. Ik ben er weer. Terug van weg geweest. Het voelt alsof ik twee levens heb. Mijn ene leven is in Nederland en het andere leven is hier in Tanzania. Na een lange vlucht stapte ik van het ene leven in het andere leven. Tanzania verbaast me niet meer zoals de eerste keer...
By Anke in Tanzania

5.Shimla

November 4, 2014 - Sheffield, United Kingdom
To Delhi station for the morning express to Kalka (4hrs). Passed quite quickly and a pleasant journey. At Kalka we changed trains onto the 'toy' train to Shimla. Beautiful scenery all the way. amazing room, beautiful hotel (Oberoi Cecil Hotel . Food good. Late 10.00a.m start so sat in the sun for 45mins. before the tour of Shimla. First stop the Viceregal Lodge, beautiful situation built of limestone/sandstone modelled on a Scottish Highland Castle. Very extensive buildings and beautiful...
By John in John @ Fuzzy Travel

4.Amber Fort & Rajasthan

November 2, 2014 - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Next morning we drove to the Amber Fort -a highlight. Stopped by the lake and took in the whole picture. Elephants looking almost ant-like in size slowly climbing the steep path to the fort all dressed in their red splendour. The walls, stretching across the hillsides for miles. The setting is amazing. The inside of the fort full of tourists, hawkers, elephants and a cacophony of drums, whistles, bugles and snake charmers. The glass roof and walls of the Hall of Mirrors decorated with small...
By John in John @ Fuzzy Travel

3.Ranthambore National Park and journey to Jaipur

October 31, 2014 - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Set out at 6.45a.m bound for the national park in the 4 x 4's. We saw plenty of monkeys, peacock, sambars and asian antelopes, but unfortunately no sightings of tigers or leopards. Later we returned for breakfast extremely dirty. In the afternoon we returned to the park, but still the tigers were elusive. Left Ranthambore after breakfast bound for Jaipur. After a brief glimpse of the 'Palace of the Winds' we headed to the Astronomical Observatory, very clever but for the scientists. The City...
By John in John @ Fuzzy Travel

2.Agra and Fatehpur Sikri

October 30, 2014 - Sheffield, United Kingdom
8a.m. start. Short drive to the Taj Mahal. First sighting despite the crowds very moving. Looked stunning against a limpid blue sky (polluted). Many photos (100's) but the Taj certainly had the 'wow' factor. Next moved onto Agra fort, a huge sprawling red sandstone complex but parts particularly the marble harem worth the crowded entrance. Returned to hotel around 2p.m. hot and tired. Late lunch followed by a very pleasant swim. Tomorrow leaving Agra and onto Fatehpur Sikri. Travelled by...
By John in John @ Fuzzy Travel

1.Delhi

October 28, 2014 - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Train to London, then Underground to Heathrow. Underground very busy, everyone going to Heathrow. Late flight but on time and a smooth flight. Virgin Atlantic OK but not impressive. Arrived to be met by Delhi's smog, exaggerated by all the fireworks let off for Diwali. Arrived hotel lunchtime, Taj Mahal Palace 5*, very high security. Coach checked as well as every individual. Very unexpected upgrade re-room. Two Tv's- living and bedroom, plus kithen area, dressing area and bathroom. Very...
By John in John @ Fuzzy Travel

5.Cape Town and Cape Point

October 6, 2014 - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Drove onto Cape Town and Table mountain, going up the cable car. Very windy on the summit but had a good walk around the summit with good views over Cape Town and the coast. Moved onto the very impressive Kirstenbosch Gardens, home to some amazing collection of indigenous South African plants. Walked around the gardens before taking lunch. Then drove through Cape Town to the Protea Hotel. We started the following morning by visiting District 6 museum, where over 6000 of it's inhabitants were...
By John in John @ Fuzzy Travel

1252800 seconden

March 15, 2015 - Nijmegen, Netherlands
Nog maar twee weken, dan is het weer zover: huppelend met mijn handbagage tasje verplaats ik me dan door Istanbul, tussen alle andere toeristen. Op 28 maart vlieg ik 's avonds richting Tanzania, met een tussenstop van 12 uur op Istanbul Airport. Midden in de nacht boekte ik mijn vlucht en ik had de overstaptijd even over het hoofd gezien... De volgende dag kwam ik erachter dat er voor passagiers met een transfer langer dan 6 uur een speciale tour aangeboden wordt: een rondrit door Istanbul,...
By Anke in Tanzania

Strength in the Battle

March 10, 2015 - Mityana, Uganda
Greetings from Uganda! It may come as a surprise to many of you that you are getting a notification of me writing a blog again while I’m in Uganda. This came as much of a surprise to me as well when I found out I was going to be coming here again only 3 weeks ago! Due to a few different circumstances, and with my new job as Sponsorship Coordinator for True Impact Ministries, I am now here officially on business to continue doing the work that God has put in front of us as a ministry and I...
By Sarah in Seeking Glory--Sarah Elbing

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