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Disneyland Paris Holiday Photos

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Some pictures from our trip to Disneyland Paris last week via Hull and Bruges. We had a great time away and it was nice to get another reasonable trip in the RX-8. Bruges was a really nice surprise as well, could have done with an extra day to explore.

  • A typically wet Isle of Man day waiting for the ferry
  • The view of the marina from our hotel room in Hull - the noise from a rowdy wedding when we got to the hotel helped us get an upgrade to an executive room :o)
  • Hull marina
  • "The Deep" in Hull
  • Freaky eels at "The Deep" in Hull
  • "The Deep" in Hull
  • "The Deep" in Hull
  • "The Deep" in Hull
  • Waiting to board the "Pride of Bruges"
  • Late afternoon waiting to depart Hull on "Pride of Bruges"
  • Late afternoon waiting to depart Hull on "Pride of Bruges"
  • Late afternoon waiting to depart Hull on "Pride of Bruges"
  • The river Humber
  • Onboard "Pride of Bruges"
  • The Humber Bridge in the distance
  • Concorde F-BVFF at Charles de Gaulle airport
  • The memorial to Concorde "Sierra Charlie" at Gonesse
  • Eva gives Concorde Prototype F-WTSS at Le Bourget the thumbs up
  • Catherine, Eva and Concorde F-BTSD at Le Bourget, with F-WTSS behind. A sadly sterile exibition of such a beautiful machine.
  • Disney's Newport Bay Resort - Our hotel for three days.
  • The view from our hotel window at sunset.
  • I paid £450 for those two tyres, I'm going to tack a picture of them!
  • Catherine and Eva onboard the Molly Brown "boat" at Disney's Frontierland - It actually runs on tracks
  • I'm sure she's saying "Look, the ears are not funny - where's my food!"
  • Self portrait
  • "Pleeeeese can we go in Space Mountain?"
  • The park in the evening waiting for the fireworks
  • The park entrance in the evening
  • The park entrance in the evening
  • Eva meets Minnie - That's actually a smile developing...
As expected Eva frowned then pulled Minnie's whiskers and then tried to bite her nose!
  • Eva's favourite ride
  • "Don't look back"
  • "No, I've got your nose!"
  • "I'm Eva, pleased to meet you"
  • "So, did this thing make dinner then?"
  • Goofy, or "Dingo" in France. So this is Dingo and the Baby for all you Family Guy fans.
  • Jessie, just a bit scary.
  • Disney Village and the Panoramagique helium baloon
  • Eva sees her new Minnie stuffed toy for the second time. The first time wasn't photographed but her smile was awesome.
  • "Say Cheese"
  • "OK, I take it back, the ears are funny after all!"
  • Sleepy baby
  • The Belfry in Bruges
  • Catherine and Eva in Bruges
  • Bruges on a colder morning
  • Waiting for the boat ride to start
  • More canals in Bruges
  • Eva watching the horse "Chipolito" who was our tour guide for the afternoon.
  • The view from The Belfry. 366 steps with Eva in the baby sling - quite a workout
  • The view from The Belfry
  • The view from The Belfry
  • The view from The Belfry
  • Leaving Zeebrugge
  • Leaving Zeebrugge
  • Back on the sunny Lancashire Riviera waiting for the IOM Ferry home

We also got to see three of the four Concorde aircraft in Paris, so I’ll be updating my Concorde page shortly.

Ireland & Scotland

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This week we returned from a couple of weeks away visiting the families in Ireland and Scotland. Fantastic weather for the first week in Northern Ireland, and then snow and wind in Scotland! Still, we also visited Belfast Zoo, the Island of Arran, the Island of Cumbrae and Edinburgh Zoo. Eight ferry crossings in total, the most expensive, (per minute) being Largs-Cumbrae at £36 for a car and 4 people for a return trip of 6 mins each way!

Some photos at the end of this post.

Almost all the photos were taken on my iPhone 4, and I still maintain it’s an excellent compact camera replacement. Improved noise reduction would help – some of the modified photos with added borders have a particularly noisy effect added using SnapSeed, but straight iPhone images are still relatively grainy. However, the colours it captures from the sky are excellent under most conditions, and I’ve got more than enough Apps on board to tweak the photos as required, especially relevant given we spent ages on various ferries this time.

And finally, what holiday would be complete without our Freelander feeling the need for some attention too? The drivers window mechanism failed less than 18 hours after leaving home. Fortunately I was able to close the window with the application of some force and then found an independent specialist in Ballynahinch where they were able to replace the mechanism there and then.

Next holiday should be early September with a trip to Disneyland Paris (and F-WTSS, F-WTSA, F-BTSD and F-BVFF – ooops, er, “look over here Catherine – oooh, Chanel… Excusez-moi mademoiselle, je suis à la recherche des indications pour le Musée de l’aviation” 🙂

  • Leaving Cairnryan
  • Stena Superfast VII
  • Stena Superfast VII
  • Loch Ryan
  • Loch Ryan
  • Stena Superfast VII in Loch Ryan
  • Loch Ryan and Ailsa Craig
  • Stena Superfast VII
  • Belfast Lough passing "Nordic Nora"
  • Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Catherine And Eva, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Silent Valley Reservoir, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Silent Valley Reservoir, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Catherine, Eva and Granny Bernie, Silent Valley, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • The Overflow, Silent Valley Reservoir, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Silent Valley Reservoir, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Silent Valley Reservoir, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Silent Valley, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Spelga Reservoir, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Spelga Reservoir, County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  • Belfast Zoo
  • Belfast Zoo
  • Belfast Zoo
  • Belfast Zoo
  • Belfast Zoo
  • Eva at Belfast Zoo
  • Belfast Zoo
  • Belfast Zoo
  • Leaving Belfast in more usual weather
  • Enroute to Arran on MV Caledonian Isles
  • Holy Isle and Ailsa Craig beyond
  • Freelander on Arran
  • MV Caledonian Isles docked at Brodick, Arran
  • Lochranza Castle, Arran
  • Mull of Kintyre from Arran
  • Holy Isle from The Ross, Arran
  • Sunset over Arran
  • Another day, Another CalMac ferry, MV Loch Shira to Cumbrae this time
  • Arran, Bute and Cumbrae from Fintry Bay
  • Millport, Cumbrae
  • Millport, Cumbrae
  • The island hopping Freelander on top of Cumbrae, Looking North to the Firth of Clyde
  • Largs from the highest part of Cumbrae
  • Looking South to Hunterston from MV Loch Shira
  • Jaguar at Edinburgh Zoo
  • Tiger at Edinburgh Zoo
  • Rhinos at Edinburgh Zoo

Tenerife Holiday Photos

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
  • Dolphin Show at Loro Parque
  • Dolphin Show at Loro Parque
  • Dolphin Show at Loro Parque
  • Orca Ocean at Loro Parque
  • Orca Ocean at Loro Parque
  • Seal and Sea Lion show at Loro Parque
  • Loro Parque
  • Catherine and Tiede
  • Tiede
  • Tiede
  • Catherine and Tiede
  • Above the clouds
  • Tiede Observatory
  • Masca Valley
  • Masca Valley Road
  • Masca Valley
  • Masca Valley Road
  • The "Flipper Uno" tour boat
  • Coastline north of Les Gigantes
  • Pilot Whale off Los Gigantes
  • Los Gigantes and the road from Santiago del Tiede
  • Masca Valley from the Sea
  • Self Portrait on the tourist boat "Flipper Uno"
  • Puerto de la Cruz
  • Catherine at Puerto de la Cruz
  • Puerto de la Cruz
  • Piramides de Guimar
  • Tiede
  • Catherine and Tiede
  • Graeme, Catherine, Tiede and the mountaineering Polo, 2200m / 7200ft above sea level.
  • Tiede with cloud in the Orotava valley.
  • Tiede Observatory
  • Pica Viejo Volcano, last eruption 1798.
  • The rental Polo on the TF-38, having covered over 800km in 5 days.
  • Decending from Tiede on the TF-38, just entering the cloud again

Tenerife Day 4

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

For our last full day we headed down to Guimar, to look at the “Piramides”, thought by some to indicate that pre-European civilisation sea-farers crossed the Atlantic. We had a walk round the terraced structure and watched the AV presentation.

Then we headed back up to the Tiede volcano to take some more pictures of the awesome landscape, and we figured the Polo had a day off from mountaineering yesterday so must be ready for some more today.

Every corner revealed yet another stunning vista, and once above the cloud and the treeline, it really is like another world. Hardly surpising that bits of Star Wars were filmed here.

Tomorrow morning it’s an early start to head back the the airport, then back to Prestwick by late afternoon.

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Tenerife Day 3

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

A relaxing day today, we headed in to the town of Puerto de la Cruz this morning, before spending most of the afternoon at the pool, where, predictably, I got sunburned…

Later we went to Santa Cruz to have a look at the shopping centres and, most importantly, to get some Chips Ahoy.

Tenerife is really an island of contrasts. The volcanic scenery is really amazing, and that’s just the bits we’ve seen from the road. Some of the hiking tours into the back country must be really great. Then there’s the seaside resorts – All the restaurants have the same food, and the shops all have the same junk, I don’t think I’d be happy to spend more than a day or so “in town”.

Tomorrow we’re going to head back to the south coast and have a look around there.

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