Tag Archives: Travel and Tourism

Rain in England

Rain, rain go away, come again another day.

Right now, where I live, it’s raining cats and dogs.  That’s a bit of a shame because it means I’m going to be stuck in the garret until it eases off a bit.  Going out in the rain and cold is one reason lots of us English people seem to have coughs and colds a lot of the time.

It’s going to rain for most of the day here, and in fact it’s raining over most of the UK.  Our Met. Office have flood warnings posted for several coastal towns ~ luckily not right here.

A lot of Americans think that it rains all the time here in England.  As a matter of fact, in comparison with some places in the world, we don’t get that much rain.  On average, where I live we get about a couple of feet of rain in a year.  In comparison, supposedly sunny Hawaii has an average of 5 feet of rainfall in a year.  Perhaps Hawaii is not ever going to be right at the top of my bucket list.

Some say that it rains every day in England.  And that we English must love the rain.  All I know is that we do get a little sunshine, usually in the middle of July.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

what a grey day

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ Memories

sometimes, the good memories are all we have left

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

don’t run away into the desert

but enjoy your desert adventures

Scenes on Sunday ~ 2019 Travels

These are the places I will be visiting this coming year.

California ~ perhaps take a road trip.

Lanzerote

Olu Deniz in Turkey

Crete

Malta

London ~ again

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

the issue is,

finding a travelling companion

Scenes on Sunday 2018

How many miles must a man travel, before he finds himself?

This year I’ve been to some interesting places, for example;

starting with California

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Oludeniz in Turkey

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Llandudno in Wales

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Crete

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York

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Albuquerque in New Mexico

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Lanzerote

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and more California

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

and was I happy with all that travelling?

you bet I was

Scenes on Sunday ~ Favourite Pictures 2018

These are among my pictures I like most of all.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

taken by the girl riding shotgun

Scenes on Sunday ~ Lanzerote

An Island in the sun takes a man away from his cares and woes.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Next time I need a cool girl to take on a long bike ride around the island.

Norwegian Wood

What happens on vacation, stays on vacation…..

On vacation in a pretty nice hotel, six of us decided to find the very worst dive on Lanzerote.  Although it didn’t start out like that.  It started out as an ordinarily normal evening in an hotel bar.  And then we went out and caught a bus.

The bus driver got so fed up with the 3 women trying to pay in 20 Euro notes that he just waved us on board, and then made us all get off at the end of the line.  Where we found the very worst dive on the Island.

There was an ugly Spanish guy behind the bar, the black guitarist, and two other bewildered looking customers.  Without asking the barman brought all the women caramel vodkas, and then again, and again.

The guitarist was damn good!  He played all of ‘classical gas’.  Mind you he could have used a haircut, a wash, and a shave, a change of clothes, and a better attitude.

So there was a sing-along of beatles, stones, and the who.  After 4 or 5 caramel vodkas women cannot sing.

And then it went pear-shaped  My female temporary friend demanded that the guitarist play Norwegian Wood.  Not going to happen.  But it did

Eventually I went back to the hotel, walking, took me an hour.  My friends did not show up for breakfast.  I do not want to know what happened.  I guessed.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Too Many Vacations?

Travel broadens the mind and the waistline ~ at least there were trains.

In the past year I’ve visited California, Turkey, Wales, Crete, New Mexico, back to England a few times, Lanzerote, and today I return to England for the Holiday Season.  And, I’ve seen more high art than you can shake a stick at.

The weather has varied from burning hot, to freezing cold, poring rain, and driving snow.

My favourite travelling companion is The Girl Riding Shotgun, and my favourite place, Balboa Island, in Orange County CA.

I’m glad to be going home to England today.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Hyatt, near Albuquerque NM

Motorbiking

The mythology of motorcycles is all about men who have never grown up.

Today I rented a little put-put bike and toured around this end of the Island for a few hours.

You know what, it was Fun!  Even though this little thing would only do about 35 mph, going downhill.  Yet I got to see bits of Lanzerote that most tourists will never see.

Renting this bike also got me away from my little group of fellow solitary travellers  ~ and after a week together we could all use the break.

Still, I fly home tomorrow, and I’m cool with that.

Turns out that motorbiking is also a very rude term.  Who knew?

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

dramatic sky and steel-blue sea

Going Home

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much of a good time is barely enough.”

I had my flight back home to England confirmed last evening.  I leave this pretty, (and pretty weird), island at 15:55 tomorrow, arriving back in my local airport at 20:10.  So, I should be back in the garret at about half-past-nine tomorrow evening.

I enjoy being a solitary tourist, Lanzerote is cool, and the group of fellow solitary travellers I’m with are friendly, but something has gone a little bit wrong on this vacation. Perhaps I’ve had too much time to think, or too much sun, or I’ve had too many vacations this year…..  Whatever it is I am going to be leaving here feeling uneasy, dissatisfied, and anxious.  Which is not the point of a sunshine vacation at all.

Some say that you can get too much of a good thing.  And, that wherever you go you take yourself with you.  All I know is that I’m going to be glad to be home again.

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Jack Collier

Ijackcollier7@talktalk.net

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