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Day Trip to Edinburgh

semi-overcast 21 °C
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Today we caught the train to Edinburgh IMG_0399.jpg – a comfortable 50 minute trip emerging from Waverley Street Station into the picturesque street scape of the Old City. IMG_0294.jpg
We caught the bus to get a summary of the sights and the boys enjoyed listening to the horrible histories channel with all the gruesome tales rather than the normal commentary. IMG_0312.jpg
After the tour we had a picnic in the sunshine in the Princes Street gardens IMG_0349.jpg IMG_0350.jpg
and then explored the royal mile. We wandered into some of the little closes, IMG_0357.jpg past St Giles cathedral, IMG_0382.jpg watched an Aussie street performer and visited the Childhood Museum. IMG_0390.jpg

We are now in Spain - the villa is absolutely fantastic, weather is hot, presently sitting in a restaurant in a courtyard in the old town of pollensa - they have wi fi access. Not many opportunities to use the internet so will probably post again when we get back on weekend.

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Sunny Glasgow

Dominic's Birthday, Doctor Who & Sun

sunny 23 °C
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Dominic's Birthday - Day one in Glasgow and jet lag was still our companion. We made the most of the Glasgow City Tour bus, which provides us an armchair view of the sights. IMG_0180.jpg IMG_0196.jpg Guess what? We got sun burnt! The Wedgies (Glaswegians) were doing cartwheels in the streets – it was 23 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Following lunch in Merchant City, central Glasgow, IMG_0199.jpg we visited the Peoples Palace and Winter Garden, a Museum which features the history of Glasgow's people, how they've lived, worked and played. IMG_0205.jpg IMG_0219.jpg
Debbie and Paul, our Glasgow hosts put on a BBQ to celebrate Dominic's 10th birthday. IMG_0243.jpg IMG_0268.jpg It was warm enough to fill the wading pool and the kids had a ball. IMG_0241.jpg The long summer evenings are delightful with the sun setting after 10.30.

Doctor Who! - Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow's largest museum set in landscaped gardens, currently features a fantastic Doctor Who exhibition - the highlight of the trip so far. IMG_4169.jpg IMG_4168.jpg An audio visual extravaganza, displaying many of the props and character costumes used in filming the series, so life-like it scared Oliver so much that he wouldn't go in. Luckily we lied about his age and didn't have to pay for his ticket. Daddy's patience was tested looking after Oliver while Mummy and the older boys went through the exhibition. IMG_4176.jpg IMG_4184.jpg
We stayed for lunch, Dominic enjoyed the pipe organ demonstration and the knights display with real armour. Julian loved the Art Gallery and was very excited to see works from the artists he had learnt about at school – Van Gogh, Monet & Renoir. Daddy got some “me” time in the afternoon and hit the Glasgow shops.
After the Transport Museum on Thursday IMG_4278.jpg IMG_4281.jpg Mummy went exploring by herself having lunch in the famous deco style Willow Tea Rooms designed by Rennie McIntosh and also hitting a few shops. IMG_4293.jpg IMG_4289.jpg
All the while the sun kept shining......

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Our Arabian Adventure

Discovering the Crazy World of Dubai

sunny 45 °C
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Had a great trip on the A380 to Dubai – those entertainment units are fantastic – kids loved them and slept well too. Arrived in the weird and wonderful place which is Dubai with the crazy taxi drivers and heat!!! Dubai's contrasts are fascinating – traditional dress & desert surrounds combined with cavernous air conditioned malls lined with familiar retail brands that could be anywhere. IMG_0151.jpg
Roads, of which there are many are chock full of the latest & largest gas guzzling automobiles that the US and Europe has to offer. I caught up with some former work colleagues; Kathy, Erin & Therese, whilst Angela wrestled the jet lagged children into some down time. When tired Dominic & Julian sit quietly but Oliver is like a wound up spring bouncing off the walls.
The hop on hop off bus tour on the second day took us around all the major sights firstly in Old Dubai , which feature more traditional markets called souks. IMG_0097.jpg We wandered through a maze-like network of lanes that make up the gold and spice souks. IMG_0103.jpg IMG_0098.jpg IMG_0106.jpg Julian enjoyed buying cashew and pistachio nuts from a spice merchant and we went on a Dhow (old wooden boat) cruise on Dubai Creek. IMG_0124.jpg After some great Lebanese food we ventured out into the excessive landscape of New Dubai – Atlantis on the Palm, IMG_0143.jpg the Burj Al Arab 7 star hotel,IMG_0133.jpg the Burj Dubai Tower and the Mall of the Emirates with the indoor Ski Slope – crazy stuff. IMG_0153.jpg
After an early morning start we are in Glasgow, Scotland and looking forward to the next chapter.

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Leaving Today

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Well our bags are packed, I think we have worked through all our list of things to do so for us in the famous words of Dr Seuss:

'Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!'

Our plans:

19th June - Leave Sydney 9pm, 2 nights Dubai stopover
22nd June – Arrive Glasgow, Scotland.
27th June – week in Villa with Debbie, Paul & family in Mallorca, Spain.
6th July – week in France – Paris 4 days & visiting Christophe and family in Valence.
13th July – 3 weeks in England – 4 days Cottage in Cotswolds, weekend in Wales with Helen & Mel, 2 weeks in St Albans (exchange house) – day trips to London, Oxford, Windsor etc, and visiting family in Essex & Midlands.
3rd August – 10 days Scotland – 5 days driving in highlands with Debbie & Paul, day trips from Glasgow.
15th August – arrive back in Sydney 6.05am.

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