Through New Eyes: Brighton, Friday 23rd February 2018

One thing about travel is that it makes you see your own country through new eyes. Especially if you go somewhere new and unfamiliar. The nearest coastline to Chessington is at Brighton, by road-time if not necessarily as the crow flies, and we had a day out there with Euan and Holly and grandsons Murray … Continue reading Through New Eyes: Brighton, Friday 23rd February 2018

A Day with Gerbybirding: São Miguel, Azores, Tuesday 13th February 2018

It was, as forecast, a dismal morning. Low cloud and mist, with rain, heavy at times. To be fair, I can remember just one other wet start to a day, which isn’t bad for six weeks. Ponta Delgada, the Azorean capital, eventually loomed out of the mist and we were cleared to go onshore in … Continue reading A Day with Gerbybirding: São Miguel, Azores, Tuesday 13th February 2018

If it’s Tuesday it must be … : Antigua, Tuesday 6th February 2018

Another day, another island. Our whistle-stop tour of the West Indies continues. If it’s Tuesday, this must be Antigua. Of all the islands we visited in the West Indies this was the only one we could really view from the sea. We were not due in until eight, and so we were still approaching the island … Continue reading If it’s Tuesday it must be … : Antigua, Tuesday 6th February 2018

Pitons and a Caged Parrot: St Lucia, Monday 5th February 2018

We arrived in Castries, the capital of St Lucia, around sunrise and were alongside the pier by eight. Castries, and indeed St Lucia, is a very attractive place. A convoluted coastline, with forested hills and dotted houses, and an air of busy-ness with the airport right next to the harbour. Castries There was the almost … Continue reading Pitons and a Caged Parrot: St Lucia, Monday 5th February 2018

A Choice of Dove or Kayak: Grenada, Saturday 3rd February 2018

The Magellan was ‘gazumped’ this morning. Although the ship had been allocated a berth, two larger cruise ships were in town, presumably paying more money, so Magellan had lost its place. This meant we had to anchor offshore and tender into a pier at St George’s. Just when everybody was just celebrating the fact that … Continue reading A Choice of Dove or Kayak: Grenada, Saturday 3rd February 2018