Brisbane, QLD

Monday, September 29, 2008

ADVENTURE IN EUROPE Part 1 (Brisbane Singapore England)

Wednesday 13 August 2008
Bill, Helen, myself and Paul excitedly wait for our flight to Singapore.
We had an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Singapore to break the long journey to Manchester.
Thursday 14 August

We took the cable car to Santosa Island. It was hot!

We got a taxi into town where the boys had fun browsing through 5 floors of IT equipment at Sim Lin Plaza. Neither Bill or Paul could resist buying a wide angle lens for their camera.

The shuttle bus driver gave us a good tip where to eat at the airport. It was the staff canteen where visitors are welcome. We got a good feed for $3.00. That was the last of cheap meals for the rest of the trip.
Friday 15 August

We flew for 12 hours to Zurich, changed planes and flew for 2 hours to Manchester. We picked up a hire car and the boys learnt to drive it on the roof of the car park before entering the rat race of English traffic. After Helen and I got told off for back seat driving we soon arrived in Windermere in the Lakes District of NE England.

All the houses and fences are made of stone. They are put together like this.
After lunch we drove onto Keswick, where we had a booking at a B&B. When we arrived, Surprise! Surprise! our daughter and son in law had secretly caught the train from London, where they live, and booked into the same B&B. It was lovely to see them again. We had made arrangements to meet Carol in Switzerland in a few weeks time but didn't expect to see both of them here.

Paul, Bill Helen, David and Carol

Exploring the streets of Keswick.

Experiencing an English pub
Saturday 16 August
The next day the young ones went for a hike into the hills while the oldies went on a cruise on the lake.

Derwent Waters near Keswick in the lake district of north west England.

Not much sun but interesting skies.
After the cruise we decided on a light lunch since our dinners have been huge. I asked for a baked potato but it came with extras. Needless to say I ate it all.

Bill opted for the local speciality of Cumberland sausage.
In the afternoon we drove to the top of a hill where there was an ancient stone circle similar to Stonehenge.

Castlerigg Stone Circle

The adventurers in stiff cold wind

Bill getting video footage for more You Tube clips. Interesting steps in the wall!

The view on the other side of the wall

The beautiful green hills of England.

Time to leave our cute B&B in Keswick and drive onto Scotland.

Time to say goodbye to our wonderful children. They will go by train back to London and work.


  1. You're back! Yay!! I've missed you. And now I'm sitting back reading and loving every minute of your adventure. Yay!!!

  2. Welcome home.....I am enjoying the photographs from one who has travelled as far as New Zealand only.
    Kind regards,

  3. I follow you like I'm there myself. *sigh* Wish I had been.

  4. Diane! You're back! We missed you!

    What gorgeous photos of the countryside, I'm going to send this link to a friend who wahnted to know what England was like. Oh so lovely, I can almost see us there already!

    Oh, alas, we are still in SA. :o(

    I'm so jealous when I see these photos, sigh, soon...soon.

  5. Hi Diane,

    Dianne told me you were back. Your pictures are beautiful!

    I see now why Dianne is so excited to move to England.

    My husband would flip over the stone work on the houses and fences. How beautiful!

    Such an amazing adventure!

    I guess I better start planning my trip soon

    *shhh*whispering*...Don't say anything, but I'm inviting my family and myself to Dianne's when she gets moved to England. But you didn't hear that from me.;)

    Gorgeous pics! Keep them coming!

    God Bless,

  6. Enjoyed your photos very much as I am going to Singapore in February where did you get the $3 meal at the airport. I have been there many times and have never seen their canteen. Much appreciated. I saw that you went to Sensosa Island I also went there and enjoyed it. I have not been to Scotland am looking forward after seeing your photos. looking forward to hearing from you.
    Barbara 2/10/08

  7. SURPRISE! tee hee It was great fun springing a surprise visit on you all! I'm enjoying your blog, Mum, keep it up!

    Love Carol

  8. We went to Sentosa by the cable car two months before you did, while on our way to England.