Thursday, February 11, 2016

Day 12 - Barbados - Catamaran trip

We woke up to a beautiful sunny morning and joined the "Cool Runnings" Catamaran which left from Bridgetown harbour, we sailed to Carlisle Bay and snorkelled on two wrecks that were abundent with fish And crystal clear water. We then sailed over to another spot where we were lucky to swim and snorkel with turtles. These wonderful animals looked an moved with such grace that it was a pleasure to watch them. We then set sail up the Western coast of the island and anchored off in a secluded bay where a truly superb lunch was served. The as we sailed for home the party atmosphere kicked in with the help of a few rum punches. We both agreed that the Cat's staff were superb in looking after their guest and being so informative on the cruise. In the evening we watched a duo called "Two guitars" who entertained the hotel's guests with some great tunes.

Day 11 - Oistens, Barbados

It poured down with rain in the morning so we hopped on a Reggie bus a took a trip to the village of Oistens, this is the main fishing village on the Island. We walked around the impressive fish market and had a laugh with the locals. We strolled over to the local beach and watched a amazing 4 year old boy learn to surf. We returned to the Sea Breeze and Robbie was given a lesson on how to use a boogie board, the lad's a natural.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Day 10 - Bridgetown , Barbados

Jumped on the "Reggie" bus into Bridgetown, we loved walking aroud this colourful town with so many smiling faces. We stopped off at the marina for a bite to eat and watched the deep sea fishing boats come, the crew gutted the day's catch and we saw turtles surfacing.In the afternoon we hit the beach and rode a few waves.

Day 9 Barbados

On a hot morning we spent our time around the pool before we were hit by a tropical dowpoor of rain, so we took shelter and enjoyed the hotel's tea and scones hour. Once the rains passed we watched two of our fellow guests get married on the beach. In the evening we went to the hotel managers cocktail party and met Ian and Rosemary from London.

Day 8 - Barbados

We arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados at 7.00 am and cleared immigration and customs, we then made our way toThe sea Breeze Hotel on the South coast of Barbados. We were soon in the beautiful Cribbean sea. In the evening we had dinner in the Mermaid restaurant and the listened to a local trio in the hotel's lounge.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Day 7 - Grenada

In the morning we spent an hour in the show lounge where the ship's Captain and the Hotel manager held a very interesting Q&A session. We arrived in Grenada and caught a water taxi over to Grand Anse beach and spent a few hours relaxing under the swaying palm trees. We headed back into town where they were holding a mini carnival and then we just had time to pop into a local sports bar for a quick drink and to catch up on emails. Back on board the ship we enjoyed the sail away party on the Aft deck.

Day 6 - Bonaire

The Celebration arrived at the Dutch island of Bonaire on a very warm day, we disembarked and boarded the Catamaran "Mushi Mushi"and headed for the local marine park for a morning of snorkeling. The waters around Bonaire are crystal clear and we saw numerous fish and some beautiful corel. In the afternoon we took a stroll around the local town and did a bit of shopping. In the evening we went to the ship's theater to see a entertaining show based on London's most famous musicals

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Day 5 - Aruba

We arrived on the Island of Aruba and were met as planned by Ivan one of the locals who gave us a short tour of this lovely Island. Our first stop was the California lighthouse on the North West coast, we then moved onto look out point which gave great views of the surrounding area. Our next stop was the Volcanic rock park before we moved onto the rugged East coast which is normally hit by high winds and is the location of an old Dutch gold smelting plant. Ivan then bid us farewell as he dropped us off at Tulips restaurant where we enjoyed lunch before we hit the gorgeous Eagle beach with its pure white sand and stunning blue sea.

Day 4 - Cureaco

We arrived on the island of Curaco and took a tour in an old converted school bus which had its windows removed to let in a cooling breeze. Our first stop was at the Curaco liquer distillery to taste a couple of samples of the famous dink. We then headed over to the Spanish waters area with it impressive marina and views of its very own Table mountain. We then head for the beach and had a spot of lunch. In the afternoon we wandered the streets of the old town with its brightly coloured buidings that had a Dutch influence.

Day 3 - St Lucia

Spent a superb day in St Lucia with Spencer Ambose and his daughter, She-She.First thing in the morning we hopped aboard Spencer's speedboat for an exhilerating trip to the town of Souferie, we made our way up to the local mudbaths which sit at the bottom of a steaming volcano. We then headed over to a waterfall to wash of the mud in the refreshing water. We the stopped of at local banana plantation where we learned about the local fruit and tasted the sugar banana. Next stopped was Captain Hooks bar for a tasty Caribbean lunch before hitting the beach that lies between the Islands famous Pitons, after a couple of hours sunbathihg and snorkeling we jumped back on the speedboat for the journey home, stopping off at some of the bays where the rich and famous have holiday homes and a loaction where they filmed scenes drom the Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Day 2 - Horley to Crawley to Barbados

Under grey skies we strolled over to Horley train station and made the short journey to the town of Crawley. Mandy hit the shops and Rob took a stroll around the town. . On a murky Suday morning  we returned to Gatwick airport to catch a flight to the Caribbean island of Barbados.    We then joined the Thompson Celebration in Bridgetown and as dusk fell on a balmy evening, we slipped out of port and embarked on our Caribbean adventure........... photos to follow.......... On

Time to Travel - Day 1

Its that time of year when we pack our bags and head out on our travels. It was a case of deja vu as we hopped on the Easyjet flight to London. Once again we had superb views of the snow capped Alps. Arriving at Gatwick airport and made our wat to the small town of Horley where we once again checked into the Cumberland guesthouse. In the evening we made our way down to Ye Old six bells in for drinks and dinner.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cold Weather and Jude Speaks

The cold weather continues in Cyprus with temperatures at night dropping close to freezing. The Troodos mountains are now covered in snow and look a picture from Pissouri.

           Back in South Wales, Jude finds his voice.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Storm Clouds approach

Pissouri is set to be hit by Stormy weather, below is a time lapse of the gathering storm Clouds over the village.

This morning we made our way down to Pissouri bay to see the state of the sea, the first thing that we noticed was the amount of sand on the beach, the beach is normally covered is stones with patches of sand, but today the beach was just total sand.