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Saturday, 20 October 2007

The Route

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Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Ollantaytambo - top of La Malaga

This part of the map shows the climb up from just outside Ollantaytambo to the top of the La Malaga pass. This took around 1 hour riding a Honda NSX400 with a pillion passenger. Zoom into the map to see the detail of the road. I counted 45 hairpin bends, but there are many other corners too! The start is at the bottom and the yellow marker shows the summit.

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Friday, 1 June 2007

The Details

At 7.30am, Nicky and Sam awoke to cries of ‘Help!’ and the sound of Ady throwing up in the bathroom… this wasn’t good. At 8.00 Ady threw up again. At 8.30, 9.00 and 9.30 too. (I could describe the other symptoms, but lets just say the Immodium was deployed! This looked like more than a bad hangover!)

In the meantime, Sam had tried to get the transfer delayed, but it was already paid for and we had to either travel or lose the money.

The superman that is Ady somehow managed to get to the port, onto the boat, across the estuary, onto the minibus, and 50Kms down the road before his head was hanging out of the window like a dog in a car. One speed hump sent him over the edge, and the bus was now decorated with the contents of Adys stomach (only water now, thank goodness).

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Palma de Mallorca

To celebrate Sam's 30th Birthday, we headed out to Palma to spend some time on the boat. There was a big group of us and people flew in to join us on Saturday and Sunday on the boat.

Thanks to everyone who came out to Palma to make the weekend so special and memorable.

The full set of pictures is now available by clicking here:

Photos of the weekend

There are also some videos available on Youtube - they are shown below - click the play button at the bottom left of the video to play here...

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

A different kind of adventure...

I've just bought a 1967 Vespa to restore... now I know this isn't really travel, but once it is up and running, I hope to be able to join Sam on her other scooter and we can go out together!

The bike looked like this when it was recovered from a barn...

But before long I hope to have it transformed into original condition... It will be stripped down completely and rebuilt from the bottom up. I'll post up some new pictures of it soon when it's starting to look more like a scooter again (it's a box of bits at the moment!)

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Easter in Cumbria

For the easter weekend I decided to take the bike out for it's first long run of the summer. The weather forecast was good for the whole weekend, and although it was a long journey, we had a really good time.

The roads around Cumbria and Yorkshire were fantastic on the bike, and I had great fun riding. Sam enjoyed the trip from the pillion seat too - and was able to take in the scenery of the lakes, although if she had blinked she would have missed it!

We travelled to Whitehaven for 2 nights and then rode on to Doncaster to stay with Sams Dad. The trip through the Yorkshire dales was most memorable - The A65 is a famous route for bikers and the Devils Bridge at Kirkby Stephen provided a good place to stretch our legs along with 100's of other bikers on their Sunday ride outs.

Monday, 2 April 2007

Alpe d'Huez - A week in the snow!

We took our annual trip to the snow this year, yet again to France, to Alpe d'Huez.

It was a bit of a gamble with the snow conditions being very ropey at the start of the year, but 3 weeks ago we took the plunge and booked the trip.

The snow turned out to be fantastic, and we had a great week.

The full set of pictures can be found with the link at the top right of this page...

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Free Trip to Paris

As a surprise for Sam, we headed off to Paris for 3 nights on the 16th February. Firstly, it wasn't a Valentines trip - I'm not that soft! It was just that Airmiles had a really good offer on for a return to Paris on the Eurostar, and 3 nights in a top location Paris hotel all for free (well, if you forget about the 2400 airmiles it cost!). And that top location Paris hotel, the Antin Trinite (2*) sounded to good an opportunity to miss!

We took the Eurostar on Friday morning from Waterloo and were in Paris for Lunchtime. We dropped our bags in our 'top location' Paris hotel and headed out to explore... we would have spent longer exploring the room, but if I'd have had a cat with me I don't think I would have been able to swing it, but you can't complain when it didn't cost anything! The tariff chart on the back of the room door made me laugh - €155 a night!!!

All of the food we had was great, from the €15 for two Chinese to the €195 meal on Saturday night (ouch)! We walked miles and miles over the weekend, and I didn't take very good walking shoes!

Sam found a great looking bar in the Wallpaper guide of Paris, and we headed there on Friday night - it was about 11.00pm when we got there, but you guessed it - we were too early - it didn't open till 12. With aching feet after all the walking, we decided to go back to our 'top location' Paris hotel and crash out!

I planned to take Sam up the Eiffel Tower on Sunday evening... as I thought it would be a bit more relaxed at the end of the weekend - how wrong could I have been! We didn't get up it, I ended up taking photos of it from the opposite side of the river. I've never taken photos from this angle before, and I think it is much better than standing right underneath - you can't get the full picture from there. I'll let you decide, here are the results...

As a commiseration for not managing to do what we set out to do, we headed for a bargain Chinese restaurant instead. It was Chinese new years day after all!

Then off to meet up with Evelyn, who moved out to Paris a month ago. She's living in a real authentic Parisian apartment, it was nice to get to go inside a proper French apartment- all very art deco and stylish.

On Monday morning I was up at 5am to head to Helsinki via Copenhagen, while Sam was left to get the train back through the tunnel to work...


Fuji Sushi, 5 Rue Joubert, Near Galleries Lafayette
Rival de Luxe, 3 ave Matignon, off the Champs Elysees
Georges, Pompidou Centre - maybe only go for a drink unless you want to spend a lot on dinner

Monday, 5 February 2007

Wedding Weekend 1 - Belfast

We spent the first weekend in February in what turned out to be Sunny Belfast, at Laura and Jez's wedding. After an early start on Friday morning, we flew to George Best Belfast City airport and checked into the Malmasion in Belfast. The wedding was in Bangor at Bangor Abbey on the Friday, and the service was nice, with some great tunes that Sam really enjoyed singing. I think she can tell that I used to be an altar boy ;)

All of the pictures I have are of me pulling an extremely strange face, I don't really know what came over me - maybe it was the gallons of champagne that we drank at the reception!
Later on, the dancing shoes were brought out and I think I did a good job of embarrassing Sam with my attempts at Jiving, expertly taught by Laura's brother, John.

Saturday we went for a wander around Belfast city centre, and took in the sights. The city hall was an amazing looking building, but it seemed to be surrounded by hoards of teenagers in Goth dress, there were hundreds (well maybe a hundred) of them!

We then found a great food market, unfortunately by the time we got there it was starting to close up, but what we did see and eat was great - highly recommended if you find yourself in Belfast on a Saturday morning. It's called St Peters market and is marked on the free city map you can get.

On Saturday night we went to a Thai restaurant with Caroline and Brian, which was excellent. We were lucky as it was about the 5th place we had tried to get in to, it seems that all of the restaurants in Belfast are booked solid on a Saturday night... must have been the weekend after pay day!

Sunday morning and we had a look around the river, where we took this delightful picture...

Sunday, 28 January 2007

Sunday in Helsinki

We took a walk around Helsinki city centre on Sunday, and found that everything was closed! Not a place I would recommend for a weekend break, unless you like museums :-) Also, it was around -10ºC so by the time we got back to the hotel our free were frozen!

All of the shops were closed, and it took a couple of phone calls to friends who live in Helsinki to find a nice cafe that would be open and didn't have golden arches over the door.

We ended up in a small Greek deli/cafe which served great ciabattas and sold loads of Greek delicacies. It's called Gran Delicato on the corner of Albertinkatu and Kalevankatu - If you find yourself hungry in Helsinki on a sunday afternoon, I'd recommend it!!!
We stayed in the Klaus K (www.klauskhotel.com) for the weekend, a great hotel with 3 restaurants and a bar/club - I'd go to these even if I wasn't staying in the hotel.

Ady's Snowboarding Techniques

Here are a couple of videos showing the skill and expertise of Ady's snowboarding and Sam's skiing. These were filmed in Himos...

Firstly, some moves and some advanced falling techniques...

Second, a clip from one of the pistes, filmed by Ady on his snowboard, featuring Sam on her skis!

Skiing at Himos, Finland

We spent the day on Saturday skiing with the Finns in Himos. This is the most popular ski area in the centre of finland, and is a fun day out. Most people seem to go for the day to Himos, but there are some people who choose to take their caravans and go camping... in temparatures of as low as -20 degrees C!!!

Look closely at this picture above and you can see all the caravans, just behind the queues of people for the lifts.

Monday, 22 January 2007

Chillin' in Helsinki

This week I'm in Finland working. It's a bit of shock to the system after spending Christmas in South Africa! It's -11ºC here at the moment, which makes it cold enough for me to dig out the ski jacket!

It's been very warm in Finland over the past few weeks, but the weather has turned and there's a covering of snow on the ground too.

I might even get to go Snowboarding at the weekend :-)

Saturday, 20 January 2007

Putney Prowlers

The Dukes Head - 2 piss heads...

Sunday, 14 January 2007

French mustard anyone?

A training course in bath and a night out with colleagues. One of them seemed to enjoy the french mustard sachets... Interesting!

New Year 2007 - Start as we mean to go on!

We started 2007 as we mean to continue - Here we are on Signal Hill, overlooking the Cape Town, South Africa.

This was the last day of our holiday over Christmas and New Year.

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