Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The hotel we stayed at had a very eclectic design sense.
There were lots of statues throughout the grounds. Sort of a greek gods and goddesses theme.
This pen held both water features and exotic birds. They looked a bit like funky chickens actually (sorry, they aren't pictured).
I'm not sure how restful it would really be since if you look closely at the previous picture, you can see these two characters in the background. The scale probably isn't good but they were both bigger than the length of my arm.
The grounds also had some interesting flora and fauna.
Lastly, I thought it appropriate that the hotel had several Birds of Paradise plants. I think that may have been the theme. ?????
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
For the third island in my travels, I went to Mallorca, just off the coast of Spain. For the Americans, it is a bit like visiting Couzemel in Mexico.
Ta -da!!! We arrive to sunshine (thank goodness). England was in the middle of week 3 of rain so I was happy to escape when I did. This is the view from the hotel balcony.
The bicycles also enjoyed the view from the hotel balcony.
Of course I took my bike on holiday. How could you not with this sunshine and these lovely roads?
I even managed a self portrait while riding. I may look slightly like an idiot but the photo worked out so I'm pleased. (Notice how I am riding in front. Uh huh.)
Lovely view from halfway up the climb. It was a good route, only about 45 minutes of climbing in total over the 3.5 hour ride. Not bad.
At the top, the gas/petrol station is converted into a cyclists oasis. I'm not sure I know of another gas station that dishes out so much beer and gatorade.
On the way down, I had to get used to riding on the right side of the road again.
Some 'fun' hairpin turns. I think after this trip it might be time to replace the brake pads on the bike.
I like this old fashioned photo sign. Apparently this was made before the advent of the Kodak Instamatic.
...and only gave you one way to get there!
Lots more photos from Mallorca, including the crazy hotel, the lovely beach and promenade as well as the Ironman 70.3 race to come. I didn't race this time, I was just a spectator. It might be the way forward :o)
Friday, June 15, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Another triathlon club member gets married (yes, those are the only friends I have in England. But they are good friends!) and her lovely wedding was held in a great church (which I didn't get any pictures of) and a great reception.
The reception was actually held at Pinewood studios. Home to James Bond, Aliens and numerous other blockbuster films. Unfortunately, security was in force and our plans to steal a golf cart and tour the studio grounds was scuppered. Instead, we spent the evening in the reception venue, this lovely manor house.
Nicky and Robin went from the church to the reception in style!
Of course, they are putting on a show for all their guests. ;o)
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
I just realized that I've been remiss at describing the preparation for the Queen's jubilee. It is just as much fever as last year's Royal Wedding but turned up a notch. It's 4th of July on crack... for Brits.
I stole these photos from a lovely colleague so credit to Loyola for having a good idea for British window dressing and shopping. I'll post a few of my pictures soon as I actually have some, including a good one of Eton High Street all decked out in bunting.
I love this window. Or do I love the puppies in the window?? Hmmm.....
I thought there were two sons and a daughter. Is it Charles or Andrew who gets left off the royal family?
Even the corgis get a mention.
I want this flag!!!!!!
If you don't have the queen's face on your paper plates, than you are not having a proper picnic.
What an amazing woman! It almost makes me wish I was British. Almost. :o)