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Trier – first venture into town

It was a weird feeling this morning, one of those where you arrive on holiday in the dark and haven’t really got a sense for where you are. So when you leave home, you are not really sure whether to turn left or right

We took the gauge from everyone else, and took our bikes, girls in trailer, and aimed back along the Mosel river to where we had come from in the van. This was our first venture into real Germany, and MissA quickly woosed being at the front and decided the middle position would be safer, with anyone less likely to speak to her!

Still like kids, we got our first few Dankes out of the way, got really confused with crossing the road (which way are the cars coming?), and working out whether bikes were allowed or not. Got them all tied up, including the trailer (no mean feat!) and the 5 of us started the walk following (centrum) signs..

Weather at best was overcast but still warm, everyone else in jeans and jackets, but me in shorts and strappy top. Unfortunately we didn’t get far, as after the initial sniffing, P although fast on 3 legs,was straining with her sore one again. Although we had buggy for back of bike,we hadn’t brought the walk attachment.

Change of plan, back to bikes, doggies in buggy and out further along Mosel aiming out of town on the other side, path went from really quite pleasant to very bumpy with trailer bouncing everywhere! Aamazing how many shops we could recognise. MacDonalds with McFit next door!, Burger King, Lidl, and the list goes on. We all forgot to set mile register, to see how far we did, but we turned back when bike path hit road, and chased a massive boat back along the river, home for lunch and a wee rest!!

Trier – venture 2 into town

Girls safely tucked up resting, plan now was to nip to supermarket, and the into town. A quick look at the map on the information shed, gave us our bearings, and this happened….

This was the funniest thing I have ever seen, maybe you had to be there or maybe it’s just as you were not expecting it, but I was actually rolling about the ground laughing…

Realised quickly that the shop I had thought was next to our local Macs (there are 3 in trier), was fictional, meant a change in plan, walk into town, towards anything we saw.. (Note of information for anyone else in Trier, take your bike, it’s uber bike friendly, quiet and organised with bike parking, we walked 7.5 miles this afternoon, and even in the cool heat, were tired when we got back home again)..

Trier I found out from the English guidebook I read from cover to cover later, has 92 churches,is the oldest town in Germany, was where the Roman emporers had their biggest thermal baths out of Rome, and although in the suburbs, is like a spooky video game where there are no people but the shop doors are open,by the time you find the centre, is hoaching!!

Even weirder snaps for shops in town, h&m, c&a.. We looked at the thermal baths, but didn’t go in as the time was getting on a bit, and you could pretty much see them from the outside, we walked down through the palace gardens, bought our first water(miss a on her own next time!), past the Cathedral and found Porta Negra, which MrA wanted to visit. Roman gate into the city, it gave really good view on city square, health and city isn’t the same as uk, but that could be just me, but if you step on a wooden board and the display sitting on it, moves towards you, that’s not good is it!

Headed back through town, with a stop in the dept store for coffee and cake, we had reliably been informed by our german tutor that food was reasonable and cheaper than town. Weirdest thing ever, was the lederhosen department, seriously?? 

Back into town to look for Roman bridge, which the Americans took in the war so quickly, it never actually got bombed! Realised we still needed to find food, so wee detour, and found supermarket, (and massive supercool bike shop, but didn’t go in), through the wine aisle,and randomly oohing and aaaing at lots of weird stuff, managed to find chicken and what we think is minced beef, time will tell! Through the sweetly aisle (qtr of the shop!), into beer (another qtr of shop), split shopping between the 3 of us and back home for tea 🙂 And to check on girls. P feeling a bit dopey and C sitting outside with her dad whilst tea was getting made.

Barry Mill NTS

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Chanced upon this today when we were driving through Carnoustie. Weather was gorgeous, girls had already had a run on the beach, so we had a nosey down here. Got to love NTS and Historic Scotland Memberships, it gives you the chance to visit things that you would normally reserve for holidays!

This was brilliant, but so quiet it was a real shame for the guys working there. The miller actually put the mill on when we were there so you could see how it worked and the end product, amazing and really interesting to find out all about it from the miller who was very enthusiastic about it.

Had left the pups in the car so didn’t even get the chance to walk round the immaculate gardens, so Defo going back, soon!!

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Glen Coe 007

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Up at Glencoe today to see the 007 exhibition. Weather at home really pretty horrible, and leaving later than hoped, but on the travel west the weather improved. Scenery absolutely gorgeous.

Lots and lots of people over that direction, with the Caledonian Challenge, hundreds of walkers, tourists and ad hoc others. The actual 007 exhibition although nice was very small and pretty underwhelming compared to expectation. The rest of the centre was however worthy of the journey and the staff incredibly friendly and helpful.

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Leaving the visitor centre we went down to Kinlochleven, definitely need to go back there with the van, loads of places to park up. Had a walk up the waterfall walk, not long but very very uneven and slidy as shown by Miss A landing flat out on the way back down.

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Tried out and can recommend the chippy in town, yummy and just as well as we were starving!! Long journey home, all very tired, and wishing that if we had the van we would just have camped up! Home and sleepies though and thankfully a long lie opportunity on Sunday 🙂

Mountain bike downhill – Fort William

Roasting toasting and not typical scottish weather 🙂

Finished work at 4 on Friday, walk along the Dundee waterfront, to meet Mr A and Miss A.

Camping at Glen Nevis, Fort William, ETA around 8, and apart from a stinky stuck in traffic moment at Broxden where we lost 30 mins, journey was ok. If the road from dalwhinnie to fort William could be a bit broader that would be even better. Scenery lovely but road seems to go on forever.

Arrived at one of the biggest campsites I have ever seen in my life, thankfully we were booked, so no fingers crossed and hope for a space. Camped up, oven on roasting chicken dinner, camping chairs out and beer out of fridge. Weather roasting, right at bottom of Glen Nevis, so scenery mental too. Actual pitch minute, but next door neighbours not arrived 🙂

Oh no neighbours arrived late, with a bouncy spaniel, thankfully girls are with granny and grandad, or they would have spent the weekend bouncing off the window!

Sat am, up later than expected and prep for day up hill in the sun took way longer than we would normally do for the rain! Lots and lots of layers of sun cream and smidge! 2 mile walk back into fort William, Mr As thighs already causing problems, Miss A fancying conquering Ben Nevis, I bet that doesn’t continue if we actually come back to walk it!!!

As expected arrived in FW and could see our bus leaving in the distance 🙁 lot of the day wasted walking into town to find toilets and wait for bus. Would have been quicker if bus driver wasn’t parked beside us eating his lunch.

Finally arrived at Nevis range about 1.30, amazed by amount of people, very busy! Headed straight for gondola, and were lucky not to have to queue for long. Ended up on a gondola with 2 riders, one girl away to do run and a ginger nut eating Australian just putting off time before his ride later.

Ride up similar to Austria, where tracks go underneath you,so was good to get a view of some of the course. Pretty short ride up, and top has cafe, lots of lots of bods drinking lots and lots of beer. Luckily weather was still roasting, so stroppy top and shorts, were still ok 🙂

Timing meant we had time for lunch, and a seat before starting the walk down, to see the biking as we walked down. Could see the red track going round the hill, looks amazing, must go back and ride that 🙂

Ground was steep, peaty and wet, so lots of people sliding all over the place on the way down, especially the muppets wearing stupid shoes, and that’s not just the kids! Walking down the course was really interesting, the pictcures from the telly don’t do it any justice, either the steepness, the rock or just how hard it it. Lots and lots of photos taken, some really pretty good ones, and we have all vowed never to try and ride that course!

What was mental coming down beyond the riding was the number of crashes, and flats, must be a complete nightmare to travel that distance, and to not make the time because of a flat.

Biking down would be hard, but walking down was hard too. We followed some of the normal down hill course and must have looked like idiots too, hanging onto trees and anything else that you could, to even walk down.

Half way down and a stop for a burger, could have been old boot at that point, we were pretty much all starving! Still making our way down,you could tell you we’re getting closer to the bottom as you could hear the tannoy, between that and hearing the whistle indicating that a rider was just passing. Bummer the amount of people who had got there earlier, and managed to pick up all the freebies, we were so late, we didn’t get any 🙁 although one person was walking around with a frame, seemed a but strange!

Icecream at bottom and quick look round stalls, but was going to be a couple of hours before 4x started, we were all knack from heat, so took bus back to morrisons, to get tea and taxi back to campsite. Back on chairs with beer!!!!

Miss A just about broke neck trying out handstands, she would probably be the only person lying outside on chillow! Rest of night was pretty much us all collapsed, before aches and pains started for us to actually remember how hard it is on your body walking down hill.

Good weekend, good weather, body dead, lot of sleep to recover…

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Shaolin Warriors

Booked this a while back and to be honest without too much research into what I was booking!

Spent the trip down to Glenrothes trying to guess both what the show would be about and what the likely clientele of such a show would be….

Forgot parking at Rothes Halls is a disaster, so one trip round the car park later meant that we were parked further away than hoped, late to seats, but just on time for start of show.

Show started slowly, and Tk be honest didn’t look like we would stay for the first half let alone the full show, lots of fake fighting and jumping around, bowing a lot at each other!

However, it did get better, and if you got beyond the surreality of it all, it was really good. Some really mental shows of strength, a two fingered handstand, yes that’s a handstand using only 2 fingers. Lots of breaking hard things on your head, and holding your body up over really sharp points.

This probably totally under sells the show, but yeah would recommend it!!!

Secret Location

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Today MrA took me on a secret tour, so I didn’t know where I was going, although with the maps and notes he didn’t look like he knew where we were going either!!!!

The weather was roasting, the roads were not bad, across the forth road bridge, off at Ratho made macs a fair bet, but passed there and passed the climbing centre, and onto Jupiter Art.

Even going up the drive gives you a taste of what is going on, huge mounds of grass like outside Edinburgh Contemporary Art, and then a big horrible contemporary art monstrosity.

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Trying to park in the one car park, which is a complete free for all in a field no bigger than most gardens wasn’t a good start, nobody was actually telling people where to park, so some were even 3 deep, and there was no overflow car park. Not a good start, made worse with no signs to tell you where to go. Really taking the secret to the extreme! Even when you get to the buildings, it’s unclear where the start is, it’s a quaint little court yard and all very nice looking, but grrr from the new visitor… I could go on, but won’t…

Packed off with our wee map, into the forest, the arty bits start straight away, with colours peeling off the back wall of the shop, weird. You then follow a path through the woods, to various weird and wonderful art creations in the wood. We were lucky as it was a lovely day, therefore a pleasant walk. The downside was that there were lots of other people doing the same thing, therefore it was a case of trying to get to the next piece after the people in front had just left and before the troop behind with kids in buggies would get there and start hanging off everything.

That said we were there around 3 hours, and it was really good, towards the end you tend to get a wee bit more space, so it’s not so bunched up, there is a lot to see, and I would imagine pending everyone’s own taste what everyone likes the most will vary.

Best bit, probably the grass mounds
Worst bit, that horrible orchid
Weirdest bit, the 10 interlinked gallows that we were all sitting on.

Definately worth the trip, try to avoid the arty couple in front, who are over analysing each blade of grass, and the brood of 10 kids, who probably wanted to go to the local play park, be there early to park, and it’ll be fine!!!

We left the starving and went down into Ratho and went to the pub on the water, food was really good, unfortunately there were no seats outside, but if there had been we probably wouldn’t have left! Home and sleepies 🙂

Titan Crane

See if you can spot the theme…

I booked this for us on groupon, look a cheap offer, it looks like fun, click buy, book forget about it.
Get closer to the time, panic, freak out, curl up in a bll, omg what have I booked us up for!!!

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We arrived in Glasgow on one of the wettest windiest days imaginable, even still there were buds Bungy jumping off the end of the crane, thankfully not us though! A quick bus round the site dropped us at the crane site, for a chat on the history etc. then up an elevator, with glass panels (yippee, not) and out onto the top of the crane, with mesh to stand on, (even more yippee) well maybe if my legs had moved.

We all got thoroughly soaked, and just to make it worse the weather turned nice just as we were leaving!!

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Overall, quite interesting, probably happy to have got it cheap, as the bungee jumpers and their families did spoil the experience. They walked in front of the video at the top of the crane and had taken over the visitor cafe, so no wouldn’t rush back, which is a shame.

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Melrose 7s

Having just come back from hols, it was a really short week at work, before getting off again to Melrose for the 7s. Going down on the Friday, as expected it was busy, all the hospitality tents and stands were going up. Booked into site, we got the choice of 1 of 2 last pitches. The site staff were just as grumpy as always. Lovely site but the staff have to be one of the grumpiest staff I have ever seen on caravan club sites.

The morning of the rugby, was an early wake up to all the training happening on the pitches next to us, then an ambulance, never good.