Journeys

Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park

When we finally booked for our family holiday to Florida, it occured to me that Poppy and Freya had never been near a plane, never mind flow across the ocean for 10 hours.

So I hatched this idea to take them to an airport and let them have a look around and get a taste of what goes off there and see some real planes in all their glory.

Looking around, there aren’t many airports these days that encourage spectators, or even have facilities for them, and as we were flying from Manchester I thought I would check them out too.   I’m glad I did, because what I found exactly fit the bill.

Not only did they have a really nice viewing point with a restaurant and shop, and of course one of the few Concorde exhibitions, but they also operated “flight academies” aimed at children in two age ranges.

Poppy is older than her years so I decided to enrol them on the older course, which is held inside the front section of an old Monarch airliner. A member of their staff led through a history of flight with a few example models, and then introduced the children on the course to the various roles that made a busy airport tick. The children did a bit of role play, with some dressed as firemen, Poppy ended up being the Captain and freya looked just the part as an Emirates Flight Attendant.

After a quick visit to the cockpit, we left the academy session for a tour around Concorde -I’m not sure who was most excited – the girls or me!One thing was for sure – they were under no illusions what it was like to be on the inside of an airplane, and that’s exactly what I had hoped to achieve. Mission accomplished!

To book a tour, head to http://www.runwayvisitorpark.co.uk and select Tours from the menu.

You can also see a video of our time there on our YouTube channel

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Gibraltar Weekend May 2022

Well, I’m doing things in reverse this time around – I normal write our review and then make a video, and for our recent trip to Gibraltar I’ve started on the video.

So here it is, part 1 – I will explain the distinct absence of monkeys later!

It’s a “No'” for 5229 Oakbourne Avenue, Solterra.

Welcome to our review of “Dean’s Villa”, 5229 Oakbourne Avenue, Solterra Resort, Davenport Florida.

I’m going to start by saying we had a problem with the booking – a quite major one. And it would be easy for you to assume therefore that our opinion of the villa was somewhat skewed and malicious as a consequence. Hopefully by the end of this post you will see it as a fair and balanced review which will give you some information to mull over when considering this property. It’s quite a story but it’s relevant and I hope you’ll persevere and read through until the end.

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Review : Icelandair : March 2022

We’ve been planning our flight to Orlando for over two years, and after a long search through all the available options, we opted for Icelandair. And now we’ve finally taken the flights after two years of waiting, we can tell you what we thought…

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Irish Tour Day 7

Friday morning; our time in Ireland is nearly at an end, and I must say we have thoroughly enjoyed our short tour around the country.   It has left us eager to come back and sample more of the wonderful and diverse sights and sounds on offer.

For our last day, we will visit Galway, before heading back to Dublin, with an overnight stop in Athlone.
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Irish Tour Day 6

We are nearing the end of our week in Ireland.  We’ve seen cities, towns, village, countryside, seaside, fields, mountains.    And although it’s been fairly relaxed, when I planned the tour back in December 2018, I thought it would be prudent to take a break from the driving.   So, no destination tonight, we’re stopping two nights on the shores of Lough Corrib, and touring the west side of the country.
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Irish Tour Day 5

So far we’ve circumnavigated the east and south coast of Ireland, and now we are heading north. After a short meander along the west coast we have headed back inland and we are now in Muckross, County Kerry. Today is our longest driving leg of the journey, some 220km to our next stop north of Galway.

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