Getting ready to catch a National Express coach to Gatwick South to meet the others on our Action Challenge Trip to Iceland. Catching a Wow Air flight to Keflavik tomorrow then being taken through the amazing scenery of Iceland to Landmannalauger where we start our 53km trek. Hoping to raise more funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, so keep an eye out for updates on this or our facebook and twitter pages, depending on mobile signal! TTFN.
Well that was an epic weekend with Newmarket Holidays on the hottest weekend of the year so far. Luckily our Excelsior coach had air conditioning, which was a lifesaver.
We were picked up in Ferndown at 7.30am and after more pick ups and pit stops on the way we arrived at the charming village of Esholt mid afternoon. This is where filming took place before it was moved to the purpose built set on the Harewood Estate. We enjoyed a drink there and I sat in Ashley’s chair, which was used in the Ashley dementia special episode.
We meandered round the village including the church and the post office where they sold me some souvenirs and kindly made a donation to the Rosie Bear fund for the MND Association.
Then we boarded the coach and drove to the Dubrovnik Hotel where we had dinner, bed and breakfast before leaving for the Emmerdale Studio Tour in Leeds the next morning. Thanks to Will for a very enjoyable and informative tour and for the photo opportunity in The Woolpack with Isabel
After a visit to the shop and cafe for a bite to eat we then piled back in the coach to visit the outside set. It was baking but were thoroughly enjoyed our trip round the village with Mike our guide
It was a long drive home but thanks to Jo our Tour Manager and David our driver we had a great weekend – a true Emmerdale fest!
I had the exciting opportunity of making a guest appearance in the latest showings of ‘The Name Game’ at the weekend with the Unison Theatrical Choir at Broadstone Village Hall. Thanks for your kindness, it was great fun! Also funds raised for the local Dorset and New Forest Branch of the MND Association. Well done to you all!
After a long tiring journey for us oldies we are now safely back in the country. We will have a rest before our next adventures – a visit to the Emmerdale set in mid June then the BIG one – the 53 km Iceland Trek with Isabel from Landmannalauga to Emstrur with a visit to the Blue Lagoon on the final day. That’s really going to be a tiring one!
NB We have paid for this trip ourselves & we are taking part as a personal challenge and to raise funds for the MND Association, donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/RosieBear . Funds donated go direct to the MND Association.
We’ve been lucky with the weather at Niagara and had our last few hours to wander. We left the tourist area behind the hotel and wandered down the peaceful park area and down to the head of the falls to experience the Journey Behind the Falls – to stand at the heart of Niagara, you’ll first need to descend 150 feet and explore 130-year-old tunnels through the bedrock, but you feel the thunderous vibration of the Horseshoe Falls long before you see them.
The observation deck at the foot of this 13-storey-tall wonder leaves you breathless (and a little wet), and the viewing portals cut straight through the rock, offer a view of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down in front of you.
After another soaking we passed a restaurant that was just opening with beautiful views of both Falls – the Queen Victoria Place Restaurant – an ideal location for our last meal in Canada. The menu was superb and we also tried the local cider and ice wine, a speciality of the region.
One last stroll back to the hotel to board the coach for our ride on the coach to Toronto Pearson Airport with our Titan Essential Tour guide Marco, who looked after us for the week, and we were safely delivered for our Air Canada flight to Heathrow .
Bye bye Canada, our holiday was all we wanted it to be and more. Next time we’d like to come and see Western Canada and the Rockies and go on the Rocky Mountaineer. Au revoir et a bientot…
If you go to Niagara Falls you really need to go on the boat under the Falls, make sure you put the poncho on first, though – you’ll get soaked! I took my own mac as I didn’t think they’d have one in my size!
After that a quick ride up the road and seven of us went on the helicopter for the experience of a lifetime with Niagara Helicopters . I was rather worried about the flight but we were too excited at the views to worry about it.
After a superb day we were delivered our hotel for the night – The Sheraton on the Falls – a great location close to the Falls, ideal for watching them lit up at night and the spectacular 10.00 o’clock fireworks display.
After the superb views from the CN Tower in Toronto we boarded the coach again for our ride to Niagara Falls via Niagara on the Lake, a picture postcard town near the Falls, where we had a quick half hour stop over. I can see why they would like to live there. It’s a region well known for the the vineyards for the local wines.
On boarding the bus it was onwards to the famous Niagara Falls and a delicious lunch at the Revolving Restaurant at Skylon Tower overlooking the falls . Niagara has two falls:
The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the United States side –
Length of brink: 1060 ft /323.08 m,
Height: 176 ft / 53.6 m (due to rocks at the base actual fall is 70 ft/ 21.3 m)
Volume of water: 150,000 U.S. Gallons / 567,811 ltrs per second
and the Canadian “Horseshoe” Falls:
Length of brink: 2600 ft / 792.4 m
Height: 167 ft / 50.9 m
Volume of water: 600,000 U.S. gallons / 2,271,247 ltrs per second
Final Day in Toronto. We started the day with a quick city tour then drove to the world famous and very tall (!) CN Tower. A 15 second trip in the lift takes you up to the viewing level. My goodness what lovely views of the city & Lake Ontario!
I did manage to go on the glass floor but it’s not grandad’s cup of tea!
After sending out way down and through the gift shop we boarded the coach for our final BIG adventure -Niagara Falls!
Finally – a lie in! We have had some early starts so it was nice to have a leisurely start to the day followed by breakfast at the famous Tim Horten’s (Canadian Starbucks). Lots of walking today and a tiptoe through the tulips.
We carried on to the Distillery district where we partook of a scrummy cake and hot apple cider. There was a lot of art to admire on our travels:
We had a rest in the hotel before Grandad joined us for afternoon tea at The Windsor Arms. It was different to those at home but delicious nonetheless.
Toronto is a vibrant city with lots of trees and parks contrasting with the towering skyscrapers.