The Alhambra is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. It is probably the main reason why most people visit Granada and it has certainly been on my bucket list for quite while. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
So when my son said he would like to visit it I was keen to join him. We had been advised to book tickets online before we flew to Spain to save time. I was surprised how reasonable ticket prices were at between seven and fifteen Euros each. We also booked an English tour and we were very pleased we did. Our guide actually had an M.A. in Islamic studies and was able to translate the classical Arabic inscriptions which decorate the walls. We were given headsets which enabled us to hear her clearly. Continue reading “Visiting the Alhambra”
I got the idea for this post from a cyber exchange with an American blogger. She wrote a post about things she loves about the fall. At the end she asked her readers ” what do you love about the fall?” I answered “burning the guy on bonfire night”. She quickly sent back a shocked reply asking “is there a typo in your comment?”
A few weeks ago I received an exciting e.mail from Silver travel advisor, a website for the mature traveller. I learnt that I had won a twinkling Thames cruise aboard the paddle steamer Waverley and a night bed and breakfast at the Croydon Hilton in the monthly draw. The prize was provided by Just Go Holidays
PS Waverley claims to be the last ocean going paddle steamer. She was launched in 1946 to take passengers for cruises on the Scottish lochs. Her name comes from a novel by Sir Walter Scott. Originally she was owned by the LNES railway company and provided excursions for rail passengers to Scotland. However these excursions became less popular as more people bought cars and train travel went out of fashion.
PS Waverley is now owned and operated as a charity by a preservation trust who have lovingly restored her. They take her around the British Isles, spending the Spring in Scotland, before moving down to Liverpool and later the West country before sailing on the Thames in the Autumn. My husband sailed on her about fifty years ago when she was much newer but this was my first time on board. Continue reading “P.S. Waverley Thames Cruise to Tower Pier”
Free Wills Month brings together a group of well-respected charities to offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their wills written or updated free using participating solicitors in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The scheme covers simple wills only, including ‘mirror wills’ for couples. In the latter case, only one member of the couple has to be 55 or over. If you need a complicated will (most people don’t) you can still have this done but may have to pay a top-up fee.
An up-to-date will written by a solicitor will ensure that your wishes are respected and will avoid causing legal complications for your loved ones after you are gone. Free Wills Monthmeans what it says. There are no catches, although the organizers hope that you will choose to leave a donation to charity in your will. There is no obligation to do this, however.
To take part in Free Wills Month click through to the website https://freewillsmonth.org.uk/ and fill in your details. You can then pick a solicitor from the list of companies taking part and contact them to book an appointment. Appointments are limited and on a first come, first served basis, so call as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
You can also download a free Will Planner PDF, to help you plan your will prior to your appointment. Continue reading “Get your will written free in October”