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Thailand

semi-overcast 33 °C

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Tony and I manage to dose a bit on the plane and half way through the flight I pull up the blind to see the most wonderful view of the Himalayas without a cloud insight! Everyone else on the plane seems to be sleeping and totally unaware of what they are missing. After gazing at the view for a while I reluctantly pull the blind back as I am afraid of waking everyone - but I do wish I could watch for a bit longer.
Bangkok airport is very new and extremely grand - long marble corridors and miles to walk through immigration and then baggage control. After the rather rarified atmosphere of these huge halls it is quite a shock when we reach the 'other side'. There is no air conditioning for a start and there are literally hundreds of people holding up boards but sadly none with Power on it. We wander around for about half an hour getting rather hot and bothered and then just as we are beginning to lose heart a pretty, tiny young girl walks past us holding our name on a piece of white card. We are so relieved and she is full of apologies. It takes about an hour to drive to our hotel along toll motorways with 6 lanes. The traffic is very heavy and what we can see of the city seems to consist of huge concrete skyscrapers. Our guest house is quite simple on six floors. We are pleasantly surprised though as we have a top floor room with balcony over looking the Chaya Pharo river.
After a swim in the pool we go to Hemlock a restaurant opposite recommended in Lonely Planet. The food is good but service really slow and by the end we are really looking forward to our beds.

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Hotel des Vignes

Julienas, France

sunny 24 °C

We stay in the Beaujolais region of France on our drive back to the UK.The friendly owners offer lots of advice and breakfast is good. We taste and buy delicious wine in the Fleurie co-operative and have a nice simple meal in Le Coq a 10 minute walk away. Breakfast in the morning is continental but plentiful.
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The beautiful Beaujolais vineyards

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Ben and Jess come to stay

semi-overcast 27 °C

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Ben and Jess come to stay for a few days. Sadly the weather isn't quite as nice for them but it is lovely to see them and they still get to use the pool. We go out for a delicious meal to The Oustaou in Flayosc which everyone enjoys.
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Sarah and Lawrence Join Us

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Sarah and Lawrence arrive and we enjoy another trip to the lake, meals by the pool, games in the evening lots of food. It is lovely to be together but Ally and Pete are missed - maybe next year they will be able to join us.48F2281E2219AC681702A28047813924.jpg491EB79C2219AC6817E4EF1E78C0EA0B.jpg

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Emma and Adam arrive!

sunny 35 °C

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As we have guests staying with us we collect Emma and Adam from Nice airport and take them straight to Tikki Plage. After a morning lazing on the beach we have a delicious lunch. It is so hot we decide to eat inside - the windows are open and a cool breeze is very welcome. The temperature on the beach must be in the late 30s.
The next day we drive up to the lake. It is very hot but we find a shady spot under the trees and spend the day soaking up the wonderful atmosphere.
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