Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A Film Star makes her entrance.





This beautiful, 112 ft long, Tall Ship, The Phoenix, sailed into Plymouth a few days ago. 

She is here to take part in celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the return to Plymouth of The Clove, thus concluding the first UK trade mission to Japan.
























Without doubt, one of the most popular parts of the commemoration celebrations 
was the Sake Tasting Stall.



















Monday, 29 September 2014

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Amsterdam (4) From the city to the sea.


Amsterdam is connected to Ijmuiden on the coast, by the North Sea by canal,
where you pass through the locks and out into the open sea.

The canal passes through one of the most densely industrialised areas in Europe.

It can feel like sailing through an L S Lowry painting   








































Saturday, 27 September 2014

Amsterdam (3) Bicycle City






Amsterdam is claimed to be the most bicycle friendly capital city in the world.














Judging from the thousands of bikes that are parked in the city centre during the working day, 
that would appear to be true.










Riding pillion.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Amsterdam (2)


After early morning mist, the sun shone on our time in Amsterdam. 


We were lucky enough to find some vantage points with views across the city.








Thursday, 25 September 2014

Amsterdam (1) Up on the roof.


For the last week or so we have been cruising along the coast of Northern Europe.
Very early one morning, we had this marvellous one man welcome as we sailed into Amsterdam.



Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Monday, 22 September 2014

Narrow Alley


The historic Barbican area of the city is criss-crossed with narrow lanes and alleys.


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