The year we decided to retire, after 30 years creating and running 4 hotels. We had already bought a house in Moraira in 2004 and had spent 2 short winters there, but around Christmas 2006 we decided that we would not reopen Corisande again.
An action packed year of travels. After 12 days at the Sarojin Hotel north of Phuket, we joined a half-full, ~70 passengers, four masted tall ship, the Star Flyer, on a repositioning sail/cruise from Phuket to Athens. As well as the community life on board, there were stops in Cochon & Goa, before the wonders of the Valley of the Kings , Luxor & Karnak temples, St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, navigation of the Suez Canal, the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Then Rhodes and the final day in Athens, 41 years after we were last there!! Unfortunately I did not keep a diary on this holiday, but a navy picture book exists for it.
Back to Moraira for a month or so before driving back to Cornwall and leaving almost immediately for 3 weeks in Ireland. We started with a week in Kinsale and were joined for a few days by Stephen & Clare. The next week at Terryglass, Tipperary and the final one at Kilfenora, from where we explored the Burren.. Another navy picture book describes our time there. Back in Cornwall visitors included Elaine Mortimer from Oz, Di & Tony, Hazel & Joanna.
Then it was time to fly to Krakow for the wedding of Paul & Katrina. We spent a week in an old appartment there and really fell in love with the city: the visit was made more poignant by the fact that I had recently discovered an account of my father's - telling of his visit there in 1934!. A sombre side was visiting Auschwitz. Also we visited wondrous salt mines. The wedding itself was in a splendid Catholic Church, the service a blend of Polish & English, followed by a champage & vodka soaked reception at a chateau out of town.
Returned to Moraira at the start of September, staying with Davida & Nigel and then with Gaynor & Vic in France enroute. I started giving beginners' bridge lessons at the club, in conjunction with Liz Blance. But we still managed to spend 2 weeks crossing the Pyrenees, from Atlantic to the Med, David on his bike, later on in September, and then 4 weeks in Patagonia November/December, before flying on to Bocas, Panama to join Stephen for Christmas & New Year. A third navy photo album describes Chile, Argentina & Panama.
Below are a few of the photos taken during these travels. The original diary of Patagonia exists in a black scrapbook together with the original diary of cycling in the Pyrennees. Also see David Grant holiday for accounts of all our adventures. http://www.davidgrant.org/holidays/holidays.htm
There are also 3 navy photo albums of 1. the Starflyer trip; 2. the time spent in Ireland, friends, plus Panama; 3. our time in Patagonia - Chile & Argentina. David's 2 cycling trips- of 2006 as well as of 2007 - are covered in a black photo album . I also have a black scrap book of David's Pyrennean cycling trip and of our time in Patagonia - Chile & Argentina : all written in Spanish.
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