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    Dentist

    Check-up with Sachin.
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    Kaunas

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    Day 14: Postojna

    More images of the olm/human dragons: They're blind and without skin pigmentation. They will never naturally come into contact with light and so haven't developed eyes. Although they're primitive, they have some features which would be useful to us. For example, they breathe through gills but have some basic lungs which allow them to breathe air out of water for a while. Most impressively, though, is that once they've eaten, they can go ten years without food!
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    Pam

    Plus their wedding anniversary.
  5. Today was our final day on the island of São Miguel. It's been a hectic one but very satisfying in that we finished it having achieved everything we wanted to do during our stay. I was in a fairly good mood because we'd got back our deposit left with the apartment owner. That was never really in doubt but the second deposit -- for the rental car -- was. Every car on this island has scuffs on its alloys. It's not possible not to clip curbs when you're driving down very narrow streets in old towns and another car is coming the other way. Our car had gained two sets of scuffs since I took over. Worse that that, it had gained mirror-image scratches on each side's rear doors. The cause of those scratches is very simple; there's a lot of wild flowers here and sometimes they grow overshooting the curb. If you happen to be on a mountain road with a bus coming the other way, the car drives through them. The upshot was that I was convinced that these new marks would be pointed out and mysteriously the cost of repairs would equal the excess. That's not to be sniffed at when it amounts to 800€ which has already been taken as a deposit. I was in luck, though. The man collecting the car wasn't the one who had dropped it off so he didn't have the same knowledge of which scratches were already in place. He checked that I had left sufficient petrol then asked me to sign to say I'd handed it back without a mark! He didn't even query the orange warning light being on on the dashboard. He then cancelled the transaction which had been pre-authorised for my deposit. Result! That just left us with the very pleasant job of going out for an evening meal. We took one last walk through Ponta Delgada and headed to the restaurant we'd had a quick and cheap lunch in on Sunday. I'd noticed that though everything else was cheap, there was one particular steak which wasn't. It was clearly a local speciality, so that's what we had. It was delicious, as were the desserts: chocolate mousse for Clare, and a local cake for me. Wonderful stuff. We exited and walked for the final time across the main square: Lovely, isn't it? It's now time for bed, since our flight leaves early tomorrow and we'll be carrying out a first of walking to the airport. We've reviewed this holiday over dinner and are clear that it's one of the top ones we've ever had with no day whatsoever being wasted. It seems that we'll be coming back on another occasion, only for a two-week break and with the intention of doing some island-hopping too
  6. We had a heck of a day today finally, after three visits in three days, getting the photos of Sete Cidades that we'd booked the flights to get. Unexpectedly, the cloud had cleared and a blue sky emerged in the late afternoon, which gave us cause to think we should make hay and visit some more places, but fatigue dictated that we head back to the apartment. We couldn't stay in for long, though. The sun was shining and we hadn't actually seen much Ponta Delgada besides a visit under the clouds on Sunday, so we thought we'd go out to a stroll. Even though we'd walked this street before, we hadn't noticed either this building or the massive cactus growing in its courtyard. We had, however, seen this beautiful blue building before: It was at the back of the garden with a beautiful tree whose flowers were blue a few days ago but which had now become purple: The whole garden was as vibrant as we remembered it: Soon we'd headed to the square which featured the colourful monastery: I hadn't noticed this previously but there was a rather elderly tree (look at the supports its branches need) which seemed to be sporting dreadlocks: Not far from there was the main square: We found a cafe nearby and decided to stop off for a drink: Whilst we were sitting there, the church became illuminated: It looked great! The whole square looked pretty because of it: It became clear that other places we'd visited earlier had had their lights switched on too: And not long afterwards we were back at the apartment, hungry because we'd skipped lunch again. But it was worth delaying dinner by an hour to see Ponta Delgada without clouds!
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    Granada 2014 - A stroll around the cathedral

    During our visit to Spain in 2014, we visited the town of Granada with the intention of seeing Alhambra. Before we got to the final destination, we strolled around the cathedral and environs.
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    Evening 2: Valletta

    It's been a long day, not least because we've travelled from one island to another and back again. Add on the time it takes to upload photos from your phone when the whole thing seems determined to time out, then the requisite time to put together a blog entry and BOOM before you know it, night has fallen. In which case, it makes sense to head outside for a stroll, don't you think? We'd noticed that lots of churches and large buildings had lightbulbs draped around them, so figured we'd get to see the landmarks illuminated. That wasn't the case; since it's still winter here, at least as far as the pricing system goes, maybe it's deemed that not enough eyes will be on the buildings. But even in the standard lighting, things looked lovely: Buildings like the Palace of Justice looked suitably impressive, even in the lack of natural light: And it was easy to make out the old-style British telephone and postboxes: As best we could tell, the only thing missing was the royal insignia, although we'd found some pre-independence GR ones. St John's Cathedral wasn't being left out: And the national library looked fabulous too: The same can't be said of the parliament: The locals call it the Cheese Grater. You can see why. In the corner of the photo you can glimpse the Triton Fountain. We headed towards it. It looked great! We soon realised that it was changing colour too, although only subtly: Up close it really was an impressive sight:
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    Granada 2014 - Inside the Palacios in Alhambra

    We visited Alhambra during our visit to Spain in 2014. The Palacios were simply out of this world!
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    Granada 2014 - Riverside Walk

    During our trip to Spain in 2014 we visited Granada. Before heading to Alhambra, we took a stroll along the river.
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    Granada (Alhambra) 2014

    Our trip to Spain in 2014 featured a magnificent day walking through the gardens of Alhambra.
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    HMRC: First Installment

    First payment of 2018-19 is due. It's for £1516.45. (Payment details.)
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    Day 3: Äkäslompolo

    Test comment
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    Shade Harper

    Sagas' Shade Harper is based on the character of Jess Harper from the classic television western series, Laramie. I have also incorporated aspects of the character Cooper Smith from Wagon Train, also portrayed by Robert Fuller. An original background has been created for the RPG character. Shade is designed to be the classic western leading man and hero with a troubled past, and something of a Knight Errant often coming to the aid of those he considers down and out or as the underdog in various situations.
  15. The .co.uk version becomes available today.
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