A tasty lunch in Richmond developed into a five mile walk and an encounter with a few deer. The official viewpoint for the protected line of sight to St Paul’s Cathedral was surprisingly quiet, and basically unsigned, which made for a pleasant surprise.
We took a last-minute break to Turkey, and stayed at the Sunprime C-lounge in Alanya, which was a great hotel for not many pennies. Turkey has had its fair share of unrest recently, but down on the coast there were no signs of this at all. The city and neighbouring hotels were quiet for day one, but then the Eid-al-Adha holiday arrived and there were plenty of Turkish tourists around, to complement the Brits, Germans, Russians, and the rest, (there were at least 10 nationalities shouted out during the pool activities).
Judging by the old photographs in the hotel, Alanya has grown a lot in the last 50 years, becoming a popular retirement destination, but the old fortress and tower dominate the skyline and were well worth the trek up the hill (though sharing a taxi is defintely recommended). Not recommended, walking backwards while taking a selfie at the top of the cliffs.
Congratulations to Rebecca and Rob, who were married on a lovely day in (very) sunny Windsor. There were superheros, meeple, Jurassic Park, space hoppers, and large amounts of very nice chianti (guess where they were going on honeymoon). Well done guys, and I wish you all the best for your future together 🙂
Following the Greenland fly-by, here are some photos from a couple of days in Boston and from Rich and Lizzie’s beautiful Massachusetts wedding. Second time around, Boston was still a great place to visit with lots to see and not as hectic as some parts of our week. I can recommend the free tours put on by the National Parks Service.