I’m not doing a round robin letter in my Christmas cards this year, I’m pointing everyone to my blog! LOL! Hopefully everyone will find it interesting.
So, things since our holiday in September have moved on a pace! New adventures, grandkids growing so fast and apart from a couple of health scares we have had a great time getting back into the swing of things after such a great holiday!
First of all our middle grandson started school, our oldest grandaughter went into year 1 and our youngest is becoming a completely amazing little character. Both Charlie and Katie are doing so well at school and she is showing her little brother Joshua how to read and do the things she learns at school. Everyone says that being a parent is the best thing in life that you can do, and that’s true up to a point. When you become a grandparent, everything else changes, your love expands to grab hold of these tiny human beings who are part of you and your life history. I just love my three to the moon and back and can’t imagine my life without them, they are just so precious.
Rob, our son had a health scare but all was well in the end and I’m grateful that he wasn’t scared of going to the doctors to get it checked out. Our daughter has been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and is now on meds but it explains a lot of things that have happened to her over the last few months so its good we’re not looking at something far worse. John’s Prostate Cancer is still under active surveillance and Guy’s hospital are happy with him.
My own health is ok, diabetes is well under control although I’ve had a lot of trapped nerves in my wrists and it seems like each bit of me aches in turn each week! Still I’m standing up and breathing and that’s a bonus in a world full of so many poorly people who will never get better, so I count my blessings every day.
I exercise with my Body Blade and walk every day (apart from the last month when I had a virus that hung on for 4 weeks!). I am trying to stick to Freedom Eating principles and re-reading Debbie Flint’s book Till The Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – The When Diet. (available on Amazon) and I belong to several supportive groups on Facebook to do with keeping healthy using the Body Blade (by Bruce Hyamanson) and Leslie Sansone Walk at Home DVDs. Hopefully I will be doing a blog on them in the new year.
Life is moving on a pace, we’ve got plans for redecorating the downstairs of our house (kept putting it off but now it must be done!). I’m getting back into crafting and trying to get my craft room straight (although at the moment its full of Christmas presents and craft stuff I want to get rid of.
Before I start, nobody noticed my deliberate mistake in Part 3! I got the days and the dates wrong! No idea how or why I managed to do it so just to get things back on course, here’s a list of the right days:
Monday 24 – Travel to Tenerife
Tuesday 25 – walking round Los Cristianos
Wednesday 26 – Meet up with Meryl
Thursday 27 – Trip to Santa Cruz
Friday 28 – Walk along to Playa La Vista
Saturday 29 – Monkey Park and Carnival in evening
and now our last two days begin:
Sunday 30 March
Didn’t put the clocks forward last night! Big confusion this morning, the clock in the apartment was saying 7.30am when phones and tablet were saying 8.30am and the TV stations were all saying the time in mainland Spain, which is another hour ahead so we were two very confused.com ladies!
I woke up with a very sore leg, it was so painful that I thought it wasn’t a good idea to do a lot of walking. So, we decided to stay in the apartment in the morning and take things easy and wait and see what happened.
Sitting on the balcony chilling and keeping my leg raised I suddenly realised that something was going on in the car park in front! Looking across I could see two large floats – one was in the shape of a galleon (although the front and the back were separate at the time!) and the other looked like it was a sea scene with floaty green seaweed and orange fish. Both were competing to see who could play the loudest and most danceable music – the sea scene was winning on that score! Wonderful latino beats made me want to dance about on the balcony! This was at around noon and the carnival wasn’t starting till at least 4pm so it was fascinating to watch all the participants getting together and into their costumes only about 50m away from where I was standing. Meanwhile, Annie was trying to finish her 2nd book of the week!
By 2pm my leg was feeling better so I wandered down to reception to see if Marco could do something with my suitcase handle, which despite all mine and Annie’s efforts stubbornly remained in the upright position. Unfortunately, after trying screw drivers, WD40 and pushing and shaking, the handle refused to be budged! So up it would have to stay and suffer the consequences of the baggage carousel.
We haven’t swum at all this week, which is unlike us! On our last holiday we swam for at least an hour every day but this time, the pool, although very nice, was surrounded by people who just sort of stared at you as you walked by so we never bothered but we more than made up for it with the walking we’d done over the course of the week.
At 3.45pm we made our way downstairs and found a spot to watch the carnival. It was hot and sunny and if we’d know it was going to be a long wait and a long parade, we would’ve taken our chairs down with us! The parade, as expected began late but this is Spain and so we didn’t mind so much. It’s hard to describe the atmosphere, there were holiday makers, ex pat locals and Spanish locals too. The parade was loud in colour and sounds and it was amazing to see the little ones who were taking part as well, and wondered how they would stand up to the long walk ahead!
Some of the outfits were made of foam and seemed really difficult for everyone to walk in and some of the children did end up taking some of it off and parents were rushing around with bottles of water to top them all up. The whole parade was wonderful and so glad it started so close to where we were staying so that we had such a marvellous view. Here are some photos from that day.
Woke up to another beautiful sunny, if blowy day. After another relaxing breakfast on the balcony watching the early risers walking up the mountain , we decided to have another walk along the paseo and just see where we get to! My knees and ankles aren’t very good at the moment and the tennis elbow in my right arm has been problematic because of having pulled the cases up the slope but I’m determined not to let it get the better of me. Did notice what looked like a bit on my left foot but it didn’t itch, surrounded by little red marks (I take antihistamines every day I’m away) and my prickly heat seemed to be starting on my hands!
Its funny, walking along the same bit of paseo every day and seeing something different every time! Annie is looking for a particular top that we saw in a shop the other day and didn’t buy at the time. When we went back it had gone! So we went into every shop along the paseo and then on into Playa Vista trying to find another one. Lots of similar tops but not the one she wanted LOL! Annie loves to shop and was also on a mission to buy a new bag and saw so many she liked it was impossible to make a choice.
Although it was a beautiful day, the seas were very rough with high winds stirring up the waves so they were crashing onto the beach and the sand at Los Cristianos harbour beach was whipped up into dust clouds making people come off the beach (although there were some mad people who stayed on it!). The sand sculptors were constantly damping down their wonderful works of art as the wind dried them out. I’d love to see one of them starting from scratch one day.
We had walked up to the shops almost as far as Playa de las Americas and stopped off on the way at a couple of places for coffee and I had a lovely ice cream in the shopping centre it was banana and Malaga ice cream. The banana tasted like the old-fashioned banana lollies I had as a child and the Malaga one had raisins in it and I’m assuming some Malaga wine.
Walking is supposed to be good for you and I can’t even estimate how far we walked most days but my knees held out, even though my ankles disappeared into cankles LOL! Not very attractive!
We slowly walked back towards the apartment after about 5 hours of walking (not including stops!) and decided to eat at Crestella again. Annie had exactly the same as she had the first night we ate there – avocado and prawn starter, steak Diane and Canarian potatoes so I decided to have the same but with plain grilled steak instead, followed by the cheesecake again. Once again, the food was amazing, service brilliant and the after dinner shot from the management delicious, some kind of honey liqueur. Good job I’m doing a lot of walking as if I keep eating like this I will end up putting on lots of weight, in addition to all the fluid my legs and ankles are accumulating.
Didn’t take many pictures today but hopefully will have some from Annie that I can include in a separate update at some point.
Saturday 29 March
Today we were up early to an overcast sky but the temperature was still warm, so we decided to book a cab to visit the Monkey Park. It’s a bit out-of-the-way but it is worth the trip and there are cabs outside when you’ve finished your visit.
When we arrived we had our photo taken with a couple of parrots. At €8 its not as cheap as some we’ve bought in the past, but it was actually quite a nice photo. We noticed that the animals seemed to be a little sleepy and perhaps it was a bit too early for them and they hadn’t warmed up yet. We walked into the main part of the park and there were a couple of crocodiles lying in a pool and ignoring the people walking past. Next we went into the Lemur area, there were several of them all a bit sleepy too and a group of large iguanas, who were sun bathing and trying to raise their body temperatures. There was one rather large one who looked like his tail had been broken at some point and had started to grow again, isn’t nature wonderful. Pity we can’t do the same and grow another body part.
In with the lemurs were some guinea pigs and their babies, they were so cute and it was funny to see them chasing around. Meanwhile, sitting in a corner was a giant tortoise, not the biggest one I’ve ever seen but it was quietly munching on a bit of lettuce and not taking any notice of anyone. We decided that we would try and get some pictures with the lemurs as we walked back through after a look round the rest of the place.
Through into the main part of the park and there were several cages, good sized ones with various types of monkeys and chimpanzees. The gibbons were the noisiest and you could hear them all over the park, one especially hanging from the roof and whooping to gain attention.
As we were looking at the different monkeys we saw one with only one arm! It was doing really well and was picking up food and tucking it away under its armpit and walking around the cage as if they didn’t have a care in the world. Next along were another species of ape where some young girls were reaching over the barrier and feeding them through the fencing. We thought they were really silly to be doing it but at least they were the right side of the barrier, not so the father at the next enclosure with 2 large chimpanzees! He had lifted his small daughter over the barrier and she was feeding the chimp through the wire! It was quite scary and we were quite worried about the child. The child was using food bought at the entrance and the chimp was reaching through the bars to get to it. It would’ve only taken the chimp deciding he wanted to pull the child closer for there to have been a dreadful incident. What would the father think then?
As we walked around the enclosures, birds, gibbons all seemed to be in good condition and it seemed like they were well looked after. Next we moved back into the lemur enclosure and the lemurs were being a bit more co-operative and seemed to be especially drawn to the children and a young lad who they really interacted with. Next there was a smaller walk through enclosures with little marmosets and there was one with no tail! Seems to be a pattern forming LOL! Iguana, growing a new tail, a one-armed monkey and a marmoset with no tail! It does make you wonder what happened to them all. One little green monkey decided that he would sit on my chest, luckily Annie had her camera out, unfortunately I’ve not got a copy of the picture yet but I will post it when I get it LOL!
As we walked out we asked the girl on the desk if she could get us a taxi, but there outside was one already waiting. Taxi cost €5.70 up there and only €4.60 back but would tell everyone the average price is €5 each way.
So back to the apartment for lunch and then back into Los Cristianos to look for somewhere to eat. As we were walking along we could hear the sound of latin music and drums and tried to find where they were coming from but got a bit lost in a back street so made our way back to the paseo. Then we were suddenly among a crowd of people in fancy dress and people on a stage entertaining the crowds. It turned out to be the judging of the fancy dress entries ready for the final parade on Sunday afternoon. There were so many amazing entries, some silly ones but the best were the children who were in recycled outfits made of bottles and cups and all sorts of bottle caps and streamers and they looked stunning. The whole thing was a lot of amazing music and fun. We took loads of photos and videos and then walked back along the paseo to find somewhere to eat.
OK, so we ordered our meal, we only had basic chicken and chips as a change from the rich food we’d had on previous nights and as we waited for our order I heard lots of drums and whistles. Then down the road came a procession of dancers and drummers and right past our table! Annie carried on eating and kindly cut my food up so that I could just grab a bit when there was a lull in the proceedings. It was such fun and when they’d all past, it all seemed a bit quiet.
Walking back along the paseo in the evening was a different experience to during the day, lots more PR people trying to get you into eat in their restaurants. The lights were so pretty and the place was coming alive again with a totally different atmosphere. Next time I think we might make more of an effort to spend an evening or two in town.
Set off on the 7.40am flight from Gatwick to Tenerife with my friend Annie. Having got up at 2.30am to wash my hair and to get to the airport for 5.30am we were both extremely tired but very excited. The flight was uneventful except for a group of very loud middle aged men who had already been drinking before getting on the plane! They were loud but didn’t cause any trouble except keep the rest of the passengers from catching up on some sleep!
On landing we found our way to the taxi rank and got a taxi to our resort – Club La Costa, Sunningdale Village at Golf del Sur. We checked into our apartment and were so pleased to see that it was beautiful and although it didn’t have a good view it was immaculate. The bedroom had a king sized bed and a TV in it and good cupboard space.
The kitchen was small but well equipped with a washing machine (including some washing tablets!) and we found a great welcome pack in the fridge. The view from the kitchen and bedroom was onto the rear of the bar and so wasn’t great but to look up slightly, above the safety fence and you could see Mount Teide in the distance. The living room had a great TV and a DVD player and a pull out bed and opened onto the patio area which had some beautiful garden furniture on it, which we put to good use.
The gardens around the apartment were beautiful and there was a gorgeous tree with red and orange flowers on it which lit up the view. We were on the flight path to the airport but it didn’t bother us, in fact we did a spot of plane watching!
The restaurant, Zacary’s, on the resort was excellent. The food wasn’t the cheapest but it was some of the best food we had on the island and well worth it.
The entertainment was basic pub type singers and a Bollywood night (not very authentic) and a Flamenco night which was better but I think that the true Spanish Flamenco wouldn’t have appealed to most people there.
At the resort was a small shop (Sam’s Pantry) which sold all the essentials at good prices, a crazy golf course, table tennis, foosball table and an air hockey table for the kids. The swimming pool was great with good areas for children and adults and it was a constant 28°C so really good to swim in. The whole resort was beautifully maintained with great staff.
The weather when we arrived was clear blue sky but very windy, although it was a warm wind and we decided to make the most of it and spent Friday afternoon getting our bearings and finding bus stops etc. We ate at Zacary’s on Friday night and had their version of Chicken Cordon Bleu with Canarian potatoes – so yummy! We had the soup of the day which was a vegetable one and delicious, dessert was an almond tart for Annie and a Chocolate fondant for me – again so yummy.
Today we went for another walk near the Marina (more of that later!) and found some shops and a supermarket where we bought some fruit and supplies to keep us going after the welcome pack ran out. We started to walk back to the apartment a different way to the way we’d got to the shops and realised we’d walked a long way out of our way, in fact my toe post Birkenstock sandals ended up rubbing a blister between my toes! Ouch! Didn’t mind though, we saw more of the area and got very, very hot! We also attended the Welcome Meeting and had our free Sangria and found out about excursions and entertainment etc. Luckily there was no hard sell and they didn’t send the resort salesman round to get us to try and buy a week.
We ate at Zacary’s on Saturday night again, more Canarian potatoes and I had seabass but can’t remember what Annie had! I do remember we had strawberry cheesecake and another chocolate dessert! The entertainment was laid back and Rat Pack style but the guy had a good voice and so it was a pleasant way to spend an evening and drinking sangria.
Golf Del Sur itself is a bit out of the way and although there were bars and restaurants nearby there didn’t appear to be any atmosphere to the area. The sea front was pure volcanic sand and rocks and the restaurants and bars along the paseo looked tired and in need of some customers but unless you were in an apartment overlooking the sea there was no real signage to show how to get it so it’s easy to miss.
The buses were only 5 mins from the apartment and we could get the fast 483 for €1.50 each to Los Cristianos or the slow and longer 470 which went around the La Gallettas area so we got to see more of the island and cost €2.45 each. We could’ve got a Bono ticket but couldn’t find anywhere to buy one near the resort and even in Los Cristianos we didn’t see any signs where to buy them and when we were at the bus terminus the info desk was closed when we were there!
We went to Los Cristianos market this morning, getting up early to make the most of the day and got the 483 bus. The market was good fun with lots of things to buy; we both bought handbags, mine white and Annie’s turquoise in the same style. Annie and I both love to shop but were careful not to get too carried away, especially as there were a lot of things that we could also get in the UK . However, we did get some pretty glass necklaces and earrings too! I’m just a magpie and love shiny, sparkly things!
We then went on a walk around Los Cristianos, we stopped for coffee at a small bar and enjoyed a bit of people watching before going along the paseo. I have to say it wasn’t quite what I was expecting and initially I was a bit disappointed but it did grow on me and when we went back 2 more times I did come to like it.
We had lunch at a restaurant called Fados, only omelette and chips but the service and the flavour was exceptional. So much so we decided to go there again another day.
We continued to walk along the paseo to the end and saw some amazing sand sculptures and then walked back to the bus station through the town and past the church.
Looked in a small shop and ended up buying 2 cheesecloth dresses in red and black, managed to knock the guy down from €40 to €36 for the two, not sure I did get a bargain but they are lovely dresses. He tried to sell me an HD card for my camera but I refused, tried to tell me my £250 camera needed another card!
The weather was extremely hot and the sun was shining all day so when we got back to our apartment we went for a swim to cool off before getting ready for a relaxing evening watching the entertainment. As we’d eaten earlier in the day we just had a snack in the apartment before going to the bar and listening to another male singer, again laid back style and basically almost the same set as the guy the night before!
We decided to stay close to home and have a swim in the pool, it was so good, we then relaxed and another walk around the area and decided that we would book a tour to Mount Teide on the Wednesday and go on a whale watching trip on Thursday, before we went home. We ended up finding our way down to the Marina at Golf del Sur and as I said before it was a bit disappointing. The volcanic rock was so black it looked like the beaches of Northumberland where the coal mines dumped their slag into heaps. There were some people sun bathing but by this time the Kalima had arrived and the sky was very grey all day and it was impossible to see the horizon!
However, it was still very, very hot. Didn’t stop us having a walk around though, the bars weren’t busy at all and it was quite depressing to see. We stopped for a drink in a bar and had Sangria and a coffee just to give them something to do!! Then we had a look in some of the shops and Annie bought another bag!! She’s such a shopaholic! LOL! There were a couple of other shops with lots of goodies in but some of the owners were a bit pushy and I can’t stand that, mind you the stuff was nice!
As we walked back to the apartment we saw a pub called the Old Mill up a side road. There were no signs to it and it was quite new. We went in and had fish and chips – they did 3 sizes and we went for the small which was enough for us as we both had dessert – me sticky toffee pudding and custard and Annie had bread and butter pudding and cream. As we were having trouble at the resort with Wi-Fi I logged on to their and managed to get hold of John on Skype! It was so clear and although I couldn’t see him, he could see from the camera on my phone where we were eating and we were able to have a good conversation with him. The owner of the bar has been in Tenerife for 14 years and owned the bar for 2 years. I’m amazed he gets any trade as its not signposted or advertised at all but he is really a good host and the food was great.
We then went back to Zacary’s to see the Bollywood show. We were a bit disappointed as it wasn’t very authentic – one of the other diners was Asian and she said it wasn’t authentic at all! After the dancing there was a guy singing who fancied himself as Neil Diamond but he did include the audience and one of the holidaymakers got up on the stage and do a sad dad dance!
Got up and had breakfast and decided to go for another swim, could get used to this! The pool is just the right temperature and we swam and did water aerobic (well our version) until we’d had enough and went back to get dressed and go off to Playa de Las Americas on the bus. Well that’s what we thought we were doing! We ended up at the bus station which is a long way from the beach! We asked a couple of English people and they said we should’ve got off at least 3 stops back! So back on the same bus and the driver told us where to get off!
We were going to look for the Safari Centre which we’d been recommended to see as in the evenings there are dancing fountains and lots of shops. We found the area and had a quick drink in a bar called Harry’s which was undergoing renovations but we were desperate for the loo so it was worth putting up with the noise and the dust! Then we had a great walk around the shopping area and decided that we wouldn’t stay for the evening as we weren’t sure about the last buses back to Golf del Sur so we walked down to Playa La Vistas and walked along the paseo and into Los Cristianos for another walk along the paseo. The beach along this stretch is imported sand and a lot more like what we’re used to and we saw some more sand sculpture along the way.
When we got into Los Cristianos we had another great meal at Fados. We had the Menu del Dia for €8.25. We started with Salad and Annie had the tuna and I had the calamari followed by fruit salad for Annie and Crema Caramel for me. It was a really lovely meal and I’ve recommended it on Trip Advisor. Back at the resort we decided to stay in for the night as we were exhausted from all our walking!
Off to see Mount Teide on an excursion which took us around the Island looking at some amazing sights. It certainly made me think more about coming back to Tenerife to see what more it can offer. We started off being picked up at Golf Del Sur and going off to Los Cristianos and La Americas to pick up our fellow travellers. We had a mix of English speakers and Russian so our guide Artis had to do his talks in both languages.
Our first stop was a small bar in Guia de Isora, which sold Canarian coffee made with an espresso with milk and condensed milk. We didn’t try it and stuck to water! There was a Russian girl who decided she wanted to have her picture taken sitting in the middle of the road on a blind bend! She and her friend seemed to like to take odd shots of each other!
There was also another tour bus following us with a girl who was dressed in high heels, pretty summer frock and carrying a big camera and tripod and it seems she was taking photos of herself in various poses – assume for her portfolio, although she wasn’t beautiful I suppose she had a good figure but it did look odd the way she preened herself and then posed for the photo!
We then went onward to the pine forest and on to the Mount Teide plateau – it was amazing and awe inspiring! Unfortunately the pictures show the sky as grey as the Kalima was still hanging around and again it was hot, hot, hot! Apparently it was hitting 38°C at least!
Must go back just to go up the Volcano and see the views on a clear day. Artis was very good at telling us all about the area.
We went onto see the Oratava Valley, Icod Los Vinos where we saw the biggest Drago tree in Europe and had a wine tasting.
Then on for lunch at the Oasis de Valle restaurant. It was a little gem of a place with a funny little garden area, and a small zoo which we didn’t have time to look round because we were too busy enjoying the amazing food. For €13 each we got unlimited wine and soft drinks, a fantastic thick vegetable and meaty soup, followed by the best chicken in a sort of BBQ sauce with Canarian potatoes, followed by fruit and a gorgeous coconut ice-cream!
Back on the bus Annie couldn’t find her purse so she and the guide went back to the restaurant and the staff were mortified but there was no sign of the purse. Then Annie realised she’d only taken her money and card out and left the purse at the apartment! She felt really silly but didn’t say anything!
Next stop was Masca, a small village on a very windy road that was only built 50 years ago. The little bar there charged 50c to use the loo if you didn’t buy a drink but it was a nice little place with lovely views and we saw buzzards flying high above us.
We also saw a lizard hiding in the wall and managed to get a good photo. Then off we go up and down the windy roads and the bus driver was fantastic, a car nearly went into us as we were going along but again the bus driver coped brilliantly. I know he does the trip regularly but it’s still a very difficult road.
Next stop was a place call Garruchio where the last eruption in 1706 had caused rock pools to form and now the residents use them to swim in, although as there’s no beach at all there they’ve also built a swimming pool for those who don’t what to dive in off the side of the lava flow.
Finally we made our way back via Los Gigantes, which again because of the Kalima wasn’t very clear to see. All in all we had an amazing day and feel the €30 was well worth it and would recommend it.
Back to the apartment to freshen up and get ready to go to the Flamenco show which was better than the Bollywood one. Discovered Brandy Alexanders! Oooh so yummy. After the flamenco show there was a good Spanish guitarist and it was a great way to end the day.
Well, our last day has arrived and we’re off to Los Cristianos to go on a Whale watching trip. We got up early and had a wander around Los Cristianos again and then at 11am onto the boat The Travelling Lady. It was a motor boat and the crew were excellent and took us off out to sea to find whales. The swell was a bit higher than I would’ve liked but I didn’t get sea sick unlike Annie who felt unwell but stayed staring at the horizon. However a lot of the people on the boat were ill and the crew were busy handing out and retrieving blue sick bags to dispose of them.
We saw a pod of pilot whales including a baby, having a wonderful time in the water, although we didn’t get really close we did get a good view (despite what my pictures show!) On the way back to the harbour we detoured to the cliffs and the water was so blue and turquoise it was beautiful. We passed a fish farm where they breed sea bass (I think) and there was a dolphin in the area but we only caught a glimpse.
Back to Los Cristianos for lunch at a restaurant on the front and a nice walk back to the bus to go to home. Stopped off in the shop at the resort to get some cake and went back to the apartment to get ready for a nice swim to cool off.
Back to Zacary’s for our last meal, We both had the carrot and potato soup which was delicious and Annie had the Chicken again and I had the most amazing seafood – prawns, mussels, sea bass, salmon, tuna in a wine sauce with Canarian potatoes and the shredded sautéed veg which they serve with everything. Dessert for me – strawberry cheesecake again. The entertainment was a Scottish singer/comedian. He was so sexist, racist and just plain rude that we didn’t stay to the end. Still we had a lovely day and had to finish packing for our flight the next day.
Up early, breakfast, checked packing and off to reception to get the coach to the airport. Arrived at airport and checked in and went off to find shops and duty free. I have to say I don’t like Tenerife airport – its expensive, the duty free prices were more than in the shops in Los Cristianos so all I bought was some rock with Tenerife written through it for my grandson in there but spend a lot on Canarian biscuits and a some wind chimes for my baby grand kids.
Wasn’t impressed with having to queue in a dark, hot corridor with no info on which queue was what. Annie and I got accused of jumping the queue but it was only because we went on the queue that was moving fastest! Had to walk down a fire escape to get to the tarmac and walk to the plane – not my idea of fun but at least we had a tail wind and we got home early and Easyjet sold a litre of Bells for £10 which is cheaper than in duty free.
Landed early and John met us in arrivals and we got home, tired but happy. I had a wonderful week with my best friend Annie and hopefully next time we can persuade our other best friend Jayne to come with us!