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Trip Start Jul 04, 2006
Trip End Jan 16, 2007

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Sunday 17th to Tuesday 19th December.

Our last three days on Lanzarote were spent relaxing by the pool or on the beach, taking in the warm sunny weather before our return to the UK. We could see by the weather reports coming in from UK television that it was very cold over there now, so we were determined to make the most of the sun while it lasted.
As we would be traveling back to the UK on our 26th wedding anniversary tomorrow, the 20th December, for our last night on Lanzarote we had a very special dinner at an Italian restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and this proved to be the best Italian meal we have ever eaten. Everything was just wonderful.

Wednesday 20th December

Today we had to pack and say farewell to our island paradise of the past fortnight, and we have enjoyed our time here immensely. After checking out of our resort, it was a short bus transfer to the airport, and after a quick baggage, ticket and customs process, we settled down for a couple of hours at an airport café until our flight was called. The flight was only about one third full, so there was plenty of room to spread out for the trip back to Manchester International, and it was a shock to the system to be told that the weather coming into land was only 3 degree C, as it had been over 20C when we took off from Lanzarote only four hours before! At Manchester we were met by Tony, and with the motorways surprisingly clear, we were settled back at Tony & Dee's home in Warrington in no time at all. We spent a great evening chatting about our past fortnight away over an enjoyable meal, before relaxing over a drink, and to begin planning for the next stage of our holiday.

Thursday 21st December

After our fortnight away there was plenty to attend to, so after unpacking our bags, it was time to do some washing before heading out into the city centre of Warrington. There we had to do some banking, top up our phone accounts, and to do some shopping for necessities that had run out. We also called into the travel agent who had arranged our Lanzarote holiday, and looked at booking travel over to Malaga, which is on the south coast of Spain, to catch up with my cousin Bernadette over there. There were some problems with this, so will need to search for our own flights over the Net when we have a chance. For the moment, we booked another week away in mid January, which we will tell you about another time.

Friday 22nd December

Today we have set aside to go to Blackpool with Tony and Dee, as it is a famous seaside resort here in Britain that we have always wanted to visit. I remember as a little girl going to the beach and having periwinkles in a paper cone, and eating them with a pin. For those in Australia who don't know what a periwinkle is, it is a small shellfish like a little snail, and this was always a special treat as a little girl. However I don't think it was Blackpool that we went to, and while I found out that they do sell periwinkles there, they don't in winter so I wasn't able to get any. Brian was probably taken here by his parents as a little boy, as in this region of England if you wanted to go to the beach this was where you went, but he doesn't have any memories of this.
They have what they call an illumination festival every year here in Blackpool during the months of October and November. Brian and I had been to a similar small festival in Matlock Bath, so when we heard about the one here we didn't think much of it, however the festival here is a lot bigger and people come from all over the UK to see it. The festival is over now being December, but a lot of the lights are still up. They are no longer lit so you don't get to see the full effect, but there is so many that Brian and I was amazed. Apparently the lights go all the way down the beach stretch which is about 7 klms long. What a sight that would be, and we are very sorry that we missed them, and is something else to add to the list of things we want to do when we come back to England on another trip sometime in the future.
Blackpool is like a children's paradise. There are rides on all the piers, and shops selling the famous Blackpool rock candy, as well as bags of fairy floss, and it is like a huge fairground that just seems to go on forever. Being winter, all of the rides on the piers, along with the famous big dipper which has an almost vertical drop, as well as the Ferris wheel and numerous other rides are all closed. However I can imagine how exciting it would be for kids of all ages when it is all open and running, and the sounds and the lights would be fantastic. You can walk down to see all the lights that are lit up and afterwards catch a tram back to your car, and as I said before it is about 7 klms along so it would certainly take a while but it would be well worth it.
There is also the world famous Blackpool Tower which Brian took quite a few photos of, and in a lot of the old English movies that were shot in Blackpool, the tower features as a backdrop. We stayed for a lunch of fish n' chips at a little place near the water as it was a bit too cold to have them on the beach, and I think at this time of day it was about 4 degrees outside.
After this we went for a walk on the beach while our lunch went down, and as the tide was out and you could see for miles. Brian was fascinated by how far away the water was, and we could see people walking where we thought the waters edge was and they were a long way off.
It was a lovely way to spend a day and we had a great time. Dee and Tony hadn't been to Blackpool for about 15 years so hopefully they enjoyed their day out as well.
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