A quick update from Torquay, England

Trip Start Jun 19, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

I arrived in Torquay last Friday afternoon, and have been mostly exploring the town or relaxing with family in the time that's past.
My Grandmother's house is about a 3 minute walk from Cockington, which is a beautiful English forest, with a ye olde style village down the bottom (thatched roofs, and all that). I've done a lot of walking since I've been here and my feet and legs are quite sore (so much for being fit!).

The rest of my stay in Canada was absolutely fantastic. Spending time at the cottage was a pleasure, and I got to drive a boat and spend the days soaking up the sun. One event of note was my doomed attempt at water skiing.
Everyone else had a go, and then it was my turn to get on to them for the first time. I put one ski on fine, but when I went to put the other on, I broke the rubber foot hold - there went attempt one! My Grandfather had to take the boat back to the cottage, where he made a replacement 'Frankenstein' ski, from bits of other ski's they had spare (there wasn't another fully assembled one). When he returned, I had another go, but after two tries to get up, the rubber broke again! I'm sure I could have gone pro, if it weren't for that shonky equipment!

Niagra falls were quite spectacular, but much smaller than I imagined. It was almost like meeting Tom Cruise! The highlight was the 'Maid of the Mist' boat, which takes you right up to the bottom of the falls. Down there, they were much more impressive and you really got an idea of the power of the water.
On the way back home, we stopped off at a vineyard and I tried the famous Canadian Ice Wine. It was absolutely delicious and after a 15 minute lecture on the manufacturing process - grapes are picked on only one night of the year, when it is minus 10 degrees - I appreciated why it costs so much (around $70CAD for a small bottle)!

On Friday, I'm meeting up with a friend and we're going to check out Amsterdam, Rome and Paris. These will be my first ventures on to the continent, so I'm very excited!
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