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Not really, but as close as I am going to get for a long time! This last week we visited our beautiful family in their new home near Greenwich (England). It seemed silly to go all that way and NOT make a visit to the Cutty Sark.
The last visit here was back in 1989 when our son was only 2 years old – oh boy, time does fly!

In between the last visit and this one, much has happened to the old girl – a massive fire broke out during the restoration project and it was closed for quite a while whilst it underwent major restoration and improvements to the attraction; and improved it has! An amazing job which now makes this a very worthwhile visit for anyone in a wheelchair – and not many vessels are able to boast such amazing accessibility – so cheers to the team for a job very well done.
One of the cargo hatches has been converted to house a lift (elevator) and I was able to go to all the different levels and then onto the deck. I cannot recommend this more highly as a day out because of the well thought out and laid out plans – especially considering that it is a boat and not the easiest environment to get around.

We ended our trip with a most welcome tin cup of tea and cake in the restaurant below ground and under the keel of the ship; a lovely end to our visit.

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It was a holiday here in the UK on Monday and we went out for the day with a couple of great friends.  We had a lot of choice but decided on Saltaire in West Yorkshire because I have just finished reading an amazing book on the cotton mills in Lancashire and wanted to see this World Heritage Site first hand.  It turned out to be a wonderful day and seeing the mill buildings was amazing and worth the trip.

As always when I am out and about I like to ‘check out’ the facilities and report back in case you ever land up in the same place and on this occasion I was not disappointed because it turned out to be the BIGGEST disabled toilet I have EVER been into!  You can definitely swing the proverbial cat around in here; in fact, you could host a large party in this toilet – it was clean as well which is always a great plus point for me!  No problems at all turning around in my wheelchair; how often have I got stuck on the basin or a dustbin and had to spend ages manoeuvring around and eventually having to back out of the room at the same time trying to open the door – you know what I’m talking about because no doubt it has happened to you too!

Seriously, this picture cannot do it any justice because I have taken it from the corner of the room as far back as possible and cannot even get half of the room into the picture….

 

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See how small the basin and toilet are in comparison to the window!  This is a typical huge window in a cotton mill and I am pleased that these buildings are protected and cannot have them replaced with those dreadful modern plastic units.

I can definitely recommend spending a penny here! 🙂

 

 

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Don’t panic – I wasn’t up to no good and dragged off by the SAP (South African Police)! On our walk around Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterside docks yesterday, we were tempted by many different types of boating and flying trips. We had the choice of deep-sea fishing, pirate ship excursion, sailing, power boating, bi-plane, combat helicopter etc. etc. We however found the Robben Island tour and this met two of our requirements – a boat out to the island and a tour around what is today a world heritage site and in the past where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners were kept from the 1960s.

We are both really pleased that we chose this because it turned out to be an amazing morning with the bus tour having one of the best tour guides anywhere in the world and ending off with an incredibly poignant tour, led by another ex inmate, of the cell blocks and seeing where our great hero was detained.

I cannot recommend this tour more highly as it is a glimpse of our country’s once hidden past and reminds us of how fortunate we all are to have people like this prepared to fight for our freedom.

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Having our two grandsons for the weekend seemed like a great reason to head off to a museum so we chose the Royal Armouries in Leeds because what four-year old can resist swords, shields and all things knightly? – actually the two adult males also thought it was a brilliant idea.

It was a great choice and we all had a wonderful day – easy to get to, good access and very wheelchair friendly.

Even the snow on the way home couldn’t dampen our spirits.

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