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Apart from historic photographs, unless otherwise stated, all photos on this site were taken by  members of my family. 

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2008 Mark Collins

10-06-2010

We like to travel - but don't do it nearly often enough!

We both love to travel and enjoy meeting people and experiencing other cultures.  However in recent years our DIY projects and gardening have taken up a lot of time and most of the spare cash! 

There are more pictures of the various trips described in this part of the site in my photo album.


April 2004 will be remembered for a long time for our trip to Peru - a destination long dreamed of to visit the famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. We met some lovely people and the took over 2000 photographs - truly an amazing experience, and our first venture into the Southern Hemisphere where the water really does spin the other way down the bath plug hole!

During July 2003 we spent a few days in Devon, staying with Alan's mother Vera.  The weather was tremendous, hot and sunny, and we crammed in many churches, walks and National Trust properties as well as a trip exploring the route of the old narrow gauge railway, The Lynton & Lynmouth Railway which closed in 1935.

During April 2002 I was fortunate enough to visit Las Vegas on a business trip.  Then during May Alan and I found ourselves on the North American continent again, this time on the east coast around Boston.  We visited the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, in particular Canterbury Shaker Village and the Washington Mountain Cog Railway.  We spent the second half of the week visiting Cape Cod, where we enjoyed Province Town with it's thriving gay community very much.

Our week long holiday in 2001 was spent touring stately homes and gardens in Cornwall  with my mother.  Included in the itinerary were the Lost Garden of Helligan and the Eden Project.

In 2000, I was fortunate to travel to San Francisco on business and managed a few days break in this wonderful eclectic city.  However apart from  this short trip, no holidays in 2000 - far too busy sorting out the house and garden! 

A holiday in France during 1999 was more of an endurance trip.  The drive down to Trebes and back again afterwards were exhausting book ends around a hot and tiring week cruising the Canal du Midi.

We were fortunate to be able to travel to Canada in 1998, which was a truly memorable trip involving beautiful landscapes and meeting Canadian cousins for the first time.

Following my graduation in 1981, I travelled Europe, camping, with six friends - photos of this trip can be found in the Photo Album. This was an eventful trip which culminated in our minibus being broken into and all our valuables being stolen. However this was a small blemish on an excellent trip to celebrate the end of full time education!