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Camel Riding on Fire Mountain – Lanzarote

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Day 6 (Thursday 9th May) and we arrive in Lanzarote. The excursion we had booked took us to Timanfaya National Park and around the Fire  Mountain. This was the centre of a volcanic eruption that took place in the 1700’s that lasted for 6 years. You can read a little bit about it HERE. We also took a short bumpy ride on camels. The weather was lovely at last. Some of the photos were taken through the windows of the coach as we couldn’t get out to take them so there may be some shine or reflection on them.

Timanfaya National Park Sign

Awesome landscape

Camels in the distance!

Fire Mountain

Fire Mountain



Collectormania Milton Keynes- Warning! Scary Clown Alert

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After MCM, Collectormania the next day (26th May) at MK Dons stadium came as a breath of fresh air. A lot less stressful, free entry and no queue to get in. There were some amazing costumes which I couldn’t pass by without getting photo’s with them. I had photo shoots with Craig Charles, Billie Piper and ex WWE female wrestler Amy ‘Lita’ Dumas. Loved this convention!

My mate Chewy


Darth Vader

Cool Stall

Scary clown mask

Planet of the Apes

Bernard Cribbins

Me and Lita

Me and Billie

Me and Craig Charles

MCM Comic Con

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I’m having a break from the cruise stuff to bring you news of my recent shenanigans. Myself and my niece attended MCM for the first time on Saturday (25th May) and we couldn’t believe how crazy it was. Being used to Showmasters events I was unaware of the scale of MCM… it was massive and there were so many people you could barely move; and that was after two hours of queuing to get in. I didn’t go to see anyone in particular but I took my niece along to meet some of her favourite YouTubers at Vidfest, an apparently new addition to the event.

You would never feel silly cosplaying at this event because most people do. In fact you would probably feel silly if you weren’t taking part in some sort of cosplay. Anyway while I was there I met a YouTuber called Chris Kendall whose videos my niece introduced me to about a month ago. I told him how awesome his animal impression video was and he said he was thinking of making another one. I do hope so because this made me laugh.

Here’s a few photos I took on the day

Excel London

Me and Chris Kendall

Busy excel

Canvas Warriors

Geeking out on Marvel

Cats on the prowl

Cruise Ship Towel Origame

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Jerónimos Monastery

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During our time in Lisbon, Portugal we went on an excursion to Jerónimos Monastery. I love anything with detailed architecture such as churches and cathedrals so I was in my element with my camera at hand. Find out more about the monastery HERE.

Jerónimos Monastery

Bell Tower


window and statue close up

One of the tombs



Stained glass window

inside the monastery


inside the monastery

inside the monastery


close-up praying Mary

close-up on back of alter

inside the monastery

The tomb of Vasco da Gama

Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

Stained Glass Window

Lisbon, Portugal

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We visited Lisbon, Portugal on 7th May. This city was impressive although a little rough around the edges. Like with every major city, it has its poorly maintained and slightly unattractive area’s which were covered in graffiti. At one point I thought we were going into mafia territory with its big houses and high walls and gates. You can’t fault some of the architecture though and there was lots to look at in the way of statues and fountains.

We were welcomed into the dock by a fantastic view of the Christ the King statue and the 25th April Bridge which was built by the same company as the golden gate bridge in the U.S. Although parts of Lisbon were very interesting, after having a taster, I don’t think I would return.

The close-ups of the Marquess of Pombal Square was taken through the window of the coach we were travelling in. Information for Marquess of Pombal Square can be found HERE  , Christ the King Statue HERE , 25th April Bridge HERE , Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent HERE and Monument to the Discoveries HERE

Christ The King Statue

25th April Bridge


Me in Lisbon

Looks like something growing out of my head.


Vigo, Spain

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Our first port of call on the cruise was Vigo on the 6th May. This was a disappointing and rather dreary destination partly due to the weather but mainly because there was very little to do or see there. It’s helpful if you need to go shopping for things that you have forgotten to bring with you on the ship but other than that, I didn’t see the point in stopping there.

We were greeted by noisy protesters wanting Europe to help their banks or something to that effect. We had a look around some shops and I managed to capture a few interesting pictures. I’m sure there must be nicer parts of Vigo to explore further out but I have to admit that I wasn’t impressed and would have no intention in going back there. apologies to Vigo residents. If you have your own views, please include them in the comments below. Find out more about Vigo HERE on Wikipedia.




Bell tower

Spanish backstreets

traditional Spanish Square

Water Feature


part of the statue in more detail

Another Statue

Close up