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Monday, February 19, 2018

British Isles

The British Isles, a land or kings and queens and conquests. The sea allowed us to build an empire and a history that includes much guilt as well as pride. Doris Visits has been to a few places in the UK, some random which we group near a cruise port. There are many great stories like the trysts of Royalty past affairs. In these places Doris Visits also tries to find the unusual for extra interest and a little edge, as well as the obvious favourites you must see.

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If you had asked me yesterday which was my preferred London airport I would have had to think hard. Not today, the answer in a flash is Birmingham. Seriously, Gatwick is nowhere near London, Luton is a building site with no direct transport and a bottleneck approach road that needs much more serious thought, Stanstead is OK, but where...
Fred Olsen say that smart casual means men with jacket and or a shirt and tie in the evenings. For them this is traditional smart casual dress and the ladies are asked to dress smartly, but to be fair they don't need to be encouraged, the turn out is always very smart and proper. To be clear they state Chino type...
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Borough Market on any Friday should be on your 'London' bucket list it is a treat to visit and has stayed that way despite the attack. Just up from London Bridge station, it sits at the base of The Shard, which is London's tallest building. If you have seen the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, you might not...
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London's West End Theatres are just a part of London's rich theatrical history, so where are the dives where you can engage with just a little more. 'This film is a fun look at some of the theatres I have grown up visiting and working in', says our main presenter Jean Heard. "But there is more. Where can you find,...
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The Adonia has been sold and will move to Azamara Cruises in 2018 where it will sail as the Azamara Pursuit. I am sure her last few cruises with P&O will be quite special. We certainly have cherished moments as she was the only ship to take you to places like Bequia, otherwise a day trip from St. Vincent....
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Newhaven is a tender port, but deep enough for the Britannia to stop. Inland there is a pier and a historic lighthouse that lie between Leith and Granton. It is mainly a cargo port and for International ferries that run to Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, but the old train ferry line is derelict now although it is well serviced by the  Newhaven...
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Edinburgh is definitely worth more than a day visit. We have three films on it, this one of the City, then one of Harry Potter sites which was asked for by two Edinburgh boys who we then joined in making the film. The third was the unexpected Royal Yacht Britannia at Leigh's Ocean Terminal. If you are sailing from Leith we...
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Edinburgh has two cruise terminals one in Leith (where years ago we shot the movie Small Faces) and Rosyth. The Port of Leith is the largest enclosed deepwater port in Scotland, Ocean Terminal. It has an ability to handle ships up to 50,000 DWT, which means only the smaller cruise ships can dock there. However, that is quite a selection. The...
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Had J.K. Rowling never moved to Edinburgh, the Scottish capital in the 1990s, there may never have been a Harry Potter. Then, there might never have been a Potted Potter, the Edinburgh Festival favourite spoof spin off from Dan Clarkson. Dan, a UK actor whose first ever role was in our children film Mystical Christmas (small world) now spends a lot...
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This is a market that could be a weekend treat. The award-winning Bath Christmas Market has over 200 twinkling chalets spread out across the picturesque Georgian streets of Bath selling handmade and local Christmas gifts. New for 2017: The Bath Christmas Market has extended into Southgate Street, Union Street, and Hot Bath Street. It has a packed calendar of family-friendly events...
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