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Sicily – coast to coast!

We’re just back from our second visit to Sicily this year.

First was a TUI package – this one was an independent effort.

Flew from Liverpool to Palermo, six nights in Palermo, bus and taxi to Ragusa Ibla for five nights then to Catania for one night only before our flight to Manchester.

Great time, good food, food for thought and some interesting sights.

Plus how we got outside Inspector Montalbano’s house and why we were in his office at Vigata police station a fortnight ago.

An inspector calls…

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First the house, now the office…

Whose office and desk is this?

Who lives in a house like this?

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Earlier today, somewhere in Europe!

By the book…

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There’s a trip on the horizon and a quandary in the planning stages.

What is the better format to use – a paper guide or one in Kindle, PDF or an alternative eBook format on an iPad, phone, desktop or laptop?

There’s two Rough Guides and a Lonely Planet plus a DK on the iPad in Kindle format and an elderly Lonely Planet,  a newly acquired (last Sunday – from a bookshop, not online) Rough Guide, a more comprehensive DK and an Insight Guide (also from the same bookshop) in paper format.

It’s over two years since I wrote about this subject, but since doing the research for this upcoming venture, paper books are still for me the way to go when planning or undertaking a trip.

The Rough Guide I bought last Sunday is already on my iPad in Kindle format, but getting the paper version has already proved worthwhile.

Our town and city destinations for this road trip have been marked up with Post It notes and the highlighter pen will be in action this week as potential attractions in and around those towns and cities are spotted.

That book will be shoved into my jacket pocket when we fly and used alongside any information or posters spotted once we land, find our accommodation and then start exploring on the ground.

It will also be used as a guide to menu busting, an aide to my ever woefully bad language skills and as a quick reference assistant should we find ourselves in interesting places at short notice…

I may have an iPhone now, but Siri is disabled on my phone as a means of preserving battery life and data usage allowances.

Is Siri useful? Possibly, but it’s not for me, even though we’ve had great fun leaving reminders on someone’s Alexa device recently (usually along the lines of “It’s time to tidy your bedroom” or “It’s time you used the washing machine” or “It’s your turn to do the washing up”…

So no, technology hasn’t won me over.

Yes, I will have the iPad with me for email checking, but the Kindle app will be used to read biographies, travel accounts or even the odd novel or two (I’m not into fiction).

As far as guides go though, a paper book is easier to read, mark up and find things in thanks to the contents list at the front and the index at the back.

And a book has another advantage – you don’t need to charge the battery!

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Earworms…

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A bridge, not THE Bridge!

It’s been a holiday weekend here in the UK and as most destinations get packed out (lots of fine weather in cities, mountain areas and at coastal resorts in the last three days), Caroline and tend to stay home and chill out (me) or get out on the bike (Caroline).

Yes, I was working at the day job yesterday, but I’ve also spent a few hours doing online staff training.

As an antidote to the staff training, I finished watching the  box set of Series 4 of The Bridge on Friday night and was reminded of how much of an earworm the theme song Hollow Talk is…

It’s not the only earworm doing the rounds at the moment as one of Roxy Music’s classic album tracks – In Every Dream Home A Heartache – is currently being used in a TV advert at the moment.

Other earworms of note recently have turned up on the shop music system – Friday I’m In Love and In-between Days by The Cure, Enola Gay by OMD and other tracks by The Smiths, New Order and The Stone Roses.

Ironically the only earworm that hasn’t been heard recently has been Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head…

That pic of the bridge at the top of this post was taken in Ronda back in September 2018.

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The pics that got away last week!

Boggle Hole Youth Hostel is near Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby on the Yorkshire coast.

Although Caroline and I both started hostelling through YHA in the 1970’s, neither of us had stayed there before.

Gone are the days of filling out a booking form, getting a postal order and sending both to the hostel along with a stamped self addressed envelope.

Our stay on this occasion was made via Expedia a few days before we headed off.

Comfy hostel? Yes…

Member’s kitchen? Yes…

Bar and cafe? Yes…

Will we go back? Yes…

Does the new app work on the new phone?

If you’re reading this, the answer is also Yes!

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There should be a pic here, but new phone says no!

Will post it when we’re back home…