Travels of the Boyzz 2015

Returning from Malta mid January, after a bit of bingeing on mince pies, the Boyzz took it easy until the end of the month when they were invited - well actually not , just their parents! - to the wedding of Hazel & Ed in Richmond . After 2 nights there they flew on - business class!! - to Ireland .They stayed 3 nights in Macroom, county Cork, and then 3 nights in Cong, county Mayo, visiting places where the Lyons ancestors might have come from in Cork & visiting sites of ambushes in the War of Independence

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The Orange Tree, Richmond
Stephen with Hazel's family
The Lodge at Ashford Castle
with its worn out sofa
a contrast to this luxury
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Mighty cold in the historical
town of Killaloe
and just a trifle windy out in
the Burren regoin of
County Clare

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The Cafe at the Castle Hotel, Macroom - sumptious cakes and really friendly staff

Once home, mater's old school friends, Margaret & Sally came to stay. That was an occasion to get the camera clicking

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Graham came to dinner with a Valentine Ted & Sally also arrived with one. Chris & David playing Silly Teds; Margaret & Sally join in. Mater with Facetious behind

Towards the end of March thay set out - business class: a fluke! - to Cape Town, via Alicante, Madrid & London! , and proceeded to have a wondrous time around the vineyards there and then sailing up the West Coast of Africa to Ghana- guess what, aboard the Silver Explorer!

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A pleasant sojourn in Madrid-even better with a bottle of Old Gentleman in London.Chris reading

Back in Moraira they wandered out for a couple of meals, first at the Dauphin, Portet, and then

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to Vespas, where they got to sit on one of their models, be held by one of the girls & the Rose Man , as well as sharing the wine & the burrata

Then home until the end of May when they took off to see Douglas Dallas Dhu in Malta. They had 3 very pleasant nights in Catalunia on the way there and back.


June saw them exploring Galicia & Asturias for a week

July they had lunch at Anne's & Michael's , meeting Michael's very learned Ted

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Then they went off on an adventure with Wild Frontiers, to Colombia & Venezuela

Stayed put, sizzling somewhat, for the month of August before setting off to see Gaynor & Vic in France, stopping off at Carcassonne & also Rioja

October saw them setting out, business class of course!, to Ecuador and then on to the Silver Explorer from Guayaquil to Ushuaia.

Then in December they set off again to CapeTown, onto the Regent Mariner to Rio de Janeiro, and then to the Iguazu Falls and Paraguay