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My wife and I (she an ex-pat) visited Bath a few weeks ago and took a 5-day Broads Holiday with my mum and dad-in-law. They have made many trips in the past and wanted to give me a taste of Broads Culture. They hired boats out of Moore's in Wroxham - Moorhen for mum and dad, and Regal Star for Elaine and I. I have to say this was the highlight of our 2-week vacation, what a great time we had.

It took me a bit of getting used to the tight spaces in the rivers, as my boating experience to this point has been on the Pacific Ocean (not quite as tight - ha!). After trips up to Neatishead and under the Pulham Bridge I was well-versed with "slow and steady wins the race", and "the bow thruster saved my life". Dad didn't give me a lot of forwarning when a tight spot was around the bend, I secretly think he enjoyed watching me struggle to keep the boat lined up while yelling -scratch that- gently coaching my lovely wife on which mooring line to grab etc. I think back and have to smile because all turned out well and I didn't put a scratch on that lovely boat. (I have to say that Regal Star is a beauty - nice and comfortable, although not very nimble without the thruster - I left like using the thruster was cheating).

We visited a number of pubs along the way - the Ship at South Walsham, very nice place. Also the Bridge Inn at Acle (twice) - very nice as well with great bar and restaurant staff - they do a great curry too! And I didn't get too many funny looks when I ordered a chilled beer because it was so hot! I love the local ales but with a sunburned face it had to be Carling Extra Cold or even Foster's (sorry to the purists).

We spent our five days on the North Broads and had fantastic weather until the last day when it showered a bit during the afternoon. Friday AM brought us an amazing sunrise at Acle (see attached picture). I have posted another picture under the photo gallery category which I took about three minutes after the one below. And no, I have NOT retouched the photo - I was amazed at the color too - was anyone else there at that time to back me up?

Just want to say thanks to all of the other courteous boaters out there for the waves and nods and overall great boating etiquette. It was a great vacation - one that I will do again with mum and dad in the next year or so. Lots of pictures to reflect on and some to frame and put on the wall.

Smooth water and clear skies...

Marco Del Barco


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Marco, welcome to the forum, nice to have some one else from North America on the forum.

Fantastic photo - looks like I'll have to start the 2007 Calendar contest soon !

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Hi Marco,
Welcome to the forum...

Glad you enjoyed your holiday, and that's a stunning picture.  Smile

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Welcome, Marco.

What a truly superb photograph...thanks for sharing  Cheers



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Welcome Marco,

Glad you had a good time on the broads and were lucky enough to witness that sunrise, great picture.

regards

Jim

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Hi marco what a spot on photo.
so glad you enjoyed your voyage and our {your} site Smile
look forward to meeting you on the river soon.

roya

where is my anorak.

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Welcome Marco, I trust we will see you back before very long perhaps with a few of your countrymen. Getting back to something close to our webmaster's heart (or close proximities)it is sometimes noted that tradditional Norfolk cooking is not dissimilar to Canadian I don't know whether you noticed this.

"Actually I'm very good at going sideways until I want to moor that is!!!"  Bill...

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One thing that I can always count on during a visit to the UK is better curry than I can get at home. We don't have as many curry restaurants/takeaways as you do, and not many of our local pubs have a curry feature.

But what, I ask of you, is Canadian cooking? I have lived here all my life and still have yet to figure that out...

Marco Del Barco

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I'm not too sure either, I've heard of French cuisine, and Italian cuisine, but never English Cuisine only English cooking


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