Have car will travel

We had hired a car to take our daughter to the airport where we bade a sad farewell. 

Time to say farewell

Nice calm day to bring in the luggage from the anchorage
After all the dramas we had experienced at airports in recent times we decided to leave in plenty of time. We were so early that our daughter was put on an earlier flight which worked out well as it meant less of a rush at KL to get onto her connecting flight to New Delhi. 

Gorgeous downtown Phuket

 As we had a car for the rest of the day we decided to explore old Phuket town – something we hadn’t done yet. 

Lovely tiles outside the old post office
We were pleasantly surprised by the old town – there was some really interesting architecture (including the graceful old Post Office and a some beautiful old hotels and restaurants.)

Vintage post box

A downtown cafe with intriguing artefacts such as old bicycles and tricycles, radios, record players etc
Chinese temple
The residential area was also interesting with sweeping avenues of stately town houses and some brightly painted shop-houses dating back to when Phuket was established as a tin mining town more than a hundred years ago. 

Colourful houses everywhere

We came upon a pedestrians only street (maybe only at the weekend?) where there was a wonderful, vibrant, market. 

Market busyness

There was a riot of colour wherever you looked – food, clothes, toys, shoes, drinks, and fabrics, all competing with each other for attention. A visual feast!

So much colour in the market


We escaped the bustle of the market area and unexpectedly but fortuitously, came upon a wine bar where the wine on sale was made from grapes imported from Australia.

Colourful handmade goods

 

Great sushi!

It was reasonably priced (less tax on grapes than wine!) and tasted really good. The bar also served good food and had an amazing second hand book store next door with books in every language you could think of. 

Books in the wine bar
Plenty of bottles
What more can you ask for other than a glass of good wine and a book to end the day!

The book shop next door

The graceful post office building at night

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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