Monday, 26 December 2016

MOTORHOME STORAGE near Malaga airport and cruise port

Checking out motorhome storage options near Malaga we came across Autocaravans Seyla

Compared to other options the prices are very reasonable.  Our motorhome was stored securely in a walled compound with guard living on site with his dogs.  
During recent flooding of the area there were no problems at all on site.

Owner Sergio speaks good English and is quick to answer E-mail queries.  For motorhomes up to 8m long he charges Euro 50 a month.

Fresh water fill up and both grey and black water dumps plus toilets are available.
Additional services include an Aire style stop over before and/or after your trip for an additional Euro 5 a night.  
After leaving our motorhome for over 5 weeks the only thing we noticed on return was a little dust.

Although there is a bus stop nearby it only runs Mon - Fri but for just Euro 10 extra Sergio will take you or pick you up from the port or airport and this price is for up to 6 people in his mini van.  

There is also a shop with motorhome supplies and motorhome rental and sales.  If you book in ahead repairs can be done and parts made available.

All round and excellent business and a great company to deal with.  

Sunday, 28 August 2016

CMV ASTOR 42 nights from Tilbury to Auckland

Way back in Jan 2015 an advert of 2 for the price of 1 caught our eye for a cruise to Australia.  It seems this is a regular offer and for an outside cabin the total cost was £4946 for 2 people 56 nights to Freemantle.  There is an option to disembark in Auckland for New Zealand then Sydney, Adelaide or Perth for Australia.

The ship leaves from Tilbury which is easily accessible by train from central London.  It's the original port from where the £10 poms set sail to Australia.

The ship only holds 600 passengers so the boarding process was quick and efficient.  As an older ship the card system works for on board purchases and boarding and disembarking but for the cabins you have quite a hefty key.  Safe keys are available free of charge at reception.

There are few double cabins with double beds as the single beds cannot be pushed together due to fixed furniture in the middle.  In the basic cabins there is a fridge, TV, dressing table, writing desk and wardrobes but probably not enough hangers.  Lovely fluffy white bath robes were provided.

The bathrooms were a decent size with complimentary soap, multi purpose shower and shampoo gel, sewing kit, shower caps and nail kit.  As well as hand and bath towels there were face cloths.  Extra blankets, pillows and 2 large beach towels were in the wardrobes.

We had cabin 104 on deck 3 towards the front of the ship.  It should have been a family cabin with an additional room containing bunk beds.  It was very quiet in the cabin although we did notice splashing outside when the seas were a bit rough.

Most facilities are on deck 5 making it very easy to find things.  We had lowered our expectations knowing this was a lower grade cruise ship but in most areas we were very impressed.

Food was varied and they had lots of special nights, themed by country or party style out on deck.  Leaving Mexico we had a tropical buffet with all the unusual fruits that had been taken on board.

Needing a gluten free diet my needs were very well catered for in the Waldorf restaurant bur not so well in the Ubersee buffet.  Many people did not understand gluten free and when asked if a product

Saturday, 30 January 2016

AUSTRALIA Great phone rates on ALDI MOBILE

I doubt you could better the pay as you go SIM from ALDI which backs on to the great coverage of Telstra network.

For $5 you get a SIM with $5 credit which lasts 365 days. You can use this in conjunction with their packages.  .

Call rates are very reasonable on the pay as you go package . Within Australia 12c a min and SMS 12c.  International calls can be even cheaper e.g 10c a minute to UK landlines and mobiles.

30 day  value packs with calls SMS and data cost between $15 and $45.

The data packs are $15 and $30 over 30 days or 6GB over 90 days for $50.

NOTE you cannot combine a data pack with a value pack.

ALDI to ALDI calls are all free.

Read on for full prices...

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

INDIA VISA application for a UK PASSPORT holder visiting AUSTRALIA updated 2016

We have just had to repeat the process of buying a visa for India whilst in Australia and a few things have changed since we last did it and I blogged in 2011

All applications are processed by VFS Global 

On the website


Click on the type of visa you require for more info to decide which variant you may want.  We found out that anything less than a 1 year multi entry is still the base price so you might as well go for that as a minimum which was a whopping $303.70 (yes that is the absolute minimum assuming you pay cash, take the forms to the office and collect it from there) 

You can get the correct 2" x 2" photos on line for just the cost of a regular photograph (65c) and this gives you 4 pics.  Free passport photos


Print the
Tourist Visa Checklist
Form D
Others that apply to you
PLUS You must take a copy of any appointment that you make
and a copy of your entry to Australia visa grant

Now's proceed and submit your on line visa application.