Love is . . . a life on the open road

I've been to many places around the world so thought I'd share things I love about travelling...

France, especially Lanquedoc Rousillon
Eurostar, premier seats though
Virgin Atlantic’s choice of movies
BA’s Business class movie screens
Premium Outlets for shopping madness
Grimsby fish and chips
Massage on a Thai beach
Lobster and prawns at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort
Silk trousers from Bangkok
Noodles from a Hong Kong vendor
Animals on safari in Kenya
Rio Carnival for being the best in the world
Tobago for being so chilled out
Friendly faces at Jakes in Jamaica
Pink sand in the Bahamas
People-watching in Las Vegas
Disney World, Orlando, can't get enough of Mickey
Ireland because my dad was born there
Edinburgh on New Year's Eve
Venice because you have to love it
Wine-tasting in Stellenbosch, only white!
Swimming in the forever warm Caribbean Sea
Biking over the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco
Gazing at the awesome Taj Mahal
Helping build a nursery in a Cape Town township
Screaming on Universal's The Hulk
Seeing the Pope at the Vatican
Drinking champagne at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
Christmas in New York
Coffee from Jamaica's Blue Mountains
Crabbing in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
Necker Island, who wouldn't?
Pashminas from India
America and even Americans
Walking in the Lake District
Driving across the US, even with a two-year-old
Handbags from Buenos Aires
Eurocamp for great family holidays
No-hassle souks in Damascus
Bon Sol hotel in Majorca
My Antler Duolite case and my Apple iPad2, love them
...and all the people in all the world who I have had the pleasure of meeting

Pirates star plunder for sick children

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GOSH kids with pirates and celebrities at the Pirates charity event in Majorca

TAKING on Coronation Street toughie Eileen Grimshaw is no mean feat, even for a band of pirates.

For as screen sons Jason and Todd would say: You don’t mess with our mam.

But surprisingly, the feisty lady didn’t put up any fight when kidnapped on the sunny island of Majorca.

Actress Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen, was all smiles as she joined other celebs at the premiere of The Pirates Ultimate Adventure summer show to raise over £50,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Sue said: “This is the fourth year that I have come to Majorca to support the GOSH/Pirates premiere evening. It is close to my heart. It is a wonderful charity. I have a child who has never had any major illnesses so I am lucky, but thank God for Great Ormond Street. For families who really do need them, they play an incredible role.”

Pirates is in its 26th year and for the past eight, the premiere has become a fund-raising night for the hospital which has benefitted by nearly half a million pounds.

Majorca is a great island and Pirates is the best attraction. It is astounding

Having watched the show, I’d recommend everyone to see the swashbuckling, rip-roaring, dancing comedy extravaganza. Hunky athletes swing, balance, hang, trampoline and entertain in a unique, superbly choreographed show.

Sue said: “Majorca is a great island and Pirates is the best attraction. It is astounding. Anyone who goes will be blown away by the show. I don’t know how the cast do it. In fact, I don’t know how they are all still alive, quite frankly.”

Also watching Saturday night’s premiere were four GOSH families from the UK who were treated to a week’s holiday on the Spanish island, courtesy of First Choice.

For 11-year-old Annabelle Gascoyne, who has had a double lung transplant, her mum and dad Sarah and Lee and nine-year-old brother Miles, it was a dream come true.

Sarah, from Grantham, Lincs, said: “We have never been abroad before and didn’t even have passports. We are having such a fabulous time as there is so much for families to do here.

For Annabelle to be able to even come here with us and her brother is very special. “We can’t thank the hospital and First Choice enough.”

The stay got even better for the family at the premiere when Lee won a £3,500 diamond ring in a raffle. The weeping dad said: “I can’t believe it, how lucky are we.”

The families stayed at the friendly Aparthotel Aquasol in Palma Nova, about half an hour from Palma airport. The newly updated funky complex with apartments sleeping up to four and six is close to the beach and the heart of buzzing Palma Nova near Magaluf on the south west coast of the island.

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