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28 March 2014 04:56
Hi Helen

Well what can I say, Dubai was fabulous, yes we did the Burj.... twice, day time and evening, went to Atlantis on the Palm, both amazing feats of engineering and vision.  We were lucky enough to fly over tha Palm on our way to Kuwait, albeit being a tad hazy.

The Hotel was truly one of the best we have ever stayed at, and we did speak to various couples who said they'd been going there for between ten - twenty years, and yes they had seen plenty of changes!!!  
Whether it was due to Brian having a Birthday while we were away I don't know, but we got an upgrade to Club, and while we would have liked a view up towards the Palm area I wasnt going to look a gift horse in the mouth, so we settled for some beautiful sunsets and made the most of the afternoon teas and pre-dinner drinks instead....
The staff were all extremely courteous, helpful and friendly, Brian got Birthday pancakes, plus candle at breakfast and we came back to our room in the evening to a Birthday cake and bottle of wine.  Check-in and out was very smooth, in fact I think we were asked by five different staff members if we'd got all our belongings, passports and tickets etc when leaving.  Le Royale Meridien is definitely a hotel we'd both recommend and return to.

The transfers went without a hitch, and we did need the larger vehicle to and from the airport.

We also had a very enjoyable stay with our friends in Kuwait, not a tourist hotspot but some interesting sights, including a huge 'sandcastle' display, I'm sure if you google 'sandcastles' Kuwait you'll see what I mean, these weren't amateurish kiddies beach efforts, they had taken teams from all over the world several months to sculpt.
My friends reaction when she came home to see us sat at her kitchen table was BRILLIANT, she hadn't got a clue that we were coming, and it's all recorded!!

All the flights were without incident, that said I wouldnt put Emirates at the top of my list of favourite airlines, they were professional yes, but the flight home especially left a bit of a sour taste.  Initially I wasn't convinced that my wheelchair would actually be put on the plane, the stewardesses I spoke to appeared completely disinterested.  We did our usual, wait til last bit, once we got to Birmingham and then found that there were more people waiting for wheelchairs than expected.  In similar situations the staff have allowed us to wait on the plane, but not this particular set of crew, who quite obviously wanted to be on their way.  So we had to stand in a breezy and chilly stand.
However as we were in the air at the same time as flight MH370 went missing, this seems a bit of an insignificant whinge.

Overall this was another brilliantly put together package by yourselves, and I'm certain we'll be back to your 'sweetie shop' to see what else you have to offer.

Many Thanks to all concerned


Dawn and Brian McBride
19 March 2014 03:51
We're back from our Africa hols.  It was amazing, up there as one of the best holidays ever.  All went without a hitch so African Pride did their stuff very well.  All the Sanctuary lodges were very different.  Chichele Presidential lodge was our favourite; very colonial and the rooms were quite dated compared to the other lodges.  However the staff were brilliant and the game drives just out of this world so would thoroughly recommend it especially for newbies like us.  
Sussi and Chuma was more modern, highlight was the trip to Victoria Falls...breathtaking and also seeing the white rhino, safely protected by armed guards !  Chobe Chilwero was not so good on the game front but the rooms were  the best.

As for food.....it was non stop, couldn't keep up with it all excellent.  Also the hotel on Jo'burg was lovely but weather was rubbish, like being in England.

Finally, on our last drive at Chichele just before sunset we were driven to Chichele Hill and waiting for us were the staff from the lodge, a set table, with fizz and nibbles and chairs arranged to watch the sunset...brought a tear to my eye it was wonderful.

Thanks for organising everything Helen in your usual faultless fashion !

So, where to next ????  
05 December 2013 01:56
Hi Fiona

I keep meaning to email you to let you know that we had a fabulous holiday in Mauritius. Everything about it was perfect & we would definitely use Four Seasons again.  The teenage kids club was great for Jonty.  

There were a lot more activities included in the price compared to Antigua, and you could do water skiing as many times as you liked for free.  You could also get free tuition on all the free water sports & sailing.  We took a boat out fishing 3 times & it was only £81 for 2 hours & then they cooked the fish for Jonty's lunch.

We would definitely go again.  The service was amazing.  We also had free bikes to get about the resort, and there were also buggies to take you anywhere you fancied.  The restaurants were all fab and there were various special nights as well.

Re Mauritius Airlines we found them to absolutely fine.  A modern plane, and certainly no worse than BA & VIrgin.  The food was better than BA & Virgin & their flight attendants far more helpful.

A new airport opened in Sept and it was amazing.  Air conditioned, really friendly staff and we have never been through Customs so quickly.  The airport transfers were great and the drivers really informative & a lot safer than Caribbean drivers!

Thanks again for organising such a wonderful holiday

Regards


Susan, Phill & Jonty 
11 November 2013 02:26
Dear Carrick,

Thank you for booking our fantastic holiday to Cyprus.  We returned on Monday morning.  The Four Seasons is a fabulous hotel and we would like to return, time and money allowing.

You made booking this holiday seamless, my only gripe would be the time of the return flight from Cyprus, but that's not exactly in your control.

Many thanks,


Jo Bell
08 August 2013 04:26
Dear Paul

thank you for the recommendation to visit Ila D'or in Majorca. We have had  a wonderful 4 days away, brilliant weather and excellent location, so again thank you. 

Just to say, we would not hesitate to use your services again, your help and support has been really valued, given the lack of it in other places. While our next holiday is already planned, we have every intention of coming back to you for future holidays. 

Warm regards


Mr & Mrs P.
17 June 2013 05:20

Dear Sir



I would like to congratulate you on one of your staff members Tracy Lea who works at your Kenilworth Branch.



She really helped us in booking our special Anniversary holiday in Majorca. She was very professional in finding us the exact holiday we wanted. We will be definitely be recommending Carrick Travel to our friends and family and we shall certainly be booking with you again in the future.



Thank you once again for your excellent service.



Kind Regards



Mr and Mrs Barlow

15 April 2013 03:18
Attention of Fiona

‘A lovely holiday in Morocco in a perfect choice of 3 very different locations.

Seamless transfers; splendid choice of hotels; delicious food and lovely staff everywhere. Thank you Fiona.’



Really good hols

judy

18 March 2013 03:57
Just got back from our Vietnam tour (16 Feb to 5 March) and wanted to thank you all for a brilliant holiday. Particularly wanted Buffalo to know how much we appreciated the efforts of our 3 guides (and their drivers - not least for keeping us alive!). Nhut (in the south), Phong (in the middle) and especially Tanh (in the north) were so helpful, efficient, courteous and knowledgeable about their country - we learnt so much. They were like walking encyclopaedias! Please let them know how much their input added to our enjoyment of the trip.




As for Buffalo's overall planning of our trip - it was all quite matchless. Great hotels, wonderful lunches, fascinating visits and brilliant destinations all conspired to make it probably our best ever holiday.



Many thanks again



Carol & Mike Parkhouse

31 January 2013 06:40
Carrick Travel are looking for an experienced Travel Consultant for their Travel Agency in Chipping Norton, Worcestershire.


Part Time. An attractive remuneration package is on offer to the right applicant.

If you think that you would make an enthusiastic and reliable addition to our team then call us for a chat

Tracey Carter - 01926 311415 or send your CV to:- Tracey Carter, Carrick Travel, 92 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4UX, email traceycarter@carricktravel.com
20 December 2012 02:25
Dear Julie


You may recall that you helped Maureen and I over our wonderful trip to the States and Canada last month. I'd like to thank you and your colleagues for all you did to make the trip flow seamlessly from one destination to another, just what one wants from a travel agent.



Peter Farnfield

04 December 2012 02:36
Keflada – Akrogiali Villa – Ionian & Aegean Holidays. October 7th -13th


We arranged our holiday through your office and I just wanted to say thanks as we had the perfect time. All the travel arrangements were efficient and on time and the villa was clean and exactly as described in the brochure.

Your agent promised us that our villa would not be overlooked, which was important to us, and it turned out to be the case. The other 3 villas in the group were overlooked.

Once again, thanks. We are already thinking about next year.

Paul Steed
27 November 2012 02:00
Attention of Paul Carter - thank you for your letter enquiring about my Mexico trip.  I was extremely pleased and impressed with all the arrangements you made on my behalf.  Everything worked well and I had a superb room at El Dorado.  I was especially impressed by the H & K representative who met me at the airport on arrival - Katja - who managed to find me in the crowd and escort me to my car.  She gave me details of my pick up for the return to Cancun from my hotel and then also left a note in my room 2 days before to remind me of this.  All in all it was a very enjoyable week with no worries on my part.
Sincere thanks for all your hard work to ensure it all went smoothly.
Fiona Mitchell
27 November 2012 01:58

List of Travel tips

Don’t forget to check the travel adaptor you need for the country you are travelling to!
Book your excursions before you travel to ensure you get the excursion you want on the day you want
Book a lounge pass its a great start to the holiday
Use meet and greet parking take the stress out of the start of your holiday
Always take a couple of copies of your passport – leave one at home with family and friends and take one with you.
Put a coloured ribbon round your luggage as it helps when trying to find your case at the airport.
Put spare underwear/clothes/toothbrush in your hand luggage.
Leave a copy of your travel plans at home.
Carry a coin for the airport trolleys.
If you are lost always ask 2 people the way and if they both give the same directions there is a good chance they are correct.
If you have an early flight consider an airport hotel and parking that way you can relax the night before.
But a local sim card for your phone – its much cheaper to text and phone. If you have smart phones remember to switch off your ‘data roaming’ to avoid running up large bills.
If travelling to tropical climates wear natural fibres like cotton never polyester
Mix your packing up so if a case goes missing every member of the party still has clothes to wear.


Always carry a good book

When flying long haul buy water airside the cabin crew never give you enough water and it helps avoid dehydration.

When car hire is completed always make sure your car is seen and checked by the car hire company before handing over the keys

27 November 2012 01:57
Carol

I just thought I would drop you a line to let you know that Anne & I had a terrific trip.  The arrangements were impeccable and we were able to pack as much as possible into the time we were there. This was due in no small measure to the Travelsphere Rep., Steve Rodaway who was the consummate professional and nothing was too much trouble , he really did go the extra mile to make sure everyone got all they wanted from the trip.  I would be grateful if you would pass these comments to Travelsphere.

My thanks also to you for making the arrangements for what has been a memorable trip.     

Kind regards

Susan Sinclair
27 November 2012 01:56
South Africa January 2012

Carrick Travel recently arranged a trip to South Africa involving a stay in Capetown, a tour of the Garden route and a stay in the Kruger National Park.

 Christine Edgeller was so helpful beforehand – tailoring the holiday to our needs. The holiday was superb and, as we always expect of Carrick, all the arrangements were perfect – flights, transfers, hotels and guides.
The only problem we had – we had to transfer game lodges in the Kruger because of flooding – was sorted out before we knew there was a problem.

This was the 5th long haul holiday that the Carrick Leamington office has arranged for us and we haven’t been able to fault any of them. Everything has been perfect.

Keith and Mary Thompson
27 November 2012 01:16
Hi all,
This is just a quick update on my trip to Greece because half of you have probably already been there but it also serves as a log for me to remember the trip
I travelled with a company called Cosmos because they not only did a pretty diverse trip around Greece but also linked up with a cruise company to do a 5 day trip on the ‘Louis Crystal' that took me around the Greek islands so I got a good overview of Greece. I chose to travel the last two weeks of October because the weather would be cooling down and yet the sea would still be warm.
It was a good choice because the days were hot and sunny and the sea probably at its warmest. Another advantage of going later in the season was that the coach was only half full so there was plenty of room to spread out and on our excursions we could all get a look in. On our 1st full day we had the option to take and island tour for the day, it turned out to be a 10 hour trip taking in the islands of, Hydra, Poros and Aegina. This was a good choice, not only was the weather super but you get the chance to meet other passengers face to face as you relax on deck and there was a group of Australians who were great company and a pleasure to know.
Our travels started with an early morning trip to the Acropolis before all the coaches from the cruise ships arrived and ironically as we were leaving, a party following a ‘Discovery’ lollipop arrived and Discovery coach No2 was parked next to our coach in the car park but I didn’t spot anyone I knew (I know a lot of crew from this ship). Most days were an early start but this was a big advantage, to get to these sites before the other tourist arrive is worth the effort, not only do you get better photo opportunities but it is also cooler, I would hate to make this trip in the height of the season, it was hot enough when we were there and mainland Greece is a very hilly place with a lot of steps to climb.
Our coach trip took us to the, Corinth Canal, Epidaurus (major amphitheatre), Mycenae, Sparta, Mystra, Olympia, Delphi, and Meteora. It was good to stand on the same spot where this years Olympic flame was lit, the same flame that past my house earlier in the year. Travelling between these sites you realise just how mountainous Greece is and I was amazed at how loaded the olive trees were. Mainland Greece is well worth seeing, there is so much history there and the scenery can be quite impressive but not for me in the heat of the high season.
The 5 day cruise was an experience, the passengers were multicultural which made announcements longwinded, the selfishness and disregard for others, from some passengers spoilt the otherwise excellent shows. The dining experience was open sitting and you never knew who you would be next too but the food was acceptable and the service fortunately swift. The itinerary however suited me although our allotted time at each port was limited. We first visited Mykonos said to be a swinging island but we had to leave at 9pm before the party started. Day two took us to Turkey and the ruins of Ancient Ephesus, these ruins of white marble were spectacular, it must of been amazing in its day. The following afternoon we got to visit the beautiful island of Patmos.
Day 3 we had the whole day at Rhodes and I took a trip to Lindos where we were soaked by a thunder storm, the afternoon was spent swimming and visiting the walled city of Rhodes. Our final day took us to Crete and Knossos in the morning and although Crete is said to be a beautiful island, I found Knossos and the queuing back at the port disappointing. Our final stop, late afternoon was to be Santorini we were all hoping the weather would improve for this iconic destination, we were not disappointed. Santorini is much bigger than I expected, it must of been one hell of a bang when that went off, but it is a stunning place that more than matched my expectations. We stayed ashore until dark, which is quite unusual for a cruise ship visit, so we had the added bonus of watching the sunset. It was a perfect end to a most enjoyable trip.
All for now, next trip will be the Amazon in March 2013, - Rich.
13 November 2012 01:25
Hello Helen


Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time in Russia - it far exceeded our expectations so thank you for your help and recommendation.


I'm not sure if you want feedback but it may be useful for any future customers. Our first surprise, when being met at Moscow airport, was to find that our group consisted of a total of four people! At first we thought this might be a bit awkward but in fact it turned out to be ideal as we really did feel as though we were being treated to a personal tour. Apparently the most they ever usually have is about ten or twelve people. We have since heard from an acquaintance, who went with Regent Travel and they had over 30 in their group and were transported everywhere by a coach - nightmare!


Both Damara (Tamara), our guide in Moscow, and Tatiana, in St Petersburg, were brilliant. They both spoke excellent English and were so knowledgeable about Russian history and art. We were never rushed and they had obviously put a lot of thought into all the tours, so that we were never overwhelmed by names and dates but really came away with stories that stayed with you. Our drivers were always prompt and courteous and Tatiana kindly arranged last minute tickets and transport for us to see 'Swan Lake' at the Hermitage - certainly one of the highlights!


The Hotel Budapest was modest, perhaps in need of some refurbishment but we did have use of the facilities of the Peter I next door. Staff were courteous and food was very good and plentiful. The location was excellent and we could easily walk up to Red Square to see the sights and there were a vast array of designer shops and malls nearby (for window shopping only!!)


Red Square was amazing, particularly when all lit up at night, and we were both surprised by how safe and relaxed we felt walking about - something I had perhaps been a little apprehensive about. The Kremlin and Armoury tour was another highlight, along with Damara's wonderful introduction to the history of Russian art at the Tretyakov Gallery.


The last day in Moscow was perhaps the only day that was lacking. After checking-out from the hotel, we had a visit to the Metro system and we were then taken to the Old Arbart, which we didn't find particularly interesting - unless you wanted more souvenir shopping. So we were then left with a very long afternoon and evening before being collected from the hotel lobby at 10.30pm for our overnight trip on the excellent sleeper train.


The Ambassador, in St Petersburg, was a much better hotel with good facilities and excellent public areas. The buffet breakfasts were really good - the only thing we found a little strange was the lack of choice for our evening meal. It seemed that the 'Intourist group', which had now grown to six, were treated totally differently from other diners, with no choice of menu (although they did find an alternative if, say, you didn't eat fish or whatever). On the last evening the restaurant was being used for a function and we were shown to a table at the back of a side room and offered a choice of spaghetti or spaghetti. Other diners, meanwhile helped themselves to the extensive buffet, which we thought was a bit odd. Still, only a minor blip.


All our tours in St P were excellent. Again, we were given plenty of time and Tatiana was charming and so interesting to talk to, with a real passion for her country. She introduced us to the wonderful pie shops - which became a firm favourite for a lunchtime snack - and took us round beautiful churches and cathedrals and of course the magnificent Catherine's Palace. What a stunning building, made even more impressive by a chill day, with sunshine, blue skies and golden leaves.


The weather, in fact was good throughout. Perhaps one or two grey days with a little rain but a wonderful time to visit. A lack of tourists meant we encountered no queues and had plenty of time and space to wander and take in all the sights.


All in all, a wonderful tour - please do pass on our thanks to Intourist and their wonderful guides.


Add it to your list of places to visit, Helen. You won't be disappointed!



With kind regards



Val and Michael Goldstraw

01 November 2012 06:24
Uzbekistan- October 2012.


We have just returned from a 10 night adventure to this fascinating country organised by Page and Moy (Travelsphere) and we'd just like to thank Carrick Travel for their brilliant recommendation for the more adventurous traveller who would like a totally different experience.

The organisation was brilliant and we can't praise our 2 guides enough. Tami was our UK guide and was efficient, informative and above all extremely caring and attentive. Annait our Uzbek guide was a fount of knowledge and enlightening anecdotes. They bith certainly enhanced our holiday experience.

The country itself is fascinating not least because of its turbulent history. We visited Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent and saw spectacular architecture and amazing desert scenery. We were regaled with tales of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Tamerlaine, Marco Polo and more recently the Uzbek's experience in the Russian and Soviet Empire!

All in all a fabulous experience for history lovers and those who want a holiday with a difference.

The hotel standard and food were also better than anticipated and we can definitely recommend the national dish, Plov!

Finally, a mention of the warm, dignified and very welcoming Uzbek people- wonderful!

Many thanks again to Carrick Travel for a fantastic trip.

Liz and Derek Pierrepont, Nottingham
06 September 2012 02:39
Carrick Travel is one of the most helpful and efficient travel agents I've dealt with.  The price they offer is very competitive as well.  I will be definately booking with them in the future.  Excellent service, would recommend them to anybody.

Mrs J Brough.
25 July 2012 02:46
Hi Helen,




I just wanted to say what a fantastic holiday we had. It was absolutely fabulous and we all really enjoyed it! Thank you so much for all your help in arranging the holiday, the extra's etc and especially the recommendation of the hotel.



Any recommendations you have for other destinations for later in the year then just let me know!



Thank you so so much from all of us and I will see you soon ready to book the next break away.



Take care

Di x

27 June 2012 09:08
Hello Chris


Thanks for your letter. We had a great holiday in Madeira. What a tropical paradise! We loved the weather, plants, gardens, food and culture. Everyone was so friendly. The Meteor meet and greet car parking at Birmingham Airport was so much easier than the Long Stay car parks. We had good flights with Thomson-interesting airport at Funchal! Transfers were good. the Quinta Bela Sao Tiago was excellant-a nice mix of the old and new and not too large. There were only a few Brits at the hotel, most of the guests were from Germany. We had a lovely room with a great view over Funchal (including a Fireworks display on Saturday). The staff at the hotel were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. We were able to walk to lots of restaurants and enjoyed a friendly banter with the waiters as they invite you to dine at their place, Portugal winning their Euro 2012 games when we were there was a good talking point and Funchal was partying when they got through to the Quarter Finals.

Felicity had a nice Reflexology session at the hotel and we were getting used to afternoon tea with cake or cold drinks by the pool! We were able to do what we wanted to do,ie sight seeing in the mornings, relaxing by the pool in the afternoon and having a meal out and a stroll in the evening. We went on the cable Car to Monte (first time in a cable car). we did a Blandy's eastern tour of the Island,taking in Pico do Arieiro,Santana and Machico.

We went to a service at the English church and received a very friendly welcome from them. After the service it was time for a coffee or a glass of Madeira wine in the garden. It was a lovely setting.

We would certainly recommend Madeira and the Quinta Bela Sao Tiago and hope to go again. We will send off the questionnaire to Classic Collections and will put something on trip Advisor. Let us know if you want anything for your website.

Thanks for such a wonderful holiday.

Best wishes



Bill and Felicity Fleming

27 June 2012 08:32
Everything about Newfoundland and Labrador is different and it seems like a separate country – not part of Canada. It feels vast, but we covered the distances with ease, thanks to our excellent Ambassatour driver through 1st Class Holidays. We travelled through, and stayed in, the small communities dotted along the coast (livings are, in the main, made from the sea) only linked by road in the 1950’s. The people are so friendly and we were fascinated by their unique accent and turn of phrase! The weather was, as expected cold, wet, windy and… hot, all in the 12days, but there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes and the layers, fleeces and windproofs did their job.


We saw icebergs making their way down iceberg alley, moose disappearing into the trees, whales following our boat, bald eagles nesting, puffin in abundance, tiny alpine flowers on the limestone barrens, stunted trees bent by the wind, snow on the mountains, spectacular sunsets, lighthouses on bleak, but beautiful headlands, huge lakes, rushing rivers, painted timber houses…..all while learning so much about the country and its settlers.

It was a fabulous adventure, not just a holiday and our thanks go to Chris, for sorting it all out. We will be back!
18 June 2012 08:07
Dear Helen,




Just had our 4 day break in Cala D'or and wanted to send you a note to say thank you for all your help and recommendations, we had a really good time.



The Hotel Club Marthas was fantastic, the local resort and amenities were also great (all be it a little quite) and Cala D'or was quaint.



We did hire a car and ventured out to Magaluf (a real eye opener or we are all just getting too old now) also saw a bit of the island..



Thanks for all your assistance.



Kind Regards,



Nayan and the lads.

18 June 2012 01:29
Spain and France – May / June 2012



Well here we are – ready to go – arrived in Bilbao and making our way towards San Sabastian right up near the border of Northern Spain and France. Weather fantastic and can’t wait to get going! Stayed at the Mercure Monto Igueldo – fantastic views of San Sabastian and a little funicular going down to the town.



Day 2/3 through Pamplona and then travelling through the Pyrenees – spectacular scenery, very bendy roads and some lovely villages to stop for coffee and lunches. We stayed at Jaca at the Real hotel, good value and lovely little town and then on to the Paradores La Seu D’Urgell – very nice shame we only arrived at 7pm and left at 8 the following morning!


More fantastic scenery on our way down towards Barcleona. Decided to stay just outside at the small resort of Mataro at a new hotel on the Marina the Atenea Port – got the train into Barcelona for the day and a couple of days on the beach – resting my behind!


On the way back home now up through France – weather getting slightly cooler. Stopped at Gruissan at the Best Western Du Casino Le Phoebus – very basic but only a short walk away from a little port with lots of nice restaurants so served a purpose! Rode over the Millau Viaduct – the highest bridge in the World apparently.


Then on to Vichy, very civilised although the receptionist at the hotel Midland was having none of my school days French! Rambouillet was our next stop and finally on to Le Touquet – got a good rate at the Mercure Grand Hotel for the last night of our holiday boo hoo!



Something I had never done before and I actually am looking forward to the next trip – think we would do the long ferry crossing both ways next time and just stay in Spain – there is still so much more to explore!



For anyone interested some of the best biking roads were:-



N 260 Pyrenees to North East Coast of Spain – two especially good bits coast road Colera to San Cyprien and Jaca to La Seu d’Urgell and on to Ripoll



Mataro to Palamos



Coast road just before San Sabastian



D 940 Northern France – Le Touquet to Calais


Tina and Donald Nason – 25th May to 5th June 2012

Email tinanason@carricktravel.com for more info
13 June 2012 02:34
To: Carrick Travel- for the attention of Dawn and Sue. My wife and which to thank you for the assistance you gave in organizing the holiday break to Nice. It all went very well and we enjoyed our stay. The hotel accommodation and service was fine, and we had two enjoyable evening meals in the small restaurant next door which has a very French atmosphere. Nice has such a variety of different experiences with the old town and the newer area which we enjoyed very much, but we are about two inches shorter now with all the walking we did. The weather was fine, plenty of sun shine with just a cool breeze of the sea at times. We took the local bus to Monaco one day at 1 Euro ( as I think you mentioned Sue ). The beach is very stoney but it did not seem to bother the sunbathers very much. All in all a very enjoyable experience. We will be sure to recommend Carrick Travels excellent service to all we speak to and especially you ladies for all your help. Best regards Tom and Carole Constant