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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax
by Dorothy Gilman | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wing6of8wing of Silver Spring, Maryland USA on 7/15/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wing6of8wing from Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Sunday, July 15, 2012

10 out of 10

Made a trip to the Friends of the Library bookstore in Wheaton. Had to pick up another copy of this book because it is one series I love to introduce people to. 


Journal Entry 2 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA on Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Saw that this book is on Chania's wishlist and thought it would be nice to send it to someone who would enjoy it, hopefully as much as I did. A RABCK in memory of Oppem. 


Journal Entry 3 by Chania at Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Wednesday, August 01, 2012

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Oh, thank you sooo much, what a lovely surprise!!! 


Journal Entry 4 by Chania at Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Saturday, July 13, 2013

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Well, my first Mrs.Pollifax, and I have to say that it was unexpectedly exciting! The story was good and I would like to read more of the series later. Very nice!

Now sending this to Annelis.

I am joining in Alphabet-challenge with this book, and also 52-weeks release challenge, theme being Holiday (because Mrs. Pollifax went to "holiday" to Mexico, and I went to "holiday" to countryside - to work in a summer cottage... 


Journal Entry 5 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, July 20, 2013

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Haa, now I will know how it all started. I have already read six Mrs Pollifax books but not this first one. Thank you very much, Chania!
 


Journal Entry 6 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, March 10, 2018

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It was very nice to learn the beginning of the adventures of Mrs. Pollifax. Stil I can't understand how anybody would put her or his life in danger for CIA. Otherwise these stories are enjoyable. Here Mrs. Pollifax was sent to Mexico but she ended up in Albania. She was there for a week, but she saw much less than I saw during one day in 2013. The Albania I saw was different from Mrs. Pollifax's Albania in the 1960s. It was not so closed a society as it had been. We arrived by ship at the Port of Durrës, travelled by bus to Tirana and a small mountain village Krujë. These are the ruins of Kruja Castle. The higher mountains are hiding behind clouds. Krujë is maybe some hundred(s) kilometers to the South from the place where Mrs. Pollifax was taken. 


Journal Entry 7 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Krujë tai oikeastaan Fushë-Krujë on ollut hyvissä suhteissa Georg W. Bushin kanssa. Täällä on jopa Bushin aukio kera Bushin patsaan. 


Journal Entry 8 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Krujën bazaarista olisi saanut halvalla matkalaukun täyteen tavaraa - sekä uutta että vanhaa.

Helmet-haaste 10 


Journal Entry 9 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Krujë castle was built in the 5th or 6th century, perched above the city of the same name. At the time of the Ottoman threat, it was the headquarters of Gjergj Kastrioti, the “Dragon of Albania,” (also called Skanderbeg in English), an Albanian nobleman and military commander.
A new museum for the National Hero Skanderbeg was built next to the ruins of Kruja Castle.  


Journal Entry 10 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, March 10, 2018

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The National Ethnographic Museum in Krujë had mostly things from The Ottoman era. No clothes like the ones Mrs. Pollifax and her companions were wearing after their escape.
Skanderbeg The Mighty Hero is wearing a nice skirt in this memorial, isn't he?

This is my book #37 in the Reduce Mount TBR 2018 -challence by Dove-i-libri. 


Journal Entry 11 by wingAnneliswing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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Miittiin tarjolle.
Lukuiloa! 


Journal Entry 12 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, March 30, 2018

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I'll take the book to the meet-up at Roasberg.

Happy reading!

Book #36 in the 2018 Keep Them Moving -challence by Booklady331 


Journal Entry 13 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, March 30, 2018

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Well, what do you know? I was looking at another Mrs Pollifax mystery at the Good Friday meet-up and Annelis very quickly fed me this one as well, so I didn't see who had originally registered it. It is a small world, 6of8, isn't it? And Chania, too, who shares my fancy of cozy mysteries.
Mrs Pollifax is a new acquaintance to me, but I guess I "have" to continue my tradition of taking 6of8's books to see the world. My next trip will be to Britain in May, themed 'England of the Movies'. Let's see what you think of that!
In the meanwhile, Happy Easter, folks! 


Journal Entry 14 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, May 05, 2018

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5 am. Let the journey begin, although it is not September, the best month to travel (according to Mrs P's neighbour). Waiting for the airport cab. 


Journal Entry 15 by wingkirjakkowing at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, June 01, 2018

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Good gracious! My travel picture diary is waaaay behind. Had a lovely trip, gorgeous weather, excellent guide and saw some interesting places. Did I have time to read? Heck, no.
This is Henley, known for its famous yearly rowing event, one of the three big society gatherings (Ascot and Wembley being the other two). 


Journal Entry 16 by wingkirjakkowing at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, June 01, 2018

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Preparing for the big event.

Some episodes of Midsomer Murders have been filmed here. 


Journal Entry 17 by wingkirjakkowing at -- Highways, roadsides and services --, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, June 01, 2018

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Still in Oxfordshire.
The English name of this plant is somewhat uncomfortable. It is so beautiful, especially in this weather, but it does not sound very nice if you enthusiasticly tell everybody that we saw many rapes in the English countryside. 


Journal Entry 18 by wingkirjakkowing at -- Highways, roadsides and services --, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, June 01, 2018

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I haven't watched Downton Abbey, but we were told that Sibyl and Branson were meeting secretly in this very pub. We had a very good lunch there. 


Journal Entry 19 by wingkirjakkowing at Wallingford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, June 01, 2018

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Wallingford is "Causton" in Midsomer Murders. That series I used to watch, but the place rang no bells. 


Journal Entry 20 by wingkirjakkowing at Bampton, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, June 01, 2018

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This is The Village in Downton Abbey. Not anywhere near the house (would have been too simple). 


Journal Entry 21 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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Getting back to the book for a minute: Mrs Pollifax said she didn't even own a passport. Most Americans don't have one, but wasn't she just sent to Mexico? Does that really mean that Americans do not need a passport to travel back and forth? And they call Mexicans illegal aliens! I wonder if Mexicans should build a wall... 


Journal Entry 22 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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In answer to your question, I believe that a passport was not required for Americans to travel to Mexico at the time the book was written. I think that changed in the 1980s. Until about 10 years ago, one didn't need one to go to Canada. With all the Trump refugees headed north, perhaps the Canadians should build a wall. They won't -- they're decent people (did zi mention that I am half-Canadian? If only I had dual citizenship!) 


Journal Entry 23 by wingkirjakkowing at Bampton, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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Hi 6of8! Great to see that you are sharply observing what has been said from the other side of the pond, so you have recovered from your trip to Bordeaux.
Here is a graveyard familiar to those who watch Downton Abbey. 


Journal Entry 24 by wingkirjakkowing at Newbury, Berkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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And this is Downtown Abbey a.k.a Highclere Castle, important to all Canadians, half or whole. Canadian Constitution was written within these walls!
This was also home of the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, the man who found the treasures of Tutankhamun, and died of sepsis only six weeks after (having dug in Egypt for 16 years to find the trinkets, life is not fair). 


Journal Entry 25 by wingkirjakkowing at Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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Here are some familiar sights for 6of8 and Annelis, who both attended the Oxford Convention in 2015.
Radcliffe Camera, the university's reading room, on the left. 


Journal Entry 26 by wingkirjakkowing at Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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Some familiar faces... 


Journal Entry 27 by wingkirjakkowing at Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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...and more familiar faces... The Royal wedding was just two weeks away when we were there. Did you all watch the wedding? The American priest almost stole the show. I wish he would have known when to stop, otherwise he was something else. 


Journal Entry 28 by wingkirjakkowing at Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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These are also well-known faces. Outside the Alice in Wonderland shop in Oxford. A fellow BC book was left there, but it has not been journalled since. 


Journal Entry 29 by wingkirjakkowing at Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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Speaking of Alice, we went on a lovely river cruise while there. It followed the route Lewis Carroll, Alice and her sister took on that Golden Afternoon back in 1862, when Caroll amused the children by making up a story about a girl called Alice, to whom most wonderful things happened.
Our afternoon was also golden and we had tea, finger sandwiches and scones on the boat. I could have gotten used to that kind of life.  


Journal Entry 30 by wingkirjakkowing at Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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The latest in handbag fashion. Nearly 90£, so I was satisfied with what I already had. Not as fancy, of course. There were three different bags, so you could choose from the book titles that were closest to your own literary taste. 


Journal Entry 31 by wingkirjakkowing at Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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If you prefer pubs to books, there is a handbag for you as well. 


Journal Entry 32 by wingkirjakkowing at Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France on Saturday, June 09, 2018

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Finished this in the plane on my way to the Sea of Liguria. I arrived, my suitcase didn't...
The book had many hair-raising twists and turns. Almost like McGyver on telly. Will look forward to reading more of this series. 


Journal Entry 33 by wingkirjakkowing at Lerici, Liguria Italy on Monday, June 11, 2018

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Arrived in Italy. With the suitcase... 


Journal Entry 34 by wingkirjakkowing at Pisa, Toscana Italy on Monday, June 11, 2018

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Saw the tower of Pisa on the Square of Wonders. 


Journal Entry 35 by wingkirjakkowing at Pisa, Toscana Italy on Monday, June 11, 2018

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The Archbishop happened to come by as well with his merry men... 


Journal Entry 36 by wingkirjakkowing at Pisa, Toscana Italy on Monday, June 11, 2018

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...some of them already in the limbo. This was shear torture, +35 C and the poor man didn't react to anything happening around him. 


Journal Entry 37 by wingkirjakkowing at Portoferraio, Toscana Italy on Monday, June 11, 2018

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Landed on Elba and visited Napoleon's Palazzio. Rather small as palaces go. He was in exile here for nine months. He could not have been totally bad, he was a bibliophile. Here are some of his books. 


Journal Entry 38 by wingkirjakkowing at Portoferraio, Toscana Italy on Monday, June 11, 2018

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Birra Napoleon... However, I do not drink bear of any kind. 


Journal Entry 39 by wingkirjakkowing at Portoferraio, Toscana Italy on Monday, June 11, 2018

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Napoleon's garden. 


Journal Entry 40 by wingkirjakkowing at Bonifacio, Corse France on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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Arrival to Corsica was impressive! By the way, a fellow passanger has the book now, but I still post these glimpses from our travels. 


Journal Entry 41 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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I did not climb up there - 35 C. 


Journal Entry 42 by wingkirjakkowing at Bonifacio, Corse France on Monday, June 18, 2018

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Luckily I found a little train to take me up. Best spent 5€, gorgeous views.

The trip is over, but I'll let you follow my footsteps (and Napoleon's, where these two met). 


Journal Entry 43 by wingkirjakkowing at Bonifacio, Corse France on Monday, June 18, 2018

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Our leaking vessel is down there... 


Journal Entry 44 by wingkirjakkowing at Bonifacio, Corse France on Monday, June 18, 2018

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Did I feel small? Heck, yes! 


Journal Entry 45 by wingkirjakkowing at Bonifacio, Corse France on Monday, June 18, 2018

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Those who walked up here. 


Journal Entry 46 by wingkirjakkowing at Ajaccio, Corse France on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Napoleon was born here in Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica. 


Journal Entry 47 by wingkirjakkowing at Ajaccio, Corse France on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Avoid dehydration. 


Journal Entry 48 by wingkirjakkowing at Ajaccio, Corse France on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Little Napoleons.  


Journal Entry 49 by wingkirjakkowing at Monaco, Monaco Monaco on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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It had been over 15 years since my last visit and the city has become soooooo crowded. They now build over water and upwards. There even was a full-size football stadium on a roof top. 


Journal Entry 50 by wingkirjakkowing at Monaco, Monaco Monaco on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Formula driver Mika Häkkinen's first home in Monaco, opposite to Albert's Palace. Boris Becker lives in the same house. 


Journal Entry 51 by wingkirjakkowing at Monaco, Monaco Monaco on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Albert's Palace. We went to a tour inside, very grand, but sorry folks, no photos.
I had no idea that the Grimaldies are a bunch criminals. The first one came to the Palace dressed as a monk and was let in. He then let his troops in, took over and announced himself the head of what became Monaco. I also did not know that for a while there was a law that if the Prince does not produce male progeny Monaco will become part of France again. It was only three years before his death that Prince Rainier changed this so that the crown can go down in the princess-line, too, as it has done twice before. Well, Albert does have a son now, so the non-taxpayers of Monaco have no fear. And according to president Trump, everybody else can sleep happily ever after, as he has solved the problem in Korea...  


Journal Entry 52 by wingkirjakkowing at Monaco, Monaco Monaco on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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But this is what I liked best in the whole of Monaco - Jacques Costeau's original yellow submarine from year 1966, in front of the Maritime Museum and Aquarium where Costeau worked over 30 years. 


Journal Entry 53 by wingkirjakkowing at Monaco, Monaco Monaco on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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One of the inhabitants of the oldest Aquarium in the world (and the second biggest in Europe). 


Journal Entry 54 by wingkirjakkowing at Monaco, Monaco Monaco on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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You don't want to see every fish in portret, but I'm sure you'll love this fellow.  


Journal Entry 55 by wingkirjakkowing at Monaco, Monaco Monaco on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Mosaic on the Museum's floor. 


Journal Entry 56 by wingkirjakkowing at Monaco, Monaco Monaco on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Much of the Museum was under renovation, but not all. 


Journal Entry 57 by wingkirjakkowing at Monaco, Monaco Monaco on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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This was the bone hall. We were among the last visitors. Suddenly the lights went out. Then eerie music started to play and a light show with music began. Wow. If I had been a kid I would have been scared, it was very impressive.  


Journal Entry 58 by wingkirjakkowing at Monaco, Monaco Monaco on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Anchors up! Last port Cannes. 


Journal Entry 59 by wingkirjakkowing at Monaco, Monaco Monaco on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Our ship and the famous Monte Carlo Casino on the background. 


Journal Entry 60 by wingkirjakkowing at Èze, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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We walked the crowded streets of Old Nice in 34 C heat and I didn't even take my camera out. Too hot is too hot. And I hate crowds (wonder what it is like in August, their tourist season). But this photo was taken from the air-conditioned bus coming down from Eze. 


Journal Entry 61 by wingkirjakkowing at Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Good-bye Nice.
The book went to my old boss for her travel read. She had lost her Agatha Christie already on the plane coming over. 


Journal Entry 62 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Bonifacio, Corse France on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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Got this book as I forgot my Agatha Christie in the plane.
Better than I would have thought.
Goes back to Kirjakko 


Journal Entry 63 by wingkirjakkowing at Pornainen, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, July 12, 2018

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The book has returned to me and continues to my workmate for her summer cottage read. 


Journal Entry 64 by wingkirjakkowing at Pornainen, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, July 12, 2018

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With these light nights one often reads 'till early hours. The sky has lovely colours. 


Journal Entry 65 by wingkirjakkowing at New Forest, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, September 17, 2018

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Guess what? The book is on the road again. My workmate never got around reading this.
Rush our at New Forest. (Will add pictures when I am somewhere with a reasonably fast WiFi). 


Journal Entry 66 by wingkirjakkowing at Minstead, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, September 17, 2018

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First stop: Minstead, famous for being the burial place of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I wish I had had a mystery book with me, which I could have left on his grave. Mrs Pollifax was still in the suitcase in the stomach of the bus. 


Journal Entry 67 by wingkirjakkowing at West Bay, Dorset United Kingdom on Monday, September 17, 2018

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Second stop: West Bay, famous for its 185-million-year-old Jurassic Coast and being the filming location of Broadchurch. 


Journal Entry 68 by wingkirjakkowing at Torquay, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, September 17, 2018

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Third stop: Torquay, the birthplace of Dame Agatha Christie and Basil Fawlty (of Fawlty Towers).

Pic :A room with a view. 


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