The last part of our trip to Iceland was a stopover at the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa located in a lava field, on the way back to the airport. On the way, the landscape looked very lunar as if we were visiting an alien planet. Apparently astronauts did practise walking in Iceland before landing on the Moon!

Before entering the lagoon, you are advised to coat your hair with the free conditioner supplied and to use more later when washing your hair. You can swim around but it is very shallow.

The warm waters which are wonderful for the skin are rich in minerals like silica and sulphur. There are special boxes of silica you can pat on your face while you are bathing in the vast pool. You leave it on for about five to ten minutes and your skin feels rejuvenated!


Entrance and hiring a bathrobe are pretty expensive but well worth the trip and the onward bus to the airport is included in the ticket.

Back in England, I met up with Charlie, my partner, and we stayed in Hove for a couple of nights. We visited the lovely De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea and Pallant House in Chichester which was showing four wonderful exhibitions, well worth visiting. They are: Eric Ravilious prints; The Nicholsons and their circle; Sean Scully and Pauline Boty.