Category: Travel

St Pancras International – Gateway to European Adventure

I recently spent a day in London with my camera and a desire to capture the details of two stations that I’ve frequently passed through. I have shared the results of half of this trip in my King’s Cross article and here is an account of my experiences and thoughts while I was at St Pancras. St Pancras is the 10th most used station in Great Britain according to 16-17 government statistics, which measure almost 33 and a half million entries and exits during the year. Victorian built St Pancras Station was designed by engineer William Barlow, and opened...

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A Magical Christmas in Strasbourg

Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest and most famous Christmas Markets in the whole of Europe. From late November until the end of December, the city is transformed – and it now attracts around two million visitors each year!   This is a place where children’s eyes shine – a place where fairy tales could quite easily come to life…   In fact, lots of fairy tale characters grace the buildings here! Strasbourg considers itself ‘The Capital of Christmas’ – and on arrival at the futuristic train station, there are posters and billboards promoting ‘Strasbourg Capital de...

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A Nottingham Wander – Vibrant and Always an Adventure

As I walk through the city streets of Nottingham it’s clear to see the diversity of not only the differing architecture, but multi-cultural and multi genre mixing like a ballet. The variety of shopping areas, museums, galleries, eateries, bars and cafés are mind boggling. The choice of entertainment just explodes through the seasons with special events taking place in Nottingham’s old market square making this vibrant city come alive. A very cosmopolitan city with hidden gems.  Nottingham is renowned for its history, especially that of Nottingham castle and the legend of Robin Hood, the castle is a museum and art gallery, the castle and its grounds have been undergoing a redevelopment to ensure its full potential is met and is...

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Views From York Minster Central Tower

It was a crisp, cold morning but the sun was shining brightly. I was in York, camera in hand, so a trip up to the top of York Minster was in order for some great views. People may think of Yorkshire for the Dales and valleys but this side of the county is extremely flat as many of you may know. So if you want to get high and get views all around here, and the city of York then the Minster’s Central Tower is the way to go. A place I have stood many a time in years...

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Puffins and The Pembrokeshire Coast

Over the Summer I spent a few fabulous days in Pembrokeshire, exploring a little bit of the coast and most thrillingly photographing Atlantic Puffins on Skomer Island; tick one off my Bucket List.     Who doesn’t love a Puffin?  Their gorgeous little faces, at once both comical and melancholy, their clumsy ways when land bound, their rather awkward landings seem more like a crash, they can’t help but endear you to them.  It has been a dream of mine to see them and to have the opportunity to photograph them.   Being a Nikon owner, light chaser I subscribe to Nikon Owner magazine and through them have been able to participate in a number of London Group photo walks, events and seminars. The affiliated pro-photographers also offer a number of guided...

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A Christmas Evening Walk Around York

York, a beautiful place to walk around any time of year, but Christmas makes the City come even more alive. Lights adorning landmarks and bridges. The Christmas market in full flow with the cold evenings extra revellers. A perfect time of year too, to spend an evening, walking with camera, looking out for unique scenes as well as the known hotspots. I have walked around York many a time, be it the short, historic route around the City Walls, or through the middle on a busy shopping day. York has so much to offer for all kinds of tastes....

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Appleby Castle – Above and Around (Video)

The snow had fallen on the Peaks all around, the Pennines and the Cumbrian fells. A wonderful backdrop for a wonderful weekend away to one of my favourite places, Appleby Castle. As I have shown in a previous post, the castle is a unique and super place to stay in Cumbria, full of history, full of character. I decided to take my drone on this weekend to get more unique views and clips…. Walking the grounds of the castle is perfect for unwinding, I shall show you more in a future post. Rows of yew trees, red squirrels scurrying...

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Hull Streetlife Museum – A Time Travelling Experience

The Streetlife Museum in Kingston-Upon-Hull is a transport museum with a whole lot to offer, and over the last few visits with my family has built some fun memories too. The 1940’s high street grabs my imagination every time, with perfectly designed shops set out as they would have been including a pharmacy, complete with original fixtures and fittings. There’s a grocer’s shop, and sweet shop too, and all so realistic it’s almost like time travel. Purpose built and opened in 1989 by MP John Prescott, the  transport history at the Streetlife Museum goes way back at least 200 years, from Bicycles to horse drawn carriages and cars, busses, trains and trams plus a...

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