Tag: city views

A Walk Through Walthamstow Wetlands

Recently, on a bright sunny as well as cold and windy day, I went to Walthamstow Wetlands, the largest urban wetlands in Europe. There are numerous entrances, for myself I entered via Coppermill Lane and headed towards the Grade II listed Italianate Coppermill Tower.  As I walked up the stairs I heard the cooing of pigeons as they rested within the frame work.  There is also a lift.  At the top of the tower there are far reaching views of Greater London with the odd church steeple within view.  The sun highlighted the reservoir, in the distance, with a...

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36 Hours in Amsterdam

The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, and it is a pristine and picturesque city. The city is not only known for it’s artistic heritage, but also its 17th century colorful gabled homes and beautiful canals. We visited in the winter right after Christmas, on our way home from a fun New Year’s trip.  Amsterdam is of the most friendly cities in Europe, and you can walk everywhere. The primary language is Dutch, which is somewhat similar to German, but not always. There are three official languages in the Netherlands: Dutch, German, and French. In Old English Dutch, Amsterdam simply meant “people or nation.” ...

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Sweden – Stockholm, A Family City Break

When you stay in Stockholm there are a lot of great choices. Our first time we stayed at The Grand Hotel. A lovely place that overlooks one of the many waterways. Whether you stay there or not – it’s has a great bar with the perfect view of old Stockholm. It over looks the water, but beware it also has courtyard rooms, which are uninspiring, luckily the only time we spent in the room was to sleep and shower. The bellmen are ready and willing to help, and to point you to great sights and great restaurants. But we hope to help you with a little of...

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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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