Tag: culture

Hiking in the Aragonese Pyrenees

The sunny side of the Pyrenees is without a doubt in Spain, and the most dramatic, rugged and wild section of the Spanish Pyrenees is in Aragón. A stunning national park, majestic canyons, abundant wildlife, and some jaw dropping walks are all part of the package which should make a trip to the Argonese Pyrenees high on any walker’s to do list. Aragón is neatly placed in-between Navarre and Catalunya in the north east of Spain. A few hours drive from Bilbao, or Toulouse or Pau on the French side. Or if you are lucky, you can fly directly...

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Fairy Lights: A Cosmic Connection

The weekend before last, as I was decorating the Christmas tree, accompanied by the obligatory cheesy Christmas music compilation, and feeling very Christmassy as perfectly timed, big white fluffy flakes of snow fell outside (a very unusual occurrence here in London), I got to thinking.  As I was carefully placing baubles and decorations so as to achieve maximum sparkle from the fairy lights entwined around the tree, I began contemplating, not for the first time, just why it is that we are so drawn to all things twinkly and sparkly.   And it is not just the magic of fairy lights at Christmas that enchant and excite us, we are captivated by all forms of light, natural and artificial, at any time of the year. As I write, the mood will be set for many a romantic dinner the...

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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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A Walk Around Whitby

Whitby has a lot to offer for enthusiasts of a whole variety of interests. History, vampires, sea-food, super views and plenty of walks. It is a place my parents took me a few times as a young child. We had an afternoon free, why stay around the house, was time to take a drive up to North Yorkshire and Whitby! Even though a cloudy and cool day it was perfect for a refreshing few hours outside and away. The drive here shows how isolated it can be. Constrained by the North Yorkshire Moors, Whitby can feel cut away on...

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Experience Catalunya – Lleida and the Pyrenees

So what do you know about Catalunya? Many of you will have been to Barcelona and it’s a fabulous and vibrant city. Maybe you’ve taken a holiday in the Costa Brava and been fortunate enough to discover one of its beautiful and romantic coastal towns such as Calella de Palafrugell? Maybe south to the Costa Daurada? But what more? Well, there is plenty more to Catalunya if you are brave enough to hire a car and set off on a voyage of discovery. There are natural parks in every direction, fabulous wine regions to explore, and, of course, great...

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Time with the Batwa People of Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest

I had arrived at Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest in the South West of Uganda. The plane journey and the experience over road of the previous posts was over and it was time to discover this magical part of the world. Before setting foot in the jungle I took a time out to see the people who since basically the beginnings of mankind, lived deep in the forest, The Batwa People, or Batwa Pygmies, as well known otherwise. I personally felt and feel uncomfortable calling them pygmies, no matter how much they use the term themselves…… due to historical connotations. Yes,...

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