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A Hen Cloud Ramble In The Roaches, Staffordshire

The rocky and rugged landscape near Leek in Staffordshire called the roaches is appealing to hikers, climbers, dog walkers and sightseers, it is steeped in history, myth and legend and it has meaning to many for different reasons. I love the area because of its natural ruggedness, the history and interesting folklore. The area we arrived at is called hen cloud.   The most recent archaeological find at the Roaches nature reserve has been the discovery of a burial urn said to date back 3500 years to the Bronze Age period. The burial urn and the cremated remains were discovered by a...

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Lyme Hall and Park, A Cheshire Delight

Lyme Hall is a grade l listed building set amongst the most ornate gardens and surrounded by 1300 acres of estate and deer park which is made up of moorland and woodland in Disley, Stockport, in Cheshire. Lyme Hall was originally a hunting lodge built in a remote location overlooking the Cheshire plains. The first record of a house being on the site was from a manuscript dated 1465 but it wasn’t until much later that this was demolished and a much grander palatial hall was built on the site. During the early part of the eighteenth century the Venetian architect, Giacomo Lioni was appointed to make changes to the hall including the courtyard and other...

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Berlin Minimal – The Memorial to The Murdered Jews of Europe

It’s only a short walk from the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to the Memorial to The Murdered Jews of Europe.   It consists of a large space filled with 2711 stelae – which look like sarcophagi – built of concrete and in a regular pattern but of varying heights.  The New York artist Peter Eisenmann designed it.  At the edge of the site is a Room of Names where the names of all the known Jewish victims of the Holocaust are projected onto the walls of the room and their names read out.  It takes seven years...

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The Great Court of The British Museum, London

From the outside the British Museum looks like an old building worthy of its stature, but today I was heading for the museum’s centre. To the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. A wonder of what can be done with change and thought. For this is the largest covered square in Europe no less, 2 acres in size, must be seen with your own eyes to understand the scale I must say. Of course, thousands and thousands of visitors queue and enjoy the British Museum itself. Started in 1753 as the first National Museum in the world. Antiquities from all times...

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The North Cape – To The Top of Europe

I was aboard the Hurtigruten and had a whole plethora of excursions to take part in on our cruise around the Arctic coast of Norway. Where should I start the series of articles from my time aboard? But at the top! The North Cape, at the top of mainland Europe. The North Cape is one of those spots that produces a feeling that is hard to describe unless you stand there yourself. 71 degrees North, you stand at the famous globe sculpture, looking North out to the cold blue Barents sea. Knowing, there is only the Svalbard Islands between you...

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How well do you know your London landmarks?

Now then, how well do you think you know the sights of London? Some of you may live there, some of you may have travelled there and some of you may think you could recognise the landmarks easily! But do you know them really? London is, after all, the tourist capital that had people from outside Britain numbering over 17 million last year. But of course it is a getaway for people all around the UK too. Millions more are making their way to London for the breathtaking array of history, culture, architecture, shopping, entertainment, parks, cuisine and much...

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