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...Read More
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...Read More
Driving South I usually bypass Peterborough using the Ring Road. On previous visits into the city I’d often wondered what Peterborough Cathedral or to give it its full name, the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Andrew, was like inside. It’s such an incredible building from the outside. Visitors are welcomed, there is no entry fee, unless you are doing a guided tour, but they do ask that you might like to make a donation. There’s a small fee if you’d like to take photos. So having paid my dues I set about taking in the...Read More
On the second day of our visit to Vaxholm we walked through the village to the quay. Here we boarded the small ferry to take us to the small island of Vaxholm fortress (Vaxholm Kastellet), only a few hundred meters away. The water around the island used to be the main route from the sea to Stockholm. So in 1544 Gustav Vasa built the first buildings of a fortress to defend the city of Stockholm from naval attacks. The island was attacked by the Danes in 1612 and the Russians in 1719. The ferry leaves every 15 minutes between...Read More
I’ve been to Hong Kong quite often of late and as always I’m looking for something interesting to do. I’ve heard of people going to see Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, but had never ventured there myself, so this was my ideal opportunity. Octopus card in hand I head to the MTR station and wend my way to Tung Chung Station. It’s a short walk to the ticket office for the Ngong Ping Cable Car; this is where you will need some patience. I had to queue for an hour to get a ticket for...Read More
Pendragon Castle, one off the beaten track and set in the beautiful surroundings in Mallerstang Dale, near Outhgill, Cumbria, not too far from Kirkby Stephen. I drive past it often on the road over towards Hawes and the Yorkshire Dales. Quite a favourite drive to be honest, always quiet, away from tourists and a pure vast wildness about the area. Why the name Pendragon Castle? Well, folklore and legend has it that Uther Pendragon (the father of King Arthur) built a castle here first, and tried (yet failed) to change the direction of the River Eden to create the moat…...Read More
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