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Little old me and my travels.




Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury November 10th 2021

10th Nov: Since it was raining, I booked myself a slot at the British Museum. It took me about twenty minutes to walk there and I quite enjoyed the walk. I like the architecture, a lot of the buildings look really cosy in the rain especially with the pubs on the ground floors and the lights glowing. However, the Brunswick Centre was completely different to all the other buildings I passed. It's modernist style was really different to all the other buildings in the area. I can't say I was a huge fan of it. The flats on the edge of the complex have massive windows which are great for natural light, but I feel there would be a lack of privacy. The shopping and restaurant area did look cute though. Maybe I will return and ... read more
Moko Jumbie Figures - Zak Ové
Moko Jumbie Figures - Zak Ové
Moko Jumbie Figures - Zak Ové

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York October 14th 2021

A short and only slightly delayed train ride found us in York by lunchtime. The purpose of this visit was to have afternoon tea at Bettys, which is a Yorkshire institution and somewhere I have wanted to visit for years, but haven't got round to it on previous trips to York, and I haven't been to any of the places that have Bettys either. The original Bettys was opened in 1919 in Harrogate and no one knows why it was named Bettys. The story behind this successful small chain is quite interesting. A Swiss orphan, Fritz Bützer, travelled Europe learning his craft and in 1907 arrived in England. He took the wrong train and ended up in Bradford instead of the south coast, his original destination. He found work for a Swiss confectioner and by 1915 ... read more
Scone
Bettys
York Minister

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham October 8th 2021

The walk up to Durham Cathedral through the city is nice and I really like when you turn off the shopping street and walk up the cobbled street that you are confronted with the great view across Palace Green to the cathedral. However this time the view was a bit obscured as a temporary Covid vaccination centre has been erected on the green to offer booster shots. Luckily, I took some photos of the exterior of the cathedral when I came to visit Durham Castle so I have used those. Also, I can't wait until I never have to mention the C word in a blog again. Durham Cathedral or to give it its full name The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St. Cuthbert of Durham (that's far too long) was built ... read more
Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 16th 2021

Another day, another breakfast. I decided to go for the Vegetarian Full Irish and was happy that I didn't have to wait as long as the day before. The breakfast was really nice and there was a lot of choice on it. There were poached eggs, baked beans, veggie sausages, vegan haggis, vegan black pudding, mushroom, spinach, tomato, potato scone, and soda farl. I'm tired just typing it all out. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the vegan haggis, it was utterly delicious and had a tasted of Worcestershire sauce to it, which couldn't have been used as it contains anchovies, so I would love to know what herbs and spices were used. The soda farl was really dense and filling and I enjoyed the potato scone as it was different to ones I've ... read more
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 15th 2021

After a good night's sleep I was ready for breakfast. The hotel we were staying in didn't provide breakfast, but had a deal with the adjacent pub, so we headed there. I was rather surprised at how busy the pub was as most of the tables were taken. We were shown to a table and given menus to peruse. I opted for the Eggs Royale. It didn't take long for our drinks to turn up, but we waited about 50 minutes for the food. I know the pub was quite busy, but most people appeared to have already eaten. One poor couple ended up having to cancel their order. I did really enjoy my meal when it did arrive, but I wish there had been some salad or something with it as the Eggs Royale looked ... read more
Leith
Entrance Basin
Royal Yacht Britannia

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 14th 2021

After a lovely journey up the coast on the train, we arrived at Edinburgh. It was a short walk from the station to where we were staying. Check-in was smooth and I loved the view from our room across the Grassmarket. I have only really briefly been to the Grassmarket before on previous trips to Edinburgh, so was looking forward to spending more time here. After getting sorted, it was time to head out and reacquaint myself with one of my favourite cities. I have been to Edinburgh numerous times over the years and there is always still more to see and do and revisit. The first place I wanted to visit was The Vennel Steps, which I had just come across online while looking for things to do near where we were staying. When I'd ... read more
View from the Vennel Steps
View from the Vennel Steps
Flodden Wall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Bishop Auckland September 10th 2021

The bus journey from Durham to Bishop Auckland took about half an hour or so and it was a nice drive through some small towns, villages and the countryside. I loved all the green fields. The bus stops in the marketplace in Bishop Auckland and I got off there as it was near to the art gallery I would be visiting first. I had some time before my allotted visit so I took a bit of a walk around the town centre. I headed across the marketplace, which wasn't too busy. There were a few people sitting outside one of the cafes as the weather was nice. I took a walk up Bondgate, which is one of the streets adjacent. Since it was still early not all the shops and galleries were open, however it was ... read more
Marketplace
Mining Art Gallery
War Memorial

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham August 26th 2021

Durham Castle is only open to the public at certain times of the year as it used as halls for Durham University and is also a wedding/function venue. Normally you would have to do a guided tour (which I did a long, long time ago), but due to Covid the tours are now self guided, which appealed to me. It was fairly easy to book a ticket in advance as they are released the week before, and aren't snapped up too quickly. When I booked my tour, the weather forecast said it was going to be sunny and pretty decent, but like the previous week, the forecast changed and it was cloudy, spitting, and a bit nippy. There was a definite autumnal feel in the air. It meant I didn't stop on the bridge to get ... read more
Great Hall
Great Hall
Durham Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham August 19th 2021

Durham Oriental Museum is a bit of a walk from the city centre. The website suggested two different routes and I opted for the prettier one, walking along the River Wear. I headed to Framwellgate Bridge, which is the main bridge from the west in the centre of Durham. Since it was early, there was only one family taking selfies with the view of the castle and the cathedral in the background. The bridge dates back to the 15th century, replacing one built earlier in the 12th century for the Bishop of Durham. The views of the castle and the cathedral's towers was beautiful, I love that they just poke out from all the trees surrounding them. I only wish it had been a sunny day as it was rather overcast, but the British weather is ... read more
River Wear
Durham
Durham Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London March 30th 2021

Lockdown is lifting and the hottest day of the year (by that point), it was a good day to be outside. My walk along the Thames started at Southwark Bridge. The bridge was opened in 1921. I really like its green colour. I headed over the bridge from the north to the South Bank, taking in the view of the Thames and the buildings that lined the northside of the river. I mainly looked west as last time I was in this area, I had concentrated my time to the east of here, at Tower Bridge and London Bridge. There wasn't much going on on the river, but the blue sky and sunshine were making the view more appealing. I really liked the look of Vintners Hall at the side of the bridge. It's classical façade ... read more
River Thames
River Thames
Southwark Bridge




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