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Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier September 21st 2019

I’ll drop lots of pictures and put some comments on each that hopefully will weave some kind of commentary regarding the last 2 days. Lee chastised me for writing too much (which I don’t subscribe to at all. If you are too lazy to read what I write bad luck!) so in response you can have 1 day off.... read more
Spanish high speed rail. Don’t hold your breath waiting for 300 km/hr!
Hot chocolate and an espresso help anyone anywhere with anything anytime.
Art work at the Antequera Santa Ana Station.

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » La Rambla September 19th 2019

Barcelona, Barcelona and Barcelona. That’s right 3 tours in a day. Sure doesn’t pay to stuff your schedule up here and try and cram 3 days touristicity into 1! That’s a word I made up but it sounds like it should be a word. I did the hop on hop off bus on routes red and green and then did the walking tour of the old city. That’s seven hours of my life I won’t get back. No. I love tours, really. I didn’t hop off the hop on hop bus as that would have make the 2 hours (red) or 2.5 hours (green) tour even longer and I wouldn’t have had time for the 2.5 hour walk. I find the facts and figures interesting, informative and educative (who would have thought that?). The hop on ... read more
Yes it’s the Columbus Column.
Yes it’s me leaving the base of the Columbus Column.
The old Barcelona Bullring, now a shopping complex.

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona September 18th 2019

Been walking. Been driving. Now it’s training time. And that’s not training but TRAINing. Big day tomorrow as we choof chuff from the grand and grandiose St Pancras Station. I shouldn’t use choof chuff as no longer are those adjectives or onomatopoeiadic sounds associated with trains like the Eurostar. Despite the fact that St Pancras does have a platform 9 and 3/4 I do t expect any steam powered locomotives to depart from any platform. The station is a magnificent mix of old and new. It performs well as a major international departure and arrival terminal and blends the functionality expected of modern terminals with the ornate and intricate architecture of an era well gone. Despite the fact we are boarding in England and alighting in France passengers are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to ... read more
Grand, absolutely grand. St Pancras Station.
St Pancras Station.
DISASTER, one day late!

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 8th 2019

It’s true this time. The location is correct despite the fact we have taxied and trained around both England and Scotland to get here. No more serious walking, guide book referencing and map orientating (at least until the next big walk) as we, and now for a while we are 3, are in the big city and bright lights of Edinburgh. It’s like I never left. There are tourists everywhere, the ubiquitous bagpiper on the corner, lots of bars and microbrewery pubs and heaps of touts drumming up business for the various hop on/hop off type bus tours. There’s a shop here that roasts an entire pig on a spit then pulls the meat apart and serves it in a bun with apple and mustard sauce (there are other sauces but I’ve never gone past apple ... read more
Breakfast in Scotland.
Train from England.
Back to Scotland.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » East Lothian » North Berwick September 7th 2019

Kirk Yetholm. The finish of the Pennine Way. We’re in Scotland and pretty close to the border but as to what county, shire, district or whatever I have no idea and the blog site has even less. So simply ignore any location details more explicit than Scotland. And yes we have completed the Pennine Way. That’s 460 plus kilometres of hills, mud, moors, mud, forests, mud, tracks, mud, trails, mud, glens, mud, bothys, mud, tarns, mud, cairns, mud, fields, mud, farms, mud, trig points, mud as well as a few pints, steak and ale pies and stick date puddings. The last 26 km today were delightful. Very little mud and good stretches through moors with good intimidating hills interspersed so as to not make them dominating. The views were as expansive as we have become accustomed ... read more
Still up to Windy Gyle.
You guessed it, up to Windy Gyle.
Oops. That’s yesterday’s lunch.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Hexham September 7th 2019

I know, I know we are not in Hexham. But this place doesn’t have internet connection let alone a place name this blog site is close to Blakehopeburnhaugh and even closer to Cottonshopeburntfoot and I am not joking! I’m writing this today but it will be tomorrow or more likely tomorrow’s tomorrow before you read it as the internet is not existent here. They have electricity but not the internet. And we are here for 2 nights as they send us of for 25 km or so then they drive and get us and bring us back (sounds a bit like a prison breakout). The next day they return us to that pick up point and we walk the final 26 km to Kirk Yetholm. No internet but a welcome cup of tea on arrival ... read more
Up and out of Bellingham.
And for a change not over the hills (well these ones at least).
Got the green light to go.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Hexham September 4th 2019

In Hexham we are not. We’re in Bellingham pronounced as Bellingham. Spelt ham and said jam. And to get to Bellingham. It’s almost 28 km and the first 4 or 5 are on the iconic Hadrian’s Wall path and have us going past the Sycamore Tree. Everyone, including us, takes pictures and adds to to its fame and further reinforces its reputation. It’s surprising for a wall that’s almost 2000 years old and oozes history, for a region that has a plethora of sights and excavations that are really significant that it’s a tree that is primarily famous because it was featured in a Kevin Cosner film of Robin Hood! But it is lovely. It’s beautifully symmetrically situated between 2 steep sided hills and it does look great. The Pennine Way and Hadrian’s Wall Path share ... read more
Looking west to Steel Rigg on Hadrian’s Wall.
Loki g east on Hadrian’s Wall.
Along Hadrian’s Wall to Crag Lough.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Hexham September 3rd 2019

Still near Hexham as we‘ve been still most of the day. This is our rest day so walked up to Vindolanda and around the Roman excavations. Past the pub (we haven’t been able to say that for a while) and up to Vindolanda. There are a couple of novel shots from outside the pub which simply reinforces the positive image of the place I already have. It’s not far to Vindolanda but in the mist, mizzle, wind it’s a boring walk. The excavations and the museum attached to the excavations are pretty good. If you want some museum shots have a look at Julie’s Facebook page as it contains heaps. The only one I took inside is the penis shot! Guides were not available as it’s now the off season which was unfortunate as they have ... read more
They have their own forecasting station.
A well equipment transportation system.
And helpful finger signposts.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Hexham September 2nd 2019

What Twice Brewed is not on the blog site map! Believe me we are at Twice Brewed. Great name and one of my favourite places. Story has it that the Roman Army was camped here and part of their payment was paid in provisions (beer) but the beer was not strong enough and they refused to go on until it was brewed again, that is twice brewed. Today there’s a brew house immediately adjacent to the pub and obviously associated with it that brews brews and a sign here says brews have been brewed at this location since the early 1400’s. Who wouldn’t/couldn’t like the place. Then to top it off it even has one of those weather stones that tells you the weather. I’ll get a shot of it rather than attempt an explanation. We ... read more
Roman Army Museum.
No I’m not asleep. The presentation was good.
It’s OK we are not walking to Rome.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Greenhead September 1st 2019

Yes I referred to Slaggyford as Slaggydale. Sorry. Slaggydale is Slaggydale and not nearly as bad as it sounds. In fact it is quite interesting. From Slaggyford we had the decision of walking up and over the wet fields and boggy moors or along the picturesque South Tyne Trail. Well after 2 seconds thinking time we took the Trail. It’s sort of like walking up Burke Street or Collins Street to Spencer Street. The paths run parallel and of very similar distance and although to some purists it is unthinkable it was an easy decision for us. The path took us to the Lambley Viaduct which was quite a sight and one the Pennine Way would miss. It’s strange but the Pennine Way almost goes out of its way to miss some sights that most would ... read more
On the STT even the grass stays dry(ish).
Looking back towards Alston.
Who doesn’t like sheep?

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