Barbara Smatlanek


Barbara Smatlanek

... here come the bucket lists after the other ... until the Kyber Pass at 90!

North America » Canada » Ontario » Sudbury February 23rd 2020

its not that i have not been anywhere it is just that where i was i was too occupied to sit for hours recording my adventures. am also getting too lazy to use capitols because i have a new Lenovo laptop and the left hand shift button is half the size ... the other half occupied by the backward slash... did not spot that defect in an otherwise very nice little toy i bought myself with visa reward points. suppose i will get used to the small space with continued use. Lets hope so! The last three years have been occupied with working in my garden from May till September, and traveling from October til December-January. And each of these three year trips were to the UK. 2017 - from Land's End to John o' Groats ... read more
Fort William, Scotland
The Glenfinnan Viaduct
Red Post Box in the countryside

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » St Ives November 8th 2017

St. Ives, Cornwall, home of Poldark, Rebecca, and the Pirates of Penzance The train to St. Ives from Bathe involved more than one change...each one successfully completed... and one change included a downpour on metal roof at the Exeter station. Now that I am back in Canada I can safely say that I encountered only sunshine, dull to drab or drizzle weather for the whole of my seventy day wander thru the UK. Out of the train and a search for the path to the hotel begins. Up the road past long term parking, over the rise, past the local bus terminal ( actually just a big parking-lot space for the buses to turn around and begin their return journey from where ever they came from) down a curved hill past a church, a tall scaffolding ... read more
View from Breakfast Room Window
Upstairs-Downstairs Flats
Stone Stone and more Stone Houses

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath November 4th 2017

Aquae Sulis ... The Romans identified the goddess Aquae Sulis with their goddessMinerva and encouraged her worship. The phenomenon of waters at Bath coming hot and furious out of the ground had explanation ... worship was the solution. This blog is somewhat long. Bath was so wonderful. Definitely worth another visit. Have met a lovely couple in St. Ives who have invited me for a return and I will definitely be inviting them to dinner when I next arrive. The name 'Bath' does not seem to have quite enough elegance for such an elegant city. The train journey from Cardiff via Bristol was an adventure in itself. Football fans were on their way to an afternoon game... the beer was flowing ..the voices were raised... the spirits were high... high also was the number of passengers ... read more
Second of Two Ears of Corn
Coffee Time ... Anytime
Dutch Bonnet Santa

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff November 1st 2017

The modern Welsh name for themselves is Cymry, and Cymru is the Welsh name for Wales. These words (both of which are pronounced ) are descended from the Brythonic word combrogi, meaning "fellow-countrymen". from wiki. two quick stops... need a car to explore the countryside filled with hills, green fields, sheep, cows, and stone houses .. not to mention castles. Holyhead … This was landing spot in Wales after the Dublin escape. The B&B was within walking distance from the harbour. The path was roundabout and longer than the shortcut found during the next outing. Because of the early arrival there was enough time to find the laundry and wash all of the two sets of clothes that were in dire need after the seven days in Ireland with only hand washing in bathroom sink. The ... read more
Old Original Pub
Welsh Countryside
Amazing Collection of Tiles

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge October 30th 2017

In Dublin's fair city, Where the girls are so pretty,I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,Through streets broad and narrow,Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!" … read the whole song at … under Lyrics …. :-) …I did not find her and did not caress her cleavage as hundreds of others have done to the point of polishing up the bronze ... This will be a backward look to three interesting towns/cities in... read more
Medieval Couple
Lane Decoration in Waterford
From the Bus

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway October 24th 2017

Wild Atlantic Way to Galway “The Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs and buzzing towns and cities, of hidden beaches and epic bays. So whether you drive it from end-to-end, or dip into it as the mood strikes, it's going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” from …. and I sat on a coach hurtling south along the coast thru small villages where many people waited to board the bus and go to the next town or the town after. In the wild atlantic waves surfers in black body suits could be seen riding in to the beach or floating out to sea in anticipation of the next swell... OK... saw it all in a flash but I did get that feeling of abandon … as if I were on the beach ... read more
Keeping People Off the Heights
Magnificant Seas
Bus Thru Small Villages

Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Belfast October 22nd 2017

First Sleep Belfast...arrive after 22.00 ….very late at the dark … via the Cairnryan ferry. “Travel on the biggest ferries ever to sail between Scotland and Northern Ireland, Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII. These sister ships travel from Cairnryan to Belfast in a crossing time from only 2 hours 15 minutes with a choice of up to 6 daily crossings so you can travel when it suits you.” from their website. Of course as luck would have it I was on the last of the six that day... so were a lot of other people ...some who had gone shopping and were returning with dresses bought for that all important Christmas Party … which one has to book for already … since end of September the ads have been out! Of course I ... read more
Steel tBuilt the Titanic
Texture of the Outside
Entrance to the Experience

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands October 18th 2017

Ullapool – Thurso …. travel all day ;;; bus to Inverness then train to Thurso Spend two sleeps in Thurso … visit John o'Groats and get chinese for on blog in breakfast room Shiela from Thurso House drops me at ferry terminal... cast off for Stromness ...then bus to Kirkwall … only a half hour... spend long wet noisy day in Kirkwall... long and not inspiring ... board ferry for Lerwick at 23.45 Arrive Lerwick 07.00 ...stay on board till 09.00 Taxi to Eddlewood Guesthouse. Room ready tanksbetogot at ten in the morning ... a lot of concentrated travel...who planned this crazy trip???? One sleep in Lerwick... after leaving pack at Guesthouse begin to wander around Lerwick. First stop ... the Public Library housed in a converted church... did not notice previous denomination. Copied a ... read more
To the Library
A Manse
Room at Eddlewood Guesthouse

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands October 17th 2017

Coming from Inverness the railway passes thru Thurso and then continues on to Wick where there is also an airport. The stay at Thurso House B&B was like being at home. Shiela and her husband were extremely welcoming. The town itself is small filled with stone built houses and buildings. The walls of these houses are over two feet thick ...50cm ? Never did see the busy planning to go to the most northeastern tip of the UK. "John o' Groats lies on Britain's northeastern tip, and is popular with tourists as one end of the longest distance between two inhabited British points on the mainland, with Land's End in Cornwall lying 876 miles (1,410 km) to the southwest. It is not the most northerly point on the island of Britain." (from wiki) Nearby Dunnet ... read more
Moss to Stone...Stone to Moss
Church as Guide in Thurso
Thurso-Chinese Food

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness October 13th 2017

At the beginning of this Blog I must apologize to all the people who have sent me messages over the years in response to my blog. Today, October 13, 2017 is the first time I have ever clicked on this page... and such lovely messages and such interesting people have I found. I feel so bad that wonderful messages from 2010 and earlier have gone unanswered. I will try to read them all ...all 90 ... and respond if appropriate. Thank you to every one who took the time to write me. Mia Culpa Mia Culpa Mia Culpa. Promise to be more vigilant and forthcoming with responses. :-) October 13 was a day of travel and discovery you have read above! The day began at 05.30 in darkness and thankfully no rain. I did carry ... read more
Ullapool Harbour
By Bus to Inverness
Busy Inverness Station

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