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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds September 12th 2010

Lotherton Hall During August, I recently spent an afternoon at Lotherton Hall, a stately home and estate, in the outer east Leeds and near the North Yorkshire border. I caught the irregular summer bus from the city centre that goes directly to the estate. I had a look round Lotherton Hall. It was the home of the Gascoigne family from the early 18th Century until 1968 where they gave it to Leeds City Council. It is worth looking around the Edwardian home for its unique collection of paintings and furniture. Look out for the Francis Wheatley Painting and furniture, 'The Irish House of Commons' in the dining room and the Shanks Independent Patent Spray Baoth in Colonel's Gascoigne's bedroom. There were objects in the house indicating that the Gascoignes were well travelled. At the entrance of ... read more
The Grand Theatre & Opera House
The Grounds at Lotherton Hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Holborn August 29th 2010

I thought of this blog title when I saw the musical Love Never Dies on my first evening in London. I feel this way about London and is one of my favourite cities in the world to visit. I was in London at the end of July and a month later I was back! The purpose of the trip is to spend a day in Brighton (See )and check out The Royal Pavilion. It worked out cheaper if I travelled to Brighton from London than from Leeds. On the Sunday, I spent a day in London before catching my train home to Leeds. I was staying very near St Paul's Cathedral and Paternoster Square in the YHA Hostel. The hostel was adequate and got a my own room for only 25 GBP per night which was ... read more
Paternoster Gate
City of London
St Paul

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Brighton August 28th 2010

For a long time I always wanted to visit Brighton and recently more so when I studied about The Royal Pavilion in my last humanities course. So during my recent London stay, I decided to go down for the day and got the train to Brighton from London's Victoria Station. When I reached Brighton, an hour later, I did not have any maps on me so I had to rely on map signs dotted around the town centre that got me to the Pavilion. I thoroughly enjoyed touring The Royal Pavilion with its exotic theme throughout. We were given an audio guide where we learnt about the palace's rooms. The Oriental Palace was designed by George Nash in the early 19th Century and was the home of King George IV who was known as the Price ... read more
The English Channel, Brighton
Brighton Dome
Brighton's Sea Front

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire August 7th 2010

We recently had a family day out in Yorkshire where we visited Beninbrough Hall and Gardens and The Forbidden Corner. I was glad of the opportunity to visit both places because you need to rely on a car. Not exactly the most sustainable approach but a necessity! Beningbrough Hall & Gardens We spent the morning at Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, a National Trust property, situated 8 miles North West of York. It is very difficult to reach if you do not have your own transport so I had to rely on my parents to visit there. My parents have been before so my Dad explored the Walled Gardens and Mum and I visited the Hall. I was given a complimentary audio guide and it was interesting listening to the information in the period rooms that were ... read more
The Forbidden Corner
Beningbrough Hall
Beningbrough Hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury August 1st 2010

I had 3 days in Salisbury. I stayed at, Alabaré Guest House and ran by a Christian charity. My room was at the back and thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet of place. This was such a contrast to the hotel I stayed in at London. I got up to quite a bit in Salisbury. In contrast to York and Bath, Salisbury has not got that many attractions to the city's name but the Cathedral and Stonehenge pushes Salisbury in the top rankings for a city break. On one of the days, I purchased a ticket for The Stonehenge Tour where the bus took me to Stonehenge and Old Sarum. Stonehenge I spent an hour or so looking at the ancient monument and listening to the complimentary audio tour. I learnt how the monument were evolved ... read more
The Cloisters

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City July 30th 2010

I was in London at the end of July and during my birthday week. As usual, I made sure my time there was funfilled. I saw and did quite a lot including the following: The British Museum I was at The British Museum a few months ago to attend a university seminar. See blog. I wanted to return to the museum and spend more time in The Enlightenment Gallery. I spent some time looking around the gallery. The gallery is housed in the Old King George's III library which was built in the early 19th Century. The exhibits covered a time period where people had the desire to learn more and their discoveries proved their quest for knowledge and reason. The period was known as The Enlightenment in the late 18th Century and this led to ... read more
A Quest for Knowledge
Piccadilly Circus
Harrods Food Hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland July 25th 2010

I spent a weekend up in Northumberland! Despite the uncomfortable coach ride, we stopped in Durham for a few hours. The chap, Phil, who sat next to me on the coach wanted me to explore Durham with him. I usually prefer to go and do my own thing and do not like to compromise with whenever I am travelling. I agreed that I am happy to walk together to the cathedral and castle and leave him to it and that we will meet up later on to have a drink. I was in Durham in April (See ) and already had seen the main sights. I was happy to relax and read by the River Wear where I had my lunch and had a coffee at one of the cafes nearby. I met up with Phil ... read more
Holy Island of Lindisfarne
Holy Island of Lindisfarne
Lindisfarne Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds July 18th 2010

My parents and I like to travel around Yorkshire and visit its attractions. We are members of the National Trust, a conservation charity in the UK. Being members, we go and visit the National Trust properties in the region and we made visits recently to two of their properties: Nunnington Hall We drove up to Nunnington, a village between York and Thirsk in North Yorkshire. We spent the afternoon at Nunnington Hall, a former family home that sits on the banks of the River Rye and the hall blends in nicely with the village. I enjoyed looking round the period rooms and learning about how former residents lived. It was a glorious day and we explored the grounds including the sheltered walled gardens. At the property, there is a cafe where afternoon tea is served. The ... read more
Fountains Abbey Ruins
Studley Royal Water Gardens
Temple Newsam Park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath June 18th 2010

Continued from the first blog The Roman Baths and The Pump Rooms I visited The Roman Baths last time round but I felt I rushed the tour because of being constrained to just having the afternoon in Bath. However, this time, I had more time on my hands so this gave me an opportunity to give the place more justice. It took me around 2.5 hours to look around the Baths itself and the exhibits. The Baths were known as Aquae Sulis, completed with temples and baths, in the Roman Times during the first and fifth centuries A.D, and were based on a natural hot spring. It is a place worth exploring and learning more about the history of the Baths. I tried the spring water in the Pump Room but it has an acquired taste ... read more
Inside the Abbey
Palladian Bridge
The Roman Baths

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath June 16th 2010

This trip is divided into two blogs as I got up to quite a lot in Bath and London! After being very ill with a viral infection and skin allergies plus sitting my university exam, I was in need to hit the road again and as I was recovering I had the strength to do a trip. I did not fancy going abroad as I want to stay on my two feet here. I was able to retake some of the leave from the cancelled cruise in April. I fancied going somewhere far from Leeds so I thought of Bath, why not? I visited Bath for the first time four years ago when I visited an ex friend of mine in Bristol. We had only spent an afternoon in the city and I felt no justice ... read more
Having Fun!
The Royal Crescent
The Cross Bath

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