Blogs from Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Exeter August 16th 2020

I wonder what has happened to us. Covid has changed everything. Not for the good. It is Monday and the start of week 21. Week 33 of 2020. Day 223 of the year. A year that feels wasted . My head is sore . An arguement with the corner of a window frame . I wont rise up so quickly from my knees in future. I looked like the mad axeman had attacked me with blood running down my face . I know I am clumsy . How many times have I fallen over and grazed my hands and knees . Well nothing compared to the pain in my head today. A trip to the local A & E. Now that is a novelty and I guess made a change from sitting at home . So ... read more
Dont ask me to explain this one - Perhaps the french with their rond points would understand the significance
A very gloomy August evening
Two Celts an Englishman and an oval ball

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Exeter June 12th 2019

Today we left London proper and headed off to the Salisbury Plains and the UNESCO site of Stonehenge. Our day began early: 6:15 am a wakeup call, bags out at 6:45 and departure at 7:45. We were up on time and pleased to see the weather was cloudy but dry, with a temperature forecast to be around 55. Another fabulous breakfast of meats, fruits and breads,washed down with coffee and freshly squeezed juices were enjoyed. Feeling well fortified we headed off to the bus for the 2 hour trip to Stonehenge. Unfortunately, we got off to a bit of a late start as one of our traveler's bags got lost on the trip from one hotel to the next. Fortunately for all, they found it. But we lost 20 minutes of travel time. No worries, we ... read more
Proof I was there
Bath Abbey

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Exeter May 1st 2019

This is a story of my maternal ancestors. Prior to visiting Devon the first week of May 2019, I had populated my maternal ancestry family tree back to 1103 and then to 240 AD (see prior blog at ). According to "The Baronetage of England" in that year, "Galfridus (Latin for Geoffrey) Miles (Knight) had his seat at Northcote, in the parish of East Down in Devonshire (north of Barnstable, Devon), and that John Fritz-Galfrid (Fritz meaning the son of) held divers lands there, and in the hundreds (a subdivision of a shire which had its own court) of Witheridge, North Tauton, Black Torrington, etc. He changed his name to John Northcote. Galfrid de Northcote (John's son) lived in 1188, and held lands in Colstan, in the Witheridge hundred." According to the family history written by ... read more
Rachel and me at the Devon Heritage Center
Bishops reports of baptisms, marriages, and burials at the Devon Heritage Center
Northcote Manor

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Exeter April 12th 2019

At the beginning of each year I look at my wish list of destinations and then decide, based upon circumstances, where to spend my two or three week vacation time abroad. Linda and I will take separate vacations for the fourth year in a row as one of us has to stay home to take care of our dog Bonnie. Linda will take her three weeks or more to visit family in PA and CT after I get back. On 1 Feb I bought a ticket from Denver to London and return to JFK for $368.43...cheaper than flying R/T from Denver to the East Coast! This year I plan to take my vacation in three parts: starting on 30 April, the day after Linda's birthday, I will fly from Denver to London. Once in England I ... read more
Norman Keep
Wells Cathedral
Kent Countryside on the way to Canterbury

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Exeter July 15th 2016

Another town that we had read some about was Exeter as we knew we could get their easily by bus. After finding out about the Exeter Cathedral and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum that are located there we had another day trip planned. With further research we found that they offer free 90 minute tours by the Red Coat Guides and that on the day we were going there was one being offered about the Tudor period. You didn’t need to make a reservation, just show up. The bus left Dartmouth at 7:55AM, had a short layover in Totnes (long enough to get a coffee) and then arrived in Exeter by 10:30AM. This gave us a little time to wander around a bit before we met the guide at 11:30AM. Fortunately it was a small group ... read more
A Natural "Tunnel" that the Bus Just Fits Through
Between 1500-1800 the Woolen Cloth Trade
The Exeter Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Exeter March 29th 2016

Now that we’ve been back for over 5 weeks (scary!), it seems a good time to write our final blog and look back on perhaps the best 7 months of our lives. When travelling, there are moments where you feel the need to pinch yourself to make sure that this really is your life… There are also moments where you can’t imagine things any other way, and even start taking it for granted… and, unfortunately, because you’re only human, there are moments where you’re in a bad mood and really don’t appreciate how lucky you are. Having said that, I don’t think there was a single morning that I didn’t wake up and think “how lucky am I?”! There is no doubt that our decision to go travelling was the best we’ve ever made. It’s very ... read more
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Sunrise from Haleakala, Maui
Day trip from Boston with Ebba and Anna

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Exeter June 28th 2015

Due to inconsistent internet access, I lost my previous writing :( again! To recap - We spent our last full day in Devon in its capital city of Exeter. Exeter is a great metropolitan area with a beautiful cathedral and large courtyard at its center. There are shops, street musicians and artisans that surround the cathedral area. We had our typical afternoon tea, which we will greatly miss! Not just for the delicious, melt-in-your-mouth scones with clotted cream but also for the pause that it allows for. A pause that requires nothing from its participants except for presence. It allows for conversation and reflection. I did not see people on cell phones or using digital devices. It was good ol' conversation at every table, on every day. After a day of sightseeing, we came back to ... read more
Sand sculptor
Family photo

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Exeter September 26th 2013

Hi everyone!! Welcome to my travelblog!! My Dad and I leave for our epic adventure on Saturday and I am starting to get extremely excited now! I still have to pack but the to do list is almost complete :) I can't wait to start the trip and start uploading some amazing photos and blogs!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Exeter April 22nd 2013

I have bought a one way ticket to Melbourne, Australia to travel on the 13th August 2013. I am very excited about this new adventure I will be going on. I am traveling on my own, but will start of staying with friends and see how i go from there. xxx... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Exeter April 11th 2011

Wednesday 23 March and Thursday 24 March 2011 On Wednesday we drove from Oxford to Exeter via Bath. We didn't have long in Bath, so we tried to cram as much in as we could. First stop was Royal Crescent - a crescent-shaped row of Georgian houses that were built as holiday accommodation for the well-to-do. The Georgians were seriously into symmetry - all the buildings are symmetrical and the rooms even have false doors to balance the real ones! One of the houses has been turned into a museum. Each room is 'equipped' with a volunteer who provides information on that room and can answer questions - it's great. As a consequence, we spent far too much time in the house, chatting to the volunteers! We had been hanging out to have fish 'n chips ... read more
The Circus, Bath
The Tea Room, Bath Assembly Rooms
Pulteney Bridge, Bath

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