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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds November 8th 2019

The next few days were spent enjoyably hanging out with Uncle Walt, Simon, and Mom all around County Fife. However, the time had arrived for me to take off on an adventure of my own. I had made sure that Mom would have people around while I was gone. Even Cousin Fraser and Ally were coming up for the weekend, but I would be leaving the family nest. I was poised to cross off an item from my bucket list. The item? A visit to Elland Road and my beloved boys in white, Leeds United. The crew drove me to the Leuchars station in Simon’s rental car. It was sweet, Mom insisted on waiting with me on the platform until the train arrived. I tried to explain about my solo travels to places like Bolivia, Cambodia, ... read more
Heading to the Ground
Everyone Loves Billy Bremner
Kalvin Phillips taking a corner

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds May 13th 2019

Hey, This is my first new entry in my travelblog before I set off to Brisbane next week. Added a few pictures from my npower leaving drinks. Keep in touch. Its been emotional... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds May 26th 2017

Leeds, England, United Kingdom 1970 - 73 I have been overseas – outside of England – since 1985. There are many advantages to working in the tropics – climate, lifestyle, cost of living etc - but one of the things I miss about England is going to the theatre. Opportunities to watch plays have been scarce in Egypt, Tanzania, Argentina, Venezuela, Ghana and my present country, Vietnam. In all these countries, over a period of 30 years, I reckon I have watched a grand total of just 20 plays (not counting school productions). By contrast, when I was a student at Leeds University, and a teacher in the West Midlands, I was surrounded by theatres and used to watch plays constantly. In my three years at Leeds, I must have watched at least 30 plays. I ... read more
Leeds Playhouse
Leeds Grand Theatre
Young Ian McKellen

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds August 5th 2016

The wind of yesterday when we were travelling has died away and the day has dawned looking very promising to be out and about. After breakfast Gretchen got the washing done and hung out on the clothes line to take advantage of the sunny weather. She was sure it would be nicely dry by the time we got back from a trip out in the countryside that Rhona was about to take us on. We drove up to the Chevin Ridge, the highest point around the Leeds area at 282 metres above sea level, and stopped at the lookout known as Surprise View. Rhona said that on a clear day you can see York Minster away to the east. However, today, although it was fine there was a haze that meant that anything that far away ... read more
The Yorkshire countryside,just lovely
Otley at the foot of the Chevin Ridge
Well maintained red British telephone boxes,Otley.Plus Gretchen and cousin Rhona

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds August 4th 2016

After such a large dinner last night it really doesn’t seem right this morning to be going down to the dining room for a full English breakfast. Thank goodness they spread the breakfast time out from between 8.30am and 10am.We are going to leave it until after 9am before going down for breakfast this morning to give more time for last night’s dinner to be digested. The full English was just that with black pudding, baked beans etc etc, the works!Very tasty but filling. We certainly won’t need much for lunch today if anything at all. My cousin Rhona lives in Pudsey which is located between Leeds and Bradford and we will try and get to her more suburban location by skirting the other large town of Huddersfield which lies just off the M62. The upper ... read more
The George Hotel,Hayfield
The hills just fold into each other,Peak District
The High Peaks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds October 12th 2015

Geo: 53.7996, -1.54911October 11th, our 47th WeddingAnniversary! Can't believe so many years have passed but we are loving life atthe moment and are still happy in each other's company. We left Filey after breakfast, around 9-30am. Drove the 5miles into Scarborough. It was another clear day but the wind from the east wasicy so it was a cool morning. We parked down near the beach and set off toexplore this popular seaside resort. There were hundreds of people here asthere was a 10k run along the coast road organised by the Scarborough AthleticsClub. We walked past the Grand Hotel, which lives up to its name in both sizeand architecture, and crossed a pedestrian bridge and made our way down the hillto the Spa Theatre and pavilion. We have jokingly spoken about this trip as our“Antiques Roadshow” ... read more
Sea Wall Scarborough
Looking towards the lighthouse
The Spa Theatre

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds August 1st 2015

Our Itinerary: 2nd August - 16th August India 16th August - 10th September Thailand 10th September - 14th September Hong Kong 14th September - 23rd September China 23rd September - 3rd October Vietnam 3rd October - 8th October Cambodia 8th October - 12th October Malaysia 12th October - 15th October Jakarta 15th October - 24th October Bali/Gili Trawangan 24th October - 13th November Fiji 13th November - 17th December Australia 17th December - 20th January New Zealand 20th January - 24th January Los Angeles Fly overnight and get back to England on 25th January.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds June 9th 2014

Travel day today, back through Leeds towards London. We broke up the journey at a place called Rheged – a village in the hill. It has a huge carpark and tour bus area but it was a bit of a mystery as to why. It has an outdoor playground for sunnier days, an indoor one for little kids and a 3d cinema but the rest is just a few shops and a couple of café restaurants. Apparently it is some kind of Cumbrian heritage centre as well but we didn’t see anything like that. Em enjoyed the indoor playroom and since it was pouring rain we had some lunch and drove on. The road winds along the edge of Ullswater which was beautifully scenic and over the Kirkstone Pass with its stunning vistas, to Windemere. We ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds June 3rd 2014

Alice had a grandparents day today so Em had a playmate for the whole day and loved it! We played at home for a while then went out to Roundhay Park. The kids had a great time feeding the ducks and geese and playing on the playground until the rain started. We went back home for lunch and more playtime despite trying for a nap. It was a beautiful afternoon so we spent it in the garden riding bikes and scooters and playing in a toy caravan that still holds appeal after more than 30 years!... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds June 2nd 2014

Today we all met up with Mel’s cousin Nicola and her kids for a picnic at Fountain Abbey. It is the ruins of an amazing old 11th century monastery with large sections of the structure still standing. A couple of French guys were flying an 8 rotored heli-drone with a camera around the abbey which they said was for filming the Tour de France in a couple of weeks. There is one section of the ruins where kids can go climbing all over the remains of the walls and Em had a great time running around. We had a picnic lunch amongst the ruins then went up to the playground at the top of the hill before heading back to Nicola’s new house in Harrogate for afternoon tea and more fun for the kids playing dress-ups ... read more
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