Blogs from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury November 16th 2018

Leaving Salisbury yesterday was tough. I’ve become attached to my daily walks along on the Avon, so on my final morning, I revisited “my” tree at the river‘s confluence near the Cathedral. I sat on a bench and listened to the birds, the bells, and the city. Like throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain, I hope it guaranteed my return... One hopeful indicator is that my AirBnB hosts are discussing a future in which they will spend time in other parts of the world (she’s from Indonesia and they’re building a home there). Serendipitously, they will be looking to rent out their lovely Salisbury home (with art studio ”at the bottom of the garden...) for six months at a time. We‘ve promised to stay in touch! Attached are a few more photos of this lovely ... read more
Market Day in the town square
In nearby Wilton

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury November 11th 2018

I admit that the last few weeks I’ve been feeling increasingly fretful about my three-month reconnaissance. I’d become resigned to returning home with no clear favorite place, and certainly no plausible ”home base” to which I’d want to return. There are some fabulous places to visit, but they were too big/small, too congested/remote, or lacked infrastructure/amenities to tempt me to stay for long. Then I arrived in Salisbury - and everything changed! Now cautiously optimistic, I won’t say it’s the “be all, end all,“ but it’s certainly ticking a lot of boxes.... It’s a compact city with a cathedral and college, plenty of shops and eateries, myriad attractive and historical buildings strewn about, and ample green space, with the rivers Avon, Nadder, Ebble, Wylie and Bourne veining the downtown and countryside. Named url= read more
Salisbury Cathedral Seen from adjacent park
Salisbury Cathedral
Cloisters, Salisbury Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury May 27th 2017

The weather was nice all the way down to the New Forest, with the only hold up being Lyndhurst, where I was only 2 miles from the campsite, so just accepted it, rather than look for a detour. This site was annoying, as reception was only open for a couple of hours in the morning, and pitching was a free for all. Once I'd pitched I did a reccie and got my onboard tank filled with water. Wednesday morning I had booked a ferry to take me over to the Isle of Wight, so wasn't going to be around for reception to be open,but I'd already paid so didn't really mind. The port was only 8 miles away, but not knowing if the route down, would be easy, or a struggle, I gave myself over an ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury May 15th 2017

Thursday morning I took the full suss out for a bit of an explore, and the bike was in its element. All the rocks and ruts that had tried to break the 920, were simply rolled over with very little problem. So I started trying a few routes that split off from the main tracks and found some amazing views of small beaches along the coast, all the while trying my best not to go to far to the bottom of the hill, as 1300 feet is a long way to go back up. I'd also decided to do the laundry that morning as the MET office had said it would be dry till the evening, but no, it rained off and on, pretty much from the time I put the washing on the line, till ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury May 20th 2016

Jolly Olde England, Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge! Tony Hayter, our driver,, picks us up at the docks in Southampton and we are off to Salisbury Cathedral to see the Magna Carta. What the heck is the Magna Carta you may ask? Well… (You can skip this part if you don’t care ;-) Originally issued by King John of England (r.1199-1216) as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215, Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Although nearly a third of the text was deleted or substantially rewritten within ten years, and almost all the clauses have been repealed in modern times, Magna Carta remains a cornerstone of the British constitution. Most of the 63 clauses grant... read more
Tent with Magna Carta
Inside Courtyard Cathederal

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury February 9th 2014

So, it's about 24 hours now before I leave my house for the last time until December. It's come round ridiculously quickly, and I feel like there's still so many people I'd love to see or see more of before I go but unfortunately the clock has run out. I'm going to have a lot of postcards to send. For the most part it still doesn't feel like this is really happening to me, it doesn't feel real. I imagine when my folks leave me at the airport and I'm truly on my own and really doing this it will hit like a tonne of bricks. I can't wait to see the world.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury May 29th 2013

It is a long flight from Brisbane to Heathrow - used my stop over time in KL to catch up on e-mails and things I didn't get finished before leaving home. We were quickly through customs and met Michael's brother and wife in the departure area - although we had planned to meet at the airport - we just "bumped" into each other. We all stayed together in an airport hotel and had a good catch up - but it was early to bed for me. The hotel was soo hot - even though it was raining there - the heating was on - we were looking to open some windows and get some fresh air.......this has been a regular thing for us so far - opening windows in rooms wherever we go. With breakfast done ... read more
Display Museum of Army Flying
Display Museum of Army Flying
Salisbury Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury May 1st 2012

May 1, 2012 – Salisbury This morning we said a sad farewell to Susan and her family – a big thank you to Susan, Eric and Stephen for their incredible generosity, and the time that you all gave us during our visit. It has been a memorable occasion, to find long-lost relatives. And a blessing to have the opportunity to meet you all. Family is so precious! We headed across the bottom end of England, and decided to aim for Salisbury. Stonehenge is situated just outside of Salisbury, and the region is littered in historic sites and things to do and see. We decided to wait until we got to Salisbury before looking for accomodation – it's about leaving it up to the Universe and finding what we find! We reached Salisbury at about lunchtime, and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury November 23rd 2011

Today's mission was to check out one of Britain's most famous world heritage site, if not the most famous. It's one of those monuments that marks the beginning of architecture. It's impressive for a bunch of stones in the ground. Can you guess what it is? That's right; The Stonehenge! I headed to Salisbury by train from Bath. It was only a one hour journey. Once I got there, I got to my hostel and stored my luggage, then headed to the bus station to embark on the Stonehenge tour. And so there I was, being taken nine miles to the north, to one of the oldest man-made monuments known to man. It's not a site to spend a great deal of time at, but worth visiting for what it is, and getting a few pictures ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury June 20th 2011

Day 003, Monday June 20 The blisters have amalgamated into one single conglomerate, they're organized, they've even got their own ministry now, making ludicrous demands such as "for the love of god stop walking!" I oblige, and am now sitting on a train bound for Salisbury, and have just finished writing some post cards which will likly arrive home shortly after I do. The reason for this (the blisters, not the post) isn't due to aloyudback tracking, rather simple biological mechanics anyone who walks around town for 12 hours straight would be lucky to be still in posession of their feet. But I'll still severly miss London, 2 days is not enough time to see everything, but we most definately made the most of it, and finished off with a giant plate of the best fish ... read more

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