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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon July 16th 2019

Dear All Greetings, on the eve of another summer journey! The holidays have arrived, and I have packed my bags once again, ready for a five-and-a-half-week trip to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, which begins tomorrow – yay! My current system of “Latin America, Africa, Asia” continues, as I return this year to Latin America once again. This will be my fifth time in total in Latin America. In actual fact, it’s a journey that began in the pipeline nearly 20 years ago, in the year 2000 at the tender age of 22, when I felt the world was just waiting to be explored. I had just finished university and took my first teaching job as an English language teacher in Paraguay. During my summer holidays there, I took an epic two-month journey by bus, ... read more
My Travel Kit
My Travel Packs

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Orkney Islands » Stromness July 16th 2019

Heute ging es los mit Castle Fraser (hat nichts mit Outlander zu tun, das sind andere Frasers). https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Fraser Wir hatten eine äußerst interessante einstündige Führung. Dabei haben wir unter anderem von der zu Marketing Zwecken erfundenen Geisterlegende gehört und gelernt, dass die Frasers aus der Erdbeeranbauregion Frankreichs stammen (la fraise = Erdbeere) und ihren Namen daher ableiten. Nach dem Mittagessen sind wir nach Aberdeen gefahren und haben auf der Fähre nach Kirkwall (Orkney) eingecheckt. Die Fahrt dauert sechs Stunden. Basislager der nächsten Tage ist Stromness. ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden July 15th 2019

Nach einer Woche Wandermodus gewöhnt sich der Körper langsam an den sehr anderen Touristenmodus. Erster Stop des Tages: Culloden Battlefield, wo 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie den Krieg gegen die Britischen Regierungstruppen verlor. https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schlacht_bei_Culloden Es gibt ein Visitor Centre, das auf gegenüberliegenden Wänden die Geschichte vor, während und nach der Schlacht aus beiden Perspektiven erzählt. Das ist eine tolle Idee! Zudem gibt es einen Videoraum, indem man die Schlacht erleben kann. Film läuft auf allen Wänden und man steht praktisch zwischen den Fronten. Auf dem Feld selbst gibt es Gedenksteine der unterschiedlichen Clans und die Truppenpositionen sind mit roten und blauen Farben markiert. Es ist erstaunlich, wie weit die Armeen zuerst auseinander standen und wie weit die halb verhungerten Jacobites nach einem Marsch in Regen und Kälte,... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland July 15th 2019

It was scheduled to be a big sporting weekend in England. The British Grand Prix was taking place at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton would be the hot favourite, given his Mercedes car seems just about unbeatable these days. Tennis was the order of the day at Wimbledon. The distraction of Andy Murray, the doubles player, was over but the usual pecking order looked likely the Mens and Womens Singles Finals. The buzz was probably all about cricket. England had coped with the pressure of being hosts and dismantled Australia in the semifinals, leaving the unlikely New Zealand team as potential party poopers in the Lords Final on Sunday. Sky TV had even relented and allowed Channel 4 to simultaneously show the game on a free to air channel. Football was back though. Albeit, mainly in the form ... read more
Boathouse, Wylam
Boathouse, Wylam
George Stephenson's Birthplace Cottage, Wylam


Aufstehen, gemeinsam das wunderbare 2-Gänge-Frühstück (Porridge und dann Cooked Breakfast mit Ei, etc.) von Isabel genießen. Alles wie gehabt, nur dass Lindsay gefehlt hat. Sie ist schon super früh Richtung Südschottland aufgebrochen um den Verkehr zu vermeiden. Wir haben Schlamm von Stiefeln gebürstet und es irgendwie geschafft, drei Koffer und drei Wanderrucksäcke in Lisas Mini Cooper zu packen. Der erste Stop des Tages war Dunvegan Castle (Sitz der MacLeods) auf Skye. https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunvegan_Castle Ziemlich hübsch aber leider viel zu voll mit Busladungen voller Touristen. Nach einer Woche Schlamm und Freiheit nerven mich fremde Menschen in meiner Nähe umso mehr. Der zweite Stop war Talisker auf Skye, wo wir erst auf einer Wiese am Loch bei schönstem Sonnenschein picknickten und dann an einer Führung durch die Whisky Distillery teilnahmen. Da... read more
Picknick in Talisker
Eilean Donan Castle
Inverness Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool July 13th 2019

It looked like a window of opportunity for a few days camping last week, before the schools break up. So I went up to the far north westerly corner of Anglesey, and camped at a lovely site overlooking the sea. Luckily I was the only one there as there was only one loo and nothing else! Needless to say, it was very peaceful there, and Bella and I enjoyed exploring the coast. And one day I met up with cousin Janet, for lunch at the Wavecrest at Church Bay (unfortunately it was closed on Wednesdays, but there was a caravan selling coffee and cakes...….). The day before I went, there was an important village rounders tournament to support, Llangyniew v. Dolanog v. Meifod. Great fun for all, I won't go into the details of winners!... read more
looking for seals
graveyard on the cliff
calm sea by Wylfa head

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Monmouthshire » Monmouth July 13th 2019

Gabby the motorhome is parked up on Monmouth Caravan Park. From her windows we can see the much ruined castle and the church spire. The sun is shining down on us. The chairs are out and we are settled in on a hard standing plot . The welcome was warm and we were told that we could round the one way system and park up in the first spot. We got that wrong and went in the third but there was no remonstration that we were parked incorrectly . We were left on our own. It is quite a small site with a mixture of overnighters like us and semi permanent caravans. Some with gardens and chairs under make shift awnings. Most looked as if they were lived in for part of the summer. We had ... read more
The Rolls statue
The tank outside the museum
Shire Hall Monmouth

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Monmouthshire » Monmouth July 12th 2019

We love castles. Some more than others. We have seen many over the years. Sometimes together. Sometimes separately. We have seen castles from the 20th century like Castle Drogo designed by Lutyens , the great Norman castles at Dover and the Tower of London. The castles of Wales from the early welsh ones to the ones built by Edward I to suppress the Welsh. Some we love . Others we hate. We love the castles of Ferrara and Mantova and those from the Aosta Valley . We today have already visited one near to Abergavenny and now we and Gabby are sitting on a massive car park around the very pretty castle at Raglan. The lovely weather has brought folks out and we are not alone. Throughout our morning more and more arrive. Some set up ... read more
What a beautiful castle Raglan is
Totally impressive
All turrets and towers


Wie gesagt, kein Blog heute. Komoot hatte 24 km und 1.880 Höhenmeter aufgezeichnet und dann auf 1.200 runtergerechnet. Wir hatten definitiv mehr als das! Der Tag war sehr lang. wieder sehr nass und mega neblig, aber wir haben ihn alle gut überstanden und waren noch eine super leckere Pizza essen. Voller Blogeintrag wird nachgeliefert. ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Monmouthshire » Abergavenny July 11th 2019

Gabby the motorhome parked up last night on the Erw Lon campsite near to Llandovery. A fairly small site less regimented than a Caravan and Motorhome Club site. No pitching up to the white peg, no demands to park the right way and cheaper by some way. We were on a serviced pitch with water and electricity. The site was fairly busy and there was a little road noise which we soon got used to. The toilet block had been awarded the loo of the year in 2007 (if I remember accurately) and there were tidy single showers and wash rooms and some family rooms . The family rooms sadly were a little untidy . Not the problem of the room or the owners just the person who used it before us left bits of toilet ... read more
The White castle drawbridge
The castle




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