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Europe » Macedonia » Bitola August 27th 2015

Today we have done a whistlestop tour through Macedonian history. We started off at the Roman ruins at Heraklea - this was a large town in its heyday, and only a small proportion has been excavated. However, there's an amphitheatre, religious buildings and some baths that you can wander around and some really impressively preserved mosaics. It would have been really quiet without a Japanese tour group there! Tickets, in contrast to the prices in our guidebook, we're just 100MKD per person, plus 300 for photos. We then walked back to the town of Bitola - about 15 minutes away, via the station where we found out that there is indeed a train to Skopje, despite the appearance of the station from outside. Our plan is to take the train in a couple of days' time, ... read more
Mosaic at Heraklea
View from the amphitheater at Heraklea

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 27th 2015

After a fantastic wedding day we are off on our honeymoon! We flew to Reykjavik with Icelandair from London Gatwick arriving at 15:10. It was quite mild which was pleasantly surprising. Oli strolled across the tarmac in his shorts scoffing at the idea that we hadn’t brought enough warm clothes. The airport is not the most efficient we’ve been through and we ended up leaving the airport at 16:00. Before arriving I had booked tickets with Reykjavik Excursions to the Blue Lagoon, a large geothermal outdoor spa around 20km south of the airport. There weren’t many signs around and we didn’t know where to catch the bus from, so being British we love a queue so we joined the longest queue we could find and hoped for the best. It started to rain, and the temperature ... read more

Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia » Thessaloniki August 27th 2015

27 August Feast of St. Monica I apologize for my absence during these first couple days in Greece; I have been tired at night and our internet connection has been poor. Monday, the 24th was a travel day across the border between Turkey and Greece. We stayed overnight in Neapolis (Kavala), where Paul would have arrived on his way to Philippi. Tuesday, we traveled to Philippi and celebrated Eucharist at the stream, which commemorates the location of the baptism of Lydia (Acts 16:14-15). On Wednesday, we visited a 5th Century Byzantine Basilica, which still functions as a Greek Orthodox Basilica. Today, we visited the convent of St. Stephen in Meteora, this is one of six monasteries dating back to the 11th century that are perched atop ancient rock formations carved out by a prehistoric river. ... read more
Possible Site of Paul's imprisonment in Philippi
Stream of Lydia's Baptism
St. Demetrius Basilica

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi August 27th 2015

A day spent in Naples is not long enough. But such is travel. Having only once before spent a few hours here, I now have a better sense of what the city is like. Before, there were very hazy recollections of grimy streets, shimmering golden jewellery in tiny shops and the massive fortress of Castel Nuovo. This time, we walked more slowly, ate very well at L'Ostricaio and more importantly for me, re established a bond with my relative from Caserta. On Tuesday night we visited Eccellenze Campane with Mariella and her friend Nicola. This is a modern and very large establishment in the Industrial Zone of Naples where the region's finest products are showcased. We sampled artisanal beers and ate typical "street food". It was very enjoyable to get right away from the touristy areas ... read more
So green
Our view in Ravello

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool August 27th 2015

My nephew Tom and his family have all been camping on our field for a few days. We've had a lovely time, the weather was reasonable, Dad joined in and the kids were great. Also their mad dog Douglas (female) who got on well enough with Bella.... read more
stilt workshop
full house for coffee
this way grandad

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