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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 » 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

Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia August 27th 2015

We checked out our very nice accommodation and figured that it would be worth while visiting in another few years when the other half of the house/mansion has been renovated. The half already done is very tastefully done and lacking nothing in the way of luxuries. We had a very nice breakfast outside Villa Trovatore then packed and left for an exploration of Aquileia for a couple of hours. This town is very worthwhile visiting if you want to skip visiting Rome. It has the remains of the original shipping canals and store houses alongside, a forum, a museum housing many tombs and details of the history and a magnificent 1700 year old Basilica. The tiled floor in the Basilica is worth visiting just to see the mosaics of people, animals, fish and other designs. This ... read more
Part of the mosaic floor tiles in the Basilica at Aquileia
The inside of the Basilica built in the 300s AD
The Forum remains at Aquileia

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