Category Archives: History

Dreaming

This morning I woke up pretty early and lay in bed gazing up at the Lycabettus Hill. I learnt today that Lycabettus Hill was created as Athena was attempting to make the Acropolis even higher. She got distracted and dropped … Continue reading

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History

Barcelona, like lots of elder cities in Europe, has layers upon layers of living history. From first settlement scraps, paved Roman streets, medieval oddities, Renaissance flair to modern erm, flair?,  it’s own unique look has been tempered by over 2000 … Continue reading

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Sagrada Familia

Our first day in Barcelona was so warm, so full of sunshine it was magical. The weather was like a lovely winter day in Sydney and totally unlike anything you get in England during winter – in fact it would … Continue reading

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The Austrian Imperial Capital, Vienna

Western Europe at Christmas is a special place to be, the incredibly popular markets, the darkness closing in and the lights that sparkle in the gloom. It’s now my 4th year in a cool climate for Christmas (only 3 consecutive) … Continue reading

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Ten Sixty Six

In Flanders, poppies grow every year over the fields where so many died almost a hundred years ago. In Battle, daffodils & jonquils cover the hillside where, almost thousand years ago, many lost their lives. A sombre thought really, for … Continue reading

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The Glorious Palace of Westminster

Every year at the beginning of September there is a weekend where a number of buildings in London are ‘Open’. Some require you to book (well in advance too!) and some are only open at certain times, it’s a great … Continue reading

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The Romans Started the Essex Thing…

Posting this several months after the event…  We went to Colchester at the end of July – a Roman wall and a chance for some exploring enough to get us out of London for the day and into Essex. Colchester … Continue reading

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Tale of Gloucester

Megan and I decided to get some fresh air and a different perspective and booked a night and a train journey to Gloucester, in the Cotswolds. It was not at all what we expected. M twisted her foot before we … Continue reading

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And His Head Rolled Down the Hill…

Towards the end of Mum & Dad’s holiday in Britain, M & I met them in St Albans for a relaxed sightseeing Sunday. Initially I was a bit concerned, St Albans was the second stop from King’s Cross/St Pancras station … Continue reading

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Rocks and Stones

Ireland is decorated very prettily with heaps and piles of rocks – some still look like castles or keeps, some a vague shadow of the past. Above is part of the Rock of Cashel, a place of Kings and religion, … Continue reading

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