On the 4th of September 2010 Christchurch in New Zealand had a nasty earthquake. The majestic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament was closed. This was because it was deemed to need strengthening work. The second earthquake five months later was catastrophic. Here are 2 images from information boards outside the barbed wire fencing showing how… Read More Mary has her Moment
She lives in London at the end of Westminster bridge closest to the Big Ben end. She is magnificent. Boudica, (or Boadicea through the Victorian era), was Queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe. She is flanked by her 2 daughters in this sculpture (but they are not visible in most of my pictures). She lived 25… Read More Boudica
Some friends moved from New Zealand to Bath and so on a recent trip to the UK we just had to go see. The Romans had been here before us. The town was called Aquae Sulis back in 70AD and the waters named for the Celtic goddess Sulis. It flows out of the ground at… Read More A Roman Holiday: in Bath
Upon return from travel, people say to me, “I want to hear all about your trip sometime”. I have found this is not actually the case. The Travel Story What they want is a distilled answer. Top one or two experiences in 10 words or less. Just the name of the towns; not much detail… Read More Travel Stories
Madrid is great my friend, It’s 5 to 8 in the evening and I’m drinking Sangria in Puerto del Sol. It takes a lot to get me out at night when I travel but it is the perfect temperature for strolling, and the music and warmth of the people have me hooked. I am enjoying… Read More A Letter from Madrid.
A Day in Madrid at the Prado. Normally a visit to a museum has me drained and looking for the exit within 2 hours. I have been known to queue to get into somewhere longer than I can tolerate being in there. However, I was fully absorbed by the Capitolino Museum in Rome. It kept… Read More Hieronymus, Diego and the Whims of the Heavens.
Wednesday 17th May. Today I went to Toledo. I caught the train from Madrid’s Atocha station for €20 return & 33 minutes each way. Outside the Toledo station, I turned right, walked along to the bus stop, passing the lady selling hop on hop off tickets and jumped on the local bus. It was €1.30 for a… Read More Holy Toledo!