So, week three of living locally and social distancing. It feels familiar now, this new normal. If you read my last post, you’ll know I’ve been entertaining myself by day dreaming about where I’d like to be, if I had this much free time under any other circumstances. Last week I took myself off to… Continue reading Where I’d like to Be: City Break
January. It’s a tricky month, isn’t it. On the one hand a clean slate, blank page of a month. And on the other, after all the indulgence and fuzzy feels of Christmas, a bit of a bucket of cold water. Traditionally, January is the month of forcing yourself into fitness, of self denial and lofty… Continue reading Library Love @ The Lit & Phil Newcastle
Liberty London. Department store. Listed building, London icon.Instagram favourite and keeper of a rich heritage. I’ve had a visit to Liberty in mind for years, having been a long time admirer from afar. But postings and circumstance conspired to keep me away, until recently. The opportunity of a trip to London presented itself, so I… Continue reading Liberty London
I didn’t know a lot about Salisbury before we moved down to Wiltshire. Historic city with a Cathedral would about sum up my knowledge…oh, and the place where some Russians stirred up a bit of trouble with something nasty. The trip to Salisbury was a spur of the moment thing, so we didn’t do any… Continue reading Salisbury Cathedral & Christmas Markets
I was born and bred just outside of Newcastle city centre. I have the Geordie accent, never lost even after years of living elsewhere. I have the renowned Geordie ability to venture out in freezing temperatures minus a coat. What I’ve realised I don’t have is a great grip on the local history of my… Continue reading The Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle.
Yesterday was the first of December and that means two things. Firstly, Silly Season is officially underway and pretty much anything can be justified with the phrase ‘oh go on then, it’s Christmas’. Secondly, it’s time to begin the Christmas countdown by opening a door each day on an Advent Calendar. But it’s not just… Continue reading 24 Doors of Advent in Edinburgh
Blowing the dust off this blog of mine to share my first impressions of the city I now call home- Edinburgh!
Yes, as the title suggests, this is a whole blog post about a tunnel. Stay with me, this is more interesting than it sounds, I promise. Not just a means from A to B, this is a civil engineering wonder of its time, a true piece of Hamburg heritage and an attraction in its own… Continue reading The Old Elbe Tunnel, Hamburg.
Last month, I took a trip back to my hometown of Newcastle, for the first time in quite some time. It got me wondering why I’d left it so long to get back to such a bloody brilliant city. A city that is so well placed to explore the whole of the North East, a… Continue reading Reasons to visit Newcastle (Other than the Nightlife!)
Q) Where can you visit a mini Versailles, be enveloped in curvy, colourful art and round it all off with a romp through the Tropics, the Desert and the Canary Isles? A) The Herrenhausen Gardens. Yep, that’s ‘gardens’ plural, because visitors can expect to be delighted by not just one but three vast green spaces, each… Continue reading Garden Art @ Herrenhausen, Hannover.