God, who we all know is Alanis Morissette, is clearly not very happy with the inhabitants of planet Earth. Those hints about climate change were clearly too subtle for many so she decided that another forty days and forty nights of rain leading to flooding might clue some people up.… Read the rest
It has become progressively busier over the three days that we have been in Seville partly, we belatedly discovered, becuase yesterday was a regional holiday, Día de Andalucía, when the locals celebrate what little independence they have been granted from Madrid.… Read the rest
Seeing the queues outside the Real Alcazar yesterday we took the precaution of prebooking a slot for today. I’m glad that we did as it was busy both inside and out.
Real Alcazar sounds like it should be a football team (at least I think so) in the same vein as Real Madrid and Real Bettis but is, in fact, an amazing Moorish palace.… Read the rest
Over breakfast this morning Helen and I were debating the weighty topic of whether to risk going out without a coat this morning. Our weather apps concurred that it was only eight degrees outside. Eight degrees in the UK in February is enough to send me running for my coat along with my hat and scarf but here it seemed a bit of overkill.… Read the rest
A familiar response when I tell people that we are off on holiday is “again?” I am aware that we go away a reasonable amount and do plan our trips away a long time in advance but nevertheless it does always strike me as an odd response.… Read the rest
Last last year I read Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, the first novel in his Century trilogy. The book follows the fortunes of a number of families in the UK, US, Germany and Russia. One family comes from a mining community in South Wales and the story paints vivid picture of life down the mines.… Read the rest
Occasionally I do something that I do not think that I can convey the awesomeness of through my words alone. A trip to the Mini factory in Oxford is one such trip. Nevertheless I am going to give it a go.… Read the rest
It’s that time of the year again when we try and counter the excesses of Christmas and prove that our National Trust Membership is still worth having. This is year six and you can see the previous entries here: 2014/5, 2015/6, 2016/7 (either didn’t do it or forgot to write about it that year), 2017/18 and 2018/19.… Read the rest
Readers may take a look at what is written below and question whether I have really been to Helsinki asking can you really say you have been to a place if you only see it at night? That was Helsinki for me back end of November 2019.… Read the rest
A final jaunt round the Circumvesuviana this morning to the town of Ercolano or, as it is better known, Herculaneum.
Having done Pompeii a couple of days ago we toyed with whether to bother with doing the lesser known brother too but I am glad that we did.… Read the rest