Spain

Roman Temple, Cordoba

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A Roman temple sits on a hill above the old city, on what would have been the eastern edge of Cordoba in Roman times. From there it would have been easily visible for miles around, and a striking symbol of imperial power. The temple’s construction was begun in approximately 41 AD and completed in 81 […]

Spain

Cordoba

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We arrived in Cordoba by train. It was 34 degrees when we arrived so not as hot as Seville. The train had been spacious, clean and air-conditioned, and heading for Malaga. We were impressed as it was much nicer than British trains. We caught a bus from the train station and after a quick journey […]

Cambridge

Christ’s College

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The Alma mater of Charles Darwin and John Milton, Christ’s is an established older college in Cambridge. Christ’s was founded in 1505, by a woman, Lady Margaret Beaufort, which makes it something rather special. The Founder Margaret Beaufort was one of the richest women in medieval England, the mother of Henry Tudor (Henry VII), and […]

Spain

Seville

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Seville was stop one on my tour of Andalucia, the southernmost region of Spain. We flew from Stansted, over the Pyrenees mountains, laced with snow. Further south the land became brown and dry, despite the presence of rivers and large lakes. There were fields and fields of orange trees, planted in orderly rows. Near Seville […]

United Kingdom

Jesus College

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The day after Easter Monday I took my camera and walked into the city. It was beautiful weather and felt like the first day of summer. I had just been to buy a new backpack for my upcoming trip to Spain. In the shop they just cut off the tags and I didn’t have a […]

Kenya

Wasini Island

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I took a trip to Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park, a protected wildlife area that covers part of the sea on the far south of Kenya’s coast, close to the border with Tanzania. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been to, and was so good that I went twice, making the trips […]

United Kingdom

Senate House

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While walking in the city yesterday evening, I stumbled across a light show at Senate House. Senate House lies in the old city centre of Cambridge. It stands between King’s and Caius, behind the market place and the University church of Great St Mary’s. The Senate House provides an important function of the University, as […]

United Kingdom

St Bride's Church

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I stumbled upon St Bride’s Church when wandering through narrow alleyways between Temple and Fleet Street. It is a church designed by Sir Christopher Wren, architect of St Paul’s.   The interior of the church is strikingly beautiful. The floor is made of black and white squares of marble, surrounded by dark panelled wood. There […]

United Kingdom

Gonville & Caius College

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Gonville & Caius College is one of the oldest Cambridge colleges, founded in 1348. Gonville & Caius sundial, Senate House Passage I had been wanting to see the inside of the college for a while, having walked past the outside for years. So I went for a wander around one sunny lunchtime. There was a […]

United Kingdom

Trinity Hall

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Trinity Hall is a small, beautiful college, and one of the oldest in Cambridge.  Occupying a site beside the river, nestled between Trinity College and Clare College, Trinity Hall is in the heart of the old university area.  Its near neighbours include Gonville and Caius College, the University’s Old Schools, Clare College, Trinity College, and […]

Top Posts

Exmoor – Tarr Steps

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Tarr Steps is an ancient packhorse bridge in Exmoor.  Made of huge slabs of stone, no-one really knows how old it is, or how it was built, but estimates date back to 1000 BC. The National Park of Exmoor is full of rivers, forest and wildflowers, and spreads across Devon and Somerset. Wild ponies roam the […]

India

Victoria Terminus, Mumbai

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Chhatrapatri Shivaji Terminus (CST) or Victoria Terminus (VT) is the largest railway station in Mumbai.  From here one of the world’s greatest railway networks originates, and terminates.  Next to the station lie the Central Railway Headquarters, and behind that, Mumbai’s GPO (General Post Office). Opened in 1887 and named after Queen Victoria, the station is […]

United Kingdom

Tour de France, Cambridge

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The Tour de France runs through Cambridge this year, on one of the stages of the race that is set in Britain. The Tour started in Yorkshire on Saturday 5th July, and today I went out to see the race as it passed through Cambridgeshire. Stage 3 of the Tour de France 2014 started off […]

United Kingdom

Bath Abbey

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A former Benedictine monastery founded in the 7th century, Bath Abbey is an impressive cathedral in the centre of Bath.   Its full title is the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, but is more commonly known as Bath Abbey. Bath Abbey lies close to the Roman Baths, and when walking around […]

United Kingdom

Twilight on the River Thames

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We crossed the Millennium Footbridge in twilight as the sun was setting over the river, having walked from St Paul’s Cathedral. The moon was coming out, brightening in the deep blue sky of a summer evening. The lights reflecting on the water were beautiful.  We could see down the Thames towards Tower Bridge, with Southwark […]

United Kingdom

St Paul's

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On a trip to London with my girlfriend, we headed for St Paul’s just before sunset. There are roses of many colours growing up against the cathedral railings.  They made for picturesque shots of the cathedral with a cloudless summer sky as background. Slanted evening light fell across the front of St Paul’s as the […]

United Kingdom

Cheddar Caves

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The caves at Cheddar form an intricate and deep network of caverns hollowed out naturally by the action of water, over millennia. The caves were formed by the chemical reaction between water and limestone, which makes a weak carbonic acid.  Rainwater easily erodes this rock, dissolving the limestone. A body known as Cheddar Man was […]

India

GPO Mumbai

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One day I set off to the post office in Fort, which is Mumbai’s General Post Office.  I found the whole place had unexpectedly been decorated, inside and out, in celebration of the Post Office’s anniversary. On the floor there were these beautiful designs made in coloured powders.   There was a scale model of […]

United Kingdom

Mathematical Bridge

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The Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge is famous for its unusual design.  Although it appears to be an arch, the bridge is built entirely of straight timbers.  Its component pieces are arranged at tangents that create a strong, self-supporting structure when pressure is applied to them all together.  Originally built in 1749, it has been rebuilt […]

Cornwall

Porthcurno

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A couple of summers ago I visited south Cornwall, where we took some beautiful walks along the South West Coast Path.  Maintained by the National Trust and spanning 630 miles, the path connects walking trails through Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.  The coast path follows picturesque and scenic routes along cliff tops and beside beaches […]