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Sharing my birthday with Shakespeare

It still tickles me pink to know that I share my birth date with William Shakespeare. Sadly though his poetic skills didn’t wash off on me LOL

This statue of himself resides at Southwark Cathedral which I explored before I set off on my pilgrimage to Canterbury last month.

William Shakespeare in eternal repose at Southwark Cathedral

William Shakespeare in eternal repose at Southwark Cathedral

August 11, 2017 Posted by | famous people of the uk, history of the uk, my life, places that I've been | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Geoffrey Chaucer window in Southwark Cathedral

The Geoffrey Chaucer window in Southwark Cathedral. The window depicts pilgrims setting out from the nearby Tabard Inn (demolished in 1875) to Canterbury, as recalled in his Canterbury Tales.

The Geoffrey Chaucer window in Southwark Cathedral.

The Geoffrey Chaucer window in Southwark Cathedral.

Chaucer would have visited the church before his pilgrimage to Canterbury in 1368. One of the places I visited before I set off on my pilgrimage #inthefootstepsofChaucer last month. The volunteers at the church were just amazing, so helpful and interested in what I was doing.

Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340-1400)

August 10, 2017 Posted by | famous people of the uk, history of the uk, my life, places that I've been, Project 101, travel, walks in the uk | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ironbridge, Shropshire

As part of my ongoing travel project; Project 101, I recently visited a delightful village in Shropshire; Ironbridge – birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

As part of the project, I’m visiting 101 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the Ironbridge Gorge, as well as the bridge that gave the area it’s name, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.

This truly unique bridge, built in 1779 and opened on New Year’s Day 1781; was the first single-span arch bridge in the world made of cast iron. Located in the stunning Severn Gorge spanning the River Severn – the U.K.’s longest river, Ironbridge is an absolute delight.

Located on the lower reaches of the Severn Gorge, the town gets its name from the iron bridge.

This spectacular wooded gorge and the river that runs through it, was once an industrial powerhouse with numerous industries: pipe making, tile making and china ceramics amongst others.

I can highly recommend a visit. I’ll write more about the visit on my blog in due course. Meanwhile visit my blog where you can read more about Project 101

June 13, 2017 Posted by | history of the uk, holidays, my life, places that I've been, Project 101, towns of the UK, travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The treasures of London

If you get me started on London, you’d be hard pressed to shut me up again LOL

I love nothing more than going walkabout through the streets. I couple of months ago I spent the night in London at the YHA Hostel in Earls Court. I had some time to kill in the morning so went for a ‘stroll’ from Earls Court to Kensington Palace. On the way I stopped at the V&A Museum. I love this museum, so many amazing items and rooms filled to the brim with treasures and awesome artefacts. You need repeated visits to be able to visit all the exhibits and collections. The first indication of these amazing ‘things to see’ is the fabulous Dale Chihuly chandelier in the foyer. It always takes my breath away.

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Dale Chihuly at the V&A Museum

I spent a short while visiting a temporary exhibition featuring John Lockwood Kipling, Rudyard Kipling’s father and his time in India.  Fascinating. I then meandered over to Kensington Palace. My Historic Royal Palaces membership was due to expire the following day and since I had just been to visit Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, I felt a visit to KP, the childhood home of Queen Victoria was in order. It never fails to impress me. There is a newish exhibition featuring Victoria over the years just above the foyer on the 1st floor. I’ve visited KP many many times and this is the first time I had seen this particular set up. I tried to find out when it was first opened, to no avail. But nonetheless it was a stunning exhibition and as always I had to capture at least another of many images of the statue of Victoria at the front of the palace. Her daughter Princess Louise (Duchess of Argyll) designed the statue in 1893. The marble statue shows her mother, Queen Victoria, in her coronation robes in 1837 at the age of 18

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March 16, 2017 Posted by | famous people of the uk, history of the uk, london, my life, places that I've been, travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight

The world’s oldest seaside pleasure pier, Ryde Pier is an early 19th century pier serving the town of Ryde, on the Isle of Wight.

The famous pier at Ryde, Isle of Wight

The famous pier at Ryde, Isle of Wight – looking back at the town

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Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight – the ferry from Portsmouth moors at the far end

What an amazing pier this is. I walked along it a couple of times…just because. 🙂 I had fun to watching the ferry mooring alongside the terminal.

March 10, 2017 Posted by | history of the uk, islands, my life, photography, places that I've been, towns of the UK | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House near East Cowes as a seaside home for them and their family.

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East Cowes, Isle of Wight

When I visited Osborne House I managed to get down to the harbour…how beautiful is this!

Cowes is famous for it’s annual boat race.

March 9, 2017 Posted by | history of the uk, islands, my life, on the heath, places that I've been, towns of the UK, villages of the UK | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

stepping back in time….

charles dickens museum broadstairs

stepping back in time…

 

You could almost believe that was a real person standing there.

A couple of months ago I finally visited the ever so charming Charles Dickens Museum in Broadstairs. It is an absolute delight.

The museum is housed in the cottage that was Charles Dickens’ inspiration for the home of Betsy Trotwood in David Copperfield. David’s description of Betsy’s cottage with its square gravelled garden full of flowers, and a parlour of old fashioned furniture still fits today.

For more information on visiting

January 1, 2017 Posted by | famous people of the uk, history of the uk, holidays, places that I've been, towns of the UK | , , , , , | Leave a comment