The Lake District

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Our first time visit to The Lakes proved to be all we expected of it.  Stay in Bowness by Windermere we ventured to Ambleside and Buttermere.

http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk

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Isle of Skye

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“Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing…”  Our bonny boat was a Calmac ferry from Mallaig over choppy water and inclement weather but once we reached Skye the sun shone.

http://www.skye.co.uk

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St. Jeronimo, Granada, Spain

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When in Granada, why not visit St. Jeronimo’s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monastery_of_Saint_Jerome_(Granada)

http://www.alhambra.info/en/sanjeronimo-monastery-grenade.asp

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The Jacobite Railway – The West Highland Line

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The West Highland Line is rated as one one the best train trips in the UK.  To Harry Potter fans it is known as “The Hogwarts Express”.

http://www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite/jacobite-steam-train-details.cfm

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Glamis Castle

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Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor! Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter’.

It was Lady Macbeth that first put Glamis Castle on the map but not as a day trip.  Today, it is equally famous as the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and the birthplace of HRH Princess Margaret.

http://www.glamis-castle.co.uk/visitus.cfm

http://www.glamis-castle.co.uk/macbeth.cfm

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The Railway Poster Tour 2015 – Vol. 1

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This tour was the brainchild of the glamorous proprietor of Lizzie’s Kitchen here at Blackwall Basin. Each year we buy a calendar of historic railway posters and Lizzie came up with the idea of visiting the destination displayed each month. That idea was quickly modified when we discovered the Isle of Skye represented January. In fact in January this year the ferry had to be tied up in Mallaig and the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh was closed for a couple of days due to the awful weather.

The outcome of this was that we decided some locations could be daytrips, other short breaks and the Scottish and Welsh destinations might be a summer tour. Below are the pages of the Calendar together with other images taken at the time our visit.

** All Calendar images are from the Britain by Rail Poster Art Calendar 2015, using images from The National Railway Museum Collection and is published by Salmon Calendars.

http://www.nrm.org.uk/OurCollection/Posters.aspx

http://www.jsalmon.com/index.htm

Canterbury

The murder of Thomas Becket over 840 years ago did not need the forensic enquiry team of CSI-Canterbury to find the killers; they were the henchmen of Henry the eighth.

The killers managed to convince the Pope in Rome they were good guys who didn’t really mean to kill Thomas with four blows from their sharp blades. As punishment they were excommunicated and exiled to bask in the Holy Land sunshine for fourteen years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Becket

Nowadays, Canterbury is a tourist attraction and the home of The Archbishop Justin Welby who has a wonderful garden in Lambeth.

https://michaelcolman.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/lambeth-palace-gardens/

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https://michaelcolman.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/canterbury/

Cornwall

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Bristol

Bristol historic dockyard was the third stop on our calendar tour.  It was difficult to find the original viewpoint so the image here show the church through the rigging on Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

http://www.ssgreatbritain.org

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This round up volume 1, the next edition will be along shortly

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Cornwall – Gardens and Mines

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Roads in Cornwall are slow and a number of times we found ourselves reversing two to three hundred metres in order to give way to a local truck or tractor.  Trerice and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are both worth a visit, the latter privately run , much larger and more expensive to enter.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trerice/         http://heligan.com

Levant mine was less impressive than we were led to believe, there were a few artefacts but the external areas of the site had a sense of abandonment.  I left wanting to know more about the people and industry of the site rather than see generic film about the Cornish tin industry.  The rugged coastal landscape was a bonus of the visit.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/levant-mine/

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Cornwall, Watergate Bay and Padstow

Cornwall; no longer Sir John Betjeman’s land of “golden unpeopled bays” but a destination crammed during summer holidays and frequented in spring and autumn by young couples with preschool infants and silver surfers riding the waves of National Trust houses, garden and abandoned tin mines.

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Canterbury

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The murder of Thomas Becket over 840 years ago did not need the forensic enquiry team of CSI-Canterbury to find the killers, they were the henchmen of Henry the eighth.

The killers managed to convince the Pope in Rome they were good guys who didn’t really mean to kill Thomas with four blows from their sharp blades and were excommunicated and exiled to bask in the Holy Land sunshine for fourteen years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Becket

Nowadays, it is a tourist attraction but also the home old The Archbishop Justin Welby who has a wonderful garden in Lambeth.

https://michaelcolman.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/lambeth-palace-gardens/

Canterbury was the first location visited by us as part of Lizzie and Mike’s Railway Poster Calendar Tour 2015.

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