The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

June 5, 2017 by David Herd

Sandy beach at Bournemouth.

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort has a sandy beach unlike Brighton beach and many others of the English coast. I was there in 2007 and returned in 09 mainly to visit the Westbeach restaurant again. The Beach is long and clean. There is plenty of space to chill out. Lovely views and lots to do with places to eat on the promenade and pier.

The benefit of sand

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

You certainly can’t do this on a beach with stones instead of sand. 🙂

Looking east

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

 Remember what I said? Bournemouth Beach has sand.

The pier

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

   Bournemouth’s main attraction apart from the beach. 🙂  

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

 Bournemouth Beach has sand which is a huge improvement on many English beaches.  

Westbeach Restaurant

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

 Good English restaurants, many people think they are few and far between, but here is one to consider. The Westbeach restaurant in Bournemouth is certainly worth a visit, great location on the beach, with a good menu offering a nice selection. I first visited Westbeach December 2007 then returned in 2009 so things may have changed by now.

Delicious salmon

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

  Here is an example of the Westbeach food.  

AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Huge news in 2015 for the local football club who are to be promoted to the premier league. As recently as 2008, Bournemouth sat slumped at the very foot of the four levels of the English league pyramid. Of the 92 teams spanning League Two all the way up to the Premier League, the Cherries, who began the season with minus-17 points as a penalty for entering bankruptcy with £4 million worth of debt, were no. 92. Bournemouth weren’t just on the brink of dropping out of the division structure,  but out of existence altogether. Seven years later, a club that recorded an annual turnover of just £5.1 million for the 2012-13 season will be flooded with about £120 million in additional Premier League revenue.

My local bar in Thailand

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

   My local bar in Thailand is the Cherry Bar so I guess now I’ll have to follow the Cherries. 🙂  

Sadly the bar was sold in 2016 & is now called Billabong 2, life as I knew it will never be the same. 🙂

Another restaurant near the Pier.

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

 The city has a much more relaxed atmosphere than Brighton.

Beachside at Bournemouth

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Also as a comparison to Brighton sand is so much more inviting than pebbles. 🙂

One final look at the Pier

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Thanks for visiting my “Bournemouth English Seaside Resort” post, it is certainly a place to add to your bucket list. Head west from there and visit the delightful village of Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast.

Thanks for visiting my Bournemouth English Seaside Resort photo blog.

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

 

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Beckington Trowbridge South West England

June 4, 2017 by David Herd

Church of St George, Beckington

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

Beckington Trowbridge South West England 2009, how did I find myself there you may well ask. Quite simple really, since 2007 I have been travelling to England to visit my friend Alan who is a guest of Her Majesty. His brother Bill Austin and I have become good friends as well, so I stay with him and his partner Joan Baptiste, and between visiting Alan Bill and I tour around the country.

So to answer the question, Bill lives in Beckington and works for the council in Trowbridge. Beckington village is 5.8 miles from Trowbridge town centre and 10 miles from the historical city of Bath.

Church of St George

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

The church is just across the road from Bill and Joan’s home and dates back to the 14th century.

Warminster Road

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

The church is on the right just up the road and Bill’s home is on the left.

Bill and Joan’s Beckington home.

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

Here is their delightful home, I feel a little sorry for Bill because no sooner has he got the place perfect Joan decides she wants to move elsewhere. 🙂

My friends Joan Baptiste and Bill Austin

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

Bill works for the local Trowbridge council.

Woolpack Inn Warminster Road

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

For local news bookmark this link for the Wiltshire times.

Typical Beckington home

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

Typical local stone houses.

Trowbridge

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

 There is evidence that the land on which Trowbridge is built was being farmed more than 3,000 years ago. In the 10th century written records and architectural ruins begin marking Trowbridge’s existence as a village.

The Trowbridge fair

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

The annual fair attracts lots to locals.

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

A peaceful area around a pond in the park.

Trowbridge Fair

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

The locals are patiently waiting for the music to begin.

The rocket man

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

A beautiful at the Trowbridge Fair, perhaps I’ll blast off.

Arrested for stealing a spacesuit

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

The long arm of the law.

Out on bail

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

I know what you are thinking, here are two dinosaurs. 🙂 🙂 🙂

 The White Hart Ford, Chippenham

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

One of the great pleasures of touring around the UK is the thousands of wonderful pubs. In the last week or so we have visited many on our road trip that took us through Bath, Plymouth, Penzance, Lands End and St Ives.

Road trip

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

This is a wonderful part of England, a very interesting coastline. 

The White Hart

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

Many of the pubs are quite ancient.

Location, White Hart to the Woolpack Inn

Beckington Trowbridge South West England

Thanks for visiting my Beckington Trowbridge South West England photo blog.

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Wandering around South West England

June 3, 2017 by David Herd

Shaftesbury in Dorset

Wandering around South West England is a total pleasure.

Wandering around South West England

Wandering around South West England, I have taken thousands of photos there and this one is my favorite. It is Gold Hill, Shaftesbury which is in Dorset. There is a nice tea room at the top of the hill where you can enjoy scones with jam & cream while enjoying the view. I will try to give you some useful travel tips towards the end of this post.

Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Wandering around South West England

 Lyme Regis in Dorset is a special place, the coastline in either direction is magnificent. The cliffs over the  boarder are grey and crumbling, those eastwards, towards Charmouth are also unstable – especially after heavy rain, and those at Black Ven are capped with a layer of Gold. The town is noted for the fossils found in the cliffs and beaches, which are part of the Heritage Coast—known commercially as the Jurassic Coast—a World Heritage Site. For information please click here.

Lyme Regis South west England

Wandering around South West England

 A beautiful part of the English coastline.

Weymouth Travelling South West England

Wandering around South West England

Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset,  situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. The town is 13 kilometres (8 mi) south of Dorchester and 8 kilometres (5 mi) north of the Isle of Portland. The town’s population is 52,323 (2011). The town is the largest settlement in Dorset following the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole   The history of the borough stretches back to the 12th century; including involvement in the spread of the Black Death, the settlement of the Americas, the development of Georgian architecture, and preparations for World War II. Fishing and trading employ fewer people in the area since their peak in earlier centuries, but tourism has continuously increased its presence in the town since the 18th century and is now the primary industry. Weymouth is a tourist resort, and its economy depends on its harbor and visitor attractions; the town is a gateway situated halfway along the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast, important for its geology and landforms. Weymouth Harbour is home to cross-channel ferries, pleasure boats and private yachts, and nearby Portland Harbour is home to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, where the sailing events of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were held.

Wandering around South West England to Dorchester 

Wandering around South West England

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset. A historic market town, Dorchester lies on the banks of the River Frome, in the Frome Valley, just south of the Dorset Downs and north of the South Dorset Ridgeway, that separates the area from Weymouth, 8 miles (13 km) south. Dorchester is noted as being home and inspiration to the author Thomas Hardy, whose novel The Mayor of Casterbridge was based on the town. In the 2001 Census the official population of Dorchester was 16,171, although by 2010 this was estimated to have risen to 18,280.

St Ives in Cornwall

Wandering around South West England

St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing. Wikipedia

Wandering around South West England to St Ives

Wandering around South West England

Lots of narrow winding lanes some too narrow for vehicles.

Lands End, Cornwall.

Wandering around South West England

 Here we are at Lands End in Cornwall, England’s most westerly point. Wind levels in winter reach around 20-25 knots, which is windier than most of England. The highest temperature recorded is 28.9 °C, and the lowest temperature recorded is -3.4 °C.

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Most westerly point in England.

Wandering around South West England

Such a wild rugged coastline.

The famous Roman Baths in Bath.

Wandering around South West England

I’m sure these baths have not changed in centuries.

Beautiful city of Bath

 

Wandering around South West England

This is certainly one of my favourite English cities Wandering around South West England.

So many pubs & such little time.

Wandering around South West England

English pubs have got to be the best in the world, then again I have never been to Ireland. 🙂

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Bradford on Avon

Wandering around South West England

We have traveled north now to Bradford on Avon in west Wiltshire, one of my favourite English villages with some excellent pubs & restaurants.

My niece Laura love the scones at The Bridge Tea rooms.

Wandering around South West England

Can afternoon tea get any better than this?

Tithe Barn Bradford on Avon

Wandering around South West England

A tithe barn was a type of barn used in much of northern Europe in the Middle Ages for storing tithes—one tenth of a farm’s produce which was given to the Church. Tithe barns were usually associated with the village church or rectory and independent farmers took their tithes there.

Tithe Barn

Wandering around South West England

The village priests wouldn’t have to pay tithes—the purpose of the tithe being their support—and some had their own farms anyway, which are now village greens in some villages.

Houseboats on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Wandering around South West England

The ducks or drakes deciding whether to go for a swim or a walk. 🙂

Two Dinosaurs at the Trowbridge show in Wiltshire.

Wandering around South West England

Oh well, it is better to be a “has been” than a “never was”. 🙂
 
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Here is an excellent hotel close to Gloucester Rd underground.

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For information on beautiful Bradford on Avon just click here.

Wandering around South West England is certainly one of my favorite parts of this wonderful country.                     

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Brighton Beach famous English resort

May 6, 2017 by David Herd

The Eye Brighton beach

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Brighton Beach famous English resort, what a pleasant surprise. If you can overlook the pebbles on the beach instead of sand there are so many great pubs and restaurants to choose from. The photo above was taken from my hotel, the New Madeira, only 40 Quid per night.

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Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Brighton is a great city with lots of things to do and see.

The opposite view

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Two major attractions, the Eye & the Pier. 

La Chateaux Du Vin

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Above is AgnesPaulo and Nikki at my favourite restaurant, La Chateaux Du Vin, open for lunch as well as dinner, if you go there please pass on my regards.  😀

Delicious smoked salmon

Brighton Beach famous English resort 

Above is Smoked salon on Matzo which  is an unleavened bread traditionally eaten by Jews during the week-long Passover holiday.

Delicious seafood pasta at La Chateaux

Brighton Beach famous English resort

The restaurant quickly became my favourite place to eat in Brighton.

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More delicious meals at La Chateaux.

David Herd on the Brighton Eye.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

You get a great view of the city and Brighton beach, the ride is well worth the few Quid.

Girls night out in Brighton.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

These Brighton babes are ready for a big night out.

Great view from the eye.

 Brighton Beach famous English resort

Only an hour by train to London, if you like lots of pubs & restaurants then put it on your list.  

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 Brighton Beach famous English resort

An awesome from the eye.

Brighton Beach restaurant

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Lots of places to dine along the foreshore.

No bikinis here

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Laying fully clothed on pebbles is not my idea of a day at the beach.

The Fishbowl

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Another quaint little English pub where to can eat fish & chips with a cold beer.

Cafe Rouge

Brighton Beach famous English resort

This chain of restaurants have lots of branches in London as well, good low cost French food.

The Victory Inn

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

So Brighton Beach has many great little pubs in this wonderful seaside city. 

The Royal Pavilion

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence. It was built in three stages, beginning in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811.

 Great Ham & salad sandwich at the Bath Arms hotel.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

The leg ham was perfect.

I had some great food in this terrific town.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

A great seafood lunch beside the beach.

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On Brighton Pier.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach is a lot fun with lots of great pubs & restaurants.

Holiday Inn Brighton

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Great location overlooking the beach, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

Without a doubt AGODA is the best online Hotel booking site.

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The New Madeira hotel is in a great location across the road from the Brighton Pier, only 40 Quid per night for a single room, the walls are a little thin so the rooms can be a little noisy, but the price is right as is the location. If you want something more upmarket choose the Holiday Inn.

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English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

June 16, 2016 by David Herd

Uttoxeter in Staffordshire

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais from England to France was our starting point for our road trip to Brugge and Versailles, which finished in Brighton on the south coast of England. I was travelling with two English friends Bill Austin & Dave Catchpole, & the reason our trip started in Uttoxeter was to visit my good friend Alan Austin (Bill’s brother) who was a guest of Her Majesty for a rather major indiscretion involving transportation of a certain white powder from Spain to England.

Overnight at Maidstone

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

We stayed in the Townhouse Hotel in Maidstone which was excellent and left early for Dover, little did I realise at the time that quite a bit of tension would build up between the 3 of us over the coming days. Bill & I had been on successful road trips in the past which went as smooth as silk, however adding Dave to this trip seemed to effect the dynamics resulting in an unfortunate parting of the ways in Brighton.

First glimpse of the white cliffs

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

We really didn’t explore Dover, instead we went straight to the ferry terminal.

Waiting in the queue

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

There were certainly a lot of vehicles making the crossing.

Lots of trucks carrying freight

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

The trucks go on the ferry first then the private vehicles.

Ferries are quite large.

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

Which is comforting given the weather conditions can be rather rough in the channel.

A little chilly on deck

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

Bill and I looking forward to leaving Dover.

Incoming Dover Calais Ferry

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

They seem to be rather frequent travelling both ways.

Farewell to the white cliffs.

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

I guess any time old guys like me talk about the white cliffs of Dover a particular song comes to mind.

Let’s hear it Vera.

The magnificent white cliffs

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

The cliffs look quite fantastic, only 22 miles to Calais.

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Dover Calais Ferry, about 2 hours.

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

Where are all the people?

Arriving in Calais

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

With nobody to meet us but the seagulls, many thanks for visiting my English Channel Ferry Dover Calais photo blog.

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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Glasgow River Clyde Scotland

May 30, 2015 by David Herd

More interesting than I expected.

Glasgow River Clyde Scotland

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 Glasgow River Clyde Scotland was our destination after we drove from Edinburgh through the Scottish Highlands. My English friend Bill Austin who was happy to do all the driving. Both cities are vastly different, Edinburgh rather cultured and conservative and Glasgow brash and noisy.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow.

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Clyde Auditorium Glasgow.

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The Clyde Auditorium is commonly referred to as “The Armadillo”. Apparently the animal was not the inspiration for the building, nor was the Sydney Opera House the inspiration for the building, but rather the shape was modeled after an interlocking series of ship’s hulls, in reference to the Clyde’s shipbuilding heritage.

Glasgow Tower

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Glasgow Tower is a free-standing tower located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland and forms part of Glasgow Science Centre complex. It holds a Guinness World Record for being the tallest tower in the world in which the whole structure is capable of rotating 360 degrees. It has been closed for more than 80% of its life. It re-opened to the general public in July 2014.


 

Gorgeous girl at the Boudoir.

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The Boudoir wine bar in Merchant Square was a real bonus for us in Glasgow, great atmosphere, good snacks and nice girls behind the bar. Put it on your list as a great place to visit.

Jamie Olivier’s Italian restaurant.

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Food here was very good indeed.

David Herd & Bill Austin in Glasgow.

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Here we are at another bar. 🙂

Sightseeing in Glasgow

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Most cities I visit the first thing I do is take the bus tour to get my bearings.

Tollbooth Steeple

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Standing on an island in the middle of Glasgow Cross is the Tolbooth Steeple, built in 1625-26 at what was the crossing point for the main streets of Glasgow at that time. The Steeple is all that remains of the old Tolbooth buildings which were demolished in 1921. The Tolbooth was the site of the Glasgow Council Chambers until 1814, when the council sold the Tolbooth and moved to Jail Square in the Saltmarket, before eventually moving to the current City Chambers on George Square. The 126ft tall Steeple was repaired in 2008 after cracks were discovered in the structure, along with masonry, lead and guttering repairs. The Tolbooth Steeple was where the public hangings of Glasgow used to occur. Along with the nearby Tron Theatre, it is one of the few remaining medieval buildings in the city.

George Square

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George Square is today home to the headquarters of Glasgow City Council, and boasts an important collection of statues and monuments, including those dedicated to Robert Burns, James Watt, Sir Robert Peel and Sir Walter Scott.

George Square Glasgow

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The heart of the city.

Gallery of Modern Art

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 Opened in 1996, the Gallery of Modern Art is housed in a neoclassical building in Royal Exchange Square in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Built in 1778 as the townhouse of William Cunninghame of Lainshaw, a wealthy Glasgow Tobacco Lord, the building has undergone a series of different uses. It was bought in 1817 by the Royal Bank of Scotland who later moved onto Buchanan Street; it then became the Royal Exchange. Reconstruction for this use was undertaken by David Hamilton between 1827 and 1832 and resulted in many additions to the building, namely the Corinthian pillars to the Queen Street facade, the cupola above and the large hall to the rear of the old house.

University of Glasgow

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I think this may have been around for a few hundred years.

Anyone for a Kebab?

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Edinburgh Scotlands Capital

May 30, 2015 by David Herd

A very interesting city.

Edinburgh Scotlands Capital

Edinburgh Scotlands Capital

Edinburgh Scotlands Capital in November 2011 was the first stop on our road trip to Glasgow through the Scottish highlands.  Incidentally in the pub shown above I spent all my time looking at the blond not the band.

The Beehive Inn

Edinburgh Scotlands Capital

My friend Bill Austin and I had a good night at the The Beehive Inn before heading off on our road trip to Glasgow through the Scottish Highlands.


 

Edinburgh from the castle.

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Here is my friend Bill admiring the view from the Edinburgh Castle.  

Edinburgh Castle.

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Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD), although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century . 

Bobby’s Bar

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 Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872.

Edinburgh Old Town

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Edinburgh has a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town.

Old Town  

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 This area has many underground vaults and hidden passages, relics of previous constructions.

Petit Paris

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 Oozing with Parisian charm, this intimate French restaurant in Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket has been delighting Scottish Francophiles with its Gallic goodness for over a decade.

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  Edinburgh Scotlands Capital

St John’s Church at Royal Mile in old town.

Ghost tour anyone?

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I must admit I didn’t join any of these tours preferring to focus on the many Edinburgh pubs. 🙂

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Fascinating London Facts

May 28, 2015 by David Herd

Tower Bridge London

Fascinating London Facts

Fascinating London Facts

 Fascinating London Facts, here is a collection of interesting facts about this wonderful city that has been around for 6000 years.

Although the bridge is an undoubted landmark, professional commentators in the early 20th century were critical of its aesthetics. “It represents the vice of tawdriness and pretentiousness, and of falsification of the actual facts of the structure”, wrote H. H. Statham, while Frank Brangwyn stated that “A more absurd structure than the Tower Bridge was never thrown across a strategic river”

Trafalgar Square

Fascinating London Facts

It is situated in the City of Westminster. At its centre is Nelson’s Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars over France and Spain which took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain.

Nelson’s Column

Fascinating London Facts

 Nelson’s Column is a monument in Trafalgar Square in central London built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The monument was constructed between 1840 and 1843 to a design by William Railton at a cost of £47,000.


Covent Garden

Fascinating London Facts

 Covent Garden is a district in London on the eastern fringes of the West End, between Charing Cross Road and Drury Lane. It is associated with the former fruit and vegetable market in the central square, now a popular shopping and tourist site, and the Royal Opera House, which is also known as “Covent Garden”.

Westbourne River

Fascinating London Facts

 The waters of the Westbourne or Bayswater were originally pure and in 1437 and 1439 conduits were laid to carry water from the Westbourne into the City of London, for drinking. In the nineteenth century, however, the water became filthy and impure by its use as a sewer, and the rise of the water closet as the prevailing form of sanitation.

London Underground

Fascinating London Facts

 The idea of an underground railway linking the City of London with some of the railway termini in its urban centre was proposed in the 1830s, and the Metropolitan Railway was granted permission to build such a line in 1854

Overtaken by Tokyo

Fascinating London Facts

In 2015 London’s population has hit 8.6m people, according to the Greater London Authority – and the last time it was that big was 76 years ago. The metropolis is already Europe’s largest city and the 6th richest place on Earth. Here are some key facts about the capital.

Another lost river

Fascinating London Facts

London’s rivers are invisible threads, binding London together under the surface while the city roars above. They were here long before people or buildings arrived. They are a hidden system for cutting through the layers on which London stands, and revealing the many places London used to be.

Winston Churchill

  Fascinating London Facts 

Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer (as Winston S. Churchill), and an artist.  

Great fire of London

Fascinating London Facts

The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London, from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. It threatened, but did not reach, the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II’s Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants. The death toll is unknown but traditionally thought to have been small, as only six verified deaths were recorded. This reasoning has recently been challenged on the grounds that the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded, while the heat of the fire may have cremated many victims leaving no recognisable remains.  

Marble Arch

Fascinating London Facts 

The arch also stands close to the former site of the Tyburn gallows (sometimes called ‘Tyburn Tree’), a place of public execution from 1388 until 1793.

Harrods

Fascinating London Facts

  Up to 300,000 customers visit the shop on peak days, comprising the highest proportion of customers from non-English speaking countries of any department store in London. More than five thousand staff from over fifty different countries work at Harrods.

Tower of London

Fascinating London Facts

The Tower of London has become established as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It has been a tourist attraction since at least the Elizabethan period, when it was one of the sights of London that foreign visitors wrote about. Its most popular attractions were the Royal Menagerie and displays of armour. The Crown Jewels also garner much interest, and have been on public display since 1669. The Tower steadily gained popularity with tourists through the 19th century, despite the opposition of the Duke of Wellington to visitors. Numbers became so high that by 1851 a purpose-built ticket office was erected. By the end of the century, over 500,000 were visiting the castle every year.  

London Bridge

Fascinating London Facts

By the end of the 18th century, it was apparent that the old London Bridge — by then over 600 years old — needed to be replaced. It was narrow and decrepit, and blocked river traffic. In 1799, a competition for designs to replace the old bridge was held.  

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Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

May 21, 2015 by David Herd

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

 

 Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset is located in west Dorset in South West England. An interesting seaside village. we stopped for lunch on the way to Plymouth from Beckington.

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

 

 Situated at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis is a major centre for fossil collecting.  The village is located 25 miles west of Dorchester and 25 miles east of Exeter. The Cobb wall provides a breakwater to protect the town from storms and separates Monmouth and Cobb Gate beaches.

The High Street

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 An official World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast is a “must see” for anyone interested in geology, history or stunning coastal scenery,  some of the most scenic spots in its 95 mile long stretch can be found around the Lyme Regis area.

Royal Lion Hotel

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

 

  It is a former coaching inn, dated to 1610 (although the official site claims 1601). It is reputedly haunted; many unexplained ectoplasms have been sighted in the corridors and cold spots.

Bell Cliff Restaurant & Tea Rooms

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

 

  TripAdviser rate the restaurant 16 from 68 in Lyme Regis.  

 The Rock Point Inn

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

 

   At the mouth of the Lim River, facing the sea, is this 18th-century pub.  

Relaxing in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

 

 Lyme Regis is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status; famous for its geology and fossil finds.

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

 

I think it would be very cold in winter.

The seagulls are as big as chooks.

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

 

These monsters are twice as big as their Australian cousins.

Protection from the sea

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

 

The rock wall looks like it can withstand anything the ocean can throw at it.

Lime Regis Jurassic Coast

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

 

Certainly one of the most interesting coastlines in England.

Farewell from the Jurassic coast.

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Dorset

 

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Ok, off we go towards Lands End.

Our road trip

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We left Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast to spend a couple of days in Plymouth before visiting Par where my Grandfather Samuel John Tippett was born, then onto Lands End and St Ives.

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Hyde Park Kensington London

May 19, 2015 by David Herd

Coffee by the lake

Hyde Park Kensington London

Hyde Park Kensington London

Hyde Park Kensington London has something for everyone. You can enjoy swimming, boating, cycling and skating. There are pitches for team games, tennis courts, tracks for horse riding and a spectacular children’s playground. The Park has two lakeside restaurants which are licensed and serve everything from a three-course meal to a quick cup of coffee.

The Serpentine

Hyde Park Kensington London

 Although it is common to refer to the entire body of water as the Serpentine, strictly the name refers only to the eastern half of the lake.


Beautiful gardens

Hyde Park Kensington London

Hyde Park London covering 142 hectares (350 acres) and with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens.

Peaceful paradise in the heart of the city

Hyde Park Kensington London

A beautiful oasis in the middle of London.

Interesting tree

Hyde Park Kensington London

An amazing tree.

Peaceful setting

Hyde Park Kensington London

Hyde park is a must to see if you are in this great city.

I wonder who lives here?

Hyde Park Kensington London

There are so many photo opportunities here in Hyde Park.

Look closely you may see a puppy.

Hyde Park Kensington London

Puppy, what puppy? I don’t see a puppy.

Wellington Arch

Hyde Park Kensington London

 Wellington Arch, also known as Constitution Arch or the Green Park Arch, is a triumphal arch located to the south of Hyde Park in central London.

Hyde Park Kensington London Cafe

Hyde Park Kensington London


A perfect peaceful and serene location to relax and enjoy a coffee.

Another cafe restaurant

Hyde Park Kensington London

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