A bus to Ryde (Isle of Wight) through villages and towns, down country lanes and across high Downs, to take a coastal walk along the sands at Appley Beach, a walk full of interest, from dogs on the beach (my favourite was the Caucasian Shepherd which refused to stand still to be photographed) to horses … Continue reading A Ticket to Ryde – and Then a Walk
Speechless in the face of such beauty
Linked to https://travelwithintent.com/2020/11/21/beauties-once-soaring-fir-tree- Not Yet Christmas, Here Comes Spring. Not yet Christmas, here comes spring. This wasn't here yesterday. Seen from my balcony this morning my neighbour's tree has burst into blossom. Maybe not 'burst' but showing the flag anyway.
This journey along one of the world's great canals is an experience like no other but is only available during the summer months. And in those cabins you really get to experience what travelling was like in the 19th century on board these ships that carried immigrants from rural Sweden out to America.
Hot Chestnuts for sale in Lucerne, Switzerland It's a cold and wintry day here, the skies are grey, not blue like they were yesterday, and my mind flies back to this time last year in Lucerne where, along the lake dotted with boats and swans, the hot chestnut sellers were doing a roaring trade. I … Continue reading Wanted: Hot Chestnuts
And then I came upon the sunken garden and this splash of colour, a glorious cascade of scarlet leaves, Virginia Creeper I think, that must have migrated from the wall of the old house and settled here to decorate these steps. And just a bit further on, the brilliant red of the Holly berries caught my eye - a dazzling display of colour in the midst of the dying of the year.
A glorious sunny day but few people It's not just Covid-19. The weather forecast influences people's decisions but often the meteorological office gets it wrong. And so it was today. The temperature was supposed to be around 17ᵒ with cloudy patches but we had wall-to-wall sunshine and it felt like mid-20s. The result was that … Continue reading What I saw on my walk today
Elena Bezborodova's memorial to the Royal Family of Russia, murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918. This Memorial was erected at East Cowes, Isle of Wight to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of their deaths. In 1909, Tsar Nicolas ll and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia (Princess Alix of Hesse-Darmstadt, grand-daughter of Queen Victoria) along with their five … Continue reading Sculpture Saturday: The Romanovs on the Isle of Wight
Just 40 Kl from Görlitz in German Saxony lies Bautzen, the town famous for the fact that all political prisoners were sent here at one time, and which celebrated its 1000-year-old existence just a few years ago. Although heavily damaged during World War II Bautzen has been well restored but it still retains the air … Continue reading Bautzen: The Sorbs in Saxony
For over half a century the delights of German Saxony remained hidden from a large part of the world due to it being part of the former East Germany. Since German reunification however, this lovely state in south east Germany is once again attracting visitors drawn there by its archecture, its craftwork and its traditions. … Continue reading Gorlitz: Stunning in Saxony