When I was small, I was sometimes taken to visit my grandparents’ cousins’ farm at Swan Bottom in Buckinghamshire. On the way I always looked out for the figurehead of Admiral Lord Howe at The Lee. An incongruous place for … Continue reading Figureheads
“Look! It’s just like Kazakhstan!” This is probably not the most common reaction to the sight of the statue of Liverpool’s most famous foursome at the Pierhead. The woman I was addressing certainly looked a bit startled. (I thought the … Continue reading Back in the USSR?
As lockdown gradually lifts, opportunities for Covd-secure travel begin to open. Open being the operative word here. Whilst indoor attractions will be a few weeks yet, exploring outdoors in the fresh air provides an antidote to cabin fever. North Wales … Continue reading Travels in the Time of Covid Part 5: Castles in Wales
After ten days in Scotland, it was time to make our way back down south. Events having brought a certain historic market town in county Durham to our attention, we decided we had to pay a visit to Barnard Castle. … Continue reading Travels in the Time of Covid Part 4: A sight for sore eyes
By the time we reached Peebles we were used to the normal hotel Covid routine: no daily room service, masks to be worn in communal areas, a one-way system around the building and table service breakfast. Peebles Hydro being … Continue reading Travels in the Time of Covid – Part 3
“Can I have your name and number, please?” The customer looked confused. “Sorry, what number?” “Your phone number. You know, for track and trace” the waitress replied, patiently. “Oh yes, of course. Do you know that I have been away … Continue reading Travels in the Time of Covid – Part 2
Covid has changed the face of travel. This weekend I have experienced the new reality of hotel stays for the first time. We are in Stratford upon Avon, somewhere we stay once or twice a year, and in a hotel, … Continue reading Travel in the Time of Covid – Part 1
I was traumatised by Warwick castle as a child. Our visit must have taken place not long after David Greville gave up the financial struggle to maintain it and sold to the Tussauds Group in 1978. I remember there were … Continue reading Warwick revisited