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Category Archive: Europe

Sep 05 2014

The Oldest Church in England

After my trip around Scotland, I spent a few days in Canterbury.  One of the many sights I saw was St Martin’s Church, which is the oldest parish church in continuous use, not only in England but in the English-speaking world.  For that reason alone, it had to feature in this week’s Foto Friday It started off as a private …

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Sep 02 2014

The Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland

I have just returned from an amazing adventure, travelling around the western highlands and islands of Scotland.  It was the most unprepared I have ever been for a trip.  My items of clothing included a summer dress, summer skirt, and a pair of flimsy sandals because I was only going for a short city break, or …

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Aug 29 2014

Castle Moil, Kyleakin

I stayed in a village recently on the Isle of Skye called Kyleakin.  As it was a last minute decision to stay there, I knew very little about this village and was surprised when I found out it had a castle. As you can see from the photograph, it isn’t much of a castle, but …

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Aug 22 2014

Blackhouses aren’t Black!

Those of you who have been following my trip around the islands and highlands of Scotland on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, will be aware that I am currently on the Isle of Lewis.  One of the points of interest on Lewis is the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village. Not having checked into this in advance, I was expecting …

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Aug 19 2014

Uzhgorod: My Favourite Border Town

As part of my unplanned trip into Slovakia a month or so ago, I decided to go for it and visit Lviv.  So, how did I end up in a Ukrainian border town I had never heard of?  Well, as part of my decision-making process, I went to the bus station in Kosice, where I …

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Aug 15 2014

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

A recent trip to Edinburgh helped me to understand how much of a ‘Festival City’ it actually is.  I had no idea it hosted so many festivals – 12 in total, ranging in duration from a few days to a month.  Most of the festivals, like the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, are in the summer.  Such events bring people …

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