Gdansk

Gdansk Contender for the Prettiest City in EuropeOver the years I’d learnt about Gdansk (or the Free State of Danzig as it was in the years between the two World Wars) and was curious to see more.  My research began to indicate that to visit all the interesting...

Prague, Karlovy Vary & Dresden Jaunt

Prague, Karlovy Vary & Dresden By Train Above:   Dresden Panometer 1945 Air Raid & Insets Karlovy Vary & Thermal Springs. Lwr Left : King Charles Bridge and Castle, Prague Off Peak PragueIt was 30 years since I was last in Prague, a short while after the...

On This Brexit Day

It is going to be a long path. On this Brexit Day…. My View has remained unchanged ever since the untimely and ill understood Referendum. Economic reviews have really not changed. Obviously. The United Kingdom (and there remains a risk to that name in the future...

Leiden – Beyond Amsterdam

Leiden Canals – Windmills – Bicycles – Rembrant – The Pilgrim Fathers –Classic Dutch Architecture – Museum ; Beyond Amsterdam Once you have had enough of the frantic, crowded, often overwhelmed, but still interesting Amsterdam, why not visited one of the several other...

Stockholm Stopover

Stockholm Stopover Linger Longer, and See More at Fewer Sights Somewhat surprisingly, in these security conscious days, there are reasonably priced, unsupervised Left Luggage Lockers right in the station. So having deposited bags and armed with a map and the bus,...

Finland By Train

Finland By Train Thank You Russia! Finnish Railways have a wide gauge.  The railways in Finland were built in the 19th Century when Finland was a Grand Duchy of Russia and one positive consequence is that they use a wider gauge than most of the rest of Europe, meaning...

“Hull, Hell & Halifax!”

"Hull, Hell & Halifax!" Kingston upon Hull Whenever, Hull cropped up in conversation, my Yorkshire born father always chuckled and chirped “Hull, Hell and Halifax!”.  A time worn phrase that reflected the classic image of the time, of the industrial powerhouses of...

Canal Boating In England

FollowFollow The Backroads of England England is a densely populated nation and it can seem very challenging to find those ‘routes beyond’, with interesting sights and history, interspersed with peaceful scenery.   If you take to England’s narrow canals network you...

Belgium – Ypres, World War 1

Belgium – Ypres, World War 1 FollowFollow Preparation:  3 Tips brush up on what led to  World War I! I read The SleepWalkers by Christopher Clark consider booking into or taking a private tour of the various battlefields and cemetaries in the area plan to allow 2 to 3...

Europe

Europe: Ancient and Modern Finland Finland By Train Hull Hull Stockholm Stockholm York York Ypres Ypres Berney Arms Berney Arms Berlin Berlin Leipzig Leipzig Dessau Dessau Dresden Dresden Isle of Man Isle of Man Leiden Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary, Prague, Dreseden...

York: English History in a Nutshell

York, English History in a Nutshell My YorkYork Minster itself can detain you easily for half a day.  It is not to be missed, crowds and all  (note the ticket you purchase is actually valid for a year so break up your visits if you wish).  Next the National Rail...

Isle of Man (not part of the UK)

The Isle of Man Its not part of UK. The Status of the IOM The Isle of Mann (IOM) is in the middle of the Irish Sea, north of Wales, between Britain and the Republic of Island.  Its population of around 86,000 (although probably less than ½ are actually born on the...

Germany – Dresden: A Noble Past

Dresden Full of History Preparation 3 Tips: Get yourself a transportation pass (S Bahn, Tram and Bus included) (I paid just 6 Euro’s for a full days travel.  Fantastic, clean and easy system to use) There are also excellent value Travel Cards and Passes for Dresden...

Germany – Dessau: I did not expect this!

Dessau Germany Junkers! Situated about half way to Leizig and an easy train ride from Berlin, Leipzig or Dresden I determined to go to Dessau.  Like many you probably ask why! Junkers.  The town built the WW2 Junkers planes and there is a Museum there...

Germany, Berlin: The worlds Cold War City

Berlin - Lest We Forget Berlin Highlights So many of my visits and suggestions do focus on that time and how it is memorialized. First though I simply suggest walking.  Wander around the area both sides of the Brandenburg Gate, up and down the Unter den Linden Avenue,...

England: Berney Arms, Near Nowhere

FollowFollow Preparation – 3+ Tips Check weather forecast!  If cold or wet you need to know as it is a very exposed area with very limited options Check the train schedule, as the service is sparse.  Also if you miss your return train you may well be in the...