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Estonia – On The Front Line

Estonian Escape A few spare days emerged and I decided to explore some of Estonia! The central goal was of course the magnifent city of Tallinn – and what a gem it is.  Surely a contender for Europes most beautiful city? Yet I was more fascinated to learn about...

Cork to Cobh

Cobh Originally called simply Cove, the town became Queenstown during British rule but now it is know as the Irish version of Cove, Cobh. The train service from Cork to Cobh runs every hour and takes around 25 scenic minutes. Cobh has become notorious as it was the...

Dublin’s DART

Dublin's DART An Easy Way To See Dublin Bay & More The map below shows all of Dublin’s rail network.  The DART is shown in green. Starting a few minutes north east of Dublin’s central area is the lively, socialable fishing town of Howth. The DART has 2...

Gdansk

Contender for the Prettiest City in Europe Over 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 sights,...

On This Brexit Day

Sunset.  Gold at the end of the rainbow? Hope.  A crazy dive.  Crossroads.  Walls. Views on Brexit 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...

Leiden – Beyond Amsterdam

; Beyond AmsterdamCanals – Windmills – Bicycles – Rembrant – The Pilgrim Fathers –Classic Dutch Architecture –Museums Had enough of the frantic, crowded, often overwhelmed, but still interesting Amsterdam?  Why not visit one of the several other nearby Dutch towns? ...

Stockholm Stopover

Linger Longer, and See More at Fewer SightsSomewhat 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, subway and tram...

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.  One positive consequence is that they use a wider gauge than most of the rest of Europe.  Meaning that, indeed,...

“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 Northern England. Hull...

Canal Boating

FollowFollow The Backroads of England England is a densely populated nation and it can seem very challenging to find those ‘routes beyond’.  Canal boating in England is one way to find them. Lots of interesting sights and history, interspersed with peaceful scenery.  ...

Ypres WW 1

Ypres FollowFollow Before You Go 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 days to see the main sights...

Europe

Gdansk Poland, waterfront                                                 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...

York: 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 Museum (NRM), even if not a rail buff, as...

Isle of Man

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 island) are known around the world for...

Germany-Dresden

Before You Start 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 that include many of the...

Germany – Dessau: Surprise!

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 (here).  It is a decent but...

Cold War City

Berlin - Lest We Forget Photos taken in 1981 and then again in twentieth century.  The Berlin Wall behind the Reichstag and ominous Checkpoint Charlie signage. Back in BerlinI had the good fortune to make the effort, with a couple of friends, to go to Berlin in the...

Berney Arms

FollowFollow A Berney Arms Adventure! Preparation 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...

Leipzig: Behind The Iron Curtain

Roots of  the Revolution Looking back, Leipzig was instrumental in the bringing down of the Wall.  It was as early as 1982, people had been gathering at the Nikolaikirche in the centre of Leipzig every Monday to pray for concerns as daily life was getting harder and...