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WHITBY ABBEY

  Who would have thought that a Gothic ruins of an Abbey in Yorkshire would lead me to the earliest named English poet?  Apparently, between 658 and 680, Streaneschalch ( later Whitby) Monastery gave rise to the works of an … Continue reading

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AVEBURY STONE CIRCLE

  On a delightful summer’s day we visited Avebury henge in Wiltshire. It’s one of the principal and best-known ceremonial and sacred meeting places for our ancestors in Britain. Avebury contains the largest stone circle in the world. Development of … Continue reading

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IFORD MANOR GARDEN

At Bradford-on-Avon we climbed uneven steps, and tackled twisting paths of the Garden, a delight for those who enjoy a walk among nature. Situated on the River Frome, the site has been occupied since Roman times, with extensive views of … Continue reading

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GRAND SHEIKH ZAYED MOSQUE

David outside the entrance dome  to the mosque. A subterranean passage and escalators now take one  right outside – a boon in the heat. I first visited the Grand Sheikh Zayed  Mosque a couple of years ago. Since then the improvements  have … Continue reading

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HIDCOTE MANOR GARDEN

Hidecote Manor Garden in Gloucestershire is a must-see. It’s one of the best-known and influential Arts and Crafts Gardens in Britain. A series of outdoor ‘rooms’ show yew and holly hedges, rare shrubs and herbaceous borders. It’s not all about … Continue reading

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BLENHEIM PALACE

One’s first impression of Blenheim Palace at Oxfordshire is of the monumental size and antiquity. It is arguably most famous for being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Much is made of the ‘small’ room which greeted his early arrival. … Continue reading

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JEVINGTON SUSSEX

On our quest to trace Vine ancestors at Jevington, we spent a night at Hastings. It was my first visit and we were amazed by then tall black timber sheds for storage of seafaring equipment in days when everything was … Continue reading

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ARLES

The amphitheatre has 33 rows of seats; in Roman times the actors were all men. The arena, was built on two levels, where 20,000 people could watch blood sports, gladiators pitted against wild animals. The site was in use until … Continue reading

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OUR TOUR GROUP

Half the fun of travelling on an organized tour is the company, sharing stories and adventures, while engaging in that great sport of people watching. Folk on the trip came from Canada, South Africa, Australia, US, Singapore. Over the course … Continue reading

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