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Jacobite Train (aka Hogwarts Express)

Voted several years in a row as the top rail journey in the world (Wunderlust Magazine), the Jacobite train trip in Scotland has been on my bucket list for some time. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater …

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Castles and Chateaux on Anglesey Island, Wales

After sleeping in following my huuuuuuge day on the Statesman to Scotland and back, I decided to go exploring on Anglesey… South Stack Lighthouse, built in 1873…     …coming in to Beaumaris – now one of my favourite places… Beaumaris Castle…     Perfect place for lunch…  Bulkeley Hotel – built before the reign …

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Staycation Day

Sometimes it is lovely to stay in your home town and explore… and in my case, that exploration involved the museum, a film-maker, French lunch, people-watching, and Michael Portillo! The day prior, I was thinking about this weekend being Remembrance Day, and of all the young men who gave absolutely everything so that we may …

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Weekend Away on a Victorian-Era Sailing Ship

You know me, I love anything Victorian/Edwardian – and I love anything boat/water related…  So, this weekend I combined those two passions and spent the entire weekend away on “Pilgrim”, a glorious small tall ship that was built in 1895! Walking along beside Brixham Harbour, it is wonderful to ponder what life was like here …

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Perfect start to a long weekend…

After a rather challenging couple of weeks, and with another huge week ahead, I decided to treat myself to a long weekend… beginning with a day out with a wonderful girlfriend… So, it was off first to Exeter on the train… …not a bad view from the train… …delicious sustenance to provide energy for our …

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