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November 26, 2013

England: Churnet Valley Railway


All aboard in Froghall

All aboard in Froghall

As near as I can determine, Britain has about 200 functioning heritage steam railway lines.  Through the help of thousands of volunteers relics of Britain’s steam rail past have (more…)

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November 20, 2013

France: Compiègne


A path through the trees in Compiègne France

A path through the trees in Compiègne France

Visits to a pair of grand châteaux bracketed our 2012 European excursion.  We recovered from our arrival jet lag with a stop an hour to the south of Paris at Fontainebleau.  On our (more…)

November 17, 2013

United States: San Francisco


San Francisco Cable Car Museum

San Francisco Cable Car Museum

Our visits to new cities often come with maniacal attempts to see it all.  As we never know for sure that we will be able to return we try to see all the main sights while we can.  But (more…)

November 16, 2013

France: Amiens


Doors of Amiens' Cathedral at night

Doors of Amiens’ Cathedral at night

If a single theme emerged from our 2012 European tour it was cathedrals.  Our journey took us to impressive cathedrals in Bordeaux and Angers France.  In Spain, the (more…)

November 13, 2013

England: Summer Flowers

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DSC_5505-Edit-Edit-Edit-EditWe arrived in the English Midlands in the middle of May (2013). Coming directly from California, we naïvely expected we’d land at the start of the English summer. We were so wrong.

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France: Belfries


Belfries in Calais (left) and Cambrai (right)

Belfries in Calais (left) and Cambrai (right)

From 1999 to 2005 UNESCO designated 56 historical bell towers in and near historic Flanders as a World Heritage site.  Built between the 11th and 17th Centuries, the Belfries (more…)

November 4, 2013

England: Saltaire


A canal runs between the factory buildings in Saltaire.

A canal runs between the factory buildings in Saltaire.

It’s been our policy to visit every UNESCO World Heritage site we are near.  When we found ourselves close to Saltaire on the road back to our West Midlands base, a stop to see this Heritage site was unavoidable.

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November 3, 2013

England: Blackpool

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As the sun sets the lights come on on the pleasure piers in Blackpool.

We were warned about Blackpool. Indeed, the Brits we met seemed embarrassed that we might see the worst of British debauchery if we visited this infamous seaside (more…)

November 2, 2013

France: Paris, Pont de Bir-Hakeim


Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

The Passy and Bir-Hakeim stops on the Paris Metro sit on opposite sides of the Seine just downstream from the Eiffel Tower.  Connecting the two is Pont de Bir-Hakeim, a (more…)

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