Exploring the Cathedrals and Abbeys of Northern England
It was a big step to take, going on a special interest holiday, but I was curious to see what it was like spending a few days learning about one topic in depth. As I have always had a fascination for churches I chose the Cathedrals and Abbeys of Northern England, organised by the Cultural Travel Company, part of the Martin Randall Travel group. Our group of twenty-seven was based inYork throughout the trip and we travelled in a luxury coach to the cahehdrals and abbeys we visited. The itinerary was well-balanced and optimised our time during the four days of the holiday. On our first afternoon we walked through York city centre to York Minster. Before we left our hotel each one of us was given a whisperer with an earpiece so that we could hear our speaker, Jon Cannon who gave us an introduction to Medieval architecture as we walked along. I was already impressed ...
Afternoon Tea at Blenheim Palace
It was a splendid English afternoon tea. Miniature smoked salmon blinis, tiny quiches and bite-sized sandwiches graced the bottom plate of our three-tier cake stand. Plump scones, pots of jam, a small dish of fresh cream and fluffy Bakewell slices crowded together on the second tier. And on top, a halo of chocolate delicacies ...
The Intriguing Isokon Building – Hampstead, London
We all have dreams but not many of us see them come to fruition as spectacularly as Jack Pritchard did in 1934 in the form of the Lawn Road Flats, also known as the Isokon Building…
Enigma and Bletchley Park
I knew Enigma was a book as I had an unread copy in my book case and also a film that I had not seen …
Finding Ernö - in the East End of London
I started my quest in typical East End fashion – pie and mash at Maureen’s pie and mash café in the Chrisp Street Market in Poplar. When asked if I would like gravy or liquor I declined the latter thinking that noon was too early to start drinking.