Titanic Belfast – 2

The interior of the eight-storey building provides 130,000 square feet of space. Its centrepiece is a series of interpretive galleries exploring aspects of the building, design, sinking and legacy of Titanic. On the top floor of the museum is Belfast’s largest conference and reception space, the Titanic Suite, a banqueting facility capable of seating 750Continue reading “Titanic Belfast – 2”

Beaghmore Stone Circle – 2

The site was discovered by a local historian George Barnett in the late 1930s during peat cutting when precisely 1,269 stones were uncovered. The site was partially excavated in the four years after the end of the second world war when it was taken into state care. The circles were also excavated in 1965. InvestigationContinue reading “Beaghmore Stone Circle – 2”

Beaghmore Stone Circles – 1

Taking the A505 westwards from Cookstown in County Tyrone, I found my right-hand turning to the Beaghmore Stone Circles after about 15 minutes. Having just visited the Giant’s Causeway, I was expecting to be one of a number of visitors to these Bronze Age relics. The drive through the countryside afforded wonderful views of theContinue reading “Beaghmore Stone Circles – 1”

Places not on Google Maps – London – Part 2

  St Martin’s in the Concrete London’s newest church and the one with the most honest name according to the vicar, the Rev Jim Probert. Built in 1972 near Blackfriars, the church has no stained glass and is deliberately plain as it’s designed for people who just want to pay a quick visit during theirContinue reading “Places not on Google Maps – London – Part 2”

Antigua

Extract from Travel Tales from Exotic Places Antigua boasts of its 365 beaches, one for each day of the year, so I could understand the pained look on the taxi driver’s face when a cruise ship tourist asked him to take her to the beach for three hours. I was at Redcliffe Quay in St John’s theContinue reading “Antigua”

Iceland

Travelling along the Ring Road near Skogar on Iceland’s southern coast is a birdwatcher’s delight. Arctic terns fly along the fences by the road, oystercatchers in flocks of between 5 and 13 hunt on foot in the fields around two miles from the sea, and whimbrels sit on the fence posts looking for something to eat. The wind blows fluffyContinue reading “Iceland”

Donington-le-Heath

Historical re-enactments occur throughout the summer months in the UK and many of these gatherings are on a grand scale and enjoyed by thousands of people, but I prefer the smaller occasions because you can mingle with the participants and talk to them when they are “in character”. One such event took place at the 700-year old Donington-le- Heath ManorContinue reading “Donington-le-Heath”

Avignon

Sur le Pont d’Avignon On y danse, On y danse Sur le Pont d’Avignon On y danse tous en rond On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there, we all dance there On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there in a ring “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” is a song about the PontContinue reading “Avignon”

Rennes-le-Chateau & The Da Vinci Code

There are many conspiracy theories about Rennes-le-Chateau and the fact of the matter is that without these conspiracy theories fewer visitors, including myself, would come to this fairly non-descript, though still pretty, village. Most people come because there are so many fascinating questions remaining to be answered and presumably some questions will stay unanswered unlessContinue reading “Rennes-le-Chateau & The Da Vinci Code”