Symi

Arriving at Symi Town is the loveliest way to begin any visit to a Greek Island. The bay has low hills on all sides and on those hills are stacked differently coloured ochre Italianate mansions, each one a slightly shade to its neighbour. The slope of the hills means these mansions appear in neat rowsContinue reading “Symi”

Patmos – 1

St John the Divine or St John the Evangelist was exiled to Patmos from Ephesus in 95AD by the Roman Emperor Domitian. It’s said St John wrote his Gospel on Patmos, but his exile here is better remembered for his authorship of the last book of The Bible, The Book of Revelations. St John heardContinue reading “Patmos – 1”

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”

1930s Australia: the art deco designs ushering in a brave new world – in pictures

The 1930s were a time of rapid modernisation in Australia, with construction and engineering feats, such as fast rail and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, butting up against the political and social upheaval of the Great Depression and the second world war.

Lake District: the UK’s first world heritage national park – in pictures

As the Lake District enjoys its newly awarded Unesco world heritage status, take a look at some of the views that illustrate the magic and beauty of Wordsworth Country

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 6

Further up, High Street meets North Bridge which runs north over Waverley station to Princes Street, and South Bridge, which spans the Cowgate to the south. Further up on the right is Parliament Square, named after the old Parliament House which housed both the law courts and the old Parliament of Scotland between the 1630sContinue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 6”

Rosslyn Chapel – 3

There are depictions of Trillium, Indian Corn, and Aloe Vera indicating the sculptors of the chapel were familiar with these plants, even though Western Explorers weren’t supposed to have reached North America and India, where these plants originate, until at least 10 years after the carvings were crafted. There are also representations of an elephantContinue reading “Rosslyn Chapel – 3”

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 3

To the south the view is of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags where energetic lunch-time athletes go running. Between the Parliament and the crags is Our Dynamic Earth, a visitor attraction that tells the story of planet Earth and how our world works, how life has evolved and the future challenges faced by the planet.Continue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 3”

Rosslyn Chapel – 1

Before the book, the Da Vinci Code, was first published in 2003, Rosslyn Chapel received between 5,000 and 5,500 visitors per year. After the release of the film of the same name in 2006, 176,000 visitors arrived in the next six months. This figure is now the average number of tourists the chapel receives eachContinue reading “Rosslyn Chapel – 1”

Phil Collins: why I took a Soviet statue of Engels across Europe to Manchester

Friedrich Engels spent two decades in Manchester. The horrific conditions he saw in the cradle of industrialism forged his great works. But the city has never commemorated him – until now – and it’s not that Phil Collins, it’s another one.