Plitvice Lakes – 1

Extract from Julian’s Journeys “Wow, what an amazing place this is” said the New Zealand girl next to me, as she looked down at the patchwork of powder blue pools and small lakes that stretched out before us. My wife and I, who were standing next to her, smiled at each other and nodded inContinue reading “Plitvice Lakes – 1”

Callanish – 4

In his 1726 work on the druids, John Toland specifically identified Diodorus Siculus’ Hyperborea with Lewis, and the “spherical temple” mentioned by Diodorus with the Callanish Stones. Diodorus was a first century BC Greek historian, best known for writing the monumental universal history Bibliotheca historica, much of which survives, between 60 and 30 BC. AContinue reading “Callanish – 4”

Dun Carloway – 3

A path leads up the hillside, giving views of the broch and the surrounding countryside. The side facing you is built above steep rock, and most of it remains as originally designed. As you round the broch to the entrance, on the north side, you are presented with a different picture. From here you canContinue reading “Dun Carloway – 3”

Callanish Stones – 1

After I visit places such as Callanish I am always bewildered, as I am sure that I can’t satisfactorily answer any of the obvious questions – why was it built, how was it built, who built it, what was the reason for building it here rather than on any other hillock in the area? EvenContinue reading “Callanish Stones – 1”

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”

Titanic Belfast – 1

The iconic Titanic Belfast building is located on Queen’s Island, used for many years by the shipbuilders Harland and Wolff, who built huge slipways and graving docks to accommodate the simultaneous construction of the ships Olympic and Titanic. The decline of shipbuilding in Belfast left much of the area derelict. Most of the disused structuresContinue reading “Titanic Belfast – 1”

Bodnant Gardens

Just down the Conwy valley the gardens at Bodnant are one of the best in the UK. Bodnant Gardens are situated above the River Hiraethlyn, a tributary of the river Conwy and look across the valley towards the Snowdonia range. Bodnant’s 99 acres of gardens were laid out around 100 years ago and are splitContinue reading “Bodnant Gardens”

Conwy

Conwy in North Wales is stunningly situated by any standards. On one side lies the estuary of the Conwy river while the other 3 sides are protected by 13th century town walls, over three-quarters of a mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers, considered to be some of the finest protecting wallsContinue reading “Conwy”