Coventry Cathedral and its Cross of Nails

Coventry Cathedral - Also Known as St. Michael's : Coventry was an armaments centre during World War II and as such it was a prime target for German bombing raids.  Much of the city, including Coventry Cathedral, was destroyed by the German Luftwaffe during the Coventry Blitz in 1940. Rebuild of … [Read more...]

Minack Theatre – Cornwall’s Theatre Under the Stars

Enjoy Theatre Under the Stars  at the Minack Theatre in Porthcurno: If you didn't know better, you may think that the Minack Theatre was originally built by the Roman army in 55 BC when Julius Caesar brought his legions across the Channel and settled in the south of England. After all, he was … [Read more...]

Admiral Benbow Inn – A Unique Pub in Penzance

Admiral Benbow Has an Amazing Collection of Artifacts from Shipwrecks: At the recommendation of our guest house owner, we came in search of the Admiral Benbow Inn in Penzance. Mike knew that we were on the look-out for interesting places and experiences and he described the Admiral Benbow as a … [Read more...]

Coast to Coast, UK, Grasmere-Patterdale 1

We were on the Coast to Coast walk across northern England and had overnighted at Grasmere in the Lake District. The fifth day: Our fellow breakfasters were an American couple who had walked the Coast to Coast path three years ago. Every year they return to Grasmere for a couple of weeks to indulge … [Read more...]

Assisi and St Clare

A brief detour from the Via Francigena, the 2000 km pilgrim path which joins Canterbury to Rome. We had arrived in Assisi, the home of St Francis, Italy’s patron saint, and checked into St Anthony’s Guest House. St. Anthony’s was well designed for pilgrims and travelers; a coffee machine, white … [Read more...]

Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 3

We were in the Lake District on the Coast to Coast Walk across England, a 307 km journey. We were visiting Dove Cottage, one of Wordworth's home. Read on: Around this time the five Wordsworth children were born in the Lake District and the second eldest, William was to leave an indelible mark on … [Read more...]

Tower Bridge – A Victorian Engineering Marvel

A Symbol of London when it was Built in 1894 and still a London icon today: Built between 1886 and 1894, the Tower Bridge quickly became a symbol of London when it was opened.  Up to this day, this flamboyant piece of Victorian engineering is still one of the grand icons of London. The … [Read more...]

Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 2

We were in the Lake District on the Coast to Coast Walk across England, a 307 km journey. The story continues: After this pleasant interlude at Greenup Edge, there was further to go. The ridge walk continued alongside Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag. From here another surreal view presented … [Read more...]

Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 1

St. Bees to Robin Hood's Bay - To Grasmere Part 1: We had overnighted at the wonderful small village of Stonethwaite in England's Lake District. This was day four of a seventeen day walk from St. Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea. For any of you who want to do this walk, … [Read more...]

The second most visited church in Italy

Assisi's Basilica San Francesco: We had been walking around the fabulous ancient hill-top town of Assisi as part of our journey along the Via Francigena. We followed the cobble-stoned road up to Piazza S. Francesco and entered the Lower Church of the Basilica San Francesco, the numero uno … [Read more...]