Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 3

Dove Cottage at Grasmere

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 English […]

Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 2

Tiny figures up on the ridge (Lakeland,UK)

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 itself. Down below were […]

Grasmere, Wordsworth and the Lake District – Part 1

Stone walls near Greenup Gill, Lake District

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 […]

The second most visited church in Italy

Basilica di San francesco.

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 site in Assisi. This basilica ranked as […]

Travel Europe – meet a guidebook writer & Charlie Chaplin

A classic Lake Leman steamer.

Lausanne, Switzerland. On the Via Francigena When on the Via Francigena, there are precious few opportunities that come your way in regards to being ferried about instead of walking. Such an opportunity arose in travelling from Lausanne to Vevey – by ferry. In the morning, with the bright sun beaming in the sky, we walked […]

South Downs Way – Walker’s snacks, accommodation and the Telscombe Youth Hostel

At the cosy Telscombe Youth Hostel

We were on the South Downs Way, one of England’s fine walking paths and staying at the Frog Firle Youth Hostel. For an interesting description of this youth hostel see the article: South Downs Way – Frogs and White Horses Breakfast with youth hostellers Alan and Jane. Alan mentioned that he made bike wheels for […]

Welsh Castles: Carreg Cennen Castle

View from Carreg Cennen Castle

December 27, Wales. It was getting cold. I was staying with Jerry, a friend from Ammanford in  Wales. We had placed a thermometer outside overnight and this morning it gave a conservative reading of 0°C. Apparently it had dropped to -8°C overnight. Needless to say much of the outdoors was frozen. Today’s plan was to visit […]

What were medieval Pilgrim's motivations and gear?

Medieval pilgrim's gear

Le Puy – Conques, Les Faux to Aumont Aubrac This was the fourth day of walking and we knew that tomorrow was a rest day. The walking had been challenging but not too tiring. A grateful pilgrim appreciates a good rest when it presents itself or is planned for. We left the efficient and pleasant […]

Cornwall Coast Path – St. Piran, Poldark and surfers

The surprising surfing beach at Perranporth

Newquay to Perranporth – 11 miles about 6 hours It was May and I was in Cornwall, Britain. I arrived at the charming Cornish seaside village of Newquay in the afternoon. Very popular with visitors. One of Newquay’s beaches is home to ‘The Cribber’ a wave of up to 9 metres high that attracts the […]