Category European Cities

David Bowie, Street Art in Manchester's Northern Quarter

David Bowie – Remembering A Genius

David Bowie 8th January 1947 – 10th January 2016 Today would have been the 74th birthday of the incomparable David Bowie, perhaps Britain’s finest ever contemporary creative genius. When I heard the news of his death from cancer five years ago, I played Lazarus on my MP3 and bawled my eyes out. I had never […]

Safe Travels in 2021 – Staying Closer To Home (London & Manchester)

It is great news that we seem to be drawing a little closer to all being vaccinated against Covid-19. However, if you are like me, I will be cautious before I rush out and book any of the trips that I would love to make to far flung places. Luckily in the UK we have […]

Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne

Bridges of Europe – Part Four, Central Europe

Continuing my series of European bridges, having already covered Northern & Southern Europe and the UK. My classification for Central Europe is Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Czechia, Slovakia & Slovenia. Switzerland If the earth’s creator had an idea for a fabulous train set, Switzerland would have been the perfect setting. It has however been left […]

Bridges of Europe – Part Three, UK.

“It takes both sides to build a bridge.” Bath – Pulteney Bridge I mentioned that one of the two bridges in Europe that have shops on them is the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Well you guessed it, the second is the one in the beautiful Roman city of Bath, now renowned also for its Georgian […]

Bridges of Europe – Part Two, Northern Europe (Benelux & Scandinavia)

The feats of engineering that have enabled road & rail bridges to be built in the mountainous regions of Scandinavia is nothing short of mind boggling. Cutting right through mountains, traversing raging rivers and spanning majestic fjords, they have been built with hard toil and ingenious design. Best of all, they not only blend with […]

The Bridges of Europe – Part One, Southern Europe

Korinth (Corinth), Greece The Corinth Canal in Greece is an incredible feat of engineering and was once an important navigational route which allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Carved through the isthmus at sea level, the canal is 6.4 km long with a width of only 25 metres. Impossible for modern ships to go through, […]

My Top 15 Spanish Cities – #1 Seville

I have now come to the end of my countdown having already covered numbers two to fifteen (2. Granada 3. Barcelona, 4, Santiago de Compostela 5. Córdoba 6. Valencia 7. Segovia 8. Bilbao 9. Madrid 10. Toledo 11. Cádiz 12. Vitoria-Gasteiz 13. Palma, 14. Denia & 15. Malaga). Seville The home of flamenco and oranges […]

My Top 15 Spanish Cities #2 – Granada

Continuing my countdown having already covered numbers three to fifteen (3. Barcelona, 4, Santiago de Compostela 5. Córdoba 6. Valencia 7. Segovia 8. Bilbao 9. Madrid 10. Toledo 11. Cádiz 12. Vitoria-Gasteiz 13. Palma, 14. Denia & 15. Malaga). Granada So good that in the UK they named a Commercial TV Station, a Motorway Service […]

My Top 15 Spanish Cities #3 – Barcelona

Continuing my countdown having already covered numbers three to fifteen (4, Santiago de Compostela 5. Córdoba 6. Valencia 7. Segovia 8. Bilbao 9. Madrid 10. Toledo 11. Cádiz 12. Vitoria-Gasteiz 13. Palma, 14. Denia & 15. Malaga). Barcelona What can one say about the capital of Catalonia that has not been written already? All that […]

The Acropolis in Athens

Happy Birthday easyJet

“Do I not like orange”, so said former England football manager Graham Taylor following a controversial and harrowing defeat at the hands of the orange clad Dutch in late 1993. Two years later the orange airline was born, 25-years ago yesterday in fact. They started out as an irritant to the established flag carriers and […]