According to a traditional account, a small Visigoth church, stood on the site. In 784 Abd al-Rahman I ordered construction of the Great Mosque, which was considerably expanded by later Muslim rulers. Córdoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 during the Reconquista and the building was converted to a Catholic church. Much of the original design happily remains, […]
We loved Cape Town when we visited in 2003 as part of a fifteen day trip to South Africa. We stayed for four nights either side of journeys along the Wine Route & around the Western Cape, which you can also read about on my blog. On our first two nights we stayed centrally. Our […]
Continuing the challenge with day 2, the Basque city of Bilbao. Bilbao Situated in the North of Spain close to the border with France, Bilbao is like no other Spanish city I had ever visited. The language is totally different for a start and the people definitely see themselves as Basque first and Spanish second. […]
As many of you may know, Aleppo is my favourite city I have ever visited. We all know the fate that befell this metropolis inhabited for the past 6,000 years that is situated on the ancient Silk Road. I won’t dwell on the horrendous occurrences of the last 9 years though, but will show things […]
Northern Italy is really suffering at the moment as we all know only too well. Italy is probably the favourite European travel destination for many, and with good reason. It has to be hoped that we are able to visit the historic country again in a few months. I have nothing but fond memories of […]
It is Mother’s Day in the UK today, far from a normal one unfortunately. Mothers everywhere, we salute you. Here are some pictures from my travels in their honour. And not forgetting granny…….
The music venues, theatres, pubs, clubs, restaurants, coffee shops, sports clubs, leisure attractions, gyms, cinemas, festivals, events and the like are businesses first and foremost of course, but more than that they are the well-being of a nation. Without them our lives would of course be infinitely poorer. In this unprecedented time for us all, […]
I took this photo in January 2017. Notice the pelican stood on the jetty.
I took this photo in January 2017 whilst on a bus trip from Santiago to Baracoa. Any ideas what tree it is?
Being a typical male I have the ‘completion’ gene ingrained within me. It was pretty much for that reason alone that Mrs Wilbur, Hamish & I travelled to Liechtenstein during the first weekend in February. This now leaves me with Andorra, Malta & San Marino for a European nation clean sweep. I have also visited […]