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Caisht sonney dhyt!

Happy Easter in Manx Gaelic!

It’s been over a year since my last post, but here I am again posting about my travels. The decision to go to the Isle of Man was made overnight. The original plan was to go to Cornwall but since there is no fast transportation from Birmingham to there we decided we should choose something else.

So we got the train to Liverpool (which was surprisingly cheap – £18 return) and the  not so cheap (£40 return) ferry to the great Isle of Man!

We stayed at Wicklow Hills b&b which is located on the top of a hill in Douglas, the main city in the Isle of Man. The owners, Susan and Phillip, made us feel at home, which was nice, for a change. The b&b is very clean and has a homely atmosphere so if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, this is definitely it, especially at £25 a night per person (including breakfast!).

On our first day we decided to stay in Douglas and visit the city. I’ll go straight to the point. I didn’t like it. There was no touristic information anywhere and the whole town seemed to be oblivious to the existence of tourists. We tried to hire a bike so we could cycle around the island but that proved to be a nearly impossible mission. 2 hours after dialling several numbers we managed to hire 2 bikes for £40 for one day. Douglas in itself is just a mere fishing town with very few places of interest to see. There seemed to be a lot of shops closed down due to lack of tourists and there was a huge lack of proper restaurants where you could have a decent meal.

Our second day made our trip worth it, however. We got the steam to train (£11.60 return) to Port Erin and stopped at Castletown along the way. Catching this train is a must do despite the stink of the steam and the 1 hour bumpy ride. Castle Rushen in Castletown is a must see even though there is not much to see besides this.

Finally we got the electric train to Ballaglass glen. Again, amazing views along the way.

In a nutshell, the Isle of Man is the place to go for breathtaking views and a relaxing break. However, and I am sorry for the fact that I am biased, it is not a place to be compared to the Aran Islands, Ireland. The Aran Island are truly THE place to be for breathtaking views in where you’ll really feel yourself blending with nature.

For a wonderful meal you’ll have to go to Tanroagan, located in Douglas, a seafood restaurant that has all its products bought locally. All dishes looked amazing but I can tell you the crab and lobster ravioli was to die for! We paid £35 per head for a 3 course dinner – totally worth it!

I’ll see you next time my friends! See you after Rome! 🙂

A new post, at last.

After many months without a new post (or a new trip, for that matter), I’m posting brand new pictures of my recent trip (actually, it was 5 hours ago – I know, I’m fast) to Bath 🙂

As far as we have been told Bath is the only city in England as expensive as London, which is quite weird actually. Or not ’cause you’ll soon realize, as you get there, that everything looks very posh. I mean, how often do you see a real estate agency selling houses for 1, 2, 3 million pounds? I guess that means something…:P

Andddddddd…Nicolas Cage has a summer house there, which might mean something too.

Anyway…I’m not in the mood for a history lecture but I can quickly tell you that Bath is known for it’s baths lolol How unpredictable! Well…the romans found hot springs there and since then the city has turned into a circus of people with back problems 😀

I’ve been in Bath before and yes I can tell you it’s definitely in the Top 5 cities in England.

And I think that’s pretty much it!

See you next time, whenever that is 🙂 In the meantime, enjoy les photos!

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Stratford-upon-Avon

…and another place to visit if you’re into visiting special places, e.g., the place where Shakespeare wrote his books. Or maybe not… Historians don’t know anything about this gentleman but his date of birth and death. All the rest is pure speculation and theories came from an alien planet. Meaning: no history lessons this time 😛

Speculate!

Either way, let’s just pretend that the pictures below are in fact the place where he was born and where he lived… 🙂 To tell the truth, I’m neither a Shakespeare nor a Camões fan. But as I usually say, still interesting though! 😉

Stratford-upon-Avon is my ultimate favourite city in England 🙂 The river makes it beautiful and besides that the old buildings makes it magical. Oh, and the ice cream and hand made chocolate shops look reallyyyy great 😉

Me, G. and H. had a great time there (although i got a horrifying cold) eating chocolates 🙂 Not very good for your belly…

Enjoy!

P.S – Oh, and inside Holy Trinity Church you can find Shakespeare grave…although I’m not sure if its just the grave of someone called Shakespeare or if it is the grave of the poet who wrote Romeo and Juliet. Whatever… lol 😛

Pictures (from top to bottom): Shakespeare birthplace (you have to pay £9 to get in…what a nonsense); Shakespeare grave (£3, another nonsense); the river Avon and G. and H. See more

On Middle Earth and Narnia

Geek stuff time!

So, who doesn’t like J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis? Everybody does! or almost… (sorry V., I know you hate it!). I’m a huge fan (and so is G.) and we’ve decided to go there long time ago but for some reason we never had the chance to visit Oxford, the city where magnificent books were written.

Until this week.

We were very excited to see the pub, The Eagle and Child, where the two authors discussed their works. Gosh…How I wish to have been there to see them talking about hobbits and Aslan and, eventually, ending up in a huge fight. (Yes, geek stuff – there was some rivalry between the two). The pub looks great and you can almost imagine the inklings there by the fire 😛

Tolkien’s grave is also a cool place to visit although it is just a grave lol

Unfortunately we didn’t had the chance to visit neither Tolkien’s house nor Lewis’. Another time, who knows?

As to the city itself…well, it’s just beautiful and you know…you never quite get fed up of it ’cause it’s filled with geek memorabilia, including the Christ Church, which is lovely, where Harry Potter and The Golden Compass were shot.

Pictures (from top to bottom): 1) The Eagle and Child, inside the rabbit room (where the inklings met), 2) Tolkien’s grave (can you see there written Luthien and Béren? So romantic…, 3) the Hall of Christ Church 4) the garden still inside Christ Church and 5) the first round library in the world. See more.

…and the castle saga continues…

So G. arrived yesterday and we (G., the other G., H. and I) decided to go to Warwick Castle (built in 1068), you know, another castle in England 🙂 Always fun for the castle lovers like me. 

We had a splendid day (it was sunny regardless the forecast) there. Loads of gardens with the always colorful and vain peacocks, eagles, owls, catapults (we saw the biggest catapult in the whole word – the trebuchet – firing a 15kg stone into the air. And what a hole it left on the ground!), greenhouses and lakes. 

I’ve seen lots of castles in England but none like this. Ghost towers, state rooms, dungeons and the list keeps on going on and on. I would definitely encourage everyone to see this one first! 😉 

As usual, loads of pictures to see… enjoy 🙂

Pictures (from top to bottom): castle and surrounding area, me and G., the guys, G. b&w and the trebuchet.

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(doesn’t need a map…it’s just 10 minutes away from Cov.)

Summer post on Weston-super-Mare

‘A day on the beach in England???’. That was my reaction when someone told me we were going to the beach with the uni. I mean, England is famous for many many things but not for its beaches, for sure! Even so, I had to give the benefit of the doubt. Who knows? Perhaps there’s a missing paradise nearer than I thought 😛

Well, it’s not Algarve, that’s for sure, but it’s still great. The weather was really good (I’m a bit tanned actually) and there’s beautiful landscapes to be seen. As to the sea water…well, it’s not blue. For some reason (which I haven’t quite understood yet) it is brown. Details…

There’s plenty of coffee shops, restaurants (yes, including the so famous fish and chips which I hate), stalls with all kinds of nonsense (lol), ice cream stalls, donnuts stalls, all kinds of good things stalls 🙂 The great pier is definitely worth of visiting; you can see by the pictures that there’s a lot of couples around Weston-super-Mare especially in the pier. But there’s a bonus! Along the pier there’s speakers with music and guess what it was playing…Frank Sinatra classics! This is the part where you’ll get depressed if you don’t have a bf/gf 😦

I spent most of the day photgraphing people I dont know but it was fun anyway! 🙂 I didn’t visit any churches or anything else ’cause I’m a bit tired of doing that so I decided to stick with the landscapes 🙂 Enjoy!

Pictures (from top to bottom): doesn’t really matter! P.S – that pointy thing is a monument to symbolize man’s harmony with the sea 😉 See more

Coventry Cemetery

For those who know me this is not a surprise. Actually, if you know me, nothing is 😉 Anywayssss…another trip to those gorgeous Victorian cemeteries that I oh so love! 🙂 James Starley (for those who don’t know he was the English inventor and ‘Father of the Bicycle Industry’) and 20.000 others can be found there. Dead, I suppose. Not a big deal but still a good place to take a walk.

P.S – You can see that the cemetery is extremely degraded, which makes it even more beautiful 🙂 Bloody goth kids in All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween)!

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