The Amalfi Coast.
Amalfi Duomo Amalfi – St. Andrew The reputation of the Amalfi Coast precedes any trip with visions of La Dolce Vita, the stupendous beauty of the coastline and a magical and simpler Italy as seen in “Il Postino”. The reputation is not without some truth but the truth of today’s Amalfi Coast is somewhat more […]
Woburn Safari Park
A good day out is the Safari Park on the Duke of Bedfordshire’s Estate at Woburn Abbey. As well as the Safari Park you can visit his ancestral home Woburn Abbey and Woburn village which is a well preserved Georgian village with many antique shops and a Farmers Market on a Sunday morning. The Village […]
Le Meridien Art + Tech: Turin
Meridien Lingotto Art + Tech Atrium If you are staying in Bella Torino and want some real swank try the 5 * “hotel” with a racetrack on the roof as featured in the “Italian Job” – The historic FIAT works with the 1 km test track is now the Meridien Lingotto, a showpiece conversion by […]
The Castle Cat
After a long search a new Castle Cat has been appointed and has now been installed in the cattery in the West Wing of Castle Caldwell. Ringo was appointed after a lengthy search by a competitive process using the latest catometric assessment techniques to fill the vacancy left by the previous distinguished incumbent: http://daithaic.blogspot.com/2007/10/should-we-mourn-cat.html Whilst, […]
Kalymnos – Island of the Sponge Divers.
Harbour Pothia Kalymnos draws you in. I still recall the very first time I saw Kalymnos and the sense of occasion I felt as the boat nuzzled northward from Kos. Beyond the port of Pothia opened before me emerging from its natural amphitheater and into the dawn’s light to reveal its details to our transfixed gaze as […]
The Great Circle Line Journey
Off we go! Saturday 10th June 1863 – actually a test run with VIP’s in August 1862 and the working railway never operated with open cars Baker Street Circle Line Platforms – The vents were to dissipate steam from the locomotives Circle Line Steam Locomotive One of the world’s Great Rail Journeys begins on Platform 16 at […]
Towards the Somme – a personal Journey.
Armistice Day and the wearing of the poppy have always created difficulty for Irish people, a difficulty which echoes the cathartic schism which occurred in Ireland from 1914 to 1918, the years of the “Great War.” On August 4th, 1914 England declared war on Germany and so began the conflict which became known as the […]