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Funny what you find on your computer

Posted on 12 November 2012 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Trolleybuses in Nevsky Prospect

I have a folder on one of my computers called "Photos". I guess a lot of people do. I have a folder in that folder called "a_To_sort". That's perhaps a little rarer.

"a_To_sort" is full of photos I need to sift through. Once I've pruned them and uploaded them in to flickr, they get put in a more sensible structure in my hard drive. Hence the "To_sort".

On the other hand, the "a_" bit is a crude attempt to ensure it always sits at the top of my directory listing where I can find it.

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Solving the mystery of “Kallebu”

Posted on 13 January 2012 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Kallebu

In 2006 Catherine and myself went on holiday in Norway where we stayed next in two parts of the country and got around purely by public transport.

This proved to be an interesting challenge in the second half of the holiday when we stayed in the small town of Ulvik, next to the Hardangerfjord where the local bus system didn't always go quite where we wanted to go. Which is why on one day, we ended up having to walk a couple of miles up a busy road in order to get to one particular tourist attraction.

Walking several miles up hill on a main road isn't always interesting, but as we did we spotted something curious in the hillside. We spotted Kallebu.

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All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer: Kamloops to Jasper

Posted on 7 September 2011 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

It’s clear that a Rocky Mountaineer train can’t set off from a station without someone standing on the platform…

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer: Vancouver to Kamloops

Posted on 6 September 2011 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

“All aboard!” chorus the Rocky Mountaineer staff loudly as the train hoots in sync in a slightly cheesy way. Passengers are invited to make their way to their seats. The Rocky Mountaineer is getting ready to depart.

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for the adventure of a lifetime. And a picket line.

Posted on 5 September 2011 in Travel and Holidays (5 comments)

“One of the World’s Ultimate Experiences” says the Lonely Planet about the Rocky Mountaineer. There’s just the matter of the picket line to cross first.

Causing confusion - misinformation from the YHA of all people

Posted on 23 March 2010 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

With not long to go before a trip there, you can imagine my surprise and panic upon finding the terse message that ‘This location has now closed’ on the page for a YHA hostel in Greenhead we were booked in at.

links for 2010-01-20

Posted on 20 January 2010 in Daily Links, Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Make your own David Cameron poster You've seen it, you can't unsee it! (tags: DavidCameron advertising mashup ConservativeParty)…

Returning to Blighty from Dublin - the high speed way!

Posted on 26 December 2009 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On the way to Ireland we’d travelled by the World’s Largest Car Ferry. The return vessel was to be just a bit smaller. And faster. For we were going on The Dublin Swift - Irish Ferries’s fast ferry which knocks off an hour and a half off the journey time.

Out and About Around Dublin - walking from Greystones to Bray

Posted on 24 December 2009 in Transport, Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Our final day in Ireland and we chose to walk the lovely coastline between Greystones and Bray, just outside Dublin.

Out and About in Dublin - Trinity College and the Book of Kells

Posted on 23 December 2009 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Our original plan was to go to one of the art galleries, however time was running slightly low so we went to see the Book of Kells at Trinity College instead.

Cork to Dublin by Train

Posted on 22 December 2009 in Transport, Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Never believe platform indicators on Irish Railways. For they don’t actually match reality…

Out and About in Cork - things to see

Posted on 21 December 2009 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

The day after visiting Blarney Castle, we decided to explore the delights of Cork town. In the previous day and a half we’d managed to see little bar sitting in some pubs and visiting the tourist information centre, so this seemed a good idea.

Out and About in Cork - Blarney Castle

Posted on 20 December 2009 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

It was in Iceland that I first realised I never wanted to do a coach tour holiday. As we drove round in our hire car, we’d be overtaken by manically speeding coaches which would arrive, thrust 60 people through the door of an attraction. The tourists would then swarm through the place, before being herded back out again about half an hour later.

Dublin to Cork by train

Posted on 19 December 2009 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

When we were researching Ireland, one of the places that stood out was Cork, down in the south of the country. A good pub culture, Blarney Castle and lots more. It seemed to be the place to go!

Out and About Around Dublin - off to Howth

Posted on 18 December 2009 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Trawling through the leaflets in Dublin’s tourist information office, we found one likely candidate in the form of Howth. Hey, it had a cutely illustrated map, the promise of some walks around the headland and it has the tagline “Howth is Magic!” There could be no other place to go!

Out and About in Dublin - The Guinness Storehouse

Posted on 17 December 2009 in Beer, Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Guinness - a pint of the black stuff. So well known it’s even in the spell checker on my PC. And when you’re in Ireland, you can’t escape the stuff. It’s everywhere.

Out and About in Dublin - the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Posted on 16 December 2009 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

The IMMA is housed in the buildings of the former Royal Hospital Kilmainham, and is a based in rooms around a large courtyard. It all looks rather large and impressive, and my initial thought was how were we going to do this place justice in the time we had available. Okay, it didn’t look as hefty as Tate Britain or the National Gallery in London, but it looked rather large.

London to Ireland - train and ferry part 2

Posted on 15 December 2009 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Holidays. They always seem to involve rushing about. And it starts with rushing to the airport. Then rushing to security. Then rushing through the gate because security have held everyone up so long that your flight is on final call. Oh and there’s an elderly woman pushing a pram in the way.

London to Ireland by train and ferry - part 1

Posted on 14 December 2009 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

The £29 is the maximum price you’ll pay for sail/rail to Ireland, and you can do it from pretty much anywhere in the UK - there are similar cheap offers for other ferry crossings to Ireland.

The best train journey in Britain

Posted on 21 October 2009 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

There can be only one contender. It’s the West Highland Line from Fort William and there’s only one way to do it. The Caledonian Sleeper.

A visitor from London says hello

Posted on 20 October 2009 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

As we ambled along, a mighty TOOOT TOOOT! filled the valley.

All aboard the night train to the highlands!

Posted on 19 October 2009 in Travel and Holidays (1 comment)

Earlier in the year I blogged about travelling to Edinburgh by sleeper. But it’s not the only Scottish sleeper train there is, for you can also go to the highlands by overnight rail too.

A love of train travel

Posted on 17 October 2009 in Transport, Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

In a box in my house are a series of photo albums containing snapshots from my childhood, mostly taken by myself.

Sleeping on the rails part 3 - in Russia with love

Posted on 16 April 2009 in Transport, Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Prior to this year, I’d only ever taken one journey on a sleeper train. It was 2003 and we were in St Petersburg visiting my sister, and she decided we should go to Moscow for the day to see the sights. Lenin’s Tomb, Red Square and so on. We’d arrive on the sleeper, spend the day there and arrive back in St Petersburg the following morning.

Sleeping on the rails part 2 - off to Scotland on the Caledonian Sleeper

Posted on 15 April 2009 in Transport, Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

In the UK you can get most places in a reasonable time by train so why fly? The journey from London to Edinburgh is perhaps pushing it slightly, with a journey of four and a half hours. So trying the sleeper train to Edinburgh seemed a good idea.

Sleeping on the rails part 1 - we have them in Britain?

Posted on 14 April 2009 in Transport, Travel and Holidays (2 comments)

When it comes to trains, nothing really evokes the romance of the sleeper. Of boarding a train, and of it whisking you through the night to another city, where an attendant gently wakes you crying “Good morning sir” before handing you your breakfast.

13 Years On - Visiting London as a Teenager

Posted on 25 March 2009 in London, Travel and Holidays (2 comments)

September 2009 marks a rather notable landmark in my life. For at the end of the month, it will be ten years since I first set up home in the capital city of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. But it wasn’t my first visit - that was a few years earlier in spring 1996.

Switzerland Day 7 - around Bern

Posted on 13 October 2008 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Paul Klee, rain, Einstein, rain, inability to order coffee, rain, pizza, rain, beer, no rain.

Switzerland Day 6 - go to Bern? What a capital idea!

Posted on 12 October 2008 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

It’s the last day in the saddle and the destination is Switzerland’s capital, Bern.

Switzerland Day 5 - to the Schloss!

Posted on 5 October 2008 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Today we’d be cycling to our next hotel in the town of Thun, and the weather was looking good and no mistake!

Switzerland Day 4 - Valley cycling, waterfalls and clouds

Posted on 28 September 2008 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Cable cars, cycling and some great views. Well if you like views of clouds anyway…

Switzerland Day 3 - to the Top of Europe!

Posted on 15 September 2008 in Travel and Holidays (1 comment)

We’re off to the top of a mountain and some stunning scenery.

Switzerland 2008 Day 2 - Waterfalls, more lakes and a fantastic funicular

Posted on 4 September 2008 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

It’s day two and we’re cycling from Meiringen to Wilderswil, and seeing some great things on the way.

Switzerland 2008 Day 1 - Lakes, rosti, a death, a resurrection and giant chess

Posted on 31 August 2008 in Travel and Holidays (2 comments)

It’s day one of cycling around the lakes and villages of Switzerland.

Switzerland 2008 - London to Meringen in several easy train filled steps

Posted on 26 August 2008 in Travel and Holidays (2 comments)

Yep, it’s holiday time again…

On the Pennine Way

Posted on 17 October 2007 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

It was our second stint on the Pennine Way, having done a day and a half on it back at the end of March, doing Gargrave to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, whilst also doing some walking around Malham on day one, and a circular walk around Horton on day three.

Bonjourrrrr, yah cheese-eatin’ surrender monkeys!

Posted on 23 September 2007 in Food and Drink, Travel and Holidays (1 comment)

In France, Catherine ate on average 3.2 different cheeses per day. That’s a lot of cheese.

France 2007 Day 10: Up the Eiffel, and back to Blighty

Posted on 18 September 2007 in Travel and Holidays (2 comments)

Up a big tower, to a former hospital, walking the streets, sitting on a train, emerging bleary eyed on the other side of a tunnel.

France 2007 Day 9: Around Paris

Posted on 16 September 2007 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

In which our intrepid tourists see everything in black and white, visit lots of churches, get wet, and drink a nice pint of English ale.

France 2007 Day 8: To Paris

Posted on 9 September 2007 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

It was time to wave goodbye to the south of France, and head to the capital.

France 2007 Day 7: Les Meyries to La Chalp

Posted on 4 September 2007 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

The final day of walking was upon us as we saw streams, hills and a popular lake.

France 2007 Day 6: Abriès to Aiguilles

Posted on 29 August 2007 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

After a days rest, it was back to the hills again, enjoying the slightly spooky empty hamlet, a big climb, a lovely lake and a long descent.

France 2007 Day 5: L’Echalp to Abriès

Posted on 25 August 2007 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

With dodgy knees to relax, it was time for a nice, simple, but very beautiful walk along the river. Plus, of course, a quick look at the fantastic Mount Viso.

France 2007 Day 4: St-Véran to Molines

Posted on 18 August 2007 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

With the rain left behind, it was up a hill, then down again to our next stop. Fantastic views, beautiful scenery and… err… painful legs…

France 2007 Day 3: Ceillac to St-Véran

Posted on 12 August 2007 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

It’s day three, and time to leave the Hôtel La Cascade. The Col Fromage beckons, followed by the Col des Estronques. Oh and the pretty village of St-Véran.

France 2007 Day 2: Walking Around Ceillac

Posted on 6 August 2007 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

It’s 22 July 2007 and time for the first walk of our walking holiday in the Queyras region of France. This days walk - a circular walk of the hills and lakes around Ceillac.

France 2007 Day 1: Travelling… Oh So Much Travelling…

Posted on 3 August 2007 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 21 July 2007, we headed on a multitude of trains towards the Queyras Alps in France. This is part one of that holiday.

Norway 2006: An appendix on Norwegian road signs

Posted on 24 October 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Norway is an interesting country in more than one way. And I have to say, it’s road signs seem to say a lot about it.

Norway 2006: Day Eleven (Bergen, then home)

Posted on 21 October 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

If you’re ever in Bergen, let me suggest the Hotel Augustin. It’s a nice place - friendly staff, fair trade coffee, organic tea and at breakfast they have what they call “eco-museli”. There’s lots of “eco” stuff in Bergen. It seems to mean organic. I think. Anyway, the “eco-museli”, perhaps with a spoonfull of rasins, is really nice.

Norway 2006: Day Ten (Waiting for the bus…)

Posted on 18 October 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Shaving woes, hanging around Ulvik for ages, and getting back to Bergen. The penultimate day in the holiday.

Norway 2006: Day Nine (The Old Post Road)

Posted on 17 October 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

By now we were becoming regulars on the 08:55 bus out of Ulvik. Today our destination was not far - the nearby town of Granvin. The intention was to walk the old post road back to Ulvik - the road that locals used to take to meet up with the postman before a main road was built to connect Ulvik with Voss.

Norway 2006: Day Eight (Norway in a Nutshell)

Posted on 16 October 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Our intrepid duo does the famous tour of Norwegian sights.

Norway 2006: Day Seven (Around Eidfjord)

Posted on 11 October 2006 in Travel and Holidays (4 comments)

Hardangervidda Nature Centre, a waterfall, a troll house, LOTS of walking and Norwegian bus driver honour…

Norway 2006: Day Six (To Ulvik)

Posted on 5 October 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

An hour in Vik, and arriving in Ulvik.

Norway 2006: Day Five (A Folk Museum and the oddness of Norwegian buses)

Posted on 2 October 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

In which our intrepid blogger tries to get to writing about a visit to a folk museum, but actually spends most of his time confused about buses.

Norway 2006: Day Four (The English people who thought they were going up a hill, but actually came down a mountain)

Posted on 1 October 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

“Visit the other side of the fjord!” proclaimed the sign outside Balestrand Tourist Information Office, before proceeding to inform those excited enough to be reading, a list of bus times to Dragsvik - cunningly the small town on the other side of the fjord.

Norway 2006: Day Three (Fjærlandsfjorden and Glacial Tongues)

Posted on 30 September 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

With the Jostedalsbreen National Park on our doorstep, a trip up that way was an inevitability.

Norway 2006: Day Two (To Balestrand)

Posted on 27 September 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Norway is a country with a huge amount of fjords, and often the easiest way to get between two places is to use that water. Which is why we found ourselves at 8am stood on board the Fjord 1 Fylkesbaatane express boat, Fjordtroll.

Norway 2006: Day One (Bergen)

Posted on 11 September 2006 in Travel and Holidays (2 comments)

I never really feel like I’ve arrived in a city until I’m standing on the streets of it. That’s the problem with airports. By necessity, they’re in the middle of nowhere, and usually so big that it feels like you have to leave one city then enter a new one!

Norway 2006: Getting there

Posted on 9 September 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Airports. I hate them. They make me stressed.

Edinburgh

Posted on 23 February 2006 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

As you might have noticed, I wasn’t in the happiest of bunnies when I last wrote, so In a way, it couldn’t have happened at a better time. On Saturday we went up to Edinburgh to see Catherine’s brother, getting back yesterday.

Vegetarian Iceland

Posted on 22 November 2005 in Food and Drink, Travel and Holidays (8 comments)

In August 2005 myself and Catherine went on holiday to Iceland. However there’s one thing that makes any travelling vegetarian nervous, it’s the issue of food. In a special guest post (cos she doesn’t have her own blog), I’ve allowed Catherine to fill up the server with a post about it.

Iceland 2005 (Day 10)

Posted on 19 November 2005 in Travel and Holidays (1 comment)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - it’s our final day, we’re in Reykjavik and by the end of the day, will be back in London.

Iceland 2005 (Day 9)

Posted on 3 November 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - it’s now day 9, our penultimate day on the holiday, and we’re back on the road to Reykjavik

Iceland 2005 (Day 8)

Posted on 23 October 2005 in Travel and Holidays (1 comment)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - it’s now day 8, and we’re in the tourist zone. Geysirs, ancient parliament sites and more waterfalls.

Iceland 2005 (Day 7)

Posted on 17 October 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - this particular post is about day seven where we drove along the south of Iceland, admired several waterfalls, drove up an appalling road and admired lots of black sand.

Iceland 2005 (Day 6)

Posted on 9 October 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - this particular post is about day six where we saw icebergs, glacial tongues, basalt columns and a very nice gorge!

Iceland 2005 (Day 5)

Posted on 2 October 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - this particular post is about day five. A day of stones, rocks, fjords and a stunning glimpse of the glaciar.

Iceland 2005 (Day 4)

Posted on 20 September 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - this particular post is about day four, where we’d drive from the top middle of the island, to the middle right. And see some sights on the way.

Iceland 2005 (Day 3)

Posted on 18 September 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - this particular post is about day three, which was spent around Lake Mývatn and was probably one of our busiest days.

Iceland 2005 (Day 2)

Posted on 10 September 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is the second of many blog posts about that holiday - this one dealing with our first full day, and our journey to Lake Mývatn.

Iceland 2005 (Day 1)

Posted on 5 September 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

On 19 August 2005 Catherine and myself flew out to Iceland for a ten night touring holiday round Iceland. We drove round the country and saw many an exciting and interesting thing. This is one of many blog posts about that holiday - this one dealing with some introductory stuff, and details of our first night there.

Two Go To Brighton

Posted on 26 June 2005 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Friday was a rare day off for Catherine and myself, so we decided to take ourselves off to the seaside to soak up some sun, and with Brighton being an hour a way, it was there we took ourselves.

Glasgow: Things To See

Posted on 18 September 2004 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Things we saw and did in Glasgow.

Glasgow Subway (again)

Posted on 6 September 2004 in Transport, Travel and Holidays (1 comment)

My curiosity often gets the better of me, hence after writing about the Glasgow Subway, I had to find out more about it and its past.

Glasgow: Pubs

Posted on 2 September 2004 in Pubs, Travel and Holidays (3 comments)

Now it’s a rare person who doesn’t go on holiday and have a pint or two. And I am not one of those people. So naturally we went to the pub.

Glasgow: Transport

Posted on 2 September 2004 in Transport, Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

To be honest, we didn’t go far out of the city centre bar the bus trip to and from the…

Glasgow

Posted on 2 September 2004 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

We don’t often do stuff at Bank Holiday weekends, but Catherine was going to Glasgow to attend some dull sounding archive conference, so we decided to go up early and make a weekend of it.

The PR of strikes

Posted on 16 August 2004 in Transport, Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

I never cease to be surprised by the stupidity of some unions. Any strike is a PR disaster for a union, but some unions seem to revel in making the disruption for the public as great as possible.

Delightful Pictures from Russia.

Posted on 19 July 2003 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Couple of random photos from our recent trip to Russia.

St. Petersburg.

Posted on 29 June 2003 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

A holiday to Russia’s second city have I just returned from.

Passport Stamping (or lack of, anyway).

Posted on 16 May 2003 in Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

I’m going to Russia. And my passport won’t be stamped. Boo!

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