My first month of blogging has indeed been exciting. Continuing to indulge my thirst for arts, culture and heritage; I visited a variety of cultural establishments including castles, cathedrals, stately homes, museums and galleries.
July started with a day out on the Wirral Peninsula, taking the Mersey Dazzle Ferry on a day explorer cruise, part of the Liverpool 2016 Biennial and the WWI centenary celebrations. From the Dazzle Ferry I visited the U-boat Story at Woodside, an exhibition on board a WWII German sub and Spaceport at Seacombe, a museum dedicated to exploring our Solar System and beyond. Read about this great Wirral family day out here.
On a trip to West Wales, I visited Dolaucothi Gold Mine, a National Trust property in Carmarthenshire, the only known Roman Gold Mine in the UK. I also enjoyed a brisk walk at Mwnt out on the Ceredigion coast, possibly the most beautiful and secluded beach in Wales. There’s a lovely little 14th century church there too.
I spent 2 days in the Lake District following the “Go Herdwick” sheep trails – some 60 life-size Herdwick sheep sculptures placed around the main tourist hotspots of Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness. This is the largest public art project the Lakes has seen and it’s still going on till the end of the summer. You can get round all the sheep in 2 days and there are 48 little lambs to find too – a perfect trail for kids. Order your trail brochures from The Calvert Trust. Blog post is coming soon.
I experienced my first trip to the city of Derby, taking in the Cathedral, art gallery and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Derby Silk Mill and Darley Abbey Mills, part of the Derwent valley Mills trail. I may have sampled some of Derby’s finest ales and ciders too – it would have been rude not to as Derby is consistently voted the real ale capital of the UK. Again there’s a Blog post coming soon on this.
Indulging my love of visiting National Trust properties, I returned to Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire for the first time in 16 years and visited Keddleston Hall in Derbyshire.
With further day trips to Haigh Hall in Lancashire and Conwy in North Wales, I certainly had my fair share of great days out in July.
Also on the blog in July I wrote about my week in Hartlepool and County Durham back in May, taking in Durham city, Beamish, the Durham Heritage Coast, Bishop Auckland, High Force Waterfall and the National Railway Museum at Shildon.
I detailed my Top 10 best things about Cardiff after my most recent visit at the end of June. These included the top cultural sites of Cardiff Castle, LLandaff Cathedral and the city’s National Museum and Art Gallery.
In the wake of the attacks in Turkey, I reflected on a cultural day out I had on a holiday to Antalya in Turkey 10 years ago. This took me to the ancient city of Perge, the amphitheatre at Aspendos and Kursunlu waterfalls.
I brought you the first post of many about the beautiful city of Paris. I’ve been many times and so I thought it suitable for my first Parisian post to detail the 10 things that make you return to Paris, again and again and again. After all, there must be lots of people like myself that keep getting drawn back to this fabulous European city.
Lastly I explored what’s great about East Cheshire, my home for 30 years!
I leave you with my latest jigsaw completion…
It was this time last year when I first visited the city of Derby, one…