London Neighbourhoods Calling (Part 1)


Well here I am at Tenerife North Airport waiting for my flight to Lanzarote to depart. I know my trip is about 2/3 done and I haven’t posted. It happens at times when on the go. I have to say part of this trip hasn’t lived up to my expectations. No worries, nothing horrible has happened. I’ll explain in a later post. Though for now I’ll show you some of London!

As I’ve visited many of the major sites in London on my two previous trips I decided that this trip would be a bit more laid back with me generally wandering neighbourhoods. I booked only a few things – a day tour to Oxford, a Harry Potter walking tour, and a viewing at the Sky Garden. Plus, I met up with two different friends that I hadn’t seen in years. I have to say that even though it was a bit chilly and rainy at times, London did not disappoint. My only wish was that I had more time as I didn’t see as much as I had hoped. But then again with a city the size of London its hard to see all its nuances in mere days. I do love cities with much to see. I think I need to return to Paris, Hong Kong & Istanbul too.

I was scheduled to arrive nice and early at 7:30a.m. I picked this arrival so I could adjust to the time in addition to fit in some wandering. Unfortunately my arrival was delayed by two hours where I was re-routed and the flight from Toronto was delayed. Still a 9:30am arrival wasn’t so bad. But the customs queue! I think all flights landed at the same time. But it is what it is and I still hit the ground running. Well, more like a slow jaunt. Ha ha!

I stayed in the Camden area. I first perused the area by Regent’s Park and stopped at the first place I saw for an lunch. It felt good to stretch my legs.

After that I found myself at the Camden Markets. I may have meandered down every corridor and area of that place. They really do sell everything there. A bit more wandering around and I was done.

Camden Market

Met up with these guys! Ha ha

They have pretty much everything.

Ornate designs

Camden Locks in the same area

Along the canal

After some rain

Now it was time for craft beer!! So off I went to Camden Town Brewing. It took me a bit but I found it. It was a blessed experience! After that it was time to rest as I had an early morning the next day, heading to Oxford. Plus, the lack of sleep was catching up to me. I decided a pint at the pub attached to my hostel would be enough. Somehow I went to sleep much later but had fun chatting with people. So it goes.

Camden Town Brewing’s wheels

Taps!!

My tasting flight

Well, if you insist ūüėČ

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju / Wanders the World.

Sunday Special – Glastonbury Festival


“G” takes us to England for the ever popular Glastonbury Music Festival. I’m not much for music festivals…that I’m aware of as I’ve never been to one. That being said, this is one that I would consider attending should I decide to take the festival plunge.

This past June the festival had hundreds of stages over 5 days with an incredible line up of musicians such as Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, The Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Goldfrapp, Kodaline, and much much more. The very first time this festival was held was back in 1970 (the day after Jimi Hendrix died) and was called the Pilton Festival. It was held over two days with several acts and 1,500 people coming basically by word of mouth.¬†Over forty years later its size has flourished to 175,000 attendees ¬†at this now iconic event. It’s meager start was hit or miss until it became annual event in the 1980s, with the exception of “fallow” years to allow a break for the land and the organizers. It was then that a charity aspect was introduced and has since supported charitable works including Greenpeace, Oxfam and Wateraid. ¬†

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Glastonbury Festival 2011 РPhoto credit: jaswooduk from UK, Glastonbury Festival 2011, CC BY 2.0

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Aerial view of 2002 Glastonbury Festival РPhoto credit: Chris Drake, Overhead Glastonbury Festival site (2002) Рgeograph.org.uk Р210700, CC BY-SA 2.0

 

Sunday Special – Hadrian’s Wall, England


The reach of the ancient Roman Empire was quite an expanse. At the time of Emperor Hadrian (117 – 138 CE) parts of what is now modern-day north Africa, Turkey, Europe and England were under Roman rule. In hopes of preventing invasions from the northern “barbarians” and to maintain his northernmost border Hadrian had the wall built. This wall, much of which remains standing today, runs 117.5 km (73 miles) from east to west from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway in Northern England. Today, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Visiting this ancient wall is relatively easy. Many sections have cycling paths or can be seen on foot. Hadrian’s Wall Path spans the length of the wall and is often quite close to it.  Walks, farms, castles and Roman history can be experienced at many places along the wall. Additionally, it is completely unguarded, thus allowing people to touch or stand on it should they desire. Though one may want to remember that doing so may damage this part of English history.

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Portion of Hadrian’s Wall near Housestead, England (photo is Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons)


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Remains of Housesteads Roman Fort along Hadrian’s Wall (photo credit: Owned and taken by Mediatus via Wikimedia Commons)

Sunday Special – Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England


Now that I am back into a more-or-less regular routine here in Vancouver I have decided to bring back “Sunday’s Special Spot” but with a bit of a change. Instead of a location or landmark I will also feature events. Travel is not only about just seeing a place – in many cases it is about partaking in a event. So Sunday will be about places, events and features around the globe. Some I may have visited, others are waiting to be visited and still more are to be showcased whether I decide to visit or not. Oh and one more change – as you have seen in the title, it is now known as “Sunday Special”.¬† Happy travels!

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YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK

Located on both the borders of West and South Yorkshire on Bretton Hall Estate parkland in England, I was lucky enough to visit this open-air museum. I had been invited to see the sculpture park by an acquaintance but could not attend¬†when they were going.¬†I was so intrigued by this open area filled with art that I went shortly after that on my own. YSL’s 50 acres of fields and rolling hills are a great way to walk in fresh air and see the permanent and temporary displays of modern sculpture. I do admit that I had expected more sculptures however, it was still interesting and a good way to spend a sunny afternoon. Below are some of the photo I snapped.

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World

Iron Spirit by Ai Weiwei

Iron Spirit by Ai Weiwei

Sitting Lady-Hare by Sophie Ryder (my favourite statue at the park)

Sitting Lady-Hare by Sophie Ryder (my favourite statue at the park)

Ten Seated Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz

Ten Seated Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz

Budda by Niki de St Phalle

Budda by Niki de St Phalle