At the end of February, I ventured up to Glasgow for an incredibly brief visit. Obviously, the limited time meant I had to pick my activities very carefully, and after much deliberation, I settled on the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. It is Scotland’s most visited museum, so clearly it has something going for it!
A few weeks ago, I made a visit to another local attraction and historical gem, Lowther Castle. I have already visited the parkland surrounding the Castle when I went to Lowther Show, and I thought it high time that I visited the shell of the building that remains. In 2017, they opened a new exhibition taking the visitor on a journey from its Medieval beginnings to present day. Let me tell you, it is hugely interesting, and so I shall tell you its story… very briefly. The whole thing would take days!
A little while ago, I posted a handful of photos from a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower. When my friend, Amy, visited me in France, this was one of her ‘must-do’ attractions, and when my sister came, this was on her list too!
So I took my camera up again, but this time with my telephoto lens! With this lens, I could really get close to the ground, despite being 300 metres in the air. It was quite a strange sensation to be honest. I did a lot of people-watching.
With a long-standing history in the area, Lowther Show has become a staple in the Cumbrian events calendar. The show was originally set up as a three-day horse carriage driving trial in the 1970s, and was often publicised as a favourite sporting event of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. After a brief pause in proceedings in 2010, the show was back a few years later.
It has been 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, and although I was too young to remember her, it is easy to see the impact she had, and continues to have, on the lives of many people around the world. To mark the 20th anniversary of her death, the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition brings together a mix of iconic and everyday looks worn by the Princess.
In my last post, I wrote about the first evening of Athletics at the 2017 IAAF World Championships. It was a great night, and if you haven’t caught up yet, you can just hop back a post.
Although the tickets to get into the London Stadium to watch the Athletics did cost money, there were some events, such as the Men’s Marathon that were run on the streets of London and free to watch. Well… most of it, I think. There may have been ‘paying’ areas near to the start and finish areas at Tower Bridge, but I don’t know that for certain, so don’t quote me on that! As it was though, we were in a free-to-watch area along the Embankment, right opposite Cleopatra’s needle.
Every two years, the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) holds the World Championships, a nine-day global event bringing together around 1,800 athletes from about 200 countries. This time round, it was London’s turn to host the Championships, and really our whole trip was based around this event, having bought the tickets many months in advance.
Sat out in the 18th arrondissement is Montmartre, a district of Paris which used to be just outside the city walls back in the day. Montmartre took its name from Mons Martis, or the Mount of Mars, so technically Montmartre is the name of the hill, but it has given its name to the entire area. The district has been occupied since Roman times, and later, in the Middle Ages, it became home to a monastery founded by King Louis VI. The monastery incorporated an existing church, Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, which is one of the oldest surviving churches in Paris, dating back to the 9th century.