Reykjavik? Wreck Ya Wallet.

The nature of writing this blog is that I can’t post real time and by the end of the trip, I am typically several days behind the events as they occurred.  As I write this post, I am actually in my bed in Reykjavik on our final night in Iceland, but this will actually be […]

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Iceland, Day 1

Our flight from Amsterdam arrived around 11:30pm into Keflavik, the international airport that serves Iceland.  By the time we picked up our rental car it was after midnight and although it wasn’t bright out, there was still some natural light.  From Keflavik to Reykjavik is about a 45 minute drive, so it was well past […]

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Bristol-Amsterdam-Reykjavik

We could have flown between Amsterdam and Cardiff, but instead chose to use Bristol as our UK airport. The schedules were better and the flights also turned out to be less expensive.  Neither Cardiff nor Bristol airports are particularly close to their respective cities, so while it would generally take about 36 minutes for us […]

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A Vexillological Guide to Amsterdam

Vexillology is the study of flags,  as well as a word worth lots of points in Scrabble. Around Amsterdam you will see some common and not so common flags.  Here is a brief guide. First off there is the tricolor flag of the Netherlands, seen all over the country. And proudly waived by this boat […]

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Cider and Bones

Today we checked out of our AirBnB house and headed back to Cardiff, but made a couple of stops on the way. The first was in Taunton, the heart of cider production in Somerset.  Sheppys is a 200 year old producer of cider and they have a sizable operation.  In addition to producing cider, they […]

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Ye Olde Rainy Town

Today we decided to get out of the house, although it was a typical British rainy day.  30 minutes west of Torquay is the town of Totnes.  There was a castle here as early as 907AD, but today the most interesting architecture is Elizabethan. The Normans got here early and the motte and bailey style castle […]

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East of Eden

About 65 miles west of Torquay is the Eden Project.  It takes about 1 hour 45 minutes to drive there, since there is no motorway in the region. The Eden Project is a remarkable enterprise.  Once a disused clay pit, something that mars many locations in Cornwall along with disused tin mines, the space has been transformed […]

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On the trail of the Hound of the Baskervilles

Today we headed off to Dartmoor, a large area in the center of Devon and one with a number of interesting historic sites.  Our first destination was the visitor’s center in Princetown, near the heart of the moor. I had always pictured Dartmoor as a wild and desolate place in my head, and indeed in […]

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‘Allo Doc!

Today involved a long drive to the end of Cornwall and to some very pretty sites.  We were blessed with great weather, but unfortunately at some of the places, so were tons of other people! Our first port of call was St. Ives, as in the famous riddle “As I was going to St. Ives …”. […]

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I want to buy some CHEESE!

If you don’t get the reference, watch this.   Actually, even if you do get the reference it is still worth watching again! On our way south to Devon, we passed through Somerset, which amongst other things is known for great cider and for being the home of Cheddar Gorge which gives its name to […]

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