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Six Cycle Friendly Cities of Europe

Six Cycle Friendly Cities of Europe

On Yer Bike; On two Wheels Cycling is a popular, affordable and environmentally friendly way to see a city. In many European cities, it is positively encouraged. City planners are realising the benefits of cycling as a mode of transport and are providing cycle-paths, plenty of parking for bicycles, automated bike hire facilities, smartphone apps and bike-friendly public transport. Not all cities are equal in their provision of cycle-friendly facilities. Many provide facilities aimed solely at the commuter and not the visitor. I have picked out several of Europe’s cities that are best explored on two wheels. Each of the six have excellent facilities and infrastructure specifically aimed at the cyclist. Copenhagen The Danish capital has been at the forefront of making a city cycle-friendly. They have been so successful at it that the word, “Copenhagenization”, defined as urban planning…

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Where in the World (327)

Where in the World (327)

The full name of the city to be identified includes the river, a tributary of the Rhine, on which it sits. However, apart from the Germans who use its full name to distinguish it from a smaller city with the same name on the River Oder, most people just refer to it by the shortened version. The distorted photograph features the skyline of the financial district of the city and home to the European Central Bank. The city is Frankfurt-am-Main or, just as acceptable, Frankfurt. Congratulations then to Beverley (@bevsackville), Jackie (@jackiesjourneys), Tim (@timofnewbury), and Dave (@travelling_dave) who all identified the city correctly This week the distorted image features an iconic building of the city to be identified. The building has featured in this quiz before but in a different season and from a different angle. Good luck.   As…

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Where in the World (325)

Where in the World (325)

The building featured in the distorted image of last week is a cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It is notable for its numerous architectural styles beginning with the Norman style and including Moorish, Gothic, Baroque – in particular, Spanish Baroque – and Neo-Classical; a veritable encyclopedia of architectural styles. The list of architectural styles tells you a little about the history of the city and its occupiers. The place you are most likely to find Norman, Moorish and Spanish Baroque styles in the same place is the Island of Sicily. This particular cathedral is found in the city of Palermo. Congratulations then to Tim (@timofnewbury),  Jackie (@JackiesJourneys) and Dave (@travelling_dave). This week the distorted image is of a building of note in the city to be identified. It is however not the city’s most iconic and best-known site so…

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From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: The Robber of Memories

From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: The Robber of Memories

The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia by Michael Jacobs I had this book on loan from my local library because the title and blurb piqued my interest. It sat unread until it was recalled after several renews. Eventually, I purchased the Kindle version when I found the courage to pick it up and start reading. My father was robbed of his memory as was the author’s own father. At the time of travelling his mother was also suffering from dementia. Even after several years since my father’s passing, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a travel book that would inevitably delve into the subject of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In The Robber of Memories (£), Michael Jacobs follows Colombia’s Rio Magdalena from the sea to source. The river is so central to Colombian identity, embodying the spirit…

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Tenby: Top Ten Experiences

Tenby: Top Ten Experiences

I first visited Tenby as an eight-year-old with my parents and still have very clear memories of my time there. Then, when my own children came along, I visited a second time and they experienced many of the things I had done twenty years earlier. Now, thanks to Coastal Cottages, I was able to visit again. I stayed in an apartment just a few hundred metres from the Old Town Walls. Cheriton View was conveniently located to explore Tenby on foot. So, during our stay, we explored by walking everywhere. However, Tenby is a great base for exploring further afield too. You can read my review of Cheriton View in another post on this website. Visit the harbour For me, the attraction of Tenby has always been the harbour. One of the more picturesque harbours around the coast of Great…

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Airline Review: Ryanair from Bournemouth

Airline Review: Ryanair from Bournemouth

We had been offered a holiday just 30 minutes drive from Malaga, on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. I spent some time looking for the best deals but most of those were from the so-called London airports at Luton and Stansted. By the time we drove there from Southampton and paid for parking the deal was not so attractive anymore. It was then I discovered that Ryanair flew from Bournemouth to Malaga. Although the flight was more expensive we could get there cheaply by public transport and not have to park our car in those ludicrously expensive car parks that are a feature of most airports these days. My initial reaction used to be to avoid Ryanair whenever possible. I have personally had some unpleasant experiences with them but, to be fair, I have had good experiences too….

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Travel Quiz: Statues

Travel Quiz: Statues

In which cities will you find these statues? As a traveller, how well do you know the world’s cities? Do you know them well enough to be able to identify them by their statues? In this quiz, try to identify 13 different cities by their statues. Once you have identified the city click on the photo to reveal the answer. Keep a record of your score as you go along. How well did you do? Anything over 10 is good. 13 is excellent – you are a veteran traveller and know your cities well.

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From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: A Year of Living Danishly

From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: A Year of Living Danishly

This is the first in a series of book reviews from my travel bookshelf. Like most photographers, I prefer to be behind my Nikon than in front of it and I have an aversion to selfies. That’s not to say I’m against selfies; if that’s your style then go for it. You can tell a lot about people by their selfies. Just look at the different styles on Instagram. Many bloggers and Instagrammers feel it is a way to connect with their readers and followers and engage with them. Likewise, you can tell a lot about people by the books they read and like. So that is how I choose to reveal some of who I am by the books I like (and dislike) in Gordon’s Shelfie. First up… The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell Helen was editor…

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Review: Travel Cable Organiser Case

Review: Travel Cable Organiser Case

There is nothing more annoying than to pack the cables for my electronic devices neatly and then find on unpacking them that they have spent the time dancing together. Tangled in an impossible-to-untie mess of spaghetti they seem to have a mind of their own the moment the suitcase is closed. It is so frustrating to spend time undoing them before I can charge, connect or download. I tried elastic bands, ziplock cable ties, individual plastic bags and old spectacles cases. All of which managed to keep them from entangling themselves in a wrestling embrace. The problem was although they were tidy they went walkabout and buried themselves in the far corners of the suitcase, laptop bag or rucksack. The answer, for me, came in a nice package from Amazon (£). The BUBM Cable Organiser Case Made from splashproof, charcoal…

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Review: Cheriton View, Tenby – from Coastal Cottages

Review: Cheriton View, Tenby – from Coastal Cottages

Cheriton View in Tenby is in a street of similar Victorian houses common to many British holiday towns, and apart from its soft lilac colour, it could easily be missed. Looks can be deceiving though. I knew better than to judge a property by its outward appearance especially as the few days stay had been arranged through Coastal Cottages – Pembrokeshire’s premier holiday letting agency. I had previously visited Pembrokeshire and stayed at 1 Neylands Marina, one of their other properties. That property had wowed me and I knew I could expect something special from the current property in Tenby. Historically Tenby was a walled town with plenty of narrow streets. Parts of those walls remain and the tightly packed houses make it very pedestrian friendly and unfriendly to cars. Outside the walls, the developing town was built when visitors arrived by…

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