Did you know that some of the world’s best preserved Roman ruins are not in Italy, but in Jordan? Then you know more than I did when we went on our family trip to Jordan! Jordan’s other ancient attractions have to live in the shadow of the mighty Petra, and so not many people have heard of them. We spent a long but utterly fascinating day visiting some of these wonderful, but lesser-known sights.
I’ll start this post off by wishing my readers a Happy New Year for 2017. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive season. Things have been quiet lately on my blog; we had a very busy December which included a quick trip to Sweden for my sister’s wedding, not to mention all the Christmas preparations, and so unfortunately blogging has had to wait for a bit. I’ve got lots to write about and hopefully (kids permitting) I’ll be able to settle down into posting on a regular basis!
One of the best things we did this Christmas season was to visit Longleat Estate in Wiltshire for the annual Longleat Festival of Light. Longleat is not just one of England’s finest stately homes; it is also the site of a safari park, so we went in the hope that everyone would find something to enjoy here.
Queensland, otherwise called The Sunshine State, is the California of Down Under. With its islands, beaches and swaying palms this Australian state is the perfect getaway for everyone, ranging from young couples to families with kids. The region is bustling with all sorts of activities, including urban delights, amazing landscapes, or big adventures.
We have just returned from our first adventure abroad as a family of four. In a moment of madness, we booked a tour of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. To say that we were nervous beforehand was an understatement.
Earlier this summer the Cub, Bee and I joined some friends for a day out at The Wild Place, near Bristol in South-West England. I hadn’t heard of this zoological park but was pleasantly surprised with what we discovered here.
Just an hour or so north of Tokyo by train lies the town of Nikko, famous for its complex of centuries-old temples which showcase the best of medieval Japanese architecture. Many of the ornate, intricately carved buildings are designated as national treasures as well as being a Unesco World Heritage site. If you’re interested in Buddhism and Shintoism then you should definitely visit Nikko.
Autumn is here again and the leaves are changing colour for a few short weeks. I love this season for its beauty and fresh air, and who doesn’t love the crunch of fallen leaves beneath their feet? While we in the UK may not see the beautiful colours on the same scale as New England or Japan there are still some lovely places to enjoy the best of the season.
Warwick Castle is under siege. It 1642 and the middle of the English Civil War and Royalists are camped outside the castle, held by Parliamentarians. The invaders have bought cannon with them which they fire at the castle. The smoke from the cannon clears… but the defences are too strong and the castle is undamaged. Despite the Royalists’ best efforts, the siege is ended when Parliamentarian reinforcements arrive and the Royalists flee.
Just off the south coast of the westernmost tip of Cornwall lies the tiny island of St Michael’s Mount. You’ve probably heard of its doppelgänger, Mont St. Michel in France, and it does have connections to the French island as both were owned by the same set of monks back in the 11th century. It was these monks who built the chapel on the top of the Mount which is still used today. The area has a long history; the nearby town of Marazion is the earliest recorded in Cornwall and the island itself has been squabbled over for centuries.