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The ruins of San Pedro de Arlanza

San Pedro de Arlanza

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The best way to experience Spain, in my opinion, is to go road-tripping as you get to witness, first-hand, the sheer variety that the country has to offer in terms of geography, customs, food and architecture. Last weekend, I was invited to a friend’s place in Burgos, a province in the North of Spain belonging to the autonomous community of Castille y León. Home to numerous megalithic mounds and dolmens and a soupçon of dinosaur tracks, the province of Burgos provides a mother lode of opportunities for archaeologists and  ichnologists to delve into the prehistoric world.  The archaeological site at the Atapuerca mountains was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List because it provides the earliest and most abundant evidence of humankind in Europe.  Burgos also arouses the interest of architecture enthusiasts with its ancient pueblos and historical monuments.

In this post, I will talk about the ruins of San Pedro de Arlanza, a monastery dating back to somewhere…

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10 Things that Traveling has Taught me

What has travelling taught you?

Janaline's world journey

Boarding our speed train from Chongqing to ChengduBoarding our speed train from Chongqing to Chengdu, China

As soon as you leave your comfort zone and step out to see the world, you meet new people, get acquainted with different cultures, taste new cuisines and simply breathe in the unfamiliar surroundings!

While traveling is a big adventure it can also be frustrating and challenging at some times. I learned countless lessons by going through adventures and misadventures, tears and laughter while exploring the world. I know I still have so much to discover and so many things to learn.

But so far traveling has definitely enriched my life and taught me so much, not only about the world around me but also about myself.

Here are some lessons that sometimes I had to learn the hard way.

Chong Kneas floating villageChong Kneas floating village in Cambodia

1. Appreciation and Understanding

Traveling around the world and seeing people in all sorts of…

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Barnard Castle



We were staying near Barnard Castle recently and enjoyed exploring the town.  The castle takes its name from its twelfth century founder, Bernard de Balliol, and the town later developed around it.



The remains of the castle are now managed by English Heritage, and are worth a visit!




One of the main routes into the town is a bridge right under the walls of the castle over the River Tees.


In the centre of the town is an octagonal Market Cross, which is now used as a roundabout, but was once where dairy products were sold, and in later life a gaol and a fire station!

We also managed to visit the local church, and attended the Sunday morning worship, where we had a most entertaining and memorable sermon or rather song from the curate, who had written an explanation of “to judge the quick and the dead” from the Creed to the tune of ‘All things bright and beautiful’.  Unfortunately the words are not available on their website, as far as I can see.



Later when walking around town I was intrigued to spot this trio in the window above a butchers shop, trying to escape their fate maybe?






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Jermyn Street ~ The Best Shopping Street for Men in London.

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Jermyn Street

Jermyn Street is, personally, my favourite street to shop on.  Located just steps from bustling Piccadilly Circus it offers a calm respite from the heavily touristed shops nearby.  Along a short stretch of road between Regent Street and St. James’s Street you will find a wonderful array of small upscale shops catering mostly to men (though a few women’s items can be found!).  It is a street that has a quintessentially British feel to it as it’s laden with shops that have sold their wares for hundreds of years (though not always in this location) and yet still offer a feeling of intimacy, discovery and uniqueness.  With its welcome dearth of the ubiquitous High Street shops, you will find everything from haberdashers to shaving accessories, and from tailored shirts to cheeses.

Britain's oldest cheesemonger Britain’s oldest cheesemonger

History:  In 1664 Henry Jermyn, Earl of St. Albans and former Ambassador to Paris and The Hague was…

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What a Carrillon

Travel with Intent

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 48

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photo(s) taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.


Perched high above Bond Street is London’s only carillon, and one of only around fifteen in the UK.  There are 23 bells squeezed into this beautiful but narrow spire.


It is known as the Atkinsons Carillon and you’ll find it above 24 Old Bond Street, the former home of Atkinsons perfumers.  The building was designed by Vincent Harris and was erected in 1926.


The carillon itself was built by Gillett and Johnston in 1927 and is a chromatic two octave instrument with a bass bell of 12-0-16 in G#.  The key thing about a carillon is that it is operated remotely.  This one is played from a clavier in the loft of the building, at…

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