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Matthew Chau

Norway – The Most Beautiful Country in the World 

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Stunning landscapes, nature, fresh air, the land of the midnight sun, northern lights, coastlines, fjords, incredible mountains, Norway has it all. Norge or Noreg to locals, the Kingdom of Norway is situated on the west coast of the Scandinavian peninsula, with the archipelago of Svalbard to the north towards the Arctic Ocean. After visiting Norway on seven different occasions, in my opinion, it’s the most beautiful country in the world and quite possibly, the most perfect country to live in.

The Journey to Norway:
Norway is a relatively small country itself with a population of just over 5 million. In spite of this, Norway is actually pretty well connected with Europe from Oslo to Bergen to the mid-north of Trondheim and to the far north of Tromsø. Depending on where you’re coming from, many airline operators will have either direct flights or connecting…

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La Pedrera before the Rain

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-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 89

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


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Today, I had planned to bring you some night views of Barcelona from the roof of La Pedrera.  I had booked myself on a night tour before I left home this morning and although I knew the weather had been decidedly damp yesterday, my forecast said only a 3% chance of rain for the afternoon and evening.  I turned up just before the allotted time, as per the ticket instructions, and had the luxury of waiting in the entrance area for a while, admiring the flower-decorated walls and ceiling and gazing at the midnight blue sky.

To cut a long story short, the tour was fascinating (and I really…

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Discovering Mallorca: Mountain miradores from the Monastery of Lluc

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Just when I thought Mallorca’s Tramuntana mountains couldn’t get any better, I stumbled (or rather drove, extensively) across the uniquely magical village of Lluc. Built around an ancient monastery-come-school, and set at the peak of some of Mallorca’s highest mountains, Lluc feels so steeped in historical wealth and religious fervour that we could feel a kind of magical aura suspended in the thin mountain air.

Founded in the 13th century after a Moorish shepherd reputedly found a statue of the Virgin Mary on the site where the monastery was later erected, Lluc is today considered to be the most important pilgrimage site on Mallorca, not least the ancient statue herself, around whom a queue of the faithful gathers even at the quietest times of the year.


However as beautiful as Lluc may be with its ancient grand basilica silhouetted gracefully against a stunning mountain backdrop, and a lush botanical garden full of…

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The Hanse Festival

More about the Hanse Festival in Kings Lynn



For those who do not know the form with this blog, I will start with the bit that gives the post it’s title, I will also be sharing some good links and as part of the post there will be pictures…


I did not get to see much of the Hanse festival because of being busy with stuff for the Great Centenary Charity Auction, of which more in later posts. However, I got a few good pictures, and got to take part in a community breakfast outside the guildhall.



There was a very enjoyable concert in King’s Lynn Minster, featuring music from composers with Hanseatic associations (Handel, Telemann, Bach etc). As part of this, the group playing the music had been working with children at Whitefriars School, and had developed the catch line “Crazy composers making music for you and me” which added an extra…

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Kings Lynn Hanse Festival


Now despite growing up in Norfolk, I have to admit I had not heard of the Hanse Festival last weekend!


The festival celebrates Kings Lynn history with ‘Die Hanse’ a mediaeval league of towns around the Baltic and North Sea with trading links, formed when German merchants from the Baltic and Hamburg secured trading privileges with Kings Lynn in 1271.


We did not get to see all of the Hanse festival at the weekend, but I was fascinated with the actors celebrating the medieval traders, their knowledge of their trades and their enthusiasm in telling their stories was brilliant.  I learnt a great deal from them, and could have listened a lot longer if it were not for the tired nieces!