With travel from New Zealand off the agenda for the foreseeable future, writing these posts and sorting through my photos has brought back some wonderful memories of people and places we visited last year.
Through the first part of August we made road trips to different places around England and Scotland to see friends and visit some new locations.
We stayed with family in and around Bristol and Bath between different trips and below are some of my favourite spots: Christmas Steps near Bristol city centre, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Clifton Suspension bridge (photos of the bridge and views of the gorge from the bridge).
Bath is a beautiful city and as well as spending time in the centre we had some lovely walks along the Kennet and Avon canal.
Living overseas for so many years, you tend to forget the history in the buildings and architecture and how many castles there are!
Arundel Castle in Sussex.
The stunning Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.
Castell Coch (Red Castle) is a far more modern castle than most, built in 19th century but it is a favourite of mine. It’s visible from the motorway just outside Cardiff, and when my daughters were young they called it Sleeping Beauty’s castle. As a contrast, the ruins of Ogmore Castle, Wales.
As well as castles there are thousands of amazing old buildings: cathedrals, churches, schools, houses… and anything else you can think of.
Wells Cathedral, Arundel St. Nicholas, Bristol Observatory, buildings near the old city wall of York, the wall, and part of York Minister and the view from the top of the tower.