Category Archives: Travelling

Here we will talk about our experiences in places we have been around the world…

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall was a defensive fortification in Roman Britain begun in AD 122 during the rule of emperor Hadrian. In addition to its military role, gates through the wall served as customs posts.

Purpose of construction: Hadrian’s Wall was likely planned before Roman Emperor Hadrian’s visit to Britain in 122. According to restored sandstone fragments found in Jarrow that date from 118 or 119, it was Hadrian’s wish to keep “intact the empire,” which had been imposed upon him via “divine instruction.” The fragments then announce the building of the wall. It is entirely possible that, on his arrival in Britain in 122, one of the stops on his itinerary was the northern frontier and an inspection of the progress of the wall as it was being built.

Although Hadrian’s biographer wrote “(Hadrian) was the first to build a wall 80 miles long to separate the Romans from the barbarians”, the reasons for the construction of the wall vary, and no recording of any exact explanation survives. However, a number of theories have been presented by historians, primarily centring around an expression of Roman power and Hadrian’s policy of defence before expansion. For example, on his accession to the throne in 117, Hadrian had been experiencing rebellion in Roman Britain and from the peoples of various conquered lands across the Empire, including Egypt, Palestine, Libya and Mauretania. These troubles may have had a hand in Hadrian’s plan to construct the wall, and his construction of limites in other areas of the Empire, but to what extent is unknown. (Source: Wikipedia)

A significant portion of the wall still exists and can be followed on foot along the Hadrian’s Wall Path. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

If you decide to visit it this is a link to the Official English Heritage Webpage: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/hadrianswall/

Hadrian's wall

 

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Giant’s Causeway

A virtual trip to one of my fav places!

https://simplebooklet.com/publish.php?wpKey=AilkFjcuV9wGpxz34ysVtV

Weekend in Valencia

So proud to see that The Guardian recommends Valencia!

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/nov/17/weekend-valencia-complete-itinerary

Visit London: Where The Tourists Don’t Go

Summer holidays are over for most of us. But I’ve come across this interesting article about London that you may take into account for your next trip (if London appears on your wish list).

http://www.smittenbybritain.com/visit-london-where-the-tourists-dont-go/

 

Shakespeare’s curse

Did you know that there is a curse on Shakespeare’s tomb? In fact, this may have prevented gravediggers from moving his bones to a different place:

(Reuters) – A curse engraved on the tomb of playwright William Shakespeare may have saved his remains from being exhumed, an academic says.

Digging up the bones of the dead was common in Shakespeare’s time, either for religious or research purposes. Often remains were removed to make way for more graves, and dumped in landfill sites or even used as fertiliser.

The playwright was so fearful of this happening to his own remains that he had the curse engraved on his tomb at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-on-Avon, as a warning to gravediggers after his death in 1616:

 “Good frend for Jesus sake forebeare,/ To digg the dust encloased heare;/ Bleste be the man that spares thes stones,/ And curst be he that moves my bones.”

Dr Philip Schwyzer, senior lecturer at Exeter University, said: “Shakespeare had an unusual obsession with burial and a fear of exhumation. The stern inscription on the slab has been at least partially responsible for the fact that there have been no successful projects to open the grave.”

Schwyzer, who explores the idea in a new book “Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature”, added: “His epitaph marks his final, uncompromising statement on a theme that preoccupied him throughout his career as a writer for the stage.”

The private nightmare is depicted in work such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III.

Anxiety about the mistreatment or exhumation of corpses is found in at least 16 of the 37 plays, with this concern often being more pronounced than the fear of death itself.

(Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2007/04/24/uk-britain-shakespeare-idUKL2431906320070424)

If you like this story and you want to learn more, why not visiting Stratford-upon-Avon and finding it by yourself? A good plan for the Easter holidays!

http://www.visitstratforduponavon.co.uk/visiting

Anne Brontë

Yesterday, 17th January, could have been the 193 anniversary of Anne Brontë, whose writings have become classics of the English literature, together with those from her sisters, Emily and Charlotte.

This is a link to visit Brontë Country and find out more about this family but from experience. Why not adding it to our wish-list?

 

Winter in the Garden of Ireland

A fantastic post I’ve found about Powerscourt in Wicklow (Ireland) with beautiful winter images of the place.

Wicklow is known as the ‘garden of Ireland’ – famous for blooming heather and gorgeous gardens. But what does it look like in winter?

We went to the Powerscourt Estate to find out.

The 800-year-old Powerscourt House looks fabulous at any time of year, but winter is very special. Looking at these photographs, you can almost smell the mulled wine. And the pine trees… and Christmas pudding…

To find out more press here: http://blog.discoverireland.com/2012/12/christmas-at-powerscourt/

Here you are the official website if you like it and want more information. It’s a place worth visiting!!

http://www.powerscourt.ie/gardens