Queueing for chips in Margate

When we got to Broadstairs (by train) and started to walk to Margate, we realised that the Viking Trail looked familiar. Then we remembered that we had walked the trail in reverse last year! Last year, the UK was coming out of lockdown in May and therefore the beaches and trail were largely deserted. This … Continue reading / view photos Queueing for chips in Margate

Worchester and Japan

An impromptu daytrip took me to the city of Worcester, fifty minutes from Birmingham. On exiting the train station, I walked to the town centre then onto the riverside. I saw the cathedral in the distance — a striking sight — and walked along the River Severn to find it. The cathedral is free to … Continue reading / view photos Worchester and Japan

USA itinerary

When I was in the USA, I used an app to track where I went, as I did in India. This was primarily for geotagging my camera photos but it gave me a map showing everywhere I went to and how far I travelled. The total distance was about 11,800km, similar to my India trip. … Continue reading / view photos USA itinerary

Goodnight New York

My final walk in New York City was in the evening, which is safe to do. I went to the free concert at The Lincoln Center. It was a lovely summer evening and people were dancing. I also walked along the Hudson River and, earlier in the day, visited the National Museum of the Native … Continue reading / view photos Goodnight New York

The streets of New York City

My favourite cities are those that you can walk around if you want to and have good public transport if you don’t. New York City falls into that category. I spent quite a bit of time walking around NYC sometimes going from the top of Central Park to Brooklyn. It’s the best way to see … Continue reading / view photos The streets of New York City

The Bronx

The Bronx was out-of-limits during my first trip to New York. The staff at the YMCA told me not to go there. It was too dangerous. This time it was a different story. In India, I met various people in our homestay in Varanasi. One of them was Paul, an artist from New York. When … Continue reading / view photos The Bronx

Brooklyn

Last week, I was looking at photos from my last trip abroad, which was to the USA almost three years ago. I noticed that I hadn’t written about my last week in New York (NY). It’s difficult to believe it was such a long time ago. I was again reminded of the photos when I … Continue reading / view photos Brooklyn

Leaving Shuna

After one of our walks in Shuna, Cath found what looked like a tick on her arm. Ticks can be harmless but also dangerous, causing Lyme Disease. This prompted all of us to inspect ourselves. When Cath looked at the back of my arm, she saw a tick. It was embedded in my skin — … Continue reading / view photos Leaving Shuna

Shuna wildlife

One of the “must-see” sights near Shuna is the Correvreckan Whirlpool. It is, apparently, the third largest whirlpool in the world and is located between the islands of Scarba and Jura. We thought we would not be able to see the whirlpool because the previous tour boat owner had recently retired. We learnt just in … Continue reading / view photos Shuna wildlife

Isle of Shuna, Scotland

For the first time in about twenty years, I went to Scotland. But this was not a normal trip. It was a holiday on the Isle of Shuna — a place even Google Maps struggles to identify. This is the OS map: We had booked to take the overnight sleeper train from London Euston to … Continue reading / view photos Isle of Shuna, Scotland