World War 2 is a period that holds much nostalgia and mystery. It is a time where technology and ingenuity were at a rise, simply because they were required to fight the war. Bletchley Park, and in particular the story of Alan Turing and his development of the Turing machine, which went on to decrypt the Enigma code is a critical tale in Englands history and is retold in the Hollywood Blockbuster 'The Imitation Game'.
I came to learn of Bletchley Park Estate and Alan Turing from the Imitation Game film and was immediately intrigued. Luckily much of the Bletchley Park Estate still stands and this site, which once was a top secret military location, is now open for the public to explore. It's one of the easiest day trips from London you can make and is well worth the visit. Intrigued? So were we...
Everyone knows about the 'White Cliffs of Dover' but have you heard about the White Cliffs of Beachy Head? No? I'm not surprised, it's kind of a local secret and that's what makes them so good. Just one county over in East Sussex, lay a chain of impressive white cliffs with drops and views to rival Dover's and best of all they're much more accessible than those in Dover and can be viewed from the shore. They're one of the best things to do in East Sussex and in our opinion the most impressive chalk cliffs in England.
Before you visit Beachy Head, you'll need a plan in place. The cliffs can be accessed from multiple points and depending on how much time you'll have and what you'd like to see, it's best to have a plan in place before you visit. This guide will give you an idea of what you can see at each location and help you plan the perfect visit.
Located in the Andalusia region of Spain, Granada is the capital city of the province of Granada. With a colourful history that includes being ruled by the Moors, Muslims and Christians, it is an area with a rich mix of culture and architecture.
Granada is a hub of Spanish- Islamic art, in particular Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin, It is also a city that boasts many parks and gardens. It is a spectacular area to visit on its own, or as a day trip from Seville.
Weather wise, its winters are cool but comfortable, with an average temperature of 12.6°C (55°F). Summers are hot and dry with an average temperature of 34°C (93.2°F) in its hottest month, July, however temperatures often soar above 40°C (104°). Autumn and Summer in Granada are quite variable, with the temperatures ranging from cool to quite warm.
If you're searching for impressive cathedrals, then Britain has some of the best. If you've visited England and skipped visiting a cathedral or a castle, then in our opinion you've missed out on an important part of England's history both culturally and historically. In our travels we've been to many, in all honesty, we search them out! Here are some of the best.
The Queen of England has three residences in the UK. Buckingham Palace in London, Holyrood Palace in Scotland and Windsor Castle on the outskirts of London. It could be said that Buckingham Palace is her office, Holyrood is for Scottish visits and dignitaries and that Windsor Castle is her home.
I had heard mixed reviews about Gibraltar, but something inside of me desired to see 'The Rock'. I decided to base myself in Seville for 4 days in order to explore the Moorish architecture and history of the south whilst being able to take in The Alhambra, the Seville Alcazar and of course Gibraltar.
Being an Australian, I am used to driving on the opposite side of the road and would surely cause an accident if I were to drive in Europe. This being said I decided that I would navigate Seville on foot and take day tours to The Alhambra and Gibraltar. Whilst this was the most practical option for me, it resulted in me nearly missing the chance to see Gibraltar. At 9:30 the night before my tour was due to depart, my tour guide called to cancel. I expressed my annoyance at the extremely late notice and luckily, for quite a few Euros more, the guide managed to find a driver to take me on a personal tour.
Slightly poorer, but happy, I was picked up in a new BMW by a driver who spoke as much English as I speak Spanish. We communicated through hand signals and the odd word translated on Google. Located around 2.5 hours south west of Seville, it is a comfortable and scenically pretty drive on the highway.
So Why Visit Sintra?
When it comes to picking destinations, I often select a location because I have been given positive recommendations or I have been inspired by images online or on the TV. In some cases this has left me underwhelmed. This was not true in the case of Sintra.
I had window shopped Sintra on Pinterest. I initially thought Sintra was a only castle, in particular a castle with a really cool well that you could walk down. It turns out that Sintra is a town in the region of Greater Lisboa, Portugal. I also discovered that the few hours I had there weren't nearly enough.
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