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Greece 2012 #7 Temples and Take-Off

Then before we realised it, it was the last day of the road trip portion of our journey. In a desperate attempt to fit everything in we visited three major sites on the way back to Athens. Epidaurus was our first stop, an impressive sanctuary to the healing God Asclepius. Epidaurus has a very famous

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An Archaeology Tour of Greece (2012) #1

I’ve wanted to go to Athens and see the Acropolis since I was eleven and my drama teacher started us on Greek tragedies. So when a university study trip of ten days based in the ancient city was offered to me I jumped at it like a shot. My mother was so jealous that in the

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Istanbul (2012) #4: Turkish Art and the Spice Bazaar

Down the side of Sultanahmet mosque is a square with Egyptian obelisks brought to then Constantinople by the Romans and the Serpent Column of Greece which once stood as a Pan-Hellenic monument to the Greco-Persian war made from melted weapons of Persian soldiers and dedicated at Delphi.   On the right from there is the less visited Museum

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Barcelona & Tarrgona (2012)

“I’m sorry madam; you’re going to have to check that bag in. There is a fifty euro charge.” There is a reason everyone hates Ryanair. Call me madam one more time, go on I dare you… Okay so it was not the most promising start to a holiday ever but despite being fifty euro out

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From London to Glasgow 2011 #5: Fort William

The train from Glasgow to Fort William takes four hours and winds its way up the west Scottish coast. It is worth every second. Of course I like trains. Buses and cars make me nauseous sometimes but I can read and eat all I like on trains. There’s space to walk around and stretch your

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From London to Glasgow 2011 #3: York

We arrived in York to a surprisingly gorgeous day. What marred our enjoyment of the sweltering heat was the half hour walk to our hostel. This walk actually took about an hour because we got lost twice. The walk would have been beautiful under any other circumstances. The river was idyllic, the green parks that

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From London to Glasgow 2011 #2: Oxford

The first time I was ever in Oxford I was walking between pubs with a group of guys and one of them was bending my ear about some novelist I had never heard of. I was not really listening because I was keeping an eye on a drunk that was staggering in our direction. “He

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West of Ireland #6: Galway City

And so we arrived in Galway city and hurried to leave our bags in the secure room at the Galway Sleepzone so we could get exploring. Galway has a fabulously compact city centre. The stretch between Eyre Square down Shop Street as far as Spanish Arch might have a reputation as tourist central but it

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West of Ireland #5: Clifden

Friends, for a second imagine this is a horror movie…. Four students returning to the mainland (and by extension the real world) and find their way to the town of Clifden. They had planned to stay in the isolated Ben Lettery hostel, a beautiful spot in the shadow of another of the Bens. But following

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West of Ireland #4: Inishbofin

There’s only one place to get the ferry to Inisbofin (Inis Bó Fionn – Island of the pale cow) and that’s the seaside village of Cleggan. You can also get ferries to the Aran Islands here as well as find good stables for pony trekking around the beach – but not a lot else. Getting out

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