Jersey is an island in the English channel it is near France. The milk produced from their Jersey cows is very creamy and tastes fantastic. There are lots of lovely beaches and near one of them there is castle Gorey. In the hills you can go pony trekking along the lanes.
Many people in Jersey speak French as well as English.
Condor Ferries Plymouth taking 3hrs 25minutes
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It is such a suitable apartment for family travellers. Location is superb just nearby Blue Mosque. We found the apartment extremely clean. Home owner Bahadir took a very good care of us during our stay in July.
Munich's food market, a great place to find traditional German produce.
Within a short drive, also visit Schloss Nymphenburg - beautiful.
And if you have a bit more time, Neuschwanstein (the castle Disney used as their model) is a couple of hours away, and truly spectacular.
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Walk straight past the shrine and the revisionist war museum next door, and head for the transportingly beautiful garden at the back. Staring down at the rocks and the koi you can forget you were ever in a city.
3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo-To, 102-0073
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If you visit Copan, take what is in effect the Lenca route, through the old colonial towns of Santa Rosa de Copan, then Gracias a Dios, and then over an unmade up road to Esperanza, travelling through the pine forests, and get in touch with the Spanish element of Honduras history.
Gracias a Dios, Esperanza
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A small site near the better known ruins of Copan, the museum is well worth a visit.
I had the good luck to have the director give me two hours of his time, explaining the Lenca civilisation and the relationship with other Maya sites, but even without him it would have been a wonderful visit.
Howick Hall and gardens are the home of the Grey family. It was the 2nd Earl Grey who created earl grey tea which was made specifically to balance the lime in the local well. The gardens have trees and shrubs from across the world but with special emphasis on Japan and the far east.
The estate is along the beautiful Northumberland coast.
East Lodge, Howick, Alnwick NE663LB - 01665 577 285
Black Middens Bastle is one of the best preserved Bastle houses dating back to Border Reiver times. It is in the Tarset Valley ( North Tyne, Northumberland) and this is a truly remote and isolated region where you can believe that you are back in the violent times when this fortified house was built.
Grid reference NY775898.
You need a car, there is no other easy way to visit the Bastle. Closest train station is Hexham.
Most people visit the three main buildings of the Acropolis - the Parthenon, Erychtheon and Propylaia - and then they go home. But as you go downhill from the Propylaia, turn to the right, almost back on your tracks, and you'll find yourself on the north slope of the Acropolis, and probably alone, despite the crowds a few yards away. Here are caves and springs in the rocks; in the Cave of Pan, we watched the water slowly bubbling up in a muddy spring. Here are little rock-cut niches for worshipping the gods. The great buildings of the Acropolis give you a feel for the 'official' Greek culture of Pericles' time - but underneath it, there's a different world, more in touch perhaps with its Mycenean roots.
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It's a museum which celebrates the history of the city of Bridgeport and the life and times of P.T. Barnum.
As a child, I lived in Connecticut for a few years. One of my overriding memories of this time, was a visit to the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport. Over twenty years later, I'd still recommend it (I have been back since). The museum has a great range of exhibits (including there very own elephant), but probably the most interesting aspect is the display about P.T. Barnum and family. P.T. Barnum was the famous US showman responsible for creating the "Greatest Show on Earth" and the collections include a good range of items from his career, including a replica of the hoax Fejee Mermaid. Admittedly, some of Barnum's entertainment endeavours are, to modern eyes, ethically questionable, but this is still a fantastic exhibition about a fascinating man. It's a bit odd and a bit frightening if you're a child (as I can well attest) but well worth a visit. The building that houses the museum is an architectural gem too.
This is where the engines that drive the cables for the cable cars are located. For geeky kids (and parents), see pre-computer, mechanical stuff.
The Great wall was extended to Dun Huang, and it has rich culture. Not to mention a very strategic position at the crossroads of the ancient southern Silk Route. China is a big place, believe me, If you ask Gansu, Dun Huang, everyone knows it, take a train journey from any major city, from Beijing, through inner mongolia, simple journey, but filled with beauty all the way...
Just south of Woolwich lies Eltham Palace, a fascinating combination of a luxurious art deco home and a medieval royal palace. From 1305 to 1526 Eltham Palace was a popular country residence for the royals, it was King Henry VIII's boyhood home. In 1936, textile magnates Stephen and Virginia Courtauld restored the Great Hall and built their glamorous art deco home, which is a stunning masterpiece of 20th-century design.
Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich SE9 5QE
+44(0)20 8294 2548
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Sarnano in Le Marche is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. It has natural springs - you can take the waters at the Terme or visit for a spot of pampering, we indulged in their fantastic lunchtime menu- full of local produce.
In the wonderfully restored town there is an art and antique market during the last week of May and the first of june, where many of the medieval properties are opened up as shops. The town is also home to some great restaurants, delis and food shops- the local wine we found fantastic- especially in five litre flagons from a local cantine Il Pollenza www.ilpollenza.it/. There's so much to see in this particular part of Le Marche, particularly in Spring while the poppies and other wild flowers are out and the snows in the Sibillini National Park have melted.
Set in the garret of St Thomas’s Church, atop a rickety spiral staircase, is Europe’s oldest operating theatre. Fortunately, (by the look of some of the torturous implements used in surgery) it has long been out of service but still provides a fascinating insight into the horror of what it must have been like to be a patient - or indeed a surgeon - in the 19th century. A simple wooden operating table encircled by several rows of wooden benches, in what is essentially an attic, gives a very cramped and unsettled feeling to the visitor. I was told that the majority of cases were amputations, as internal surgery was too dangerous without antiseptics. Also, without anaesthetics the surgeons had to rely on heavy amounts of alcohol for the patient and a lightening quick technique. Apparently they could perform an amputation in under a minute, though patients often died from shock. Isn’t the NHS marvellous? Well, modern medicine anyway…
Spanish Civil War tour in English around Barcelona visiting some of the key sites in the city between 1936-1939. The tour covers themes such as Anarchism, George Orwell, the realities of daily life and bombing. A different way at looking at the city.
The Dinosaur Farm Museum near Brighstone on the Isle of Wight makes a welcome stop for all. Housed in a former cattle shed, it has a huge selection of bones and fossils, including some that were first discovered in that area. Children can spend hours digging in sand to find and identify dinosaur parts and guided tours are led by locals who really know their stuff. A great place to visit that costs less than a tenner for a family pass.
Military Road, Brighstone, Isle of Wight
This is an interactive museum about lead mining in Derbyshire. There is something for all ages: tunnels to climb and crawl in; tours into a real mine; stunning mineral collections and impressive artefacts from the industrial revolution. There are also artefacts from prehistory and the Roman period and interesting minerals and books for sale in their shop.
The Pavilion, South Parade, Matlock Bath peakmines.co.uk
This bus tour takes in 20 stops and lasts about an hour and a half. The tour takes in the Shankill and Falls Roads, as well as the Titanic Quarter, city centre, Stormont parliament building & the university quarter, with a live commentary.
Departures every 20 mins in peak season.£12.50 for adults, £6 for kids.
Pick up this red sightseeing bus from the High Street near the Albert Clock Tower.
These are collars of the canine, rather than the ecclesiastical variety, and a pretty doggone impressive collection it is too. Centuries ago, wolves, bears and boars were repelled by the fearsome iron spikes of some; while soft aristocratic hands once stroked the hand-tooled silver and velvet of others. Over 100 intriguing collars are on display, with details of the mastiffs, gundogs, hounds and lapdogs who wore them, along with the history of their human owners. My favourite engraving runs: “I am Mr Pratt’s dog… whose dog are you?” Admission to the museum is included in the price of the entry ticket to Leeds Castle.
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