Travel Photography – Bristol Cathedral

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For more information about this historic building click here.

Photographs are copyrighted and are available for download from  Shutterstock.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nikole

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Leaning Tower in Bristol (Temple Church)

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My visit to Bristol was very brief, unfortunately, and I was able to move around the city centre area and everything on the walking distance. Even so, I was able to visit some magnificent historical places, such as this one. From the outside, this appeared to be another very old church (if you oversee its leaning tower) but when I came closer, it was hard not to notice the missing roof and the changed color of the burned stones. This magnificent building was dated in XII century (as a Round Church) and was partially destroyed in WWII. If you are interested in historical facts about this building you can find them here.

If you are not that interested into architecture or history, you can enjoy the serenity of  nature in the Temple Gardens.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nikole x

 

Rapunzel’s Tower in Bristol? Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill

This beautiful tower was constructed in memory of John Cabot,  in late XIX century, 400 years after he set sail in Matthew from Bristol and landed in what was later to become Canada (taken from Wikipedia.)

It is situated between the city centre and another attraction, Clifton Suspension Bridge.

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Cabot Tower, view from the ground.

The tower is very high, with its magnificent 105ft. The way up is worth the view, on my opinion, although I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. I personally, couldn’t climb all the way up, due to the stairs being very narrow, steep and dangerous to a certain extent.

There is only one way up and down, with stairways being too narrow for two people walking next to each other, giving the experience very claustrophobic feeling.

Although the tower looks like Rapunzel’s, from the outside, it is needless to say I haven’t seen her. Maybe if I climbed all the way to the top…

Maybe she will be home, when you visit the Cabot Tower 😉

 

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View towards the Bristol University.
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View at the Brandon Hill nature reserve.

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Tower is surrounded by a beautiful nature reserve, with lots of meadows, walking paths and wildlife, especially squirrels, I mean a lot of squirrels. There is also a playground for children and children alike  – very nice swings indeed. 😉 This is just one of the must see places on the walking distance from Bristol city centre. Whether you are up for some excitement (climbing the tower surely gets your adrenaline levels high) or some peace (enjoying the tranquillity of the nature reserve) there is a little something for everyone.

At the end, there are some really nice coffee shops across the Bristol University building. which is very close to Brandon Hill. Even more, the whole Bristol is full of little independent shops, with their authenticity and uniqueness, unlike the big brands, we are somehow (I feel) forced to use, since there is nothing else to choose from.

The experience of the whole city was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to go back there someday.

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Narrow stairways leading towards the top of the tower.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nikole x

 

Places to visit in Birmingham, UK (family friendly) Woodgate Valley Country Park

Living in a big city? Tired of noise and crowd? Looking for a place in the nature, you can spend some time alone or alone with someone you choose? Woodgate Valley Country Park is an excellent choice for that. More information about location and what you can do here, you can find if you click on the following link.

”Woodgate Valley Country Park is a 450 acre area of countryside in the centre of Bartley Green and Quinton. There are many mixed, mature hedgerows, meadows, woodland, and small ponds. The Bournbrook runs through the park. Over 250 species of plants have been found at Woodgate Valley, the damp meadow areas being especially rich and producing wonderful displays of wild flowers in spring and summer. The meadows also attract many kinds of butterflies and over 90 species of birds have been recorded in the park.” (information retrieved from Woodgate Valley Country Park website.)

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Main entrance to the park and the car park

Park is a real nature reserve. It is consisted of several walk tracks/horse trails.

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A beautiful meadow by the children’s playground.
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Walking path

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Farm

Not only that you can find beautiful, untouched nature, in the country park, but you can also see some farm animals. The entrance fee for adults is only a POUND. On the farm you can see various types of geese, chicken, rooster, two bunnies, two goats, pig etc.

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One of two goats on the farm.

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Long story short, this is a beautiful place to visit during spring or summer holidays or as a weekend getaway with friends and family.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nikole

Manchester UK and must see places, if you like historic landmarks, or a little bit of Ghost Hunting

1. Rylands Library

 

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”The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900.”(Information taken from the Library website.)

It is opened 7 DAYS A WEEK. The entrance is completely FREE and you are welcome, whether you want to use the actual library or just enjoy the XIX century vybe, which is in my experience absolutely amazing, if you are looking for a quiet oasis amidst the noisy city. The library is situated in the heart of the Manchester City. The information about its location and what is currently on, you can find here.

2. Chethams Music School and Library

 

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This beautiful building is situated in the North East part of the city centre and besides being a library it is still used as a Music School. How amazing it is, to have your lessons in such a building!  ”It was built in 1421 to accommodate a college of priests and remains one of the most complete medieval complexes to survive in the north west of England. Chetham’s Library, which was founded in 1653, is the oldest surviving public library in Britain.” (Information taken from the library website). More information about its history if you are a history geek like me) you can find here. 

Besides paying a visit for FREE (donation suggested, totally worth it) you can also GET MARRIED in this historic building from XV century. How ROMANTIC is that!!

3. Ordsall Hall, Salford Greater Manchester

 

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Anybody up for a GhOST HUNT? Look no further! This hidden gem is said to be a home of few ghosts. They even have organized Ghost Nights.

”Ordsall Hall has had a long and interesting history with many different uses since it was first mentioned in records in 1177! Today, it is a welcoming and friendly historic house telling the story of the Hall and some of the people who made it their home.

There is so much to do and discover! Dress up as a Tudor, try on some chainmail, discover some of the foods that would have been cooked at the Hall in the 1500s, pretend you are having a feast around the table in our Great Hall, find out about the Pre-Raphaelite artist who lived here, listen to the story of the 450 year old Radclyffe bed, chat to our friendly staff and volunteers, visit our allotment and herb garden, explore the sculptures in the gardens and much, much more.” (Information taken from the website.)

Another absolutely stunning place with NO ENTRANCE FEE. Besides ghost hunting, you can have a drink or a snack in an authentic coffee shop, enjoy spending time in a beautiful garden, buy a gift in a Gift Shop or Get Married.

Hope you enjoyed this little time travel. Thanks for stopping buy!

 

Hidden Artistic Gem – Custard Factory – Digbeth, Birmingham

 

The Green Man, 12 m high statue by Toin Adams. This giant statue is a must see.

 

                     It also has beautiful Murals, painted as a part of the City of the Colours street art  festival.

 

And the water fountain with beautiful flamingos. These guys are not flying away anytime soon… so if you are in the neighbourhood feel free to stop by, there is a local coffee shop as well.

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For the end, just a little bit more graffiti.  Oh… and one more thing, anybody lost a pair of trainers? Check the third dish from below if you have.

Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

Cities are the most beautiful at night – Birmingham, UK – winter

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Brindley Place, Canals
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Malt House

 

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The Clock
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BrindleyPlace, Canals
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City Centre, Canals
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Fiveways
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Edmund Street
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The Clock
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Christmas MArket – BrindleyPlace
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Christmas Market, New Street
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City Centre
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Christmas Market, Victoria Square