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Twenty Years On – A Postcard from Ephesus

With nobody making travel plans for the foreseeable future, I thought it might be entertaining to re-post some of the earliest travels from our blog. By coincidence, it’s exactly twenty years this month since my very first post about a family holiday in Turkey. Very different times, with no social media, and having to take your roll of film to the chemists to get it developed and printed! So, with some minor edits and re-scanned photos, please enjoy this blast from the past…

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Queso Ibérico de la Cerda, the Iberian Pig Cheese from Ronda

High in the mountains of Andalucía is the pretty little town of Ronda, and this morning with the help of our guide at La Casa del Queso we will be exploring one of its traditional although not particularly well-known products, Iberian Pig Cheese. Maybe even a sample if we are lucky!

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Derbyshire Days – The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

A bright Sunday afternoon, visiting the 9-mile Ecclesbourne Valley Railway just a few miles north of Derby centre. This restored branch line from Duffield to Wirksworth once carried local quarry traffic, and visitors can now travel on heritage trains along the pretty river valley.

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Spain by Train: Granada to Málaga

Photos from our travels around the Andalucía region of southern Spain, visiting the towns and cities of Córdoba, Sevilla, Ronda, Granada and Málaga. Our fifth and final stop, the City of Málaga on the Costa del Sol.

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Spain by Train: Ronda to Granada

Photos from our travels around the Andalucía region of southern Spain, visiting the towns and cities of Córdoba, Sevilla, Ronda, Granada and Málaga. Our fourth stop, the Moorish stronghold of Granada.

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Spain by Train: Sevilla to Ronda

Photos from our travels around the Andalucía region of southern Spain, visiting the towns and cities of Córdoba, Sevilla, Ronda, Granada and Málaga. Our third stop, one of the ‘Pueblos Blancos’ (white towns) in the mountains, Ronda.

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Spain by Train: Córdoba to Sevilla

Photos from our travels around the Andalucía region of southern Spain, visiting the towns and cities of Córdoba, Sevilla, Ronda, Granada and Málaga. Our second stop, the regional capital of Sevilla.

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Spain by Train: Málaga to Córdoba

Photos from our travels around the Andalucía region of southern Spain, visiting the towns and cities of Córdoba, Sevilla, Ronda, Granada and Málaga. Our first stop, a city full of Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian influences from its past, Córdoba.

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1066 and All That

On the 14th October anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, a rather overdue post with plenty of holiday photos from our own conquest of the Sussex coast by caravan this summer!

Visits to Bexhill on Sea, Hastings, Battle, Biddenden Vineyards, Brighton, Wilmington, Pevensey and Rye.

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Steam Punk at the Great Central

Our attention was recently caught by an advert for a steampunk event at the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire. Steampunk is a Victorian Sci-Fi genre, inspired largely by the technology of the Industrial Revolution during the 19th Century. So, what better setting for such an event than a heritage railway with its own late-Victorian influences. We ordered our tickets straight away!

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Return of the Severn

A magnificent Great Western adventure, revisited. Following an enjoyable visit earlier this year, I’m back on the Severn Valley Railway again!

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Derbyshire Days – The Lumsdale Falls

An afternoon stroll through the Lumsdale Valley, one of the lesser known attractions in the Derbyshire Peak District near to Matlock. It’s a beautiful wooded gorge with ruins of several historic mill buildings, and a series of lovely waterfalls.

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