Tag Archives: Local history

The Penguins have come to Goodwood!

The Penguin collection of books is perhaps not the first association you would link with a magnificent English country estate, set deep in the glorious Sussex countryside, but it’s certainly an intriguing aspect of the historic Goodwood Estate.  Row upon row of Penguin classic paperbacks … Continue reading

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Take a Tour of Goodwood House

Set within magnificent grounds in the Sussex countryside, seven miles from the sea, is one of the truly spectacular English country estates. The seat of the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon for over three hundred years, Goodwood House remains in the … Continue reading

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From Buckingham Palace to the London Eye

If you want to experience a really lovely walk on a summer’s day, a wander from Buckingham Palace, through St James’s Park down to The Palace of Westminster and The London Eye is a really good one to take.  For me, taking it easy … Continue reading

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Walking the walk … with Context Travel

I met Petulia from Context Travel in November at World Travel Market and from that chance meeting, I took part in a South Bank Walk as her guest last weekend with a group of tweeting friends, christened the “London Lovelies”. … Continue reading

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Cycle around Beijing’s Ancient Hutongs: A New Green Option for Visitors!

Fairmont Beijing is encouraging its guests to forgo exploring the city on four wheels to doing so on two!  With an emphasis on being green in keeping with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ well known environmental policies, guests may easily cycle … Continue reading

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A3 Wanderings: Lazy Sunday lunch at the Bat & Ball Inn, Hambledon

This is a pub or rather “Inn” that I have wanted to re-visit for several years so one Sunday, I decided to take the bull by the horns and do so. Sitting outside with the Hound, a cricket match being played opposite, it … Continue reading

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A3 Wanderings: The Cradle of Cricket

I last visited the Bat & Ball, Hambledon on the occasion of the Millennium, having decided to mark the great event by having dinner near the “cradle of the modern game” of cricket with a crowd of cricket mad friends. … Continue reading

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Portsdown Hill – Looking out over Portsmouth

Years ago, my mother introduced me to Portsdown Hill (a favourite viewing point) with her graphic, grim recollection of how she watched a German bombing raid over Portsmouth in World War II reduce the city to ashes.  In her later … Continue reading

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A3 Wanderings: An historic church – St Mary’s, Selborne, Hampshire

Wandering around Selborne when visiting Gilbert White’s House, I can see why the village so enthralled him.  OK – so in the mid 1700’s, it would have been a little different obviously but there is charm by the bucket load … Continue reading

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A3 Wanderings: Gilbert White’s House & The Oates Museum

The sign on the A3 I see every day intrigued me.  Who was Gilbert White and why is his house so special?  When I had some time to spare, I decided to find out. Gilbert White was a keen gardener … Continue reading

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