As another year comes to an end it is time to reflect on places explored, events experienced, the good times as well as the not so good. My travels this year took me across the pond to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley, Ottawa, Montreal, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Across the Channel to Stockholm in Sweden and Lille in France. At home I walked the Dales Way in Yorkshire, explored Rye and West Sussex and managed to explore over 20 tube stations.
Happy New Year to all my friends and fellow bloggers.
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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!
Friday, 22 December 2017
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
This patisserie was in Lille old town. You could see what was going on through the side window.
The food market had a variety of fresh delicious looking seafood, cheeses, breads, meat and so much more.
Monday, 18 December 2017
I have been taking a break from blogging as I had a few days in Lille, France and am now trying to catch up with Christmas preparations. I travelled with a group of friends hoping to visit some Christmas markets. We go away every year just before Christmas. We were attracted to Lille as it only takes 70 minutes from London via Eurostar.
In the Grand Place is the Vieille Bourse, the old stock exchange built in 1653. Trading would take place in the courtyard accessed through the four arches, one on each side of the building.
This is where the trading took place. Nowadays you will find a number of book stalls here.
The Voice of the North newspaper office.
In the Place du Theatre is the highly decorative building of the Opera House with its sculptures of Apollo and the Muses.
Also in the square is The Chamber of Commerce and industry with its 76m belfry.
Cobbled streets of the Old Town
Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral.
The doors were created by sculptor and holocaust survivor George Jeanclos, representing a barbed wire vine of human suffering and dignity.
View of the doors from inside the church.
This 13th century hospital is now a museum showing life in Lille during 15th - 17th century. It was founded in 1237 as a hospital and hospice for the needy.
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