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Lincoln’s Cottage

In the spirit of continuing to discover Washington, we visited Lincoln’s Cottage which is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the Upper North-west quadrant of the city. Lincoln was not the only president to stay here in the summer months, but...

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Last weekend, we set out for Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, https://www.nps.gov/keaq/index.htm which is located in the district close to the border with Maryland. I doubt we’d have heard of it if we hadn’t received a little book called Secret Washington DC, as a...

Richmond & Appomattox

Richmond, VA The day dawned suffocatingly hot and humid again. The intent had been to wander round Belle Isle and the James River Park Pipeline Walkway, but after wandering round Belle Isle for a bit I was already undone and had to take a break and sit on the rocks...

The capital of the kakistocracy to the capital of the confederacy

Richmond, Virginia Not wishing to be in the capital of the kakistocracy on the 4th of July, J and I repaired to the capital of the confederacy. I am not especially a fan of the 4th of July to begin with; as far as I’m concerned when you’ve seen one set of fireworks...
Lincoln’s Cottage

Lincoln’s Cottage

In the spirit of continuing to discover Washington, we visited Lincoln’s Cottage which is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the Upper North-west quadrant of the city. Lincoln was not the only president to stay here in the summer months, but...

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Last weekend, we set out for Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, https://www.nps.gov/keaq/index.htm which is located in the district close to the border with Maryland. I doubt we’d have heard of it if we hadn’t received a little book called Secret Washington DC, as a...

Richmond & Appomattox

Richmond & Appomattox

Richmond, VA The day dawned suffocatingly hot and humid again. The intent had been to wander round Belle Isle and the James River Park Pipeline Walkway, but after wandering round Belle Isle for a bit I was already undone and had to take a break and sit on the rocks...

NC500: Dornoch to Inverness

NC500: Dornoch to Inverness

As you drive south on the A99 from Latheron, lush green pastureland extends to the edge of craggy cliffs that drop sharply into the sea. By the time you get to Brora and Dornoch, the cliffs have given way to great curves of sandy beaches. Along this stretch of...

NC500; Headland of the Cats

NC500; Headland of the Cats

The trees around Forss house are speckled with crows' nests and as we set off down the gravel path towards the car, we noted the sociable and very smart birds cawing and wheeling above the trees. Seconds later things of a more uncharitable nature were observed about...

NC500; Durness to Forss House

NC500; Durness to Forss House

In the Highlands and Islands, unpronounceable place names of many consonants are usually Gaelic. Other names reflect the Viking heritage of the region, not least the county of Sutherland itself which just means 'southland' in Old Norse. Other names are Pictish which...

NC500: Handa Island & Loch Assynt

NC500: Handa Island & Loch Assynt

The zodiac boat to Handa Island runs from Tarbet, which is about a 10 minute drive north of Scourie - which we determined is properly pronounced Scowree and not Scoorie. In season the boat runs frequently, but off-season it runs on the hour, every hour, and naturally...

NC500; Gairloch to Ardvreck

NC500; Gairloch to Ardvreck

We had planned to leave Loch Torridon around 0930 as we had a long-ish drive and lots of things we wanted to see, but there was a bit of a muddle with the two room bills which required the deciphering skills of Alan Turing. By the time we were all satisfied that both...

NC500; Loch Torridon and Applecross

NC500; Loch Torridon and Applecross

The North Coast 500 is a genius bit of marketing. It is the 'Silk Road' of North and North-West Scotland, because while it is essentially a roughly 500-mile coastal route round-trip from Inverness, the NC500 - like the Silk Road - also incorporates any number of tiny...