Tagged with Travel

Light at the end of the (tube) tunnel

Light at the end of the (tube) tunnel

For a while after Kara was born, travelling anywhere further than the other side of Newbury with our three kids was an enterprise which involved more complicated logistical arrangements than a polar expedition, with a similar probability that not all of us would return with all limbs (and certainly not all tempers) intact. Thankfully, with … Continue reading

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Ellis Island (Thatcham branch)

Ellis Island (Thatcham branch)

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’d make a terrible B&B owner. If, as former Prime Minister Harold Wilson so astutely said, “a week is a long time in politics”, then it’s also a long time to have visiting relatives living under your roof. It’s been quite a week or so. Other than my own immediate family, now … Continue reading

A simpler life

A simpler life

In my last post, I reflected on how relaxing a holiday far from the madding crowd can be. A big part of what makes such a break so restful is the simplicity and (lack of) pace of such a lifestyle. It’s too easy to say it’s idyllic, but there’s a lot to be said when … Continue reading

Far from the madding crowd

Far from the madding crowd

I’ve written in the past about what it’s like to go on holiday without access to the internet – even for a tech addict like me, I find it surprisingly easy to switch off – but it’s nowhere near as relaxing and therapeutic as going on a holiday where you get away from people, as … Continue reading

Travel memories #5: Sydney Harbour, Australia

Where? Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, photographed from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. When? August 1997. What? Two of the most distinctive and iconic structures anywhere in the world sit just a couple of hundred metres apart in the centre of Sydney. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was completed in 1932, with a 503-metre long arch which remains the fifth longest spanning-arch … Continue reading

Travel memories #4: Lucca, Italy

Where? Lucca, in Tuscany in the north-west of Italy. When? 19th September 2005. What? In the ancient Roman city of Lucca, a group of elderly men enjoy an afternoon game of cards around a table located on top of the city wall, which was once a military fortification but is now a pedestrian promenade. Memories … Continue reading

Travel memories #3: Dim sum, Shanghai

Where? Old Chinese Quarter, Shanghai. When? 2nd November 2004. What? In the heart of old Shanghai shortly after noon, a team of chefs prepare a variety of dishes for sale as takeaway lunches for nearby workers and students. Dim sum (“point of the heart”) is a Cantonese tradition which involves bite-sized dishes such as char siu bao … Continue reading

Travel memories #2: Museum of Modern Art, New York

Where? Museum of Modern Art, New York. When? 2nd June 2007. What? Located in midtown Manhattan just a few blocks from Times Square, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is home to arguably the finest and most comprehensive collection of modernist art in the world. First opened in 1929 (nine days after the Wall … Continue reading

200 up

Just over two years since the inception of my personal blog, Slouching towards Thatcham, I have arrived at the notable milestone of my 200th post. To mark this auspicious occasion, I have selected ten of my first 199 posts as a kind of ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation. You will find one post each from the seven … Continue reading

Images of a former life

In all the hurly-burly involved in coping with two young children, it’s easy to forget Heather and I had a life before we became parents. (Certainly, Zac believes we only came into being at the moment he was born, as if he flicked some kind of existential light switch.) But, scattered around our house, there … Continue reading