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Do you want to walk in the steps of the Earl of Warwick?

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stay at a medieval castle? Walk where knights, ladies, serfs and vagabonds once lived and carried on their lives never knowing how we would delight in their stories.

My daughter, grandchildren and I had the chance to stay at one of the amazing medieval knights village lodges at Warwick castle, it was truly memorable.

We have been frequent visitors to the castle over the years living within a 40-minute drive but had never had a chance to stay. We had looked longingly at the ‘tents’ and lodges as they were built and had decided it was simply something we had to experience. The Knights Village contains 28 medieval themed timber lodges (and fabulous huge  glamping tents according to season) within the beautiful woodland grounds of Warwick Castle, next to the River Avon.

The drive to Warwick castle is easy and well signposted, with the castle itself looming over the town impressively. Excitement begins the moment you see the famous turrets.

As we were staying in the Knights Village car parking was complimentary at the designated VIP parking bays (its currently £6 per day for guests visiting the castle) and is conveniently located just a short walk from the main reception area.

The whole site is created with medieval theming with shields attached to the wooden walkways, which just added to the excitement of our little knights and lady. Theiconic  Warwickshire ,beautifully carved, wooden bear was like a magnet to be hugged every time we walked past!

Check-in at the main lobby was welcoming, fast and efficient, set in a medieval themed building, which also housed the banqueting hall where breakfast and dinner was served. The obligatory gifts were on sale and priced as they are in these places my tip would be to buy swords, knight outfits and a medieval or princess gown before you get there!

Once all the paperwork was finalised, we received our key cards for our lodge and our 2-day tickets for Warwick Castle, which are part of the stay, and excitedly set out to find our lodge. The walk was short but beautiful and the trees full of friendly squirrels make the whole area seem like a different world where time has indeed stood still.

I’m not sure who was most excited when we opened the door to our fabulous woodland lodge the adults or the children! The walls were hung with swords and shields and, as we were in the falconers lodge, we had a leather glove and bag … we learnt much more about this later on!

The huge adult bed was covered with beautiful velvet bedding, was high, and felt luxurious. The little bedroom off the main room had sturdy and comfy bunk beds complete with a truckle bed so that three children were easily accommodated. They loved having their own little cave complete with intricate tapestry on the wall.

Despite all the medieval theming modern comforts and ‘ necessities’ were not lacking , wifi, flat screen tv, tea and coffee making facilities,  a huge walkin power shower and cosy central heating. Plenty of sockets for charging phones etc are dotted around. There are no cooking or fridge facilities however, we had expected it to be a catered stay and knew there are plenty of places to buy food and drink. Personally, I’d bring a picnic and snacks though! It is expensive!

I'm a slightly deranged middle aged widow, living in the Cotswolds with two fabulously funny little dogs. A mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Determined to survive by writing to remember, to forget and to cope with grief. the memory of my husband supporting me, guiding me and probably laughing at me if there is a ‘somewhere’

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Douglas Corrigan, the man who flew to Ireland by mistake or maybe not…

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We still don’t know if Douglas Corrigan intended to fly to Ireland or ended up there by mistake. We know that he became famous for a while and was even nicknames “Wrong Way”. But his story is still fascinating.  Another of his claims to fame was that he was one of the builders involved in the Spirit of St Louis, Charles Lindbergh’s place. He was born in Texas in 1907 and died in 1995. This story takes back to the romantic days of early aviation. 

By Unknown photographer – http://www.hill.af.mil/museum/history/corrigan.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=520511

In the summer of 1938, Douglas Corrigan had landed in Dublin Ireland after a 28-hour flight from New York. Despite the grand achievement in the early days of solo transoceanic aviation, the pilot claims that he wasn’t supposed to travel to Europe. He actually filed to fly to Long […]

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In the summer of 1938, Douglas Corrigan had landed in Dublin Ireland after a 28-hour flight from New York. Despite the grand achievement in the early days of solo transoceanic aviation, the pilot claims that he wasn’t supposed to travel to Europe. He actually filed to fly to Long Beach, California! H

At the age of 31, Corrigan flew out to New York City from Long Beach. The pilot filed to return back to Southern California on July 17th, 1938, but during that foggy morning, he headed east from the 4,200-foot (1,300 m) runway of Floyd Bennett Field, flew into the mist, and vanished for over 28 hours. Nonetheless, he eventually appeared in Dublin, all the way across the Atlantic Ocean.

When explaining the situation to officials, Corrigan said that he left New York en route to California but had then gotten mixed up in the clouds and haze. He also shared that he had an issue with his compass. Overall, the airman expressed that he noticed the error after flying for approximately 26 hours. However, there is good reason to believe that this transatlantic hop wasn’t actually a mistake.

Importantly, Corrigan, a man of Irish descent, in 1935, applied to the federal government for permission to make a direct trip from New York to Ireland, which was turned down. Officials felt that the aircraft was not in the right shape to make this transatlantic hop. He then made several modifications and additions over the next few years but was continuously denied. Despite not being approved for transatlantic flight, the government did certify the plane for cross-country trips.

Moreover, the U.S Centennial of Flight Commission highlights that Corrigan grew frustrated with the bureaucracy by 1937 and flew to New York late at night after authorities had gone home. He would then have filled his tanks and set flight for Ireland. Unfortunately, there were several mechanical issues while heading to the East Coast and he lost his window of safe flying weather. Therefore, he decided to fly back west.

 

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The best UK attractions according to Tripadvisor

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There are notable surprises in this list compiled by Tripadvisor users, for example you don’t find the great museums in London but we have museums in other places and two football stadiums. In first and second place we have two fairly predictable London attractions the Tower of London and Tower Bridge which are also close together although they don’t have much in common other than the name and proximity. The Tower dates back to 1100 and the bridge to 1800.

In third place we have Arthur’s Seat, the hill located in Edinburgh. Not only is this a nice walk, but once you get to the top you will have a nice view of the whole city. In fourth place we have Etihad Stadium, the Manchester United stadium. You can visit it when there are no matches, they organize a guided tour.

Arthur’s Seat

In fifth place we have Anfield Stadium, a practically sacred place for Liverpool fans. When there are no matches, the stadium is open for guided tours. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ranks sixth, it is Scotland’s most visited free attraction. It has 22 themed galleries displaying over 8000 objects of international importance. Birmingham Back to Back is in seventh place, back to back houses were heavily used during the industrial revolution. Not really hygienic or comfortable and they don’t make us envy those times. The museum is a very informative blast from the past. Crumlin Road Gaol is in eighth place. An old Belfast prison closed in 1996 and reopened as a museum. There are guided tours of the prison and you can discover the story when women and children were held within its walls and of the political segregation of republican and unionist prisoners. In ninth place we have the magnificent National Railway Museum in York. Home to iconic locomotives and an unrivaled collection of engineering works, the museum celebrates the railroad’s past, present and future. What’s more, free. In tenth place we have the Churchill War Rooms which are located in London. Surprised? What did you expect to see in the top ten tourist attractions in the UK?

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The strange Egyptian house in Penzance in Cornwall

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In all parts of the world there are always weird things to see and Cornwall is certainly no exception. If you go to Penzance, try to pass by the strange Egyptian house. It was built on Chapel Street by Plymouth architect John Foulston around 1835. At this time everything Egyptian was in fashion. In London at Piccadilly they had built the Egyptian Hall at the same time and the province tried to adapt to trends.

Photo: Jhsteel / CC BY-SA

It was a Plymouth bookseller who wanted this house, his name was John Lavin and he had a passion for maps and travel guides but he also traded minerals. He had then bought two properties here, which were in fact two cottages but he wanted to stand out so he had the two buildings join together with a single facade.

In addition to transforming the architecture of the two buildings, he also built a small mineral museum inside. The house still exists now and houses three apartments, it is a listed building. The interesting thing is that it is a precursor of the Art Deco that conquered the world a century later.

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