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Lundy Island, what can you find there?

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Lundy Island

Actually you won’t find much, but what is on Lundy Island is very interesting indeed, especially if you love birds.

If you want to get out of civilization for a couple of days you can do so by going to Lundy Island. Lundy is an island located in the Bristol Channel which can be reached in summer by ferry from Ilfracombe in North Devon and in the other months by helicopter.

The island is only18 km away. from the coast. On the island of Lundy you will barely be able to use your mobile phone, electricity is limited and there are no televisions and only 27 permanent inhabitants live there.

Most tourists take one of the five daily summer ferries and only stop for a couple of hours, only a minority stay overnight. In fact, the island also offers places to sleep even though they are all self catering, meaning you will have to cook yourself. 

Only 5 km long and 800 meters wide, Lundy has a very special atmosphere, it looks like Britain in miniature and you feel like you are traveling back in time.

Apart from the campsite there are only 23 places to sleep, so if you want to go there you will have to book in advance. However, some of these places are fascinating, in fact we have a lighthouse, a fisherman’s cottage and a small castle.

All accommodations belong to the Landmark Trust, which manages the island. There is only one place to eat which is also a pub and is called Marisco Tavern. If you want to cook, you can do your shopping in the only shop on the island, so don’t expect a great choice.

 

Although Lundy Island now has only a few inhabitants, it has actually been inhabited for at least 3,000 years and many came here from the Vikings to the Normans. In addition to history, the island offers a lot to those who want to walk and do not want to be in the midst of crowds. 

Lundy was once used as a granite quarry, was later granted to the Knights Templar by Henry II in 1160, and in the following centuries it became a pirate haunt. In fact, the ships had to sail near Lundy due to the sand banks of the River Severn estuary.

The area around the island is a marine reserve and an area of scientific interest. Here you can see seals and dolphins and towards the end of spring the island is filled with puffins with their young offspring. Other seabirds and birds of prey will definitely be there. Bring your binocular and camera with a good zoom.

How to get to Lundy Island?

The official website has all the information you need to go to Lundy. You must book everything in advance, including the crossing and keep in mind that this is a bit of an adventure; the sea is often rough and the crossings can undergo sudden changes. It is not unheard of to be stuck in Lundy Island for a day or more waiting for the weather to improve. 

Do you have the courage to go there?

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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.

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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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