‘No results for Nottingham’, is what English Heritage’s online search engine shows. Even though Nottingham Castle and the legend of Robin Hood is probably second to Stone Henge the best worldwide known ‘product’ of England. Nottingham Castle is council owned, hence not being listed on the English Heritage website. It is definitely worth a visit. The current ‘castle’ is more a mansion on top of where once the original castle would have stood. It’s the third building in this place, and is home to a fine art gallery.
The original tunnels underneath the mansion remain, supposedly used by Robin Hood to escape from the castle! (more)
“Bloody architects!” What do you do when you design a book rotunda in a library and the librarians can’t reach the top shelves? Even though these are solely designed to showcase books from the archives, somehow the books need to be put on the shelves.
All that's required: a ladder, a scaffold, a health & safety guy, and a few architects to do it themselves! (more)
One of the best traditions in The Netherlands must be the New Year's Eve Bon Fire night. Especially in my hometown The Hague's fishermen's borough called Scheveningen!
Originally, each neighbourhood would build their own bon fire, competing for the tallest stack and the highest fire. After years, this got completely out of hand, where teams were spying on other teams to find out where they hide their stash, and raid it overnight... (more)
After visiting the south of England many times, we have been invited to visit family in Winchester and the Hat Fair. This traditional street theatre festival attracts thousands of people every year.
One of the best acts were the Lords of Strut. Two Irish lads performed some silly stunts. Their show took probably an hour or so, and in the end they didn't do much, however, the comedy value was brilliant! (more)
The south coast of England could easily be mistaken for an exotic coast! The Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, near Bournemouth and Poole and mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It once used to be connected to what is now known as the Isle of Wight, but erosion over many years has left its traces. Around the corner is Durdle Door, a chalk arch. With a speedboat captain who looks exactly like David Hasselhoff when 65 years old, you can’t go wrong! (more)