WPC: Shiny – Let’s Visit Worcester, UK

The WordPress Weekly challenge this week is “Shiny”, or, to use their description, “Diversions, Distractions, and Delightful Detours”. Things that catch your attention and divert you from your original goal or intention, something you can’t resist. It might, indeed, be something shiny but it could be really, anything.

When I’m traveling, I always have my camera handy. I’m always on the lookout and the things that might take my attention, things I can’t resist photographing are sometimes a unique architectural detail, something interesting, weird or wonderful in a shop window, or perhaps a small and unusual museum.

I was sitting in a very old pub once, The Cardinal’s Hat in the city of Worcester, with a friend and he looked at me, baffled as to why I appeared to be taking a photo of the wall beside me. I pointed out that there was an old door there. “Yes…..”. “Look at it.” “Erm….” What I was pointing out was the existence of two locks side by side on the door, a modern Yale type lock and a very old latch. This is the detail that caught my eye, such contrasts over time.

Old and NewThe building dates back to the fourteenth century and has had many names over the centuries. When I visited, in 2003, it was an Austrian bar and defied licensing laws by serving beer, not by the pint but by the litre! It has since been refurbished again. The building now mainly reflects the Georgian era so I presume that’s the origin of the latch.
The pub is on the main historical street, Friar Street, where you will also see old buildings such as the Alms House and Greyfriars and many of the shops on the street are housed in buildings with some origins as old as the Tudor era.

Worcester itself is an old city with a lovely cathedral overlooking the River Severn. There’s a beautiful Guildhall. There is the cathedral that has parts of the building dating back to the 10th century (crypts). Royal Worcester porcelain was still a going concern when I visited and could shop in the “seconds” outlet but it’s closed now. There is, I believe, a museum. Worcester is also the home of the famous Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce which is still made here. It was a Roman occupied area at one time and later, it was a Royalist city during the English Civil War. There was a battle nearby and a defeat for Charles I in 1751. Worcester was also chosen to be the retreat for the British government in case of a German invasion in WWII. It’s a really interesting city if you’re a history fan. Here are some of my old photos from my visit there, scans from film so they’re not the best quality but I think will represent some interesting aspects.

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Travel theme: Primary Colours

Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack’s weekly travel theme this week is Primary Colours, those being the three basic colours from which you can combine to make any other, Red, Blue and Yellow. Here’s a handful of photos I found, most with all three colours, one with only two and a couple that have a few more besides.

Polish beer

Polish beer

Keswick stick

Rock /stick candy from Keswick, England in the Lake District

Blue Angels

Fighter jet from the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum, NYC

Halifax Natal Day Fireworks 2011

Local fireworks

Zwickers WoodWork

Zwicker’s Woodwork, Lahave, Nova Scotia

Llanberis coloured houses

Corner cafe, all “Primed” for business. Llanberis, North Wales

St Andrews stained glass closeup

Stained glass window in St. Andrews church, Quebec City

Travel Theme: Flavour

One of the great things about travel is trying out local food, local beer and wine, going to restaurants, scouring the markets, sampling street food. I’ll never forget the ambrosia on my tongue from the creamy liqueur I found on the Isle of Iona in Scotland, called Columba Cream. Heaven! Chocolate from Belgium melts in the mouth. I tried Guinness in a hotel after-hours residents’ bar in Dublin, the city where it’s made, and I became a believer.  Scottish haggis, anyone? Pancakes in Amsterdam make a filling meal.

I haven’t been anywhere really exotic (yet) but I have perused some interesting spice markets in the Chinatown neighbourhoods of Vancouver and Toronto. There’s usually food kiosks from a lot of different countries at Farmers’ and Christmas markets anywhere you go. That gives you a little taste of travel without leaving home.

Here’s a few photos of tastes and flavours from places I’ve been:

Testing the grape

Domaine de Grand Pre winery, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

Bruges chocolate shop

Chocolate in Bruges

Camden Lock food vendor

Camden Lock, London

Fudge!

Fudge in the Manchester Christmas Markets

 

More flavours from Where’s My Backpack

A Photo a Week Challenge – Boats and Ships

Nancy Merrill Photography’s weekly challenge is all about craft that floats in water, boats, ships, tankers,etc.

Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast

Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast, London

Sagres (Brazil)

Tall Ship, Sagres from Brazil. Halifax harbour

 

Maid of the Mist

Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls

Science Museum model ships

Boston Science museum, model ships

Venice, detail on a gondola

Gondola details, Venice

Travel Theme: Gardens

While my main interest for photos is architecture, I have grown to love walking in gardens and taking photos of the beautiful show nature has to offer. I had a friend and travel companion, Carole, who was an ardent gardener and she always sought out the gardens and enjoyed discovering and examining them the best. I grew to appreciate gardens more through travels with her.

There are a lot of beautiful gardens everywhere, from botanic gardens featuring all sorts of plants to flower gardens. Some cover acres, some just a small corner of an estate or park. Some include amazing water features and fountains, sculpture and statues.

Busy Sunday in the Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens

Right here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we have our own Public Gardens, laid out in the Victorian era and featuring flowers, plants, rare trees and some interesting statues and fountains as well as a bandstand where they play music in summer.

Rose Garden path

Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal

Think pink

Rose Garden,Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal

Lavender

Not in the Historic Gardens, but in the garden behind an Annapolis Royal historic Inn.

In Annapolis Royal, about a 2 hour drive into the Annapolis Valley, there is the Royal Historic Gardens.  They have a spectacular rose garden as well as a garden pool, a winter garden and a knot garden to name a few. They also have an area overlooking the marshy side of the Annapolis River where the Acadians built dykes. There are trails through there as well.
Alnwick Gardens Ornamental Slate

A particularly interesting garden in the UK was the Garden at Alnwick Castle. This photo is from the ornamental garden but there are many things to see including a poison garden, a water feature garden, a labyrinth, a cascading fountain, a cherry orchard and a rose garden as well. There’s even a wooded area with a treehouse cafe! Other gardens in the UK that I’ve seen include Inverewe in north west Scotland, Hampton Court Palace which has many gardens on the property, Chatsworth estate which is almost more of a huge park, Lyme Hall garden, an Italian garden at Trentham, and often there have been lovely flower beds in various parks large and small.

Where’s My Backpack’s Travel theme.

Travel Theme: Colours

Welcome to April! I’ve been quiet on here lately, I do know that but there should be some more news very soon on the rest of the booking for our trip to Hawaii in November.

In the meantime, over at Where’s My Backpack’s weekly theme this week is Colours so here are some bright patches from my travels.

Sherbrooke Quilt

Sherbrooke Village, Nova Scotia, a heritage open air museum. Every stitch in that quilt is hand done.

Blackpool Rock

The colours of Blackpool. Sweets by the seaside

Excellent show

Port Authority bus terminal, near Broadway, New York City. We were walking back to the hotel after seeing this very show!

Multi colour shop

Seen on the drive through New England on Route 1

Kensington Graffiti

Mural in Kensington Market, Toronto. It was on the side of a shop that sold cupcakes

Travel Theme: Four

Where’s My Backpack’s travel theme this week  week is Four. Mostly, my archives seem to contain threes, but there are a few fours I found.

Seahouses Harbour

Seahouses, Northumbria, UK

Expulsion

Representing the Expulsion of the Acadians, Grand Pre, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

Buoys

Four Buoys

Drill Team

78th Highlander drill team, The Citadel, Halifax

Royals

Four Royals, Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival, Nova Scotia

Travel Theme: Path

This week’s travel theme from Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack is Path.

Walking in the Highlands

Scottish Highlands near Glencoe

Rievaulx Abbey

Through the ruins at Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire

Location: Canal

Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester, path along the canal

Housesteads 09 sheep

Housesteads, just below the Hadrian’s Wall ruins

Arch of Constantine

Arch of Constantine, Rome

Botanic Gardens Path

Copenhagen Botanic Gardens

Travel Theme : Bark

Something a little different for Ailsa’s travel theme. For me, it’s got to be either bark off a tree or dog-related. I do like chocolate/nut “bark” but I don’t have any photos of it so this is what I have for the challenge this week, alternating trees and dogs, which go together quite naturally, anyway, don’t you think?

November in York

November in York, UK

Black Bull Inn Dog

Dogs are commonly seen in British pubs, especially in the smaller towns and country pubs.

Gnarly

A gnarly old tree. It was spring in Matlock Bath, UK< but I dont’ think this one has anything leafy on it anyway.

Blomidon beach Sawyer

Sawyer on the beach. Blomidon, NS

Who was C.S.?

Close up, Halifax Public Gardens. I wonder who “CS” was?

 

Travel Theme: Turquoise

This week, Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack is asking for photos featuring the colour turquoise.

Blue Windows

Yorkshire Bridge Inn, Peak District, at the Ladybower reservoir, UK

Blue select

Classic fins, Halifax, NS

Flags on Campbell's Bluebird K7

Donald Campbell’s Bluebird, hovercraft. at the Lakeland Motor Museum

Scarecrow Village

Joe’s Scarecrow Village, near Cheticamp, Cape Breton (sadly, no longer there, the scarecrows, not Cheticamp)

Queen Street

Queen Street, Halifax

Pictou, The Hector

Replica of the Hector, the ship that brought the Scots to Nova Scotia. Pictou, NS