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Parks

Postcards from Orkney (1)

Orkney: an island group about 10 miles north of the Top End of Scotland. With its treasures and histories shrouded...

Where I went last weekend: Wrest Park, Bedford

It took about 10 minutes to walk between Bedford’s railway and bus station, winding through some typically suburban lanes. En-route, there was a modernist Italian church, with the Italian tricolour and the EU flag flapping on the buntings outside; a West Indian social club, draped with handbills for a Jamaican independence day bash; a Polish club, with Euro-pop emanating from the attached bar; and a mosque, dome almost like a Russian Orthodox Church, with taxis parked outside. Middle England.

Richmond Park 倫敦都市綠洲

Richmond Park 列治文公園,是倫敦的皇家公園之一,和海德公園,格森威治公園同級。不過,Richmond Park可要比其更著名的同伴們要大得多—面積差不多十平方公里,是海德公園的六倍,香港維園的五十倍。與其說這是個公園,不如說是個被城牆環繞著的野外。

威爾斯鐵路夏行— 爬名山Snowdon

列車搖著的啟動,先在後山的路段緩緩的爬升,直到希百倫站(廢棄的教堂)以後,斜度忽然十倍的提升,在水平線再看不見地面,有如直插天際。在這沒有高樓大廈的地方,我開始明白,為何麥兜會天真相信,山頂纜車是往馬爾代夫的航班。

倫敦短線遊 – Bekonscot 世界之窗始祖

佔地廣大,能在旁邊建下山水景觀一兩處。於是Callingham開始為鐵路興建愈發誇張的景色,參照著Beaconsfield一帶的景觀,先建成了一座叫Bekonscot的小鎮,再慢慢的擴建成一個小人國,甚至「開山劈地」的把游泳池改建成湖泊,Bekonscot便漸漸的從模型鐵路進化成模型城市了

Epping Forest 賞紅葉

夏日的陽光要配海景,而英國例常半灰半百的雲天,大概就是紅葉的最佳背景。英國雖沒有日本以至東亞社會中賞紅葉的傳統,但畢竟這是個熱愛保育的國度,留存下來適合秋遊的森林公園可是不少。

倫敦短線遊 — Rochester・城堡教堂記

初夏,是去旅行的好時間。沒空飛到南美還是東歐的尋找自我,就只好退而求其次離開倫敦小休好了。雖然倫敦是個巨型都市,但要離開來趟小旅行不但容易,選擇還多得很,就讓我在這暑假來個「逐個擊破」吧。本文先到了倫敦東南,經常被遺忘的歷史名城:Rochester。

北愛爾蘭・Giant’s Causeway巨人堤道的足跡

依著北Antrim郡海岸線的巨人堤道,由超過四萬個多是六角形的玄武岩石柱所組成。黑黑的玄武岩,構成連綿不絕的石群,近看活像在海底的樓梯級,走遠點看就變成城堡的護牆,保護著愛爾蘭不般洪水拍打一般。

北倫敦市中郊遊 – Kenwood House

聖誕前,我選擇到了Hampstead Heath北面的大府第兼美術館:Kenwood House(肯活府)。

愛丁堡 北國的雅典

若你喜歡歐洲風典雅四方的建築,從中世紀傳留下來一級一級的石板道,和滲出陣陣歷史的城堡橋樑,那愛丁堡-甚至先於倫敦-就是你必需到的地方。

Searching for Athens of the North – Edinburgh Vista

Edinburgh, the capital and by a country mile the city that I know best in Scotland, having visited a few summers ago. Weeks and years may have passed by, yet I can still picture with vividity these lovely afternoons, basking in the unseasonable Northern warmth, when I traced my steps from the cobbled medieval streets to the orderly boulevards decorated in Georgian grandeur. People have christened Edinburgh as 'Athens of the North': with its splendid architecture, reputation for academia and enlightenment, AND that clear sky of ocean blue that fails to greet me, who is it to object?

Justin’s London: 10 Favourite Spots (2)

Hidden in the woods suburbia of Forest Hill, south London, the Horniman is a legend among middle school children: endowed to the public thanks to matrimonial quarrels but adored by immature thirteen-year-olds, this (slightly off the beaten track) museum and its adjoining park is a wonderful place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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