Located on the North Eastern coast of England in North Yorkshire, Whitby is a seaside town that clings to its cliff faces and serves some of the best fish and chips in the world!

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It is known for being where a young Captain James Cook learnt his trade, and where the Endeavour was built in 1764 as a coal carrier. When she was bought by the British Navy she was re-fitted. Would you like to know more?

Our Lord in the Attic

In an unassuming canal house, in the old section of town, there is a secret. You have to know to look for it, but it is remarkable!

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It looks like it could be any other well-preserved historic house within the grachten gordel. Would you like to know more?

De Oude Kerk

Himself got a day off work. Deciding to make the most of it, we planned on heading to a local medieval castle! Of course when the day dawn cold and wet (first day of summer, and Solstice don’cha’know) we decided that we’d get terrible photos and I couldn’t do that to all of you lovely readers. So plans changed and we ended up at the Oude Kerk and the World Press Photo Exhibition therein.

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I’m not sure why is didn’t occur to me that the “World Press Photos” would be taken from “World Press”, and therefore mostly about War and Sports. But it didn’t, and they were. So as often as I was impressed with the technical aspects of the photos, and how much story they told, they were quite confronting and not often heart-warming stories.

Good thing for me I had other things to absorb myself into! Would you like to know more?

Prague – Part 6

In which our unlikely heroes walk up a hill to Prague Castle! (again)

So much to see, so little time! We spent an entire day up on the castle grounds. I was also glad it was the “off-season” and we didn’t have to fight our way through crowds to see everything!

Owing to the need to buy a licence to take indoor photos in some buildings, which we opted not to purchase, you’ll get the edited version of the tour.

We were also glad that we’d seen St Vitus Cathedral earlier in the week, as it was closed for maintenance the day we went back!

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Thank goodness nothing else was closed that day, and all other maintenance was scheduled for later in the week! Though, from outside St V, the organ sounded like it was working just fine!

The Basilica of St George was founded by Prince Vratislav I. at the beginning of the 10th Century.

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It became a burial ground for the princes of the house on Premyslid. Look, here’s one now … (under the tabletop)

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This was church number six.

Then it was on to the Golden Lane. Along with everything else we’d already seen, this was a wonderful insight into how these buildings have been used through the various phases of history.

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Initially built in the 16th Century to house the castle sharpshooters and later used to house castle goldsmiths (a possible source of the name), staff and guards, at one point is also housed the castle alchemists (also a possible source of the name). The last inhabitant only moved out in 1952.

Upstairs was the most amazing armoury I’ve ever seen! (No, I haven’t seen that many yet, but I’m working on it.) We may have spent cash in this particular gift shop …

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We were out the bottom of the castle now, and it was cold, so we had a brief break to sample a traditional cinnamon pastry made right in front of us while we waited! So worth it too!

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The view from up here was remarkably good too! 😉

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Because I love you all and hear your requests, here’s a photo of Me and Himself. See how much I love you!?

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We were nearing the end of this particular adventure, and as we sat down over dinner, Beer goulash in bread (I need to perfect this recipe!) …

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… we took the time to point out to all my wonderful readers what some of our favourite sites were!

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All these things and more coming your way shortly!