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Manchester Street Art – April 2024

Manchester Street Art – April 2024

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On a recent trip to Manchester to see James Blunt in concert, I took time to wander around the city centre to see if I could find any new street art. Street ... Read more
Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki

Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki

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Sat on a hillside on the Katajanokka Peninsula, Uspenski Cathedral (‘Uspenskin Katedraali’ in Finnish) overlooks the city and harbour of Helsinki. This red-bricked cathedral with its 13 onion domes is ... Read more
Oulu Cathedral, Finland

Oulu Cathedral, Finland

Life, Travel
Oulu – The fourth northernmost city in the world with over 100,000 inhabitants, known as the “capital of Northern Finland” and, surprisingly, home to the Air Guitar World Championships! Oulu ... Read more
Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

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Think of one landmark in Helsinki and it will most likely be Helsinki Cathedral. It sits proudly above Senate Square, but it is not Helsinki’s only cathedral. We’ll visit a ... Read more
Helsinki Christmas Market

Helsinki Christmas Market

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Beneath the snowy steps of the city’s great white cathedral sits Senate Square, the location for Helsinki’s Christmas Market (locally known as “Tuomaan Markkinat”). This year the market runs from ... Read more
Valkohieta Beach, Finland

Valkohieta Beach, Finland

Life, Travel
Have you ever had a whole beach to yourself? On a hot day back in June, during my visit to Finland, my friend and I discovered we had an entire ... Read more
Manchester Street Art – August 2023

Manchester Street Art – August 2023

Travel
Last week I treated my niece to a trip to Manchester for a few days. I knew the trip would mostly be about shopping, but I also wanted to show ... Read more
Tankar Island, Finland

Tankar Island, Finland

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The small but beautiful island of Tankar can be found in the outer archipelago in the south of the Bay of Bothnia. The island was inhabited as early as the ... Read more
Postcards from Kannus, Finland

Postcards from Kannus, Finland

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Alighting from the Helsinki to Oulu bound train at Kannus, I arrived at my base for most of my stay in Finland. This sleepy Finnish town can be found in ... Read more
Postcards from Finland

Postcards from Finland

Life, Travel
Day 1 – Manchester to Helsinki I hadn’t flown in over 22 years and I hadn’t been abroad in over 15 years, so when I reconnected with a friend who ... Read more
More of Manchester Cathedral

More of Manchester Cathedral

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Manchester Cathedral is much more than just its colourful, arty stained-glass windows. 2021 marked the 600th anniversary of the Royal Charter to establish the Collegiate Church of St Mary, St ... Read more
The Windows of Manchester Cathedral

The Windows of Manchester Cathedral

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Manchester Cathedral, originally the Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George, has stood in place for hundreds of years, watching the rivers Irk and Irwell race by. ... Read more
Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art

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Visitors to Manchester can’t fail to miss the abundance of street art around the city centre. On a recent visit, I decided to go in search of some of this ... Read more
Chetham’s Library

Chetham’s Library

Books & Films, Travel
For anyone with a love of history and books, a visit to Chetham’s Library in Manchester is an absolute must! Founded in 1653, Chetham’s Library is the oldest surviving public ... Read more
Liverpool’s River of Light

Liverpool’s River of Light

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On a wet early November evening, my niece and I braved the rain and the wind coming off the Mersey to take in the delights of the River of Light ... Read more