Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Hidden Gems Of York - York Nuclear Cold War Bunker

Since the teen went to university up in York we’ve been up there rather a lot on various mission s , fetching and carrying that we now feel rather local. So what can you do in York that’s a little more unusual and a little of the beaten track after you’ve been mesmerised by the shambles

and eaten all the Fat Rascals ?

 What about a nuclear bunker , I love nuclear bunkers they’re so cool and interesting ( they’re funky ) I think it’s ok to take children as look as they’re ok in that sort of environment, obviously there will be references to nuclear war and the inevitable injuries that it causes.

Protecting us from Nuclear fall out is the York bunker a couple miles from York city centre.

It was built in the late 1950s and was active from 1961 all the way to 1991.It was one of 29 sites that notified good old Blighty (Britain) that it had been the subject of a nuclear attack also measuring the ensuing nuclear fall out.The dutiful task of this fell to the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) who are now disbanded.If the worst had happened, the ROC had the rather unenviable job of being cooped in this underground bunker for 30 days whilst completing their nuclear fall-out monitoring duties.

Thankfully the Cold War didn't heat up in that way and Mr T and I were rather happy we didn't have to check the radiation levels by "quickly nipping outside " in the height of 1960's fashion with the added benefit of just a scarf covering our mouths and then have a decomination shower which was basically just a couple of hosepipes. The Government didn't deemed it necessary that the ROC get those suits that you see in films of old as they were very expensive - eek

The Bunker is now decommissioned -the York Cold War Bunker is run by English Heritage, with entry comes hour-long guided tour. Adult tickets go for £7.50 + £0.80 gift aid or free if you belong to English Heritage

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Faux Pockets Is The New Fake News

What do you do on a grey grey day that’s the greatest you ever seen in the history of grey and the greyness is wearing you down as much as faux pockets are. Faux pockets are no use nor ornament as they say , I can not underestimate the level of agony ,blood curdling agony at that at the discovery of faux pockets in a pair of trousers I had and to boot they had zips on them and it was unzipping to no avail. But I thought my new jeans couldn’t fail in the pocket department could they now ? well yes they could. My new jeans had fake back pockets big fail big fat fail , gah if fake pockets had been prevalent in Shakespeare’s day he’d have written a sonnet to them.

But in a grey world of faux pockets there is a glimmer of hope in the world and that is the shape of a found lost sock.I had been lamenting the loss of my sock for months. Honestly I cannot under estimate the loss of a sock I expect somewhere there’s an ode to a lost sock. All is right with the world now I’m reunited with my sock , you see you mid where you are with socks.

Life is better with socks ...

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Ray A Drop Of Golden Sun

As the song goes “ Ray a drop of Golden sun “

Aren’t photos all brilliant with the burst of sunshine,it raises the soul on a cold and frosty day , warm and sunny day, rainy or drizzly day , the sunshine burst are a freckle of fun upon the day .

Like a jewel sunbursts and melting pools of Gold or more commonly known as sunsets.I love snapping away when the sun is bright or the light is melting away to bring the velvet of night. The velvet night need not be so scary with the treasure of light to behold the next day.

Magical isn’t it no one day or sunrise or sunset is ever the safe in lifes ever changing canvas , you’re a work of art starring in a work of art.Light encapsulates art and art encapsulates light oh how I love it on my travels near and far.

I took pictures all day it’s a hobby that really makes me happy and I want to get out and explore all the times whatever the weather , as long I’ve appropriate clothing I’m happy.

Friday, 5 January 2018

How Do I Get to See The Best Views In Venice ?

What’s the best view I hear you say , well pretty much every where you look really as Venice is an Instagram ready beauty that doesn’t fail to deliver.Venice, Italy is magical, mysterious, and a photographer’s paradise. It is probably one of the most picturesque and photogenic city in the world. Everywhere you walk or maybe gondola then you point your camera there is something interesting to capture. You will twist and turn with excited anticipation : cobblestone paths church domes, winding canals, people watching ,gondola and bridges.

1. Rialto Bridge find the quiet spots !
The Rialto Bridge is always crowded, day or night with people desperate to get that shot with their selfie stick.However, if you walk away from the bridge in either direction, just a short distance and you will find yourself quiet areas with amazing views of the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, the glorious architecture and the gondolas.

2. The view from the Water Bus to and from the airport
Forgot the 80 Euros Gondoliers even though they are black and very sexy and of course they are the symbol of Venice. But I promise you the water bus to and from the airport is a stunning way to get to your destinations and our hotel destination was a next to Rialto bridge. manoeuvring their sleek, black gondolas are the symbol of Venice. If you want then do go for a 30 minute gondola ride its better value the more of you there is the better as gondola will hold up to 6 people , we didn't go for it but there was plenty of people doing so.

3. Be a Wanderer and Explorer
Before arriving in Venice I had heard horror stories of smelly canals but as we were visiting in December this certainly wasn't the case , the only smell we encountered was walking through the world famous fish markets at Rialto. I believe it can be horridly hot in summer which was the case we found in Rome but you do adjust and of course regular cafe breaks are a must for a drink and the people watching.you probably heard  horrible stories of the heat and the crowds. Those things do exist, but only for people unwilling to look beyond the popular attractions like Piazza San Marco or the Rialto Bridge. Be a wanderer and explorer and just drift away honestly that is the best way to explore  especially on lazy days and holiday find those narrow streets, lazy alleys and those magical quiet canals.



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