English-speaking world

30 November 2019

ST. JOHN'S

St. John's, the capital city, takes its name from St. John's Day, June 24. For over 500 years, the City of Legends has been visited by explorers, adventures, soldiers and pirates. The nightlife in St. John's is legendary, and rightly so. Once a rough port populated by tars from around the world, the downtown core now features restaurants with everything on the menus, music of all kinds, art galleries, theatre. From Signal Hill you can see the busy harbour and much of the city. The people stemming largely from southwest England and southeast Ireland, they speak with unique accent. It is a thoroughly modern city, despite its relaxed pace and unique view of itself and the world.

17 November 2019

THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Once considered wild and remote, the Scottish Highlands are now valued by today's visitors for their majestic landscapes and their solitude. The Highlands are a state of mind as well as a geographical reality. The North was seen as a primitive wilderness populated by savages. With the advent of the cult of the picturesque travellers began to view the Highlands as romantic and heroic, ideal and unspoilt.

 EILEAN DONAN CASTLE, LOCH DUICH

Received from Thomas Goatherd

09 November 2019

WHITEHORSE

Whitehorse became the Yukon's capital in 1953 after the territorial seat of government was moved from Dawson City. With a population of more than 20,000, Whitehorse is a contemporary city, characterised by a mix of pioneer spirit and urban sophistication. Log cabins share the street with modern office buildings. Whitehorse is a great stop for shopping, entertainment and sightseeing. For a taste of the past, tour the restored sternwheeler S.S Klondike.


The real reason for coming to Whitehorse. You'll never be the same. Maybe you won't want to leave. Maybe you'll just keep coming back year after year, discovering the magic and the mystery of this city. There's voyage of discovery waiting for you - be sure to pack your dreams!

03 November 2019

MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL

MINNEAPOLIS, ST.PAUL and their neighboring communities make up an exciting metropolitan area that's teeming with things to see and do. The Twin Cities region is cosmopolitan at its heart, surrounded by busy suburbs and peaceful countryside along its perimeter. The urban landscape is punctuated by greenways and lakes and the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers offer recreational opportunities galore. The southwest corner of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is well known for its many scenic lakes and attractions.

26 October 2019

ANGLESEY

Low-lying and agricultural, the island of Anglesey seems, on the first impression, rather dull in comparison with the splendid scenery on the other side of the great suspension bridge across the Menai Strait. Yet it has a beautiful coastline, a fair number of historic sights and is one of the most resolutely Welsh parts of the country.

Menai Straits and bridges showing Swillies

Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch is a village on the Menai Strait. The longest place name in Britain, known to locals just as Llanfair PG, came about as a 19th-century hoax to draw tourists, but it stuck.

Received from Thomas, Northamptonshire
 

18 October 2019

PURBECK

The Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

This promontory of Dorset downs and heathland is an island only by name. Its chief sight is Corfe Castle, a jumble of jagged Norman graystone ruins set dramatically on a hilltop. The Castle was reduced to ruins by Oliver Cromwell's forces during the English Civil War. On the coast north of the resort of Swanage stand the chalk stacks and the long, dune-backed sandy beaches of Studland Bay. Near Wareham the Tank Museum displays more than 250 fighting vehicles from around the world. The popular beauty spot of Lulworth Cove is a fine example of sea winning the battle against cliffs, which in this case are made of crumbly chalk.

Wareham   Swanage   Studland
Lulworth   Corfe Castle   Lulworth Cove 

Received from Tom Goats 

11 October 2019

PRETORIA

Basking amidst fertile valleys and ridges, Pretoria, named after the enterprising Voortrekker leader Andries Pretorius, is the administrative capital of the Republic. A green city of parks and gardens, Pretoria hosts an astonishing display of both exotic and indigenous flora, flowering trees and shrubs. It has substance, charm and atmosphere; the city has a dignity and character all of its own.


Union Buildings The magnificent sandstone buildings designed by  Sir Herbert Baker house the administrative seat of government and the national archives. Beautifully landscaped gardens and terraces in front of the buildings feature various memorials and statues. The indigenous bush area behind the Union Buildings, offers pleasant walks and prolific bird life.