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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

We are fortunate in having three preserved railways in our part of the North Midlands. Peak Rail, the Midland Railway, Butterley and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, follow routes through attractive countryside, but arguably the Ecclesbourne line is through some of the best unspoilt farming countryside in Derbyshire. Part of its route is almost as though […]

Paestum & Agropoli

Within a thirty minute car journey north from Castellabate, via the gateway to Cilento town is the larger town of Agropoli, just south of Salerno. Agropoli sits prettily on a promentary looking out at the Tyrrhenian Sea, where African and Eurasian Plates meet. Reading facts like this sent to me straight to the atlas. There […]

Italy – Moving South to Cilento

Travelling along the coast from Amalfi, with the music from the Italian job running through my head we went past Paestum and its temples down to Cilento which brings a remarkable contrast in many ways. We hadn’t factored into our journey the fact it was a bank holiday weekend in Italy and therefore a planned […]

Trip To Bruges Winter Market

A city made famous by the quality of its beer that was originally brewed by monks, Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Because of the number of canals surrounding the city, it is called the ‘Venice of the North’  From the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries Bruges was one of the greatest commercial cities in […]

Country Images Meets – Adam Penford

When Adam Penford was about six years old, he went to a panto at Nottingham Playhouse but was too scared when invited to go on stage with other children to join in the entertainment. Despite returning every Christmas, he was never asked to go up again and always regretted it. This is how he assesses […]

The Amalfi Effect

The Amalfi Coastline is possibly one of the most famous places written about in Europe. It’s not for the faint hearted as vehicles squeeze past each other and the cars seem to breathe in to get through gaps that don’t really exist. Where two cars won’t even attempt to pass, the local buses will determinedly  […]