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1746 The Battlefield of Culloden, Scotland

About this time last year 2016, we walked the Culloden Battlefield Trail, we were late arriving, but we did have the whole site to ourselves, apart from the end when two dog walkers passed by.  I am not going to go into great details about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Rebellion just a few facts to accompany my photos.  The battlefield had been on my list to visit for a long time, but I wasn’t too sure if visiting the site would be a let down, had it become too commercialised.  I should imagine it could be quite busy in the summer, but the week before Christmas and arriving in the late afternoon, with the light fading, was perfect.  It was so quiet and the feeling of the past was really quite over whelming, I felt a great sadness, but I will let the photos take you on the walk.

On 16th April 1746 the most ferocious hand-to-hand fighting took place at the height of the battle.  Historians believe that about 700 Jacobite soldiers were killed or wounded here in just a few minutes of fighting.  The Jacobites’ charge had broken the government front line but they were then forced back, which catastrophic consequences.  Today, Archaeologists have found many items, hacked muskets parts, pistol balls and ripped off buttons.  All these are clear evidence of a desperate close range fight.

In the years after Culloden, interest in the story of the battle continued to grow.  The memorial cairn and grave marker of clans were raised in 1881 by Duncan Forbes, the local landowner.

Leach Cottage – After charging, the Jacobites clashed fiercely with the government’s left wing.  The government second line move around the buildings here in support, forcing the Jacobites to retreat.  The cottage that stands here now was built on the site of the farm buildings shown on almost every contemporary battle map of Culloden.  A cannon ball is said to have been recovered from the turf wall of the building more than a hundred years old.

 

 

 

Christmas at Burnham Market, Norfolk

One of the places we like to visit, to get into the Christmas feel, is Burnham Market in Norfolk.  Unfortunately in 2016 it was raining, but it was still so magical, with all the trees lit up.

Christmas In St John The Baptist, Stamford, Lincolnshire

Every year we visit The Church of St John The Baptist in Stamford, Lincolnshire.  They have a Christmas card and decorations sale inside the church each year, also lots of dressed Christmas trees, which makes the church very colourful on a cold grey day.  Just a few photos from last years visit 2016.

 

Eating Sandwiches on a Glacier – The Jungfrau, The Swiss Alps

The Top of Europe 2015, The Jungfrau Experience in The Swiss Alps and what an experience.  This is one way of experiencing the nearest thing to being a mountain climber that you can get, with out using a rope.  After three train journeys we reached the top, we then spent some time looking at the views through the large windows, then we ventured outside to really see the views.  Totally jaw dropping amazing, for me anyway, as I’m not very good with heights, but I soon overcame any fears, it was just so beautiful.  Next we explored inside the mountain.  I found some photos of how the tunnels were made, and you can also see the very last part of the tunnel dug into the mountain.  There is an ice cave, which I have posted about, and a display of the making of Swiss Chocolate.  Then making our way down some very long tunnels we came out on to the glacier……..we sat on deckchairs and had our sandwiches, with a coffee we bought from the Glacier Bar, it was perfect, it was liking being at the seaside, but instead of sand, snow.  We sat and enjoyed watching others enjoying all the snow activities and then made our way to the next train to leave the Top of Europe, a few photos to follow of the train trips down the mountain.

 

To The Light

When we travelled on the train up inside the Jungfrau, in the Swiss Alps, in 2015, they stop the train at a couple of places.  Everyone tumbles off and heads for the light, there are large windows that allow you an amazing view of the mountains.  More to follow.

Gazing At The Top Of Europe

In 2015 we went the Top of Europe , The Jungfrau, in the Swiss Alps, in fact we went in 2016, but we don’t talk about that trip, as it was a white out, we didn’t see a thing.  In 2015 we did, the weather was perfect, I have posted a little about the trip, but not any main posts.  As I’m into my third week with the cold from hell, I want to blog about something that will cheer me up and make me feel ……sorry…Christmassy,  So for a few days, I will be re-visiting the top of the world again.  By the way, the photo is me, gazing out into wonderland.

2015

Finally, The Duomo, Florence, Italy

Florence 2016 – We had finally arrived at The Duomo, Florence’s Cathedral and I wasn’t quite prepared for the size of the building, its massive.  You come across it quite suddenly, turning a corner and its there, it fills the whole space that you are looking at.  Its amazing, just a bit overwhelming for a second or two, still you eyes adjust to the sheer size and the decorative mix of pink, white and green marble.  As it was late in the day and the queues were still long, we didn’t see the stunning interior, but maybe one day.  For me, I was just happy to stand and take photographs of  this splendid Gothic building, which was began in 1296 and structurally finished in 1436.  The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile. These three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.