"Onwards and upwards (figuratively speaking)...." leics's Profile
You'll find a bit more about me personally in the albums at the bottom of this page: this page mainly focuses on the travelling and archaeological aspects.
When my children became independent adults I was finally able to start travelling. I simply could not afford to travel outside the UK before that, although I did manage a daytrip to Calais and a couple of very short trips to Paris. Now I have limited time available to cram in as much as I possibly can because when I retire there simply won't be enough money for much, if any, travelling. So that's what I'm doing....cramming in as much as I can!
I've almost always travelled alone, out of necessity rather than choice. If I didn't travel alone, I would rarely travel. My first solo 'abroad' was to Rome , which I loved... especially OstiaAntica and I've really enjoyed everywhere I've visited..
My travel has largely been budget flights and cheapish hotels, though I've been on a couple of package holidays, for convenience more than anything else. I like to spend my time wandering around, seeing how people live and (especially) seeing what once was. 'Modern' things hold no real interest for me, though I sometimes enjoy pootling round shops to see what's on offer and at what price. But I don't 'do' shopping...it bores me.
VT has been a huge help, not only by giving me information which made me feel more confident as a solo middle-aged female traveller but also providing ideas about what to see and do. I've made so many friends through the site, meeting lots of VT-ers in reality as well as virtually, attending VT meetings both large and small, in the UK and abroad. Those friendships have taken me to places I'm sure I would never have visited without VT.
Trips for the first half of 2014 are already planned or almost-planned.
February: a brief return to Malaga followed by a few days in Granada.
Early April: a return to Lisbon with the farmer's wife.
Early June: Sibiu in Romania.
July/August: the US trip: NYC, New Haven and Washington DC.
Late December...a trip to Jordan for Petra, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum and the desert castles. :-)
January: Canterbury, Rochester, Whitstable and Sandwich..
Luxembourg Metz Trier
March/April: Krakow where we spent a lovely evening chatting with 68maciek .
Amsterdam visiting Delft, Den Haag (The Hague) and Leiden, where I met PJ and Swanet for an afternoon's wandering.
May: Switzerland (Zurich, Lucerne, Rapperswil) It was lovely to meet up with Yumyum and Horscheck again.
New York, New Haven, Niantic, Mystic, San Francisco ,El Segundo and Los Angeles.
Riga, in Latvia.
September: A weekend with The Oop North Crew in Buxton (Derbyshire, UK) visiting Tideswell, the Plague village of Eyam and Bakewell
London Treasure Hunt organised by London-Calling
December/January: Spain with visits to Frigiliana, Antequera, Almuñécar, Málaga and Torrox Costa
January: Cornwall and Devon: Penzance, Madron, Marazion, Mousehole, St Just, Lands End St Michael's Mount. Tiverton, Launceston, Jamaica Inn and Exeter.
February: Spain: Madrid, meeting Redang and SirRichard Toledo.
April: Venice, staying in Mestre visiting
June: Eurmeet in Bergamo Albino, Clusone Sarnico.
August: Iowa, Iowa City
the Amana Colonies
the Amish settlement of Kalona
Megabus trip to Chicago which I explored with thanks to Riorich55
September: The VT Halifax Meet thanks to Ricky52).
October: London Treasure Hunt
Slovakia, based in Bratislava
meeting Katamorgana in Piestany
and making daytrips to Trnava and Vienna.
November: Manchester Christmas Markets meet
Como, Torno. Pavia
March: Florence Pisa, Lucca and Fiesole
May: London for a couple of fun VT meetings.
Varenna , Lecco
First trip to the US in July! New York, New Haven and Boston. Guilford, Pomfret, Sleeping Giant State Park,
Storrs, Woodstock and Sturbridge.
August: A wonderful trip to the wild, empty Shetland Isles
Sumburgh, Scalloway, St Ninian's Isle, Lunna, Tingwall, Trondra island, Sullom Voe, Eshaness and
Castellammare di Stabia
November:Manchester Christmas Markets meet.
February: Amsterdam and
March: Prague, Kutna Hora and the bone church at Sedlec.
May: Euromeet in Krakow
Wieliczka salt mine. Wadowice, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
July: Lovely Northern Ireland
September: Halifax VT meet, as much fun as ever and the excellent Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing (especially the belly-dancing female Morris team)!
VT London Treasure Hunt, organised by Jo104 and Planxty.
March: Athens and trip to Sounio (thanks to Janetanne).
Slovenia (Bad Radkersberg)
May: Euromeet Cascais ,Lisbon ,Sintra ,Portugal
July:Wurzburg, Nurnburg, Bamberg, Regensburg
Darmstadt Many thanks to Trekki who took me to: Hering, Hummeltroth, Lorsch, Freinsheim, Ibersheim, Rheindurkheim and Worms
November: Manchester for Gillybob's Christmas Markets meet.
December: Northern Cyprus
October: Pisa and Lucca, La Spezia Riomaggiore, Corniglia and Vernazza
February: Pompeii Sorrento
Herculaneum, Oplontis, Capri Amalfi.
March: Rome and Tivoli, then Venice.
VT Euromeet Karlsruhe
Bruges Flanders battlefields
September: Halifax VTmeet
Winchester , Windsor, Silchester and Salisbury
Ireland , Carcassonne , Narbonne and Florence
Turkey: Hisaronu, Fethiye and Kayakoy.
I'm was, until recently, keen archaeologist in my spare time. In the main photo (excavating Medieval dump deposits in York) I'm the one in the hat.
For five summers I dug at Sedgeford in Norfolk. There is dig info on that page, and in the travelogues below. It's excellent fun, and anyone can join. So if you fancy exploring a bit of Anglo-Saxon England next year, look at the SHARP website.
I used to do a great deal of 'fieldwalking', although I have done far less over the past few years because farming practices have changed. 'Fieldwalking' means walking across ploughed fields very slowly, picking up evidence from the past. People used to put the contents of their rubbish heaps onto their fields so there's always lots of pottery to find, and this will show when the area was occupied. Many fields will produce not only pottery from Medieval and Roman times but even flint tools from more than 10000 years ago. Fieldwalking is a great stress-buster and really brings the past to life. England is particularly good for this type of archaeology, because there has been such intensive settlement and farming over the centuries.
There's much less fieldwalking for me to do nowadays because local farming practices have substantially changed, and that's a great sadness for me. It can be wet and cold, and very muddy indeed, but picking up a Mesolithic arrowhead like the one in the photo (8000-10000 years old) gives me a huge thrill.
I think the best UK prehistory sites are in Orkney. The albums below have some info too.
Leicestershire is quite big and I only live in a small part of it ......... but it's ok for now. I'd much rather be living in the middle of nowhere, between the sea and the mountains, or in another country entirely. We'll see what happens.
The UK is a fascinating country (or grouping of countries) from a historical and landscape perspective. I've made as many pages as I can about places large and small. They are listed on my England and Wales pages. I've been to Scotland as well, but too long ago to have the photos available for VT.
So.....onwards and upwards, exploring and finding-out, seeing what there is to see, by myself or not. The world is a huge place, with an infinity of excitements.......how can one not be thrilled by the potentials and possibilities?
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