Slow Boat Through Wales – Travel Article

Banbury Canal and Bridge

Being an amateur when it comes to canal boats, it took more than a little courage to steer ours on to a 1,007ft (305 metre) long aqueduct, towering 126ft (39 metres) above a Welsh valley. The water channel was barely wider than our vessel and as I gripped the tiller tightly I noticed there was not even a railing between me and the sheer drop to the River Dee below. Imagine my horror when my daughter calmly called out: “It says in the guide book that the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is nearly 200 years old and the masonry piers are hollow towards the top!”


The Shard – Travel Article

Original Photo by B J Mullan – Attribution CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Shard at London Bridge is basically a high-rise building in Southwark, London.  It has also been referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge or the London Bridge Tower and it is officially the tallest building in Western Europe.  Certainly the most prominent building on the London skyline, the good news is that you can visit the Shard and take the lift to what must be the ultimate spot to get a great view over the capital; it’s tall enough to give you a view that takes in the entire city.  The bad news is, it isn’t free, in fact it is more expensive than the London Eye.  



Bath – Travel Article

Original Photo by David Iliff – Attribution CC-BY-SA 3.0

We have mentioned Bath before in the Travel Articles, but it’s now been voted one of the “best city breaks” on Visit Britain.  So, what makes this city such a “must see”?

Bath is in South West England: It is 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Bristol. It was granted city status by Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1590, and was made a county borough in 1889. The City of Bath was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1987.


Why English is spoken on Malta – Travel Article

Original Photo – Attribution Some rights reserved by Glen Bowman

Malta is a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean.  It is blessed with year-round sunshine, is rich in history and culture, has some outstanding architecture, beautiful beaches, and, believe it or not, it plays host to many students from different countries wishing to learn and improve their English.  It really is the perfect place for people to study the English language and combine their studies with some fun under the sun.

A Gourmet Guide to Europe – Travel Article



Many Europeans don’t realise just how lucky they are to have such a vast spread of international cuisine right on their doorstep. From Finland in the north to Greece in the South, flavours vary greatly, and no country’s cuisine replicates another’s entirely.

Read on for just some of the highlights of Europe’s delicious food map.