Category Archives: Other places

Leaving Grange

I can report that the 6-minute train journey from Grange-over-Sands to Arnside takes 2 hours on a bicycle: some of it into a headwind! You stick to the low roads that wind through distinctive limestone hummocks until it is no … Continue reading

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Barrow to Grange

I got off the train in Barrow-in-Furness and 15 minutes later was eating a second breakfast. I followed the Morecambe Bay Cycle Way and cycled between a gas terminal (with miniature flares) on one side and oystercatcher-friendly mudflats on the … Continue reading

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Ferry train II

This time the train is a German ICE, so it makes for a better photo, and the the sun was setting as the ferry set off:

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Four hours in Copenhagen

On the way out, Copenhagen seemed cold; on the way back, it seems mild. That’s what five days in Stockholm does to you. I’m now on the train to Lübeck and feel quite light-headed at seeing greenery again. (A couple … Continue reading

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Weekend breaks

Just sometimes echoes of Larkin’s “Going, Going” drift across my mind as I contemplate the pleasures of the wealthy world and the desperate scrabble of the poor. I know that Larkin’s poem is about a cramped, polluted Little England of … Continue reading

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Last day in Stockholm

I had a walk round the streets by the hotel after breakfast and discovered a couple more examples of what seems to be common in Stockholm art nouveau buildings: a monumental tower that rises directly from the front plane of … Continue reading

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Stockholm today

A roundabout walk to Stureplein revealed how much is left of art nouveau Stockholm and how much has been replaced by some pretty dire stuff. Rounded corners bordering on turrets seem to be popular for the ends of blocks, particularly … Continue reading

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