Sunday Special – Hadrian’s Wall, England


The reach of the ancient Roman Empire was quite an expanse. At the time of Emperor Hadrian (117 – 138 CE) parts of what is now modern-day north Africa, Turkey, Europe and England were under Roman rule. In hopes of preventing invasions from the northern “barbarians” and to maintain his northernmost border Hadrian had the wall built. This wall, much of which remains standing today, runs 117.5 km (73 miles) from east to west from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway in Northern England. Today, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Visiting this ancient wall is relatively easy. Many sections have cycling paths or can be seen on foot. Hadrian’s Wall Path spans the length of the wall and is often quite close to it.  Walks, farms, castles and Roman history can be experienced at many places along the wall. Additionally, it is completely unguarded, thus allowing people to touch or stand on it should they desire. Though one may want to remember that doing so may damage this part of English history.

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Portion of Hadrian’s Wall near Housestead, England (photo is Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons)


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Remains of Housesteads Roman Fort along Hadrian’s Wall (photo credit: Owned and taken by Mediatus via Wikimedia Commons)

Sunday Special – Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England


Now that I am back into a more-or-less regular routine here in Vancouver I have decided to bring back “Sunday’s Special Spot” but with a bit of a change. Instead of a location or landmark I will also feature events. Travel is not only about just seeing a place – in many cases it is about partaking in a event. So Sunday will be about places, events and features around the globe. Some I may have visited, others are waiting to be visited and still more are to be showcased whether I decide to visit or not. Oh and one more change – as you have seen in the title, it is now known as “Sunday Special”.  Happy travels!

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YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK

Located on both the borders of West and South Yorkshire on Bretton Hall Estate parkland in England, I was lucky enough to visit this open-air museum. I had been invited to see the sculpture park by an acquaintance but could not attend when they were going. I was so intrigued by this open area filled with art that I went shortly after that on my own. YSL’s 50 acres of fields and rolling hills are a great way to walk in fresh air and see the permanent and temporary displays of modern sculpture. I do admit that I had expected more sculptures however, it was still interesting and a good way to spend a sunny afternoon. Below are some of the photo I snapped.

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World

Iron Spirit by Ai Weiwei

Iron Spirit by Ai Weiwei

Sitting Lady-Hare by Sophie Ryder (my favourite statue at the park)

Sitting Lady-Hare by Sophie Ryder (my favourite statue at the park)

Ten Seated Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz

Ten Seated Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz

Budda by Niki de St Phalle

Budda by Niki de St Phalle

The Map Project – Bath, England


Please enjoy the next installment of The Map Project. Today’s post is by Rhiannon. It’s  filled with fun family ideas for the Bath region. Thanks Rhiannon!

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River Avon, Bath, England

River Avon, Bath, England

Bath was one of the first places Eeva went to after her house sitting job in Yorkshire.  I thought I might say a few of things of what you can do with kids in Bath.

(Please check out Eeva’s blog post of March 5/15 all about her time at the Thermae Spa)

One of the cool things I would like to do, is go the Farleigh Hungerford Castle because there are hidden treasures you have to find when you visit there.  Also, is a partially ruined fortified mansion and gardens that were occupied for 300 years by the Hungerford family. And today, their intriguing yet sometimes gruesome stories are told through graphic interpretation panels and a free audio tour!

Another activity is The Hope Nature Centre. It is home to some very special and rare breeds. Such as alpacas, Hebridean sheep, donkeys and Shetland ponies. As well, as chickens! They also have small animals such as geese and rabbits. A variety of birds in the aviaries.   There is also a fairy wood where they have developed a number of mystical and fantasy areas just for kids!

Brokerswood Country Park has lots to and see and is suitable for all ages. There are adventure playgrounds for kids plus beautiful woodland walks to enjoy.

Other places I would enjoy visiting would be Writhlington Sports and Leisure Centre or the Bath City Farm!  These are just a few things I would want to do if I went to Bath.  Thanks for listening to my blog post. See you next time!

SUNDAY’S SPECIAL SPOT – HIGHGATE CEMETARY, LONDON


October is a well-loved month of mine as I am able to partake in two holidays this month. First is (Canadian) Thanksgiving. A fantastical feast of delectable treats for the palate. YUM! Then comes Hallowe’en (a.k.a. Samhain). A time to dress up, eat chocolate and participate in related activities. Visiting haunted attractions, costume parties and more chocolate is plenty fun. That being said, I must admit that I am not a die-hard Hallowe’en participant. Some years I dress up and go out, others I do not. But I am rather staunch about my chocolate intake -LOL. Since we are in the scary-boo season the next several locations will be honoring the spookiness of this season.

Old headstones covered in moss and sitting askew, winds whistling through the trees and the idea that a lost soul may still linger can make a cemetery seem eerie. See them on a foggy fall day and you may be set up to get a chill. London’s Highgate Cemetery is known for its old yet beautiful mausoleums, statues and headstones. It was established in 1839 but fell into a state of decay and disrepair. The 1970s saw a The Friends of Highgate Cemetery help to bring about restoration and maintenance of this historic spot.

Highgate Cemetery, North London


Photo Credit: Flickr – Seymour Krelborne