May 2014 archive

Le Tour et Le Moor

A couple of weeks ago I posted a description of a walk I had done on Ilkley Moor; a week ago, I talked about cycling on Le Tour de France route; this week it’s a little of both. On Wednesday I cycled just over 30 miles, virtually all of it on the route cyclists will …

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Le Tour

Saturday May 17   Friday and today have been absolutely gorgeous days here in Yorkshire so I finally got out on the bike to enjoy the scenery and the weather.   Ilkley is at Mile 23 on this year’s Tour de France cycle race and hence only about 45 minutes from Le Grand Depart. This …

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On Ilkley Moor without a hat

Sunday May 11, A walk on The Moor There’s a popular song about the region (Ilkley Moor) that we see every morning from “our” apartment in England – rain and mist permitting! It may be amusing (or indecipherable) to some but is presented here as an introduction to a beautiful walk that I took on …

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Ilkley Carnival, May 5 2014

We are now in England, staying in our nephew’s flat in the small Yorkshire town of Ilkley. Ilkley is a spa town and civil parish in West Yorkshire, in Northern England. Approximately 12 miles north of Bradford, the town lies mainly on the south bank of the River Wharfe in Wharfedale, one of the Yorkshire Dales. The parish has a population of around 16,000. Ilkley’s spa town heritage …

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Israel, Days 8 and 9: Galilee

On Wednesday we drove in a north-easterly direction which climbed east of the Carmel range and across the Armageddon Plain. Armageddon is mentioned in the Book of Revelation and has an apocalyptic connotation but the Hebrew words mean simply Strong Mountain. Being at a strategic point on many ancient trade routes, this area has seen …

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Israel, Days 6 and &7: Tel Aviv and the Coast

On Monday (April 28) we left Jerusalem by taxi and in a little over an hour we were in our hotel on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv. We did little more that day than take in our new surroundings which, it soon became obvious, were quite different from those we had left in …

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