Lessons in the "PlacesToVisit" Category

Scotland’s Answer to Route 66

Today, we are going to talk about epic road trips. Probably the most famous one to travel along is Route 66 in America. Now there is a new route for you to consider – in Scotland.

North Coast 500 or NC500 is a brilliant new route to journey along. It takes you right around the northern coast of Scotland. It has already been named one of the top coastal routes in the world.

Hidden London!

Today let’s talk about hidden London. By that I mean parts of London that are hidden away; yet are literally right in front of our eyes when walking around the capital city...

Cabmen’s shelters in London are, to the untrained eye, green sheds. Introduced in 1875, they were used as a refuse for horse drawn cab drivers to eat, drink and take shelter from the weather. Today, just 13 remain. Whilst taxi drivers still use them today, so can you!

Category: London / Secret Places to Visit / Tourism

Create your own Top 20 ‘Bucket List’ 2

Today I thought we could talk about creating your own ‘Bucket List’. What is that I hear you ask? It is a list of things to do before you die.

Most of us have still got a few years ahead of us; however, I thought it would make a good talking point in an English lesson. Of course, there was the 2007 movie called ‘The Bucket List’ starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.

Category: Living / Bucket List / Ideas

‘Mind the gap’ returns to London Underground

‘Mind the gap’ – one of the most iconic phrases once heard on several London Underground tube stations is set to return to one tube station. Passengers standing at the platform at Embankment Underground station on the Northern line will once again be able to hear one of the most famous phrases in London. What’s more, it will be the original voice of Peter Lodge, the man who recorded the classic phrase back in the 60s.

Category: London / London Underground / Places to Visit

Create your own top 20 ‘Bucket List’

Today I thought we could talk about creating your own ‘Bucket List’. What is that I hear you ask? It is a list of things to do before you die.

Most of us have still got a few years ahead of us however I thought it would make a good talking point in an English lesson. Of course, there was the 2007 movie called ‘The Bucket List’ starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.

Category: Living / Bucket List / Ideas

The top 50 things we love best about Britain

Today we will look at the top 50 things British people like best about Britain. Topping the top 50 list at number one is the tasty bacon butty (or bacon sandwich) filled with lots of ketchup. A traditional roast dinner took second place while a nice cup of tea made number three. Certainly, a good hot cuppa helps wash down a hot bacon butty.

A total of 60,000 Brits took part in the T-Mobile survey, which shows Britain is a nation of food lovers. Having said that British history comes in at number four followed by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), Big Ben in sixth and Buckingham Palace in seventh position.

Brits like their rolling hills which makes eighth spot. Next we’re back to food with fish and chips and Yorkshire Pudding coming in ninth and tenth respectively.

Category: Survey / Britain / Marketing

What is happening in Burma?

What is happening in Burma? That’s the question. Burma or Myanmar, as it’s also known, appears to undergoing change. In recent weeks news stories coming out of the country report there has been considerable change by the newly elected government since it took office.

The most significant change was the release of Aung Sang Su Kyi from house arrest. This in itself speaks volumes. Her release to the world watching was as significant as when Nelson Mandela was released in South Africa.

After decades of repression, political prisoners, people being killed by the regime etc, there appears to be change by its leaders, most of whom have crossed from old military leaders to supposedly elected leaders. Many people are still scared to talk about all this, especially those in the country. You can’t blame them and for that reason it is a hot topic to discuss now.

Category: Burma / Myanmar / Change

France’s new medieval castle takes shape

Deep in the forests of central France something totally unique is happening. A knight’s castle is under construction. It’s the vision of one man, Michel Guyot, whose idea was to build a complete 13th century castle by using only authentic tools and locally sourced materials.

Every detail of the project is made as accurate as possible, even down to the clothes worn by the workers. If ropes are needed they are made on site; when stone is needed it needs to be quarried out of the ground etc. It’s actually the first castle of its kind to be built for nearly 800 years.

The Château de Guédelon, near the village of Saint-Fargeau in Burgundy, is probably the world’s most unusual building site. It is an exercise in archaeology in reverse, as it is discovery by building up, not by digging down. The foundations were laid back in 1997. It is due to be completed in 2025, when it will be a full-sized castle with battlements and a moat and six towers. According to Monsieur Guyot it is based on the period of 1228.

Category: History / France / Medieval Castle

Bratislava old and new

Today we are looking at the Slovak capital Bratislava. Let’s start with its Old Town. Dating from the 15th century, its centre has largely been preserved and is a positive delight to see. It has charm!

Since the collapse of communism and gradually since independence the Old Town has seen much reconstruction. Today it has many highly popular coffee shops and bars to visit. During the summer months the streets are packed with bar terraces, which bring the Old Town alive. One can sit, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or have a beer and watch the world go by.

There is also the Bratislava Summer Festival where one can see street entertainers, exhibitions, open air opera, orchestras and music festivals. In wintertime when it snows the Old Town becomes a winter wonderland. The narrow streets give one a glimpse into the past right here in the present. December sees the Christmas market in the Old Town. It offers visitors a multitude of unusual gifts to buy, hot wine and excellent foods.

Category: Central Europe / Slovakia / Bratislava

Witch required for Wookey Hole Caves in Britain - must be able to cackle!

An old hag with an evil laugh is being sought after to live in Wookey Hole Caves this summer. The caves near Wells, Somerset, are one of Britain's top tourist attractions. Laced with stalactites and stalagmites they are a favourite among tourists who visit the West Country.

An advertisement for the unique job has been placed at the local job centre for someone to teach visitors about witchcraft and magic. The caves' previous witch Jane Brenner is hanging up her broomstick after 6 years in the job and is moving onto a different post. The successful candidate 'must be able to cackle' and 'must not be allergic to cats'.

They must also 'be prepared to stay in the caves overnight'. Knowledge of the art of witchcraft is essential! The lucky person will enjoy a salary of £50,000 pro rata based on work during school holidays and at weekends. Wookey Hole said the role was open to women, men and even trans-gender witches in order to comply with sexual discrimination laws...