So that was how we came to be coming into land at San Francisco Airport (SFO) to a city that we had been told demanded at least but no less than a quarter of our entire holiday, and as always it was the grand scale of America stretched out below that strikes you first. Five years previously it had been Las Vegas; toy- like and oddly out of place in a vast sandy expanse like a travelling fair long past its heyday pulled up in the corner of an isolated field in the openness of the countryside. With San Francisco it was the multiplies necessitated by the scale; the cars, lanes on freeways, expanses of water, tiers of housing and the mountains, all bedecked with a cloud filled sky dulled and scented by the forest fires that burnt out of control to the north of the city.
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History is a road trip through time. It is far from smooth with potholes aplenty and there is no ban on U-turns. Most of the time the route is tortuous, and the pace slackens. To the side are dead ends into which some travellers still choose to turn despite the warning signs, and from dark... Continue Reading →
A Celebratory Top Fifteen Facts for Trafalgar Day on the 21st October The 21st October is Trafalgar Day; a celebration of the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar on the 21st October 1805, and the triumph of Admiral Horatio Nelson who lay dying as news of his victory was brought to him. The title of... Continue Reading →
On the 19th July 1545 Henry VIII’s ship the Mary Rose sank in the Solent off Portsmouth with the loss of over 500 lives. In 1982 after 437 years on the sea bed the Mary Rose was brought to the surface once more, and now 35 years later The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth’s Historic... Continue Reading →