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April 15, 2012

Liverpool Merseyside

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 6:20 pm

Liverpool Merseyside – Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in the county of Merseyside, in the western region of England, on the east side of the estuary of the River Mersey, bordered to the north by the metropolitan municipality of Sefton , East by that of Knowsley, south and west by the Mersey river. It was founded as a borough in 1207 and had that status until 1880, when it received the title of city. According to the latest official census, dating from 2001 , Liverpool had a population of 439,473 inhabitants. The city lies at the heart of Liverpool Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 816,216 inhabitants. Liverpool city centre is a lively vibrant place with good shopping, great nightlife and friendly atmosphere.

View a map of Liverpool city centre here:

And a wider view of Liverpool area here:

April 13, 2012

Don Carlos Santa Eulalia Ibiza

Filed under: Balearic Islands,hotels,Spain — Tags: , , — needahand @ 2:42 pm

Don Carlos Santa Eulalia Ibiza – Situated in a quiet place surrounded by pine trees, the Fiesta Hotel Don Carlos Santa Eulalia is the perfect place to enjoy a vacation in Ibiza. The hotel is located just 50 metres from the sea, 2 kilometres from the town of Santa Eulalia and only a few kilometres from the resort of Es Canar, where guests can visit one of the island’s most famous hippy street markets. Nearby, guests will also find a variety of entertainment options with beach, bars and restaurants. Santa Eulalia is on the east coast of Ibiza about 20 minutes drive from the airport.

Santa Eulalia Ibiza Map.

And get holiday rentals here:

Cala Vinas Majorca

Filed under: Balearic Islands,Holidays,Spain — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 9:00 am

Cala Vinas Majorca – Cala Vinas is situated to the south of Magaluf on the western side of the Bay of Palma in Majorca, it has a relatively small beach and is surrounded by hotels and villas, some of which are located directly beside the beach. Cala Vinas is a popular tourist destination, handy for the airport at Palma de Mallorca. North of the bay towards Magaluf are tha caves of Cala Vinas and to the south the Cap des Falco.

See a map of Majorca here:

April 12, 2012

Mousehole Cornwall

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 12:45 pm

Mousehole Cornwall – Mousehole (meaning “island harbour”) is a village with about 850 inhabitants located in the south-west England (UK). Mousehole lies at the south-western tip of Britain in the former District of Penwith, within the county of Cornwall, between Penzance and Land’s End, set in a spacious bay on the southern English coast. Administratively, Mousehole is one of the five boroughs of Penzance. A delightful little fishing village, Mousehole has a nice beach where you can head when the weather is nice, it also has a wild bird hospital which is worth a visit. You can visit Mousehole if you are staying in Newlyn, Penzance, St Just, Marazion of Sennen.

Cornwall Road Map.

See a detailed map of Mousehole here:

And a map of Penzance here:

April 11, 2012

Clovelly Devon

Clovelly Devon – Clovelly is a fishing village on the north coast of Devon in the UK. It was primarily known through the novel Westward Ho by Charles Kingsley. Even Charles Dickens describes in his book A Message From the Sea, the rugged area around Clovelly. With its picturesque location Clovelly attracts many tourists. However, the site itself can be visited only on foot, as cars are not allowed due to the steep slope. For older people, however, there is the possibility to use a Land Rover with a service charge, which carries the people down at the harbour. An 800 metre long road with cobblestones leads down to the harbour, where there is a quay wall from the 14th Century. There are two chapels in the village, restaurants, gift shops and craft shops. Clovelly has a small beach, where many visitors head when the weather is fine. The village has about 400 inhabitants, many of which still survive through traditional fishing, as demonstrated by the white fishermen’s houses. Clovelly is close to the Hartland Peninsular and nearby towns include Holsworthy, Putford, Bude and Bideford.

See a map of Clovelly here:

And a map of Devon here:

Basildon Essex

Basildon Essex – Basildon is a new town in Essex, created in 1949 after the Second World War, it was intended to house those who suffered due to the bombing in London and the destruction of many of its neighbourhoods. Part of its population comes from East London, near the docks. Basildon was created from four small villages, Pitsea, Basildon, Laindon and Vange. The first reference to Basildon in historical annals is in the Domesday Book, (records of 1086) being referred to as “Belesduna”. Basildon’s name means “the hill” and the words come from Anglo-Saxon, “Beorhtel” and “dun.” Throughout the centuries and in different historical documents, Basildon will be called in different names such as: Berdlesdon, Batlesdon and Belesduna. Within the district of Billericay, we can see a house dating from 1620 where the Pilgrim Fathers met, before emigrating to America on the Mayflower. Basildon today has a population of 185,000, it is situated to the south-east of Brentwood, to the south-east of Billericay and to the north-west of Southend-on-Sea, South Benfleet and Canvey Island.

View a map of Basildon here:

Mortehoe North Devon

Mortehoe North Devon – A pretty little North Devon village which is steeped in history, Mortehoe is situated high above the town of Woolacombe and surrounded by protected land owned by the National Trust. Located a little inland from Morte Point (a peninsular notorious for shipwrecks), Mortehoe is a charming place with delightful tea rooms, shops, and friendly pubs. Its church (St Mary) dates from Norman times and it also boasts a Heritage Centre which outlines the rich maritime history of the area. Mortehoe is close to Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Braunton and Barnstaple and is a popular tourist destination for those visiting this rugged coast of Devon.

See a map of Mortehoe village here:

And view street maps of Devon here:

April 10, 2012

Combe Martin and Hele Bay

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 5:16 pm

Combe Martin and Hele Bay – A couple of attractive little villages and good spots to visit if you are in North Devon, Combe Martin and Hele Bay are situated to the east of Ilfracombe, on the coast and both minor holiday resorts which attract a number of tourists to the area, both are also on the western edge of the Exmoor National Park. Combe Martin is a delightful village with a long High Street once thought to be the longest village street in England (it isn’t!), it also has a small sheltered cove with a nice little beach. The village of Hele Bay is even smaller but also has a nice little beach and is sheltered by surrounding hills.

See a map of Combe Martin here:

Truro Cornwall

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 10:56 am

Truro Cornwall – Truro is a city of 20,920 British residents (2001), and capital of the county of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The town is located on the banks of Truro river near its mouth in the English Channel. Industries in Truro include the ceramic industry, textile, wood and food production. The most prominent monument is the Truro Cathedral (Gothic Revival), which reaches a height of 76 metres, and was begun in 1880 and was completed in 1910, it was built on the site of the former St. Mary’s Church, consecrated six hundred years before. Truro is the only city in the county of Cornwall. Truro has a busy tourist industry with thousands visiting the Cornish coastal resorts and looking for a place to visit when the weather is not so good. Truro has good shopping and a number of interesting tourist attractions. Truro is to the east of Redruth and to the north of Falmouth, it is a 27 miles drive from Penzance.

See a map of Truro here:

April 9, 2012

Ayamonte Costa de la Luz

Filed under: Holidays,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 6:35 pm

Ayamonte Costa de la Luz – Ayamonte is a Spanish city in the province of Huelva in the autonomous region of Andalucia, Spain. In 2008 there were 19,738 inhabitants. The municipality of Ayamonte has an area of 142 square kilometres and a population density of 136.5 inhabitants per square kilometre. The town lies at the mouth of the Guadiana River on the Atlantic Ocean (Costa de la Luz) and thus on the border with Portugal. The distance to the provincial capital of Huelva is 48 kilometres, to Seville it is 140 kilometres. In Roman times, the mouth of the Guadiana River, was known as the “Ostium Fluminis Anae”. From there, was an important trade route leading north to Merida. It is assumed that even at this time Ayamonte occupied a strategically important position. In 1239, the Moorish domination was ended by troops of King Sancho II of Portugal. In 1263 they designated the river as a border between Portugal and Spain, and the town of Ayamonte came under the jurisdiction of the Castilian crown. First, they belonged to the county of Niebla, but later formed its own marquisate. 1664 Ayamonte was awarded city status by King Philip IV. If you wish to visit Ayamonte, you will find lots of hotels and privately owned apartments for rent. Ayamonte is in the region known as the Costa de la Luz in the region of Andalucia.

Learn more about Ayamonte here:

April 6, 2012

Sherborne Dorset

Filed under: England,History,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 2:26 pm

Sherborne Dorset – Sherborne is a small town in the county of Dorset in southern England, located on the River Yeo, 6 kilometres from the town of Yeovil (Somerset). Sherborne had 9,350 inhabitants in 2001, it is in the District of West Dorset and has a variety of historic buildings and schools, the best known of which is Sherborne School. The town takes its name from scir burne (Old English) as “a clear river source”. Origins of the town date back to the 7th Century, Sherborne was an important town and religious centre of Wessex, one of the seven kingdoms of England. Saxonian King Alfred’s older brothers Athelbald of Wessex and Athelberht of Wessex are buried in the abbey┬á (Sherborne Abbey). Sherborne is located close to Dorset’s border with Somerset, to the east of Yeovil and to the north of Dorchester. Sherborne is the 9th largest town in Dorset.

See a map of Dorset here:

Dorking Surrey

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , , , — needahand @ 11:52 am

Dorking Surrey – Dorking is a town in England, below the North Downs in Surrey, about 40 kilometres south of London. The town has 17,000 inhabitants and belongs to the district of Mole Valley. Dorking began as a small postal station on Stane Street, the Roman road from London to Chichester. In the 11th Century, this Surrey town was listed in the Domesday Book as the Manor of Dorchinges. The landlords were the Dukes of Norfolk, who lived in Dorking, until they moved to Arundel. In the Middle Ages, Dorking, was a prosperous agricultural market, which benefited from its location on a variety of important roads. In 1750 the building of the Turnpike Road made Dorking a post station on the way to Brighton and the coast. This position was lost with the construction of the railway. Dorking is situated south of the town of Leatherhead and west of the town of Reigate, in the county of Surrey.

View a map of Dorking, Surrey here:

Ivybridge Devon

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Ivybridge Devon – Situted in the South Hams district of Devon, the small town of Ivybridge sits at the southern edge of the Dartmoor National Park about 14 kilometres to the east of Plymouth. Ivybridge is what is known as a dormitory town on the outskirts of Plymouth, with a population of over 12,000 residents. Mentioned in documents of the thirteenth century , the history of Ivybridge is marked by its status as the location of an important bridge over the River Erme, on the road between Plymouth and Exeter. During the sixteenth century, mills were constructed to make use of the power of the River Erme. Ivybridge today is a popular tourist destination and an ideal base for visiting the Dartmoor National Park, and surrounding towns and villages such as Plymouth, Tavistock, Cornwood and Bickleigh.

See an Ivybridge map here:

April 5, 2012

Harlow Essex

Filed under: England,History,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 3:25 pm

Harlow Essex – Harlow is a town in Essex in south-east England. It was created in 1947 as a New Town from the towns of Harlow, Great Parndon, Latton, Little Parndon and Netteswell and today with some 80,000 inhabitants, is one of the largest north-eastern suburbs of London. Administratively, Harlow is both a town and district in Essex. Harlow was the first British town, which was equipped with a pedestrian zone in the town, also here in 1951 was the first residential tower in the country, now a listed building. Harlow is located approximately 30 km northeast of London’s city centre. It has a highway access to the M11 (London-Cambridge) and a station on the London-Cambridge line.The Harlow area has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, in Parndon was found an axe, which was dated to about 6000 BC. The place name Harlow indicates a foundation by the Anglo-Saxons. Harlow was in the Magna Carta and was mentioned as a typical rural village. Harlow is situated to the north-west of Chelmsford and also to the north-west of Brentwood.

View a map of Harlow, Essex here:

Aberdeen Scotland

Filed under: Scotland,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 11:58 am

Aberdeen Scotland – Aberdeen the third city of Scotland , is located in north-east of Britain, on the shores of the North Sea, through which it is the European capital of offshore oil. Since 1891, Aberdeen has the official city status. This is one of the richest cities in the UK. In 2009, houses in the suburbs of Aberdeen were ranked the most expensive in Scotland. Aberdeen has several nicknames: The Granite City, The Grey City and The Silver City, together with Golden Sands. These nicknames are taken from the granite used to construct buildings in Aberdeen, and sand of its shores. Since the discovery of oil in the North Sea during the 1970’s, sometimes it is nicknamed The Oil Capital of Europe or The Energy Capital of Europe. Aberdeen has won 10 times the competition of cities and villages in bloom the United Kingdom. To drive from Aberdeen to Edinburgh is 126 miles and to drive from Aberdeen to Glasgow is 146 miles.

See a detailed Aberdeen map here:

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