Railway Museum

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In my review of our trip from Myrdal to Flåm aboard the Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) I indicated that the line, the steepest in Europe, opened in 1940 and was an extraordinary piece of engineering.

Those interested in learning more about this railway and its history and, importantly, the people who built it – both engineers and work gangs – should visit the Railway Museum right in the centre of Flåm. Continue reading “Railway Museum”

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Bo-Kaap Museum and Streets

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Prior to embarking the RMS St Helena for my trip to St Helena and Ascension Island I spent some days in Cape Town. Cape Town, or the Mother City, has got to have one of the world’s most beautiful settings, sitting as it does in the shadow of Table Mountain hemmed in by it and a rugged coastline of stunningly beautiful beaches.

Notwithstanding how much I loved this South African gem I have, to date, written very little about my time there. Please see this and one other linked review as work in progress!

Bo-Kaap Museum

A visit to the small Bo-Kaap museum (entrance pictured above) is aimed at helping put the Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town into perspective. Continue reading “Bo-Kaap Museum and Streets”

Canberra Railway Museum (Former)

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Perhaps the last thing you might expect to find in Canberra is a railway museum and an excellent one at that.

Well, as of mid 2017 you will just have to imagine it as it went into liquidation, closed down and was sold off in pieces. I was devastated. I have retained my review as it was as, firstly, the lead picture is one of my favourites on my blog and secondly to retain it as a historical record in the hope it might interest someone, in addition to me.
Continue reading “Canberra Railway Museum (Former)”

Calthorpes’ House – Pop In While The Family Is Out

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Calthorpes’ House was built in 1927.

The house, its outhouses and its furnishings, household appliances, photos and the gardens remain virtually unchanged from the 1920s and thus provide the visitor with a genuine insight into the housing style and taste of middle to upper class Australians in the late 1920s. Continue reading “Calthorpes’ House – Pop In While The Family Is Out”