Brandon Country Park / March 2016

I think we took around 6 miles walk – Orange trail ? I am not 100% sure now, but it was long walk through the forest, ferns, moor and plains.

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Hartlepool, County Durham / March 2015

We visited Hartlepool after Whitby to have a sleep and go to the Maritime Museum on the next day. It is an ordinary port city, however it was a main target of German attacks during WWI.

MONKEYS

Monkey’s and Hartlepool ? Yes, the legend comes from Napoleonic Wars:

Hartlepool is famous for allegedly executing a monkey during the Napoleonic Wars. According to legend, fishermen from Hartlepool watched a French warship founder off the coast, and the only survivor was a monkey, which was dressed in French military uniform, presumably to amuse the officers on the ship. The fishermen assumed that this must be what Frenchmen looked like and, after a brief trial, summarily executed the monkey.

Historians have pointed to the prior existence of a Scottish folk song called “And the Boddamers hung the Monkey-O”. It describes how a monkey survived a shipwreck off the village of Boddam near Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. Because the villagers could only claim salvage rights if there were no survivors from the wreck, they allegedly hanged the monkey. There is also an English folk song detailing the later event called, appropriately enough, “The Hartlepool Monkey”. In the English version the monkey is hanged as a French spy.

“Monkey hanger” and Chimp Choker are common terms of (semi-friendly) abuse aimed at “Poolies”, often from bitter footballing rivals Darlington. The mascot of Hartlepool United F.C. is H’Angus the monkey. The man in the monkey costume, Stuart Drummond, stood for the post of mayor in 2002 as H’angus the monkey, and campaigned on a platform which included free bananas for schoolchildren. To widespread surprise, he won, becoming the first directly-elected mayor of Hartlepool, winning 7,400 votes with a 52% share of the vote and a turnout of 30%. He was re-elected by a landslide in 2005, winning 16,912 on a turnout of 51% – 10,000 votes more than his nearest rival, the Labour Party candidate.

The monkey legend is also linked with two of the town’s sports clubs, Hartlepool Rovers RFC, which uses the hanging monkey as the club logo. On tours it would hang a monkey on the posts of the rugby pitch to spread the story. Hartlepool (Old Boys) RFC use a hanging monkey kicking a rugby ball as their tie crest.

Source: Wikipedia

Let’s go back to the Hartlepool Maritime Museum we have visited and enjoyed 🙂

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Hartlepool Maritime Museum

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HMS Trincomalee

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Whitby / March 2015

Throwback to 2015 and great trip to Whitby 🙂

Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire, northern England, split by the River Esk. On the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea, the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. Nearby is the Church of St. Mary, reached by 199 steps. West of town is West Cliff Beach, lined with beach huts.

Source: Wiki

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Brighton / Spring 2014

We visit Brighton quite often as it is a place where we met and had nice time 🙂

I love the beach, atmosphere and architecture of this city.

Let me show you my best documentary shots ever 😉

The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China.

Source: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/

Brighton Wheel was closed in May 2016.

The prettiest sunsets ever:

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Sunset 

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View on Pier 

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View on Pier 2

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Brighton Wheel

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Arcades in the sunset 🙂 

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Seagulls ! 

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Brighton Wheel 

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Old Pier 

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Old Pier and seafront 

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Cityscape

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Brighton Cityscape 

Bolton Abbey / March 2014

Bolton Abbey is an estate in Wharfdale in North Yorkshire. It takes its name from the ruins of Augustinian monastery from 12th century.

There are many foopaths and it is up to you if you want to walk 10 miles or just 1 mile to go around the monastery.

We went a few miles along the river, via forests and meadows.

Lovely place for day out.

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