Walk where Jesus walked

Walk where Jesus walked

For many Christians it is the ultimate dream; to walk where Jesus walked.  Thousands of pilgrims flock to Israel each year, and despite the well-reported political unrest, the number of tourists is growing. In fact, 2012 is shaping up to be a record year for the country’s tourism industry. “It’s a period where, on the […]

Going Dutch in Amsterdam…

Going Dutch in Amsterdam…

by Graham Gendall Norton Bismarck is hardly known in our islands for his wicked political wit. A pity: tongue in cheek, he proposed a solution to the thorny Irish Question in the 19th century. “Move all the Dutch to Ireland, and the Irish to Holland. The industrious Dutch will make Ireland one of the richest […]

Tracing the history of Albi

Tracing the history of Albi

By Graham Gendall Norton Last week, we toured Toulouse, the capital city of the French Region of Midi-Pyrénées. It is quite centrally situated amidst the eight regional departments. There is a huge variety in the scenery, in architecture and in religious sites in those I visited. Many of the principal culturally interesting cities and towns […]

A refreshing retreat, right on your doorstep

A refreshing retreat, right on your doorstep

By Matt Cresswell IF TRAVELLING hundreds of miles to the Middle East is not in your schedule or budget, you can always consider a retreat to one of the Church of England diocesan retreat centres. Some of these centres have been the focus of attention in recent years, owing to worries over maintaining them. However, […]

The Jane Austen Trail

The Jane Austen Trail

    Jane Austen’s novels have been celebrated worldwide as literary masterpieces since the publishing of her first novel, Sense and Sensibility, in 1811. Austen has garnered legions of fans over the years, many of whom have flocked to the places where Jane lived and worked. The Jane Austen Trail in Winchester offers fans the […]

Exploring Holy Island today

Exploring Holy Island today

The writer of this informative account of Holy Island, Kate Tristram, is an historian and island resident, who is also a canon of Newcastle Cathedral. She has previously studied history both in Oxford and Edinburgh and was formerly warden of Marygate House, an ecumenical retreat house on Holy Island. Covering many changes, we are told […]