Interest in art, museums, archaeology et al

Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can choose a challenge instead of a competence.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

On all my trips I have to have access to history and art. As an artist myself I find inspiration and happiness by always going to places where I can plan a circuit of the major museum and historical sights. The planning of this can be done on the road. It’s half the fun. Wonderful Google maps will let you mark places of interest and even give you the best walking route. I request museums first and mark them and then galleries etc as well. Then a heart marker for where you’re staying. If things are near enough always walk. You absorb your environment, get an idea of the layout of the area, and you will be able to spot good restaurants and bars for later or indeed straight away to rest your trotters! It’s a surefire way of feeling confident in your territory and aware of shortcuts, and saving money! Taxis are all very well for inaccessible places but you never get the feel of the place.

Go to the local Government Information Centre for maps and advice on the local public transport.They will give you a good map of the area which will open to a larger area than your IPad. It’s an extra tool and weighs nothing. Do not be tempted by other information centres that will hard sell you into expensive trips with exactly the sort of people you don’t want to mix with!


Obviously some of you will fancy theatre or the ballet at night, thats fine just have your hotel book you a cab back. I will write a section at a later section in one of my hints sections which will be marked in red when the relevent blog surfaces.

Below are a few shots from st. Petersburg at the beginning of my Trans Siberian Express railway trip.

There will be large sections on archaeology as well ,and the sometimes murderous journeys to get to the sites (cave paintings on an island in Sicily for example ) If want to go to places where tourists rarely roam you have to go on more tortuous journeys with more planning involved! This is part of your wonderful adventure.

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