Uppsala Botanical Garden

Pop by 'n say hi!Uppsala Botanical Garden Uppsala Botanical Garden (Botaniska Trädgården in Swedish) is just one of many gardens and parks in Uppsala. Uppsala is a University town in the Län county in east-central Sweden and just 38 minutes from Stockholm. Uppsala’s most famous son, Carl Linnaeus, the 18th century botanist lived and worked in Uppsala and no other place in the world shows as many traces of him. The grandiose Baroque garden at Uppsala Botanical Garden is one of Uppsala’s most popular destinations and has greenery and flowering plants all year round. This is made possible by the enormous Tropiska Växthuset (tropical greenhouse) which houses Uppsala’s only rainforest! You will even find banana trees and coffee bushes there. But if you’re after a Swedish ‘fika’ (traditional Swedish coffee served with a sweet snack) to replenish energy levels after meandering around the Uppsala Botanical Garden, look no further than the cosy Café Victoria within the Uppsala Botanical Garden, which has a summer terrace set amongst the garden’s flora. The original Uppsala Botanical Garden was closer to the river, but after repeated flooding, King Gustaf III of Sweden kindly donated some land beside the castle to be used as the […]

Gloucestershire Outdoor

Pop by 'n say hi!Gloucestershire Outdoor Gloucestershire outdoor activities this summer don’t have to cost the earth. With five Country Parks, three areas of outstanding natural beauty an arboretum and a number of country manors and houses with gardens you might need to clear some space in your diary to fit it all in before winter comes knocking. Check the weekend weather forecast then don’t delay in getting down to the local farmers’ market to stock up on treats for your summer family picnic! In this post we list some of the places you might want to visit, to make the most of Gloucestershire outdoor. Gloucestershire Outdoor: Country Parks There are no fewer than five County Parks across the county Crikley Hill Country Park Open 6 am to 9:30 pm over the summer. The park has free to use barbecue stands as well as picnic benches. Free parking after 6pm, or £3 all day. Location Map. Map of Park. Coaley Peak Picnic Site and Viewpoint Features large wild flower meadow, a neolithic burial chamber and a section of the 100-mile Cotswold Way National Trail. Location Map. Barrow Wake Viewpoint 31 acres (13 hectares) of limestone grasslands, panoramic views and also […]

Rapeseed oil health benefits

Pop by 'n say hi!Rapeseed oil health benefits It’s the time of year again when farmers begin to brighten up the countryside with the year’s rapeseed crop (Brassica napus). Rapeseed is grown for its oil and meal. What benefits are the rapeseed oil health benefits over other cooking oils? We investigate below. Rapeseed, also know as oilseed rape, is a member of the same family as brussel sprouts. When is comes to choosing an oil for cooking from the supermarket shelf, there can be a wide range on offer. Olive oil has become known for its health benefits. It is rich in mono-unsaturated fats which can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and boost HDL (good) cholesterol. This, as well as it’s rich flavour, makes olive oil first choice for use in salad dressings. The issue with cooking with olive oil though is that the health beneficial compounds begin to degrade when it is heated. The smoke point of olive oil is between 180 and 215 C. This is point at which the oil will start to produce smoke and health-harming compounds. So what about rapeseed oil health benefits? Rapeseed oil better choice for high temperature cooking. It has a neutral […]

Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire

Pop by 'n say hi!Tewkesbury Abbey Tewkesbury Abbey, in the centre of the Medieval market town of Tewkesbury, is a perfect stop on a summer day out in Gloucestershire. Tewkesbury which is notable for its Tudor buildings actually dates back to seventh century Saxon England. The Norman Tewkesbury Abbey was saved by Henry VIII when other monasteries suffered from the Tudor king’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. Tewkesbury Abbey (originally a Benedictine Monastery) was bought by the people of the town for £483 to be used as their Parish Church. The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin (as Tewkesbury Abbey is officially known) is the second largest Parish Church. We recently looked into the smallest church in England’s smallest church in our post on St Beuno’s Church in Culbone, Exmoor). The largest parish church is England is The Holy Trinity Church in Kingston-upon-Hull – another historical British church. Pevsner, the architectural historian, remarked on Tewkesbury Abbey as “probably the largest and finest Romanesque tower in England”. The abbey was founded in 1087, though building didn’t start until 1102, with completion and consecration in 1121. Tewkesbury Abbey was later restored by no less than Sir George Gilbert Scott, the architect of […]

Arlingham Walks – explore gloucestershire

Pop by 'n say hi!Arlingham Walks Arlingham is a delightful, unspoiled Gloucestershire village set in the middle of a horseshoe bend on the River Severn. Arlingham lies in the parish of Stroud and is just a short drive from Stroud, Tewkesbury and the M5 motorway. Its location on a bend in the river Severn makes it an ideal spot for walking, exploring the Gloucestershire countryside and discovering wildlife along the banks of the River Severn. In fact it is a popular place for ramblers. There are several Arlingham walks with a pub and restaurants along the route, making for a great summer day out. There are four paths around the peninsula set up as part of the Horseshoe Project. All four of these Arlingham walks are circular paths and are colour coded and well signposted. The path names give a hint of the wildlife you might discover on these Arlingham walks: Hare, Gloucestershire Cattle, Skylark and Salmon. Each of the Arlingham walks is around 4.5 to 5 miles (7 to 8 kilometres) so would take around two-and-a-half hours each, walking at a moderate pace. The walks are not too challenging and the nature and landscapes make the Arlingham walks rewarding. […]

Irish Pub: why they’re so popular

Pop by 'n say hi!Irish Pub No matter how far you travel, one thing’s for sure: you’re likely to come across an Irish pub, according to The Guardian. There are estimated to be some 7,000 Irish theme bars or Irish Pubs globally, these have only come into their own over the last two decades. The phenomenon was thought to start in 1990 when Irish architect Mel McNally started the Irish Pub Company. He predicted that a spike in Irish tourism would spark interest for Irish Pubs internationally. He was right. The Irish Pub Company was appointed by Guinness as their sole Irish Pub concept designer. According to Guinness, 2,000 Irish pubs opened in Europe between 1992 and 1999. And apparently business for new pubs is still as brisk as it was back in those ‘boom days‘. According to Mel McNally, the key ingredients for a successful Irish Pub are authentic design, authentic Irish food, authentic Irish beverages and Irish music and entertainment. This could be a winning formula, with one Irish Pub opening each three days (on average). The post picture the The Irishman Pub in Stavanger. A welcome retreat on a showery, spring day exploring the centre of Stavanger! […]

Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)

Pop by 'n say hi!Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) The Pulpit Rock in Rogaland, Norway towers 604 metres (almost 2,000 feet) above the Lysefjord. It is thought the Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen in Norwegian, formation was created around 10,000 years ago when water seeped into cracks in rocks and once adjacent rocks were carried away by a glacier. Pulpit Rock is the most famous attraction in the Stavanger region and can be appreciated from below on Lysefjorden or by trekking to the top. There are daily sightseeing cruises from Stavanger run by Rødne. The tours last 3 hours and leave from Skagenkaien in the centre of Stavanger. Of course if you are of a more active inclination, you will want to climb the Pulpit Rock. You’re in luck: there is a well marked path which you can reach from Stavanger by ferry and a connecting bus. The ferry from Fiskepirterminalen in central Stavanger takes you to Tau in around half-an-hour. From there you take a connection bus from alongside the ferry dock to the Pulpit Rock cabin, the start of the path. The hike take you along a 3 km, well-marked path, climbing 350 metres to reach the Pulpit Rock. You should […]

Where to stay in Stavanger on a Budget

Pop by 'n say hi!Where to stay in Stavanger Where to stay in Stavanger, is a list of some of the accommodation options available in Stavanger. In the previous posts we talked a little about what there is to see and do in Stavanger. In this latest post on the Stavanger Region, we look at some accommodation options. Where to stay in Stavanger: Bed and Breakfasts When considering where to stay in Stavanger, if you don’t want the formality of a hotel, why not consider a Bed and Breakfast or guest house? On the Stavanger Region website, you can find around ten guest houses and Bed & Breakfasts in different parts of the city. One which is not listed there, but gets great reviews is Darby’s Inn Bed and Breakfast which promises historic charm at a short walk from the centre of Stavanger. Where to stay in Stavanger: Hostels A youth hostel is another budget option when thinking about where to stay in Stavanger. Hostels are great especially if travelling in a group and are happy to bunk in a shared room, or if you are backpacking alone and want to exchange travel tales with other intrepid tourists. There are […]

Rogaland, Norway: Fjords, Beaches, Islands and more

Pop by 'n say hi!Rogaland Rogaland, in western Norway, is one of 19 counties that make up the Kingdom. Rogaland is a popular tourist destination, with fjords, beaches and islands. The principal city is Stavanger and like Stavanger, Rogaland is known as a centre of the oil industry in Norway. Rogaland, bordering the county of Hordaland, to the north, is also a part of fjord Norway. The Lysefjord is just minutes from Stavanger and the precipice, Preikestolen (or Pulpit Rock) which towers above teh fjord is one of Norway’s most visited attractions. The post picture shows the M/S Rogaland passenger ship docked at her home port, in Stavanger Harbour. She was built in 1929 as a steam ship by Stavanger Støberi og Dok: a 57 metre (190 foot) long passenger ship that can carry 100 passengers. She was a passenger ship, providing a coastal service. M/S Rogaland ferried passengers along the 220 kilometres (140 miles) that separate Bergen and Stavanger. M/S Rogaland’s life has not all been plain sailing – she was sunk during the Second World War when a nearby ammunition barge exploded. She had to undergo significant repairs after significant damage was caused. After the war she changed […]

Stavanger: Gateway to Fjord Norway

Pop by 'n say hi!Stavanger: gateway to Fjord Norway Stavanger, in the county Rogaland, is the third largest urban zone in Norway (after Oslo and Bergen), but don’t let the big-city status deter you! Central Stavanger is easily negotiable on foot, from the small, wooden white house of the old town (Gamle Stavanger) to Øvre Holmegate in the centre – the famous shopping street with characteristically coloured constructions across the harbour. Stavanger is considered the centre of the oil industry in Norway, but this hasn’t in any way taken from it’s charm. The city is towards the south of Fjord Norway with the Lysefjord, just a short boat ride from the the city centre harbour. But you don’t even have to step outside the city to find something to do, or even have to splash out a lot of cash. The compact size of the city makes discovering the city on foot a piece of cake (or perhaps a skolleboller – don’t leave without trying one in a konditori) – be sure to take in Øvre Holmegate, the 900-year old Stavanger Catherdal, Old Stavanger and Breiavatnet: the lovely lake in the centre of the city. If you’re worried about missing […]