24 February 2017

travel trumps guide to marylebone

London Districts No1 - Marylebone 

It's the return of our new mini travel guide series Travel Trumps. After the success of the first; Chesham, (thank you, thank you), we're starting off a new category; London. There are many of London's districts worthy of mention, also worthy of diving into and exploring. Marylebone is such a district and as its one, I've walked through on many occasions on my way to Baker Street (cue the saxophone!*) it felt right to start here. 




As always thank you for your support, opinions, views and suggestions always welcome. Happy Marylebone exploring!

* From Gerry Rafferty's famous hit - Baker Street
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10 February 2017

happiness is riding the 730 to uxbridge


On the Buses

Here's a question for you. When was the last time you took a trip on your local bus service? Yesterday? Last week? Last year? 

Before we go on, I realise that if you're currently having to experience the continued Southern trains debacle in the South of England, then you'll probably using buses on a more regular basis than would like. (For those who don't know, Southern have been making life miserable for commuters by constantly striking!) Back to that question, for most, it's probably not that often. We all have cars right? Well, last week I had to wait in the cold and take a bus and it got my thinking! 

Aren't buses a fabulous transport method? You can sit back, or if sitting over the back wheel, have your knees constantly smacking your chin. Look at the views, although if it's wet or cold, or wet and cold, you can't see anything because the windows have steamed up! Find when you get off that you've been sitting on a piece of old chewing gum. Which you can't get off! Have to endure the hyper loud screams of school kids, if you, unfortunately, catch the bus when its the end of the school day! 


carousel

The 730 to Uxbridge 

My bus journey was the fantastically imaginatively named 730! Where do they decide these numbers? Why not a Route 4? Or go the full hog and call it The UX Route or something similar? 

Apparently, there is some logic to numbering, although a quick search as to why just confused me even more! Some have numbers referring to whether it,s a local or longer distant route i.e. 200 for local, 300 for schools etc, others say it refers to a district or that it has historical significance! I admit I got bored after that! If however, you do want to read more, then click here and the blog That Gormandizer Man will reveal all. 

The 730 takes its passengers on a journey through the great and good of the Chiltern Hills and beyond. Starting or finishing in Hemel Hempstead a rather nondescript town (although Boxmoor is beautiful) and maundering its way to Uxbridge, a rather nondescript town (although the canal is pretty), on the edge of London, via a number of towns and villages on route. 


Glamour it ain't! 

It's not the most glamorous of routes, even if it does go through some lovely countryside. It doesn't however, have to go down muddy roads or navigate sheer drops, whilst passing cars on a road that's not big enough for a bus, like in Nepal or up some Alpine pass! The bus route does have a certain charm, and it's very convenient so I shouldn't moan. It also arrived on time which was a blessing. 

As I boarded the bus, rattling and fumbling around for change to pay the driver. 
(It's a right pain having to have or as close to the right change. I always have to buy something to get the right change before catching the bus! Usually, something I don't need!)

Strolling down the aisle I noticed I was probably the youngest person on the bus by about 80 years! I exaggerate of course, but I was certainly the youngest. Everyone (that would be all 5 of them!) gave me a little stare and then continued about their business. The journey was pleasant, if a little uninspiring, but it served its purpose, getting me from A to B safely, so who I am to argue with that.  


uxbridge

Mrs Bonds Dentures! 

I think we should all take buses, to work, for a day trip, for no reason whatsoever. Where else can you hear about the issues facing Britain today? Not on the Tube! A place where everyone is deadly silent, afraid to even speak. 

"Did you hear about Mrs Bond's dentures, Maud?" "No" I reply butting in on Maud's conversation. "Well she lost her dentures down the toilet.""Never!" I say an air of exasperation in my voice. Alright so this isn't actually true, but I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't conversations similar to that on most daily bus routes, and that is why we should use them. It warms the heart that you can have a good natter on a bus, so long may it continue. 


Happiness is riding the 730 to Uxbridge 


We need our buses, need our local bus routes taking us through places we would never dream of going through before. We need our buses to transport us to the heart of our towns and cities or tiny villages. We need our space to chat about things and right the world's wrongs. We need our 730 to Uxbridge and beyond!  

So as long as you able to withstand the start/stopping and the occasional load of screaming school kids, then why not take your local bus. You'll discover and learn far more than you'd ever have realised. Including perhaps why Mrs Bond's dentures were lost! 

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27 January 2017

travel trumps guide to chesham

Travel Trumps 

"A new year, new ideas." That's what I said to myself as 2017 got underway. Beyond the Back Garden was launched first, and today we kick start the second. Welcome to our new feature..

Travel Trumps

No its got nothing to do with the new President of the United States of America! It's based (a little) on a popular children's card game called Top Trumps. 

I've had the idea to do some mini guides, but in a different way, for a long time. Not just long written pieces with some pictures, (nothing wrong with them trust me, I'll still be doing them from time to time.) I wanted to feature some lesser known places, add in some fun facts and information, places to go and eat, etc. Little guides that everyone can use, without pages of information. Give a sprinkling of ideas and then allow the reader to explore and self discover. That's where the idea for Travel Trumps came about (see below.) 

First up: Chesham, a small market town in the heart of the Chiltern Hills (which just so happens to be where I'm from!) 


travel guide


I hope you found it to be a interesting and fun feature? Your comments as always would be most appreciated. That way I can develop it and improve for next time. Thanks for your support, happy travels. 
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