Whenever we travel through Spain on our way to Portugal, we stay on the outskirts of Salamanca viewing the cathedral in the distance. This time we finally visited it. The new gothic cathedral in Salamanca was constructed between the 16th and the 18th centuries. It is impossible to stop your eyes ascending to the glories above you.
The old Romanesque cathedral, dating from the mid 12th century to the early 13th, can be accessed from inside the new cathedral.
STEAM - The Museum of the Great Western Railway can be found in the restored Grade II railway building of the former Swindon railway works opposite the Swindon Designer Outlet. The museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway, often referred to by historians and railway fans as ‘God’s Wonderful Railway’.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (seen above) created the Great Western Railway network becoming regarded as the most advanced in the world. Unfortunately its more comfortable wide gauge track was spurned by all the other railway companies in Britain.
Croft Castle, set deep in the Herefordshire countryside, was built in Gothic style in the early 17th century. Now belonging to the National Trust it stands on the foundations of the original medieval building which remained in the ownership of the Croft family for 1000 years. My walk at Croft castle was a lovely combination of house, church, walled garden and countryside.
The central courtyard is a haven of peace.
In the Gallery you can see the beautiful Gothic style chairs
Jacobean panelling in the blue room.
The small church of St Michael and all Angels is a reminder of the settlement of Croft, now gone.
Within the sheltered walled garden are terracotta pots and a greenhouse full of produce.
There is a flourishing vineyard from which wine is made and sold on site.
And even in late summer there is plenty of colour.
Now visit the original Jo's Monday Walk. This week she is in Knaresborough