I first heard of Brick Lane a dozen years ago through a film
Brick Lane is a thoughtful story of Bangladeshi migrants who came to this area of London.
The movie also iintoduced me to the beautiful music of
The area has changes over the years but there are remnants of it’s Bangladeshi migrants
In the food
The best vegetable samosa have taste.
In the Mineret
Stylised and respresenting the forming artist colony
Art even in the Street signs
And modern artistan
Spilling over from the close by Old Spitalfield Markets a real centre of Art and Design.
Once again probably not one of Londons big tourist attractions but worth exploring.
Nicky Hopkins Park Bench
If you can find Perivale Park on the Western edge of London you will discover the Nicky Hopkins Memorial Park Bench
Nicky, a session muso, played with them all: the Beatles, the Rolling Stone, the Who, the list goes on.
On the the North Walk on the Thames there is the
Temple which is the centre of the English law fraternity and where in the 1200s the Magna Carta was signed-making even Kings subject to the Rule of law.
It also has a beautiful garden in the centre of London.
Black Friars Hotel just because it’s there.
Borough Market of course.
If you have your bike or car in London you must go to the Ace Cafe.
So if you have done the Big ones.
St Pauls, the Tower Bridge and all the other big attraction. Look a little further!
I think I have a thing for markets
The colour the noise the beautiful fresh food on Display.
Fresh bread of all sorts
Makes my mouth water
The markets that I really enjoy are those in the centre of big cities.
Like the Borough Market in London.
People from all walks of life.
Gateway to Galicia
Another Celtic nation
The night ferry said goodbye to England
Along the coast of France
Across the Bay of Biscay
The often wild sea a mill pond on this crossing.
The morning brings Spain
Ready to catch the ferry to Bilbao with fellow bikers
Dartmoor National Park neighbours Cornwall
Famous for the Dartmoor ponies
Beautiful patches of forest
Such as Lydford Gorge
And of course beautiful riding across the moors with a stop for a pint along the way.
A Celtic nation
Adding to Scotland last year
Gallicia, Brittany, Ireland and Wales to come this.
Cornwall is a long finger of coast and culture
The coast is breathtaking
From the beaches and headlands
To the small fishing and trading harbours
Saint Michael’s Mount
The sculpture of Barbara Hepworth
Rowena Cade’s Minach theatre
The historical grandure of Saint Michael’s Mount
Saint Michael’s Mount castle
The history of the Celts
And of course Lands End
Back in England
Start of my next motorcycle adventure
Canals a starting theme.
Stone in Staffordshire the starting point for this 3 month tour of the UK and Europe
The shakedown trip north to Skipton in North Yorkshire
An old mill town
A canal town
With Skipton Castle playing a special part in the
English Civil war.
But my main reason to travel north was the Moto Guzzi Club Pennines rally.
Meeting new friends and experiencing the welcoming biker culture.
And of course riding through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
Canal passing through Stone a canal town in the English midlands
The canals wind like watery snakes across the English countryside
The narrow boats once work horses now leisure craft
Wending their way across the country side
Marvels of engineering the locks using the power of water to life the boats, their crew and in times past heavy cargo over hill.
Narrow boat exiting a lock
I’m back in the English midlands staying in the pretty canal town of stone.
Staying with friends
Getting the mighty breva II ready for chapter 3 of my European adventure.
Mighty Breva in distinguished company of a Ducati 900ss and Moto Guzzi 850 Eldorado
Went to England but not London
Went to Scotland but not Edinburgh
Didn’t do Manchester, Liverpool or Leeds
Touring a motorbike is on a different path
With strange admirers along the way
Crossing the Burway on the Welsh/English border
Started in Stoke
Made it to the top
Coast to coast
From Newcastle in the east
To Skye in the west
Past castles grand
And those that bare the scars of Britain’s violent history.
In search of monsters real or legend
In the highlands
Fortingall Hotel Central Highlands
View from the Burway
And in the low
Smoo cave on the North Coast 500
Went to England and didn’t do London
In Scotland missed Edinburgh
But saw a bit.
Mighty Breva II loaded and ready for the European adventure to come
Overlooking Newcastle upon Tyne the is the Angel of the North
An imposing piece of public art that hovers on a hill above the Tyne and Newcastle.
There were also some angels of the north at Mo Tech the Moto Guzzi dealer in Newcastle.
The provided me a bit of space out the weather to make a running repair.
A little workshop space out of the weather
Rocker cover gasket replacement
Angels come in different forms