#travel #blog The Quirky Traveller

OK, it’s more than a rhythm now, it’s a downright predictable pattern on the #travel1k charts — last week they found our posts and we were at #157, and for the week of December 5th, yep again it’s “Posts? What posts? Nope, don’t see no posts here…” and dooooown to #621. Well, you can’t accuse our ratings of stagnation, anyway…

This week we saw the biggest climbs from Erin Klema (up 625 places to 149th), Arnav Mathur (up 493 places to 487th), and Yoshke Dimen (up 466 places to 440th).

We also welcome new travel bloggers Laura Georgieff (1035th) and GAYATHRI SHARMA(1711th) to the #travel1k Top 1000+ Travel Blogs scorecard.

Well done to this week’s top three Charles McCool (McCool Travel)Stef Travel Photographer, and Matt Matt.

And this week, our new blog to check out is here at #18 up from #86: @quirkytraveller’s The Quirky Traveller!

 

Hi, I’m Zoë Dawes; welcome to my quirky world … 

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

The Quirky Traveller Blog is a place to discover diverse articles on interesting places to see and unusual things to do in the UK and abroad. There’s a dash of history, art and literature for the culture vulture to enjoy plus a flavour of the local and exotic in food and gastronomy around the globe.

As well as my own musings on a wide variety of topics, guest writers contribute their own thoughts on an aspect of travel that appeals to them and hopefully many others …

QUIRKY Travel is about seeing life from a different angle, looking at things from all sides, finding the unusual, the interesting, the fascinating. It’s about quality combined with reality, it’s about being curious about everything and wanting to learn more about life.

Meeting new people, discovering fascinating cultures, eating unusual foods and seeing quirky customs have fuelled my fascination with the breadth and depth of experiences that travel gifts us…

Hmmm, this is interesting; the latest post is tagged “ADVENTURE, COMPETITION, WORLD HERITAGE SITE” and that certainly sounds up our alley:

My 7 World Wonders that will make YOU feel great

It’s one of the most popular pub quiz questions, ‘What are the 7 Wonders of the World?’ They usually mean the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, which are the Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeusand the Great Pyramid of Giza – but you knew that, didn’t you! Nowadays you can find the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, the  7 Wonders of Nature and many more versions. I’m sometimes asked what my 7 World Wonders are, so here you go, taken from my travels at home and abroad. They are splendidly spectacular, all but one are World Heritage Sights, but the thing that links them all together is that they all make you FEEL wonderful too…

Fancy getting to see your own Wonders around the World? Exodus Travels is giving you the opportunity to choose your very own Seven World Wonders. You’ll even be able to create a personalised video to share with your friends. They’re offering you the chance to WIN all seven of your selections – simply click here to find out how to win seven Exodus trips to your personal 7 World Wonders!

Reeaaalllly? Well, isn’t that an interesting competition, we’ll definitely have a post covering that next; in the meantime, this is a pretty good selection … if you haven’t been to them, and we’ve been to six of the seven, and close to the fijords that are the seventh, so we’d need a somewhat different list.

Mostly the blog focuses on the UK, and here’s an article that looks like a good starting point for new UK World Heritage Site The Lake District:

A sunny Lake District Day Out in Hawkshead and Coniston

If you were brought up on the charming little books of Beatrix Potter, you’ll understand my delight in seeing her original drawings at the National Trust Beatrix Potter Gallery.  It’s in the disarmingly pretty village of Hawkshead, slap bang in the middle of the Lake District World Heritage site. On display this year is an item rarely seen. It’s Miss Potter’s copy of the letter she wrote to a poorly little boy over a hundred years ago. It starts, ‘My dear Noel, I don’t know what to write about, so I shall tell you a story of 4 little rabbits whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter …’ Simple line drawings show baby rabbits being sent off to play in the fields but warned not to go into Mr McGregor’s Garden. Of course, naughty Peter Rabbit ignores his mother’s advice …

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p dir=”ltr”>Hey, I remember those books; Peter Rabbit was quite the thing in our household growing up. Well, should I be at loose ends with my mother in the UK, now I know where to go!

Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s a standard WordPress setup, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; and we don’t see any monetization plugins, just a few tracking plugins; that’s pretty unusual!

So yep, we’re going to file this one under “excellent regional resource” for next time we’re planning a trip to the UK — if that suits your travel interests as well, make sure to head over there and check it out!

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