07 July 2015

Galleries and Museums In the North of England

Are you are wondering what to do over the weekend or where to go for your summer vacations without having to spending too much? Why don't you consider exploring places in the North of England? Galleries and museums situated in that part of the country are bound to leave you fascinated and stunned. You can take your family on a historic excursion and visit these galleries and museums, which will prove to be a great trip for the children. You can get to all of these destinations quickly, affordably and safely by train. 

The cost of train tickets will vary depending on your departure destination, but you can usually save by booking in advance. Here is a list of 5 must visit galleries and museums in the North of England:
The Pencil Museum

You begin with entering a replica of Seathwaite mine, which is popular known as the origin for graphite. From there you will embark upon a journey on the history of the pencil. One of the mesmerizing historic importances of the pencil was the manufacture of 'secret pencils' by the British government and M19, which held a secret map and compass to help stranded pilots. They have a kids' art studio which will keep your little ones occupied as you browse through the museum and marvel at its wonders. Visit them for more information or bookings.


The Royal Armouries Museum

It is home to over 75,000 world-renowned objects and it houses UK's national collection of arms and armour from the past. This magnificent array of weaponry is displayed in five impressive galleries: Self Defence and Hunting, War, Tournament and Oriental. It displays armour and weapons, which were used in the early ages by medieval knights as well as modern-day soldiers. There are artefacts that come from different empires and golden ages for instance the Ottoman Empire, Japan, India, Europe and the Wild West. The museum holds an interactive programme of daily events which includes talks and tours and combat demonstration to give you and your family an insightful experience about the specific weapon or armour used in that specific time. 
Yorkshire Museum

This stunning Georgian building is home to some of the greatest collection of Britain's finest archaeological treasures, which include rare animals, birds and fossils, which date back to more than 1000 years. Medieval artefacts from the Roman Empire, Viking Era and Anglo-Saxon include items such as jewellery, mosaics and silver show their lifestyles and rich culture, which surrounded them. From swords, amazing warrior stones, detailed plant fossils to life size statues, hand crafted pottery and battle-axes, you will be left spellbound by all these historic objects. The museum has fun activities for the kids in each of its gallery; there is also a trail that you can follow around the museum and its grounds. 

The museum facade is often illuminated - see below

Royal Pump Room Museum

This bizarre establishment was built by Isaac Shutt in 1842, and is considered one of Europe's strongest sulphur well, which tells the story of Harrogate as a premier spa building. It was reopened in 1953 and since then has served its purpose as a museum and invites people to its absurd spa treatments. The water in these wells is popularly known to have healing qualities that cure anything from lumbago to gout. To know more about this spa building visit their site.

Streetlife Museum

Situated in Kingston upon Hull, it is a transport museum, which dates back to the early 20th century, which includes epic and vintage modes of transportation. Take your children down memory lane of transport history, which is over 200 years old. Let them experience the smells, sights and sounds of the past as they walk down the 1940s replica high street and board a train to enjoy a carriage ride. The museum is popularly known to house veteran cars, horse driven carriages, trams and bicycle gallery.

01 July 2015

On the road to Marrakech - travelling to Morocco

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off the sunny, spectacular and diverse cultural land of Morocco, it can help to get a detailed overview of what the country has to offer.

Morocco is located in North Africa and has many different customs in comparison to the UK and Europe. Here is some vital information, provided by the beautiful Marrakech hotel Riad el Zohar covering everything from the people of Morocco to the climate and food options. Enjoy your trip!

Moroccan Climate and Environment

There is a notably diverse climate in Morocco that you will gain familiarity with should you choose to travel across the entire country. 

Some parts of Morocco are affected by the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Coast which is cooler and slightly wetter. Other parts of Morocco, particularly in the South, feature arid and incredibly hot desert and mountain regions. 

There are plenty of different climates you are likely to experience, so this should encourage you to bring clothing to suit all types of weather. Bottled water is a must wherever you go to ensure you stay hydrated. You should also be prepared for extreme conditions which can change dramatically on the odd occasion.
The beauty of the Moroccan environment cannot be ignored, with the stunning central valley’s featuring swatches of farmland and produce that supply markets across Europe. 

While there’s little to interest a tourist around these locations, it is certainly an excellent geography lesson that gives you a better idea of where a selection of European ingredients are sourced. 

The People of Morocco

It is vitally important to understand that Morocco is an Islamic country, with Islam playing an integral role in the laws and culture of Morocco. Many beliefs are based on the teachings of the Prophet Muhamad, written in the Koran. 

Orthodox Muslims will pray five times a day in accordance with the five pillars of Islam, feast during Ramadan and practice charity. You will almost certainly witness the locals taking part in these duties during your visit. It is very important that you respect this.

You cannot visit a mosque in morocco unless you are a Muslim, which is unfortunate considering the beautiful artistry that lies within these stunning buildings. Some historic mosques allow for visitors, so if you are particularly interested in this you should do some background research early on.
Morocco is a liberal Islamic country, meaning it follows the laws of Islam strictly. Alcohol is sold but at an expensive price and with high restrictions. Hotel bars and upscale restaurants will almost always serve alcohol however. 

You should not offer alcohol to a Muslim, yet you will likely find many Moroccan residents welcoming you for a drink, which is a good way to make friends. 

Moroccan Cuisine

The food in Morocco is somewhat different in comparison to other countries in that you won’t find too many Middle Eastern specialities on the menu. There are certain mainstays that will almost always feature on these menus, including kefta, couscous and tagine typically served with vegetables, fish and meat. Tagine is meat or chicken baked in a clay dish accompanied by a thick and incredibly tasty gravy. 

You certainly won’t get western style portions of meat, so don’t expect them! The more expensive the restaurant, the more likely you are to be treated to a much larger portion of meat. The dishes are usually mild to spicy, so don’t be too worried if you’re not a fan of hot food.