Fans of ‘The Sound of Music’, prepare to be disappointed now.
This is not a blog about ‘brown paper packages tied up with string’, ‘raindrops on roses’, or ‘kittens with whiskers’ – for those who haven’t seen the movie or know the song, come on now, you know the routine just Google ‘Sound of Music, Favourite things’, rather than me write a lengthy explanation about 1965 films and how the lyrics just stick in your head.
You might also start a whole new pastime of going to the cinema dressed as a nun. I am told this is what the true aficionados do.
And just for clarity, this also isn’t a blog about favourite places either…although Salzburg, where the film is set is really beautiful and worth visiting when the ‘situation’ we are in allows it. Famous for Mozart but has a whole lot more to offer too.
What I am actually writing about is three favourite blogs. I read a lot of blogs for entertainment, information and education but a lot of these are one off visits. There are a few I read regularly and look forward to and these are three of them that I look forward to and enjoy. .
In no particular order…..Kerry
Keeping up with Kerry. I started reading this really as a Travel Blog. Kerry is Emirates Cabin Crew and somewhat unusually in my experience, she really embraces the opportunities she has visiting an array of destinations across the Emirates destination network. Her writing style is relaxed and informative and in fact probably hides the determined efforts she has made to research in advance where to go, what to see and do in a limited amount of time on a layover. I can honestly say I have learnt a lot from this blog, even about places I have already visited and thought I knew well. Understandably at the present time she has not been able to blog about recently visited places for a while but has done a few on working for Emirates, life in Dubai and some detailed ones on hair, make up and cabin crew personal grooming! Ok, the latter aren’t for me, but never say no to any new knowledge. These days you just do not know what questions may come up in a Zoom on line quiz night. Also as I also work in aviation I of course enjoy the more generic ‘life with Emirates’ ones and also those about Dubai…again a place I have travelled to many times and also pleased to learn more.
Next is Saturday Saunter . Kev lives in Glasgow but writes as much about Edinburgh as well as larger neighbour Glasgow. He also features his beloved football team and intersperses it with literary recommendations, some moral philosophy and his views on life in general. It’s a very much ‘say it is, how it is’ kind of blog..in a way written from the heart and like a diary. I grew up in Glasgow and have a real affinity with many of the places mentioned, but equally there are so many mentions of places and things I either wasn’t aware of or didn’t know the full history that once again, I find more places being added to my must visit list.
Finally, Steven Liddel’s blog…. Steven is a historian, but also a Tour Guide. Not just any Tour Guide but really fascinating walking Tours of London and other UK locations where you will enjoy hidden secrets and be educated and informed at the same time. Naturally Steven is unable to blog about current tours, but he shares in his most eloquent style some realistic and raw descriptions of his current life in these challenged circumstances and also what is now in his more constrained locality. I think I first found this blog looking for an article about hidden and disused tube stations. For someone who lived in London for over 10 years, I am intrigued about what is hidden and known from all but a few .
Three very different blogs…I commend them all!