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The Sensational South Island: New Zealand's Mountain Land

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The Neglected North Island: New Zealand's other half

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A Maverick Traveller (Simplified Chinese Translation)

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A Maverick Traveller (Traditional Chinese Translation)

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The Scottish Isles: Shetlands, Orkneys and Hebrides (Part 1)

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The Farne Islands: Once holy, and the home of Grace Darling, now a famous nature sanctuary

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June 24, 2022

This post is about my trip to the Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland, England, in May 2022. It starts with the huge castle at Bamburgh, and then proceeds to the port of Seahouses, my boat ride, and the Inner Farne Island bird sanctuary, which also features a lighthouse erected in 1809, the 1300s-vintage chapel of St Cuthbert, and Prior Castell's Tower from the years either side of 1500.

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June 22, 2022

Alnwick: Gateway to the beautiful Northumberland Coast

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June 17, 2022

The Sill and Hadrian's Wall: A visit to Rome's northernmost Frontier

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June 15, 2022

Carlisle, the Capital of Cumbria

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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