The New Year’s Resolution

January 2022

Took me a little while to find my mojo to write again after an unpleasant encounter with the global lurgy, yet here I am, one day being back at work and already itching to travel. I guess that’s a side effect from being confined to my little home while I got myself better.

Now rewind to the beginning of the year, usually I don’t bother myself with New Year Resolutions, I find them all very similar and impossible to maintain when lacking any real motivation. Basically I give up before I start. However this year, after the chaos of recent events, I wanted to do something different, something I knew I would want to do and not quit so easily.

The Resolution: To visit a different city, outside my home city once a month for a whole year. So basically 12 trips this year to somewhere other than Leicestershire.

That was the idea – This is my mid-year review …


London – Sistine Chapel Exhibition & British Museum for Hokusai Exhibition

Nottingham – Nottingham Castle


London – LUX at 108 The Strand – Albrecht Dürer at The National Gallery – Francis Bacon at The Royal Academy of Arts

Edinburgh – Ray Harryhausen Exhibition at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Surgeons Hall Museum (no photography allowed in the museum to respect human remains)

York – York Minster & The Shambles


Oxford – The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology – The Oxford University Museum of Natural History – The Pitt Rivers Museum – Hertford Bridge, better known as the Bridge of Sighs.

Birmingham – Kitty Cafe

Lincoln – Lincoln Cathedral & Coffee Cats


Lincoln – Gaia Exhibition at The Collection Museum & Lincoln Castle

April / May

Scottish Road Trip – Gretna Green – Aberfoyle – Callander – The Trossachs – Oban – Loch Linnhe – Glencoe – Rannoch Moor – Falkirk Wheel – The Kelpies – Loch Lomand


Nottingham – Reenactors Festival & City of Caves


York – Clifford’s Tower – Dick Turpin’s Grave – York Castle Museum – Van Goth Immersive Experience – The Tyburn – York Dungeon – Jorvik Viking Centre.

Nottingham – Wollaton Hall – T-Rex Exhibition

June / July

Edinburgh – The Writers Museum – St Giles Cathedral – National Museum of Scotland – Scottish National Gallery – Museum on the Mound – Greyfriars

Nottingham – Nottingham Contemporary

PHEW … What a ride (so Far) who knows what the rest of the year has in store for me … Apart from London on Friday! I will revisit this resolution and the final results of my travels at the end of the year.

To be Continued:

26 thoughts on “The New Year’s Resolution

  1. I loved the photos and the places. I want to travel with. In 1976-1980. I was station in Germany and I traveled when I could. So many things to see. Thank you for sharing your travel.

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      1. My Aunt and Uncle lived in St Louis, in the 70’s when they moved there it was vibrant and full of life, by the time they both passed they said it was unbearable, but crippling health bills prevented them from returning to the UK, sadly. Are you still in Detroit?

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