On Wednesday my daughter Abigail and I climbed aboard a Northern Rail train for an amble through the pretty cumbrian countryside to one of my favourite smaller cities Carlisle
Carlisle has been a city since the middle ages and currently it's population is around 110, 000, it's the only city in Cumbria and being on the border of England and Scotland it's steeped in the history of the Border Reivers, something we Charltons are interested in as we were one of the main clans (even though my parentage is Scottish and I actually see myself as far more Scots than I do Border Reiver being that I came to be a Charlton by marriage.
Anyway, I digress, there are lots of things to do in Carlisle if you like history and between the Castle, the Cathedral and the Tullie House museum and art gallery there's bound to be something to keep the little people interested.
So of course my main quest was the all important cityscapes and here they are -
This is Bitts Park in Carlisle, I love that it's so green and full of trees and I'm sure many a happy afternoon could be spent with the kids, it even has it's own ice-rink.
This is probably the Cityscape which identifies Carlisle as Carlisle, because it's not a massively densely populated city, it's not quite so layered as other cities but the Cathedral is certainly a beautiful building.
and so that was Carlisle, the beautiful Cumbrian town which takes around 45-60 minutes to reach by car or around an hour and a half on the train, a train leaves for Carlisle from Newcastle approximately once every hour and the trains are mostly run by Northern Rail, with a family and friends rail card for myself and my daughter it cost just under £15.
All of the images on this blog were taken with the Fuji X-pro1 and the 35mm f1.4 lens, a truly fabulous combination
So onwards to city number 5, I spent all day in my office trying to fund raise and sending out corporate sponsorship requests and press releases and if you would like to help me in any way, you could even sponsor your own city! You can either visit my crowd funding page or you can simply drop me an email, I would love to hear from you.