This is Ted, and this is his website, where he would like to share his interests with you: Travel in Europe, with an emphasis on Spain and the UK. Walks. Trains and transport. Pubs. Recipes. Welcome to the site. This page is an introduction to the main pages of the site.
As a non-sentient being Ted’s ability to write is limited, as is his ability to organise travel and pay for himself. His capacity for the drink and food is another matter. Much of the time is spent perching on the shoulder of Steve Gillon, instructing him what to write, while Steve does the hard work of putting the site together.
Below are a few words about each of the main pages on the site together with links to take you there.
The photographs below and the blue headings are links to the main pages. These links are also at the top of this page and the sidebar (which is at the bottom of the page on mobile phones) contains links to every page, sub-page and downloadable file.
The travel pages
Ted and Steve spend a fair bit of their time travelling and the three travel pages are the heart of this site. Steve travelled around Europe professionally as a tour manager (Ted was a stowaway on most trips) and for many years Ted and Steve have travelled for the experience and fun. The pages contain not only descriptions of their jaunts but are also full of information that others may find useful.
Follow Ted and Steve’s journeys through Austria, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Scandinavia and Switzerland. Trips to other countries will be added in the future.
Also on the Europe page – notes on rail tours led by Steve when working as a tour manager, notes of brief visits to other places in Europe, and some walks in the most scenic parts of Switzerland.
Ted, at 10000ft above sea level at Gornergrat, Switzerland, with some mountain in the background.
Our Spanish base is the Costa del Sol. It is not only for holidays, despite the photograph by the pool. Over the years we have explored much of Spain when not lying there.
We’ve journeyed round much of the rest of Spain and there are details of our most recent trips around Galicia, Aragon, Valencia, Castilla and Extremadura, notes of some of our previous journeys and our guide to some of the best and worst hotels in Spain.
The photo of Ted and Steve was taken in Ciudad Rodrigo, between Salamanca and the Portuguese border.
Our UK base is Durham and there have been plenty of jaunts around Scotland, England and Wales from there over the last few years. The accounts of these trips are on this page, together with brief notes and information on other places we’ve been and on Steve’s rail tours to Scotland and the Isle of Man.
Our Durham location is ideal for access to excellent walking country and our treks round the Northeast are also here.
Ted is trying to escape from the rucky rather than be carried over the Pontcysllte aqueduct in North Wales.
Trains, pubs, beer and cooking with Ted
This means that all the travelling in this site has been by public transport, mainly by train, and Steve and Ted have a nerdish interest in railways (particularly out of the way or unusual lines) and timetables. Hopefully, this hasn’t permeated the main travel pages, leaving this page for railway and transport miscellany that appeals to Steve and Ted and for their whinge (sorry….account) about travelling by train in the UK today. In the photo Ted test-drives the Bernina Express in Switzerland.
In between journeys Ted and Steve spend far too much of their time in pubs drinking beer. During their travels they do the same. While pubs, bars and beer feature in the travel pages this is the page to find Steve and Ted’s favourite pubs in the UK, with an emphasis on cask beer. To see the state that the state the bear gets himself have a look at the gallery on this page.
Some of you may notice that this is not Ted, but his cousin Cooking Ted. Until he has taught him how to cook Ted is not much use in the kitchen. So it is left up to Steve to take charge of the cooking. Steve is not an expert, but enjoys cooking simple and tasty food. This page links to Steve’s collection of recipes, some of his own others gathered or pinched from various sources. Each year it is updated with new recipes.
The people (and the bear!) behind this site
This site started life as a personal site for the friends of Ted, Steve and his late partner Colin, and this page provides some background as to who we are, plus a gallery of photos of us over the years.
Fashion note: Ted’s t-shirt was created by Pure Essence Greetings, whose range of bear accoutrements is available via Amazon. Steve’s Ted t-thirt was made by Gary Leak of Durham Custom Print.com. Their range can be viewed at http://www.durhamcustomprint.com .
Contact us: Ted and Steve can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org . Steve will do his best to respond to any requests for information, – the bear can be quite uncommunicative.
The site is prepared on a laptop though it should be automatically formatted for mobile phones. Any glitches in the phone formatting are down to the vagaries of WordPress.
Some of the detailed information is attached to the individual pages as PDF files which are downloaded when you click on the links. Most links are to sub-pages on the site and the remaining PDF files are gradually being replaced by sub-pages as they are updated.
If you wish to use the information on this site publicly (as opposed to personal use), note that the site is ©copyright Steve Gillon as are the attached PDFs and those photographs taken by Steve. An acknowledgement would be appreciated in return for their use.