York – Capital of the North

York - A City of Roman Emperors, Vikings and Kings: The walled city of York was called Eboracum when the Romans founded the city in 71AD, then renamed Eoforwic when the Angles took over at the end of Roman rule in 415AD and Jórvík when the Vikings captured the city in 866AD.  When the Normans … [Read more...]

Fairy Tales Can Come True on the German Fairy Tale Road

600 km Magical Journey from Hanau to Bremen on the German Fairy Tale Road: Once upon a time, we were told many children's fairy tales, some kids more than others! I must admit that as a child growing up in Asia, I had no idea where these fairy tales came from. It sufficed that they were … [Read more...]

Sarlat-la-Canéda – Capital of Périgord Noir

Classified "Ville d'art et d'Histoire", Sarlat is An Artistic and Historic Town: Sarlat-la-Caneda is a town that surprises many people when they visit.  Apart from being the capital of the Périgord Noir, it has the highest concentration of Medieval, Renaissance and 17th century facades of any … [Read more...]

Erlangen – a University Town with a Huguenot History

Erlangen Hosts the Third Largest Beer Festival in Bavaria : Erlangen is a town that is probably not known to many travellers to Germany, but Bavarians know it well - Erlangen hosts the third largest beer festival in Bavaria, after the Oktoberfest in Munich and the Gäubodenvolksfest in … [Read more...]

Travel to Scotland

Travel to Scotland: not just a Europe tour for the Bravehearted Travel to Scotland is not for those who want a beach holiday. But its wild, unspoiled (for the most part) landscapes and rugged, hilly terrain, mirror-like lochs (which can quickly turn uncomfortably choppy with a change in … [Read more...]

Tour Routes in Scotland

Suggested Tour Routes to make the best of your holiday in Scotland Travel to Scotland usually comes in via England, and this itinerary assumes that. If you flew into Edinburgh it would be simple to nip into England at Gretna Green, checkout Hadrian's Wall (the Roman border) and … [Read more...]

Bayreuth is Richard Wagner’s City

Bayreuth - A city of Art and Culture Bayreuth is a city well known for its association with Richard Wagner. But whilst Wagner brought international fame to Bayreuth through his music and opera compositions, and continues to attract visitors to Bayreuth through the annual Richard Wagner … [Read more...]

See Castles in Germany on the Scenic Castle Road

A String of Castles and Palaces link together by the Famous Castle Road : More than three times longer than the Romantic Road, is the 1,200 km Castle Road which runs from Mannheim to Prague in the Czech Republic. The Castle Road is one of Germany's longest established scenic roads lined with … [Read more...]

Stilton – The Village with the Famous Cheese

Stilton, the Village that Gave the Cheese its Name: I've eaten a lot of Stilton cheese over the years, but it never occurred to me to find out where this cheese comes from...until now. Stilton cheese takes its name from Stilton village in the District of Huntingdonshire in the County of … [Read more...]

Remagen – The Town With The History-Making Bridge

Remagen on The Rhine : Remagen is a town made famous by its bridge - which since World War II has been commonly referred to as The Bridge at Remagen.  The bridge was originally built during World War I and was named the Ludendorffbrücke after General Ludendorff. Remagen is in the district of … [Read more...]