Bayeux Tapestry and The Battle of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings told in a Comic Strip Tapestry : Bayeux, we are told was the first town to be liberated by the Allied Forces in Normandy in 1944. But on our visit today, we've come to find out about another war - the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Bayeux is home to the famous Bayeux … [Read more...]

Europe River Cruises with CroisiEurope

CroisiEurope is now one of the major players in European River Cruising: When it comes to European river cruising, CroisiEurope does not get any coverage in the southern hemisphere.  Yet this French river cruise operator now has 27 river boats covering all the rivers in Europe and it seems that … [Read more...]

São Francisco And Its Tree of Jesse – Porto

São Francisco - the Golden Church with the Tree of Jesse The exterior of Igreja de São Francisco does not excite people to want to dash into the church to have a look. From the outside, this 13th century Gothic construction looks rather plain and lacking in architectural grandeur. But, step into … [Read more...]

Shrouded in Myth and Mystery

The Shroud of Turin - One of the Holiest Christian Relics: Much has been written, studied and speculated about the Shroud of Turin (Sacra Sindone), one of the most famous relics of the Christian world, and it seems that the controversy surrounding its authenticity will go on and on. The Shroud is … [Read more...]

Friedensmuseum – The Bridge at Remagen

Inside the towers of the Remagen Bridge is the Peace Museum: Our river cruise director announces that we are approaching the Bridge at Remagen and everyone scurries to the viewing deck armed with their cameras.  The Remagen Bridge gained fame as American troops were able to cross the last … [Read more...]

Via dell’Amore – Cinque Terre’s Pathway of Love

Seal your Love with a Padlock at Via dell'Amore: Via dell'Amore is Cinque Terre's most famous walk and one that most visitors to Cinque Terre are capable of doing. Apart from some steps up to the trail, it's an easy 25 minutes walk on flat, paved walkway that stretches for some 850 metres. … [Read more...]

Join in the Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Antony House

Antony House was the film set of scenes from Alice in Wonderland: We may well have missed including Antony House on our West Country travels had Alice in Wonderland not let us in on the secret of this National Trust property. Antony House was they key location for the filming of Alice in … [Read more...]

A Romantic Walk around Frédéric Chopin's Paris

Paris sights that bring you in touch with Chopin: When Frédéric Chopin left Warsaw in 1830, he  set out for Vienna which he had visited  the year before.  Chopin had aroused interest in his music the previous year  and he now hoped to make a more lasting impression. Unfortunately for Chopin, the … [Read more...]

Sainte-Chapelle – A Gateway to Heaven

One of the greatest Architectural masterpieces: This small chapel is a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic architecture and one of the most amazing visual experiences of Paris. Much of this is due to its stained glass windows which surround the entire upper floor.  So stunningly beautiful are its … [Read more...]

La Madeleine – a Church Dedicated to Mary Magdalene

Built as a temple to honour the glory of Napoleon's Army: La Madeleine is a church dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, but when it was built, it was intended as a temple to honour the glory of Napoleon's army.   Its style is Neo-Classical and it was inspired by the Maison Carrée in Nimes, but  had … [Read more...]