Avignon Holiday – Provence

Avignon's Palais des Papes was the Residence of the Popes of Avignon: Our modern hotel stands outside the massive ramparts which enclose the amazing town of Avignon. The hotel was very much lacking in any style or character and we could have been anywhere else in the world but France. But once … [Read more...]

Lorelei Rock and the Lorelei Siren

Of legends, forklores and the Rhine Siren: The Rhine river is steeped in myths, sagas, legends, forklore and fairytales and the many castles along the Rhine hold tales of historical and political events, medieval battles, military conflicts and knights brandishing swords. The Lorelei … [Read more...]

St-Paul de Vence | Provence – France

St-Paul de Vence, a painter's destination: As we approached this picturesque fortified hilltop village of St-Paul de Vence, it’s easy to see why this landscape was a favourite subject for artists in the past. If, like me, you can't paint to save your life, then the next best thing to do to try and … [Read more...]

Monte Carlo | Monaco

From Grand Casino to Grand Prix to Tour de France: First it was the Grand Casino that brought the wealthy to Monte Carlo, then it was the Monaco Grand Prix, and now it is the Tour de France. The peddles off from one of the smallest countries in Europe, covering only 195 hectares of land. Monaco … [Read more...]

Monet’s House and Garden – Giverny

Standing in Monet's Garden is like being in a Monet Print: Claude Monet, as many would know, is known to be the founder of Impressionism, a term which was coined from the title of his painting Impression Sunrise, "Soleil Levant".  A visit to Monet's home and garden will take you into the the … [Read more...]

Chester’s Roman heritage – Chester

Chester and its impressive Rows: When you arrive in Chester town centre, the first thing that strikes you is how different this town is to other English towns.   One of Chester's most impressive sights being the Rows is there to greet you - the two-tier shopping galleries which date from the … [Read more...]

Oxford University – Oxford

Exploring Oxford  and Oxford University: Oxford is world famous for its prestigious and exclusive university, but you don't have to be a scholar to appreciate this magnificent place. A city of tall 'dreaming spires', Oxford is a very popular tourist destination.  Set against the Cherwell and Isis … [Read more...]

A Visit to Bath

Exploring Bath A visit to Bath is like a journey back in time to the elegance of the Georgian period.  This World Heritage Site is set in the picturesque countryside and is one of England’s most beautiful destinations. Bath owes its importance to its hot springs which is quite unique in Britain. … [Read more...]

Visiting Dürnstein on a Danube River Cruise

Dürnstein is one of the Highlight Stops on a Danube River Cruise: One of the highlight stops on any Danube River Cruise is the charming village of Dürnstein.  As our river boat approaches the village, our tour director announces on the intercom, with some urgency, that it is time to get onto … [Read more...]

Annecy – The Little Venice of France

Annecy a Little Venice: Annecy, in the Haute-Savoie region, is a beautiful and popular resort town on the northern end of the Lac d’Annecy. Take a stroll around the old town and you’ll quickly see why this town has earned itself the tag of Little Venice. Little Venice A network of canals … [Read more...]