Travel to Cologne | Rhine River Cruise

A city of towering spires: As our riverboat approaches the city of Cologne, the three landmark buildings that stand out boldly from the Rhine River are the towering spires of Cologne Cathedral, the Groß St. Martin and the Rathaus.  We hop into little green and gold trains which at first sight … [Read more...]

Stonehenge | Summer Solstice

Stonehenge still intrigues after 5,000 years: June 21st is Summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and on this longest day of the year, thousands flock to Wiltshire to visit Stonehenge and to watch the sun rise. Shrouded in Mystery This world-famous prehistoric monument is a place shrouded in … [Read more...]

Hadrian's Wall Holidays | Walking and cycling

Hadrian's Wall - Oh what a Wall: Hadrian's Wall was a Roman frontier built in the years AD122-30 by order of the Emperor Hadrian.  Imagine this colossal ancient wall when it was in tact -  73 miles long, 15 feet high and 10 feet wide! Although some of it has fallen away, it still remains the … [Read more...]

Limoges porcelain | Limoges travel

Limoges is synonymous with Limoges porcelain: For many people Limoges is synonymous with Limoges porcelain and china.  When we travelled through the Limousin region, our visit to Le Pavillon de la Porcelaine of the Haviland Limoges showroom was exciting for many in our group as this was the … [Read more...]

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...]