Hot Cross Buns and “The Widow’s Son” – English Pub Names

Quaint and bizarre English Pub Names and the tales behind them: Lord Moon of the Mall, Queens Head & Artichoke, Pig & Whistle, Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Mad Bishop & Bear - When travelling around England, one of the things that will certainly grab your attention is the unusual names … [Read more...]

Château de Chenonceau – The King, the wife and the mistress!

Château de Chenonceau - The Ladies' Castle: A tree-lined avenue marks the start of the grand entrance to Château de Chenonceau.  Imagine how grand it must have been when gold-gilded, horse-drawn carriages used to travel along this path, transporting its royal residents to and from the … [Read more...]

The Castles of Devon and Cornwall

The Castles of Devon and Cornwall Aside from it’s beautiful, rugged coastline and red cliffs Devon and Cornwall are home to some very impressive Castles: Totnes Castle – On top of the charming little Devon town of Totnes stands the Norman fortress of Totnes Castle. The views from the top of the … [Read more...]

River and Coastal Cruises in Devon

River Cruises Along The River Dart and Wildlife Cruises Along The Devon Coast One of the most charming activities while visiting Devon is to take in a cruise along the River Dart. River Link is the largest operator of Dart River cruises and a typical cruise will start from Dartmouth and end at the … [Read more...]

Surfing and diving in Cornwall

Surfing and Diving in Cornwall: Cornwall is fast being recognised as one of the premier surfing and diving locations within the UK. This is due to the multiple of good beach resorts such as Newquay, Bude and Perranporth to name a few. Cornwall also has a huge stretch of coastline, more so than … [Read more...]

Visiting Cologne on a Rhine River Cruise

COLOGNE IS 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 … [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...]