Tagged with castles

Following the sun (and the Son) for Easter

Following the sun (and the Son) for Easter

Ah sun, glorious sun. It only took about five minutes before I could feel my sad, dry, pale, quasi-British skin crisping up in the boiling 19 degree heat of Palma de Mallorca and let me tell you, it hurt so good. We had a lovely, long girls’ weekend in this beautiful capital of the Spanish Balearic … Continue reading

Birthday Day Out

Birthday Day Out

Last year was definitely a birthday to remember, drinking wine and riding Vespas in the winter, Tuscan sunshine. This year I wanted to do something a bit closer to home. It’s not always easy to rally people to get excited for a birthday in chilly February but this year I managed to attract a small … Continue reading

A castle with cupcakes

A castle with cupcakes

This weekend I found my actual idea of heaven…a classic castle with a gourmet food festival. If there had been a petting zoo and wine tasting I probably would never have left. I managed to trick Naomi into coming to Leeds Castle on a day out; not really that hard once I showed her the Food … Continue reading

Barcelona, third time lucky

Barcelona, third time lucky

I am lucky indeed to have visited Barcelona for the third time in as many years. What a beautiful city it is. I could live there forever, eating all the tapas, soaking up all the sun and buying all the clothes in El Born. My first trip was in winter with Mum, then in a … Continue reading

The REAL Game of Thrones

The REAL Game of Thrones

Britain’s ‘Ultimate Castle’ met Australia’s ultimate castle nerd this week…at long last! Ever since I picked up my first Sharon Penman book at age 13 I have wanted to visit Warwick Castle, for so many reasons. The history, which rivals George R R Martin’s imagination, number one. The fact that it has been so well … Continue reading

Austria: I’ll be back!

Austria: I’ll be back!

After Bratislava, I caught the short train to Vienna for the rest of my Central European weekender. Talk about contrasts. Vienna goes on my list of places I could happily live forever (and is on a lot of other people’s lists as well). Elegant and unassuming yet so jam packed full of attractions, I wish I’d … Continue reading

“Nowhere near Berlin”

“Nowhere near Berlin”

Given Bratislava was made notorious for being an Eastern block backwater in the Eurotrip and Hostel movies (apparently there was a 75% decrease in backpackers after the latter was released) one might be wondering why I decided to visit. Simply, because  it was on my way to Vienna so why not? The weather was great, I … Continue reading

Noël en Alsace

Noël en Alsace

Things rarely go to plan when travelling at Christmas time, do they? Particularly in a country that takes its jours fériés very seriously and when a dependency on fluffy, white snow is vital to the holiday activities. The choice to go to the Alsace region in France, which runs along the German border, seemed to me … Continue reading

Around Arundel Castle

Around Arundel Castle

Our trip to Arundel on the southern coast of England was bittersweet. Such a beautiful castle, but also our last countryside outing with our sweet-as kiwi friends Lucia and Andy. It was also perhaps the last weekend before winter started to truly kick in…I now arrive everywhere looking as if I’ve been dragged backwards through … Continue reading