Europe, Travel

Visiting Caerphilly Castle from Cardiff

7th May, 2017

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you probably know that I love a good castle! During my recent trip to Wales I was determined to visit as many castles as possible – they have more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world! The first on my list was Caerphilly […]

Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Knole

14th April, 2017

This historic house in Sevenoaks, Kent had been on my National Trust radar for quite a while. I wasn’t able to visit last year as the house had been closed while a restoration project was taking place but as of March it is once again open to the public. Over the course of the 14-month […]

Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Box Hill and Polesden Lacey

2nd April, 2017

I’m so happy that spring has finally arrived as it means I’m now able to start doing more weekend trips on my scooter. The first of the season was a ride to Dorking in Surrey to visit a couple of National Trust spots – Box Hill and Polesden Lacey. Box Hill is a summit of […]

Europe, Travel

A guide to skiing in Val d’Isere, France

15th March, 2017

I’ve recently returned from a ski holiday in Val d’Isere. It was my first time visiting this resort and I now consider it to be one of my favourites in Europe! Here’s my guide to skiing in Val d’Isere… About Val d’Isere Val d’Isere is located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie in the French Alps. […]

Europe, Travel

Following in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes at Tyntesfield

25th February, 2017

After spending a night in Bristol we decided to stop by Tyntesfield before heading back to London. This house was on my National Trust wishlist and we had originally planned to stop off here on the way to Cornwall last summer but ended up taking a different route. Luckily Tyntesfield is open 364 days a […]

Europe, Travel

10 Historic Houses Association properties I want to visit in 2017

18th February, 2017

I was first introduced to the Historic Houses Association membership by Kelly from Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes, one of the few people I know who loves visiting historic properties as much as I do! This membership offers free entry to over 300 of the UK’s privately and charitably owned historic houses, […]

Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Hever Castle

11th February, 2017

The winter months are a dull time for exploring historic properties. Most of them close up for the season and I’m fast running out of options for places to visit near London at this time of year. Thankfully Hever Castle was open over the Christmas and New Year period so I jumped at the chance […]

Europe, Travel

Review: Hotel Dukesโ€™ Palace, Bruges

4th February, 2017

Once I saw photos of Hotel Dukes’ Palace, I knew there were was nowhere else I’d want to stay during our trip to Bruges. I could never pass up the opportunity to live in a fifteenth-century castle for a couple of nights! Formerly the residence of the Dukes of Burgundy, this hotel is ideally located […]

Europe, Life

January Re-cap: Castle hunting, escape room and winter lights

1st February, 2017

What’s been happening this month I got my Historic Houses Association membership in December and used it for the first time at Hever Castle. It had been on my list of places I wanted to visit for a long time so I’m glad I’ve finally ticked it off. I visited over the New Years Day […]

Europe, Travel

5 Things to do in Bruges

28th January, 2017

My first visit to Bruges back at the beginning of 2012 was only for a couple of hours. It was merely a brief stop en route from Amsterdam to London. Even though I didn’t get to spend much time there I loved the parts I did see and vowed to return and explore the town […]