Europe, Travel

A private viewing of Restormel Castle

17th September, 2016

We didn’t think we were going to make it in time. Last admission is normally half an hour before closing and we arrived at Restormel Castle about 15 minutes before closing. We were expecting to be turned away but thankfully the lovely English Heritage staff member let us in for a quick visit. There were […]

Europe, Travel

A soggy visit to St Michael’s Mount

23rd August, 2016

St Michael’s Mount was one of the places I was most looking forward to visiting on my Cornwall trip, so you can probably imagine how disappointed I was that the weather turned out to be so awful on the day we visited. If you are not familiar with St Michael’s Mount, it’s a small tidal […]

Europe, Travel

Chillon Castle Day Trip from Geneva

16th July, 2016

Chillon Castle was a must-see for me during our recent trip to Gevena and despite the miserable weather I was determined to make it happen. Situated at the opposite end of Lake Geneva, Chillon Castle is about an hour outside the city of Geneva but is easy to get via public transport. There are a […]

Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Upnor Castle

25th June, 2016

Upnor Castle has been on my English Heritage wishlist for quite a while so when we had a particularly sunny Saturday a few weeks ago I decided to take advantage of the great weather and finally pay it a visit. Located on the west bank of the River Medway in Kent, you can get to […]

Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Rochester Castle

25th January, 2016

I’ve been itching to get out for a ride on my scooter again but lately the weather just hasn’t been cooperating. We finally had a calm and clear day on Saturday so I took the opportunity to ride to Rochester Castle, about a 40 minute trip from home. Don’t worry if you don’t have your […]

Europe, Life

A look back on 2015

24th December, 2015

Things have been a bit quiet on the blog this month. Work has been crazy busy and I’ve just returned from a ski trip in Austria, but I thought I’d get back into the swing of things by wrapping up all the highlights from 2015. I try to write one of these posts every year […]

Europe, Travel

Visiting Highclere Castle (the real-life Downton Abbey)

26th August, 2015

No doubt you would have heard of the popular British television series Downton Abbey but maybe you didn’t know that you can visit the the real life castle where the show is filmed. Located in Berkshire in south east England, Highclere Castle is home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, whose family have lived […]

Europe, Travel

Neuschwanstein: a real life fairytale castle

29th January, 2015

Neuschwanstein Castle has always been high on my list of places I wanted to visit, right up there with the likes of Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum. It’s one of the world’s most famous castles and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty castle. It’s location is quite remote though (about 2 […]

Europe, Travel

A Day Trip to Arundel Castle

27th July, 2014

My sister is currently visiting from Australia so we decided to take a trip out of London and visit Arundel Castle in West Sussex. You can easily make Arundel Castle a day trip from London. Trains to Arundel depart regularly from London Victoria Station and the journey takes about 90 minutes. The castle is only […]