Looking for an action-packed excursion in Wales? Check out coasteering, an outdoor adventure sport that follows a rocky coastline, both in the water and out. It’s a crazy mix of swimming, scrambling, leaping and caving – and Wales is the birthplace of the sport. Here’s my review of coasteering in Snowdonia, North Wales. Yikes! Coasteering […]
Europe Travel - who can resist it?
What is it about Europe that gets the travel excitement buzzing through your veins? The baguettes in Paris (not to mention the champagne)? The Tuscan hills? The shopping in Milan? All of the above and more, of course.
From historical towns to alpine hiking, there are so many things to do in Europe it causes a hailstorm of travel excitement just thinking about it. It can also be overwhelming. Do you choose the out of the way island in Croatia or the tried-and-true tours of top sights in London and Paris? The Europe travel blog posts below will help you sort out where to go, where to stay and what to do there.
And don't miss my Top European Destinations post for a helpful overview of great places in Europe to visit.
Planning a Swiss holiday? Wondering where the celebrities go? Check out these top luxury destinations in Switzerland. Luxury destinations in Switzerland When you picture Switzerland, what do you see? Spectacular mountain scenery? Trains that run on time? Chocolate? Maybe you should start thinking glamour, extravagance and impeccable service, because when it comes to top tier travel, […]
Conwy Castle in North Wales is an evocative place to visit. With a history that dates back to the 1200s, it’s one of Edward I’s Iron Ring of Castles, and a fascinating part of the history of the British Isles. Here’s your ultimate Conwy Castle guide. Edward I and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd – torn […]
If you like tales of enchanted eels, thwarted love, saintly devotion and vengeance, the history of St Dwynwen on Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn) in north Wales might interest you. To learn more about St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, or if you want to visit this tiny island near Newborough Beach for yourself, read […]
Visiting Chateau d’Amboise, France, is a highlight of any Loire Valley tour. Known as the Royal Nursery, many future kings and queens were raised here, and Leonardo da Vinci worked here in 1516, but this popular French castle hides more than one tragic tale. Visiting Chateau d’Amboise, France The Chateau d’Amboise killed Charles VIII in […]
Tepla Monastery makes an intriguing day trip from Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne or even Prague. Located in the Czech province of Bohemia, this ancient monastery has a 12th-century church, a famous Neo-Baroque library and a heart-breaking past. Tepla Monastery: a day trip from Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne or Prague As the formidable female guide at […]
There are so many things to do in Nice, France, you could easily stay there a week. (Or 37 years, like the artist Matisse did.) Situated on the light-filled French Riviera, this popular city in the South of France makes a great base for touring the beautiful towns of the Côte d’Azur, but it also has plenty of charms of […]
If you’re travelling to the South of France, consider a day trip to Biot, France. A stunning medieval hilltop town just four km from the Mediterranean coast, Biot is famous for its glassmaking, its impressive museum dedicated to the Cubist artist Fernand Leger and for its fascinating -and notorious – heritage. Here’s my experience and everything you […]
Tuscany is famous for its natural hot springs and steaming thermal spa resorts, but how do you know where to go? Search no more. Here is how to choose a spa in Tuscany, and a rundown on some of the best Tuscan spas, natural pools and hot springs resorts. Choosing a spa in Tuscany Renting […]
The fabulous Chateau de Chenonceau, the ‘Ladies Castle’ in the Loire Valley of France inspires passion like no other chateau. A visit to Chenonceau is to delve into one of the most scandalous rivalries in French history, that of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, Queen of France. Chateau de Chenonceau: a gift […]