London: St Paul’s Cathedral

I didn't have much of a plan when I went to London, I had lots of vague ideas about different places I'd like to visit, but nothing set in stone and I found myself changing my plans on a whim during the trip. One of the places I'd thought about visiting was St Paul's Cathedral.... Continue Reading →

Llanerchaeron

Nestled at the bottom of a secluded part of the Aeron Valley in Ceredigion, west Wales, you'll find Llanerchaeron, a charming country estate that's home to a little known gem – an early Palladian villa by the renowned Regency architect John Nash. In 1789, Colonal William Lewes inherited Llanerchaeron, then a small country estate made... Continue Reading →

Newton House and Dinefwr

Over the summer I was working at the National Eisteddfod, the annual Welsh cultural festival that this year took place near Tregaron in west Wales. Deciding to make something of a weekend of it before I started work, I stopped off at Llandeilo in the neighbouring county of Carmarthenshire so I could spend a couple... Continue Reading →

Looking ahead to 2023

I've been umming and ahhing over whether I should write one of my usual 'looking ahead' posts because when I look back over what I wrote in previous years, I find I rarely end up doing half the things I say I'm going to do and end up doing something completely different. Alas, planning is... Continue Reading →

Nantes

Chic, laid-back, friendly, welcoming and playful are just some of the words I'd use to describe the historic French city of Nantes. The former capital of Brittany (it's called Naoned in Breton) has been dubbed the 'city of the dukes of Brittany'. Even though it hasn't been part of Brittany since the Second World War... Continue Reading →

Île aux Moines

The Golfe du Morbihan, off the southern coast of Brittany, is studded with islands – 42 to be exact. The largest of which is the Île aux Moines (Monks' Island). Having glimpsed the island a few days earlier from the Pointe d'Arradon (Brittany's riviera, which is home to some very posh houses), we were keen... Continue Reading →

Sainte-Anne-d’Auray

The sleepy, unassuming Breton village of Sainte-Anne-d'Auray is the unlikely home of one of France's most significant pilgrimmage sites. On driving into Sainte-Anne-d'Auray, it seemed like any other quiet village in the Morbihan countryside – until, that is, we came upon the massive basilica that dominates its centre. Sainte-Anne-d'Auray's claim to religious fame dates back... Continue Reading →

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