One of my favourite places to visit in Wales is the small market town of Hay-on-Wye. Straddling the Welsh-English border, and flanked by the River Wye and the Black Mountains, the town is best known for its many bookshops and annual literary festival, which has attracted the likes of Salman Rushdie, Jimmy Carter and Bill... Continue Reading →


Sitting on the banks of the Dordogne, medieval Bergerac has a long and turbulent history, and is one of the largest towns in the region. During the middle ages, the town changed hands repeatedly between the French and the English, until it was reclaimed for good by the French king Charles VII in 1450. It... Continue Reading →

Titisee and the Black Forest

When we were looking for somewhere to visit in the Black Forest and Titisee was mentioned, I readily agreed. I imagined a charming lake in a remote part of the forest with a nice walking trail around it where we could spend a couple of hours ambling and a pretty town where you could stop... Continue Reading →


I'd been dying to go to Winchester for ages. Partly, because it was the ancient capital of England, and partly, because I've been reading lots of Norman history books and the city crops up a lot as the setting for quite a bit of drama. So after years of 'I must go...' and not doing... Continue Reading →

Rosslyn Chapel

With its intricate stone carvings over its walls, ceilings and pillars, the medieval Rosslyn Chapel in the village of Roslin not far from Edinburgh, makes for a fascinating visit. Possibly best known for its role as the setting of one of the pivotal scenes in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, the romantic 15th century... Continue Reading →

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