Brougham Castle

Head out to the outskirts of Penrith and you’ll find Brougham Castle, a medieval castle based on the site of the Roman fort of Brocavum. Very shortly after the land was acquired by Robert de Vieuxpoint in 1214, the castle was built to defend England from the Scots, and also at times from other members…

A Brief Weekend in Liverpool

As part of my birthday celebrations and presents, I was treated to a weekend in Liverpool with my sister. She’d bought me tickets to see Steps at the Echo Arena which was absolutely incredible, as well as a huge nostalgia trip! We did also get the chance to wander along the waterfront and potter around…

Pooley Bridge to Patterdale

Dad and I have been out and about again on one of our walks. Starting at the northern tip of Ullswater in Pooley Bridge, we walked 16km (10 miles) down the eastern edge of the lake to Patterdale, following the Ullswater Way. I should mention that the plan was to walk to Glenridding and take…

Carlisle Castle

I cannot remember the last time I visited Carlisle Castle; it was most likely a primary school trip, and I probably wasn’t paying attention, so it was about time I stopped by again and found out more. Carlisle Castle was originally a Roman fort, called Luguvalium, which sat smackbang on Hadrian’s Wall. A basic wood-and-earth…

Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere and Rydal are two Lake District hotspots with deep ties to one of England’s most well-known poets, William Wordsworth. His most well-known residence, Dove Cottage, was the starting point for this walk. Well, nearly. We started from a car park over the road from Dove Cottage, but it’s near enough. Despite the summer tourist…

Borrowdale

The second installment in my series of Lake District walks takes place in the Borrowdale Valley, an area ever so slightly touched upon in my previous post. This walk was a little bit shorter, finishing up as a nice round 10 kilometres, but it was a touch more tricky underfoot to begin with. As with…

The Derwentwater Way

As part of a new series of blogs, my Dad and I are heading out on a variety of walks in the Lake District, finding spectacular, interesting, or quirky things along the way. The first of our walks took us around the Derwentwater Way, a ten mile route encircling the lake. I’ve added a rudimentary…

The Palace of Versailles

If I had the ability to travel back in time, I would visit Versailles in its heyday every single time. As with many of palaces and castles which sit just outside of Paris, Versailles began its life as a hunting lodge, used by the King of France to entertain themselves, their guests, and to just…

Fontainebleau

Travel 55½ km in a southeasterly direction from Paris, and you’ll reach Fontainebleau, a commune which actually covers a larger area than Paris itself. So it’s pretty big. Fontainebleau is known for its forest, and its château which has been developed over the centuries by successive French kings. The earliest records of fortifications in Fontainebleau…

Le Louvre

One of the must-see attractions in Paris is the Musée du Louvre, noted for its huge collection and iconic glass pyramids. Several people recognise the pyramids from the 2006 film ‘The Da Vinci Code’. based on the book by Dan Brown. Apparently, the film company paid the Louvre $2.5million for the privilege of filming in…

Cruising down the Seine

Taking a sightseeing cruise down the Seine in Paris was something I’d wanted to do since I first arrived in France, and it only took me about 10 months to finally get around to it! I probably wouldn’t have done so unless I was with these two champions: It was Connie’s last day to explore…

Revisiting the Tour Eiffel

A little while ago, I posted a handful of photos from a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower. When my friend, Amy, visited me in France, this was one of her ‘must-do’ attractions, and when my sister came, this was on her list too! So I took my camera up again, but this…

Château de Maisons-Laffitte

To mark one year to the day that I first ventured to France, I thought I’d share some photos and history from the town where I lived: Maisons-Laffitte. It sits about 20km to the north-west of Paris, and is a great little town! I have already posted a few photos from walking out and about…

Grande Galerie de l’Évolution

So after a slight hiatus following an incredibly busy week for me, I am returning to France. Sadly, I’m not actually physically going back to France, but my blog is. I’ve got so much still to share from my year away that I haven’t got round to yet, so there’s lots to look forward too!…

Lowther Show

With a long-standing history in the area, Lowther Show has become a staple in the Cumbrian events calendar. The show was originally set up as a three-day horse carriage driving trial in the 1970s, and was often publicised as a favourite sporting event of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. After a brief pause in proceedings…

Diana: Her Fashion Story

It has been 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, and although I was too young to remember her, it is easy to see the impact she had, and continues to have, on the lives of many people around the world. To mark the 20th anniversary of her death, the Diana: Her Fashion Story…

Kensington Palace

The second day of our London trip (we’re back-tracking a bit here…) started with a visit to Kensington Palace. I’d never visited Kensington Palace before, not that I can remember at least; and our hotel was just around the corner which didn’t hurt! Kensington Palace has been a Royal residence since the late 1600s when…

London 2017: Men’s Marathon

In my last post, I wrote about the first evening of Athletics at the 2017 IAAF World Championships. It was a great night, and if you haven’t caught up yet, you can just hop back a post. Although the tickets to get into the London Stadium to watch the Athletics did cost money, there were…

World Athletics Championships 2017

Every two years, the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) holds the World Championships, a nine-day global event bringing together around 1,800 athletes from about 200 countries. This time round, it was London’s turn to host the Championships, and really our whole trip was based around this event, having bought the tickets many months in…

A Long Weekend in London

This weekend just gone, my family and I took a trip down to London, mainly to see the IAAF World Championships, but also for a little bit of a jolly! Pretty much as soon as we arrived, after dumping our cases at the hotel, my sister and I went back to King’s Cross station to…