Long Meg & Castlerigg

I'm kicking off 2018 with a visit to some slightly bizarre locations. Long Meg and her Daughters, and Castlerigg are two fairly well-known stone circles in Cumbria, and can be found near Little Salkeld and Keswick respectively. We'll start with Long Meg though as that's the one I visited first. Set, as I said, just…

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…

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…

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 Vincennes

Set all the way out on the eastern side of Paris, the Château de Vincennes was used as a royal residence since the 12th century. Given its historical significance in France, I couldn't say no to going - so my dear friend, Connie (who has featured on other posts, and also has her own blog)…

Top of the Tower

When my friend came to visit me in France, I used it as an excuse to do more of the tourist stuff again, despite being a resident here. This 'stuff' included finally taking a trip up to the very top of the Eiffel Tower. It was built for the World's Fair in 1889 and stands…

Sunny days in the Jardin

I'm sure I've previously mentioned how much I love the Jardin du Luxembourg on a sunny day, and here I'm having a bit of a throwback to my visit in autumn, when the trees were burning and the sun was out. When I stopped by I stumbled upon a brass band playing in the bandstand playing a…