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…

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…

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…

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…

Montmartre

Sat out in the 18th arrondissement is Montmartre, a district of Paris which used to be just outside the city walls back in the day. Montmartre took its name from Mons Martis, or the Mount of Mars, so technically Montmartre is the name of the hill, but it has given its name to the entire…

Domaine de Chantilly

Roughly 40km north of Paris, you'll find Chantilly, a commune that was once part of the historic Valois region. In May, I took a trip up to Chantilly for a plant festival in the grounds of the château, combining it with a nosey into the building itself. What I didn't realise at the time was that…