Lowther Castle

A few weeks ago, I made a visit to another local attraction and historical gem, Lowther Castle. I have already visited the parkland surrounding the Castle when I went to Lowther Show, and I thought it high time that I visited the shell of the building that remains. In 2017, they opened a new exhibition taking…

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…

Marché aux Fleurs

A few weeks ago, my friend, Connie, and I spent an entire day on the Île de la Cité to take in all that it has to offer, which is a surprising amount for such a small piece of land. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting about and uploading my photos from…

Jardin des Plantes

Home to thousands of plant species, the Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France, and forms one eleventh of the 'Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle' (No prizes for guessing it's English translation). It's also right over the road from the Grand Mosque of Paris so it's easy to combine a trip to both…

Returning to the Grand Mosquée

A few weeks ago, my friend and I had a thé a la menthe at the café just on the corner of the Grand Mosquée de Paris. And now, I’ve finally returned to take a look in and around the mosque properly. It is incredible! Both its decoration and architecture are a fantastic representation of…

Journée des Plantes @ Chantilly

I've had a pretty busy weekend this week, but Saturday was definitely the highlight! From 19th - 21st May, the Domaine de Chantilly hosted its annual plant fair, which consistently brings hundreds of exhibitors to this amazing venue. The château de Chantilly is a striking backdrop for the exhibits, and included with the event ticket was free entry into…

Dalemain Mansion

Nestled in a corner of the Lake District, about 10 miles from the town of Penrith, you'll find Dalemain Mansion, most famous for its annual Marmalade Awards. For one weekend in the middle of March, the world's marmalade aficionados descend on the house to taste and enjoy a huge selection of marmalades submitted by competitors…