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…

Sainte-Chapelle

Here we are again, back on the Île de la Cité, and into one of the most colourful churches on Earth. Like the Conciergerie, Sainte Chapelle is part of the Palais de la Cité complex which sits in the heart of the island. The church was built over six years, starting in 1242, as per…

Paris at Sunset

There is no prettier site, I think, than Paris when the sun is setting, and this time I witnessed it from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc itself is smack-bang in the middle of the Etoile roundabout, and at the end of the world famous Champs-Élysées. There's quite a few steps up…

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)…