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…

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…

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…

Le 14 juillet

The '14 juillet', or 'Bastille Day' to the non-French, is the national day of celebration in France, and nowhere does it quite like Paris! The Champs-Élysées hosts the oldest, and largest, military parade in Europe, so this year I went along to watch! The 14 juillet celebrations commemorate the day when, back in 1789, the…

Fête de l’Europe // 13.05.17

Today, Connie and I, to celebrate Europe day, took a trip to the Hôtel de Ville in Paris. Europe Day was actually on the 9th May, but the weekends are always better times for these sort of things. The city had organised a fête outside the Hôtel with loads of activities, talks, and, most importantly,…