Windsor Castle gardens

pussy cat, pussy cat, where have we been?

One of my cherished childhood possessions was a wooden ruler with the English monarchy listed since William the Conqueror. While it was useless for taking precise measurements, it was perfect for sparking a lifelong interest in history and imagining how the other half lived during their reigns. It was probably…

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Now, now fellas, I'm taken already anyway! Wood sculptures line your route on the circuit around the ridge of the 1066 Battle of Hastings.

back where it all began – Bodiam, Battle and Hastings

The legend goes like this: Richard La Fort saved William the Conqueror from an arrow with his shield at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Newly crowned King William then endowed lands, a knighthood and a new name on Sir Richard: ‘Fortescue’, meaning ‘strong shield’. How could I – someone…

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Feel like you're being watched? Gatekeeper on Charles Bridge Tower.

Bohemian rhapsody

Charming and full of character, Prague has weathered many rulers and ages to maintain a firm spot as one of those must-see cities on everyone’s list…including mine. History leaps out at you as stroll the old town alleyways, the eclectic architecture displaying constant contrasts between beautiful and brutal. Visiting in…

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Just a small sample of the silverware.

the f-word

I’ve lived over here long enough to know when I can get away with calling it soccer. One of those times was not on the day we took the stadium and club tour of Etihad Stadium – the home of Manchester City Football Club – I definitely had to call it…

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View from Neuschwanstein Castle

land of the grand…and grandiose – Christmastime in Bavaria

Munich is a destination usually reserved for visiting during October, when beer steins, lederhosen and rank public toilets dominate the itinerary. Visiting in December however brings different delights – can you say glühwein, wurst and Weihnachtsmärkte? During our long weekend we also learned how to say, “I can’t possibly wear…

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