Category Archives: Europe

Dog & kid friendly castles in Northumberland

We joined English Heritage & The National Trust just before we re-homed Hachi the Malamute with a view to ‘castle bagging’ during our time back in the UK. We didn’t even give it a second thought as to how dog friendly those castles were or even consider that they might not allow dogs to enter. Woops!…

20 ways to entertain kids around Tarifa

Tarifa, or as we know it ‘The Windy City’ sits at the southern most point of mainland Europe and after we visited Seville,  Cadiz and Ronda and fell totally in love with them, we thought that Tarifa might be a good place to visit too. We had a brilliant time and we were surprised by how much…

How to see Brasov from the sky

Brasov is often referred to as “the city at the foot of Mount Tampa”.  The town’s original defense fortress was built on this mount but, when Vlad Tepes (the Impaler) attacked Brasov in 1459-1460, the citadel was dismantled, and forty merchants were impaled on the top of Mount Tampa. Stalin City In the 1950’s, when…

Rievaulx Terrace vs Rievaulx Abbey – with kids!

Nestled into the sleepy hills of the north Yorkshire countryside lies the charming village of Rievaulx where there’s both an Abbey and a Terrace. One is owned by English Heritage and the other by National Trust. These places are distinctive and both have something unique to offer but what’s the difference between the two? What…

20 photos of Veliko Tarnovo Fortress in Autumn

Just as Autumn hit Bulgaria we travelled from the east (Varna) across to the west (Sofia), stopping in Veliko Tarnovo for two nights. We spent a few hours exploring the fortress in the drizzle! Tsarevets The hill around Veliko Tarnovo Fortress, also know as Tsarevets, dates from the 2nd millennium BC.  It was settled in the 4th century…

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