Eur ’19 | Rochehaut, The Belgian Ardennes

Our journey so far had taken us through Southern Belgium, and approaching the Ardennes offered a subtle transition in scenery. From endless flat fields, intersected by canals we now found ourselves in rolling hills, tree clad with huge meandering river bends. The land looked like an emerald stretched out before us, the various shades of…

Eur ’19 | Mons, Belgium

Much like the other towns we visited in Belgium, Mons offered up some awesome history, but it also threw in a couple of extras to pique our interest. Namely, a modern take on belfry conservation and biblical style hail showers… in the middle of summer! We parked up on the outskirts of the city centre,…

Eur ’19 | Tournai, Belgium

Tournai was another flying visit, and an impromptu one at that! We had no intention of stopping at this town as we made our way across Belgium, however on our approach we saw the five impressive spires of the cathedral and we ignored the route we should have been taking and headed straight into the…

Eur ’19 | Kortrijk, Belgium

For us, Kortrijk was a flying visit – spending a few hours meandering around the city centre, enjoying a few of the sites and eating some rather delicious ice cream! I have to admit, whilst we were driving in, making our way through the slightly run down looking areas of the town we wondered whether…

Kiev | St. Sophia’s Cathedral

Our first experience of St. Sophia’s was after dark, we decided to climb the bell tower to get a view over the city at night. A UNESCO World Heritage site, St Sophia’s is mostly hidden by the bell tower and its surrounding walls. The domes, a mix of green and gold, did protrude above the…

Kiev | Pechersk Lavra – Monastery of the Caves

It was a quiet Sunday morning and we had decided to go and explore Pechersk Lavra, the Monastery of the Caves. Heading through the gates we made our way down the cobbled street into the UNESCO World Heritage site. After wandering around a little and feeling very much like the only tourists, it dawned on…

Kiev | St Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery

Crossing the busy road, we approached St. Michael’s Monastery over a large open paved area. The walls enclosing the monastery wore religious images painted in bright pastel colours. To get to the main building we had to walk through the gated entrance of the bell tower. Painted a fantastic shade of blue with several gleaming…