Eur ’19 Les Chateaux des Luxembourg!

We spent a couple of days driving through the tiny mass of Luxembourg, a beautiful little emerald of rolling hills and sweeping forests. And, nestled amongst the undulations – chateaux! Beautiful castles that appear as though out of fairy tale. Propped atop hills, overlooking quaint towns and nestled in valley dips, they are delightfully picturesque…

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 | 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…

Eur ’19 | Backstreets, Chocolate Shops and Windmills

It’s hard to find a quiet corner in Bruges, but wandering the backstreets we were able to break away from the throng of tourists in the main squares and see a little bit more of this beautiful little city. Don’t get me wrong, there were still people milling around – but it all felt a…

Eur ’19 | Beffroi De Bruges

No matter where we go, I absolutely love climbing towers and Callum, although mildly afraid of heights, thoroughly enjoys it too, or at least he has learnt to over the years! And since we were stood in the centre of Bruges, with the UNESCO world heritage beffroi looming over us, we couldn’t resist heading up…

Eur ’19 | Beautiful, Bustling Bruges!

We parked just outside the city and made our way in through the backstreets. Crossing the canal took us away from the main roads and suddenly we were strolling along quaint cobbled streets lined with beautiful old houses. People ambled past us, or stood chatting in doorways – going about their lives. Stumbling across a…

Eur ’19 | Arriving in Dunkirk

The van was packed and ready to go and as soon as we finished work we were out of the Lake District and on the M6. We had flexible ferry tickets which gave us a three day window to catch a boat but we wanted to maximise our time away – ergo, not spend an…

The Trossachs | A Snowy Weekend

It has become a little tradition of ours to break away for a few days early in the year, usually when the weather is still cold and miserable, to the Trossachs National Park. It is an area we usually avoid during the rest of our Scotland wanderings due to the newly appointed camping management zones…

Chernobyl | The Russian Woodpecker

As we made our way out of Pripyat the day was drawing to a close. The light was fading gradually and our snow clad surroundings were drenched in the cold blue of the evening light. We walked towards the edge of town where the buildings were less numerous and the snow fell heavily upon us,…

Chernobyl | Pripyat Town

The large sign for Pripyat town stands bold and alone at the side of a long empty road. Its modern design juxtaposes against the surrounding area, full of trees and nothing more. The thick blanket of snow that covered the land while we were there only added to the solitude of the place. The sign…