Day 1.  A Short Break in London

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I never tire of a few days in London so recently I managed to fit in a short break to the capital. Travelling by train took just under three hours from my home in the north of England enabling me to arrive into the city around lunchtime.

image Piccadilly, London

My first stop was at Piccadilly, a short hop on the underground. Piccadilly Circus is the beating heart of London, a vibrant square that’s always crowded and where traffic moves extremely slowly. The iconic Piccadilly Lights advertising screens are currently out of action whilst a new, single screen is installed. The new screen due to be operational in November 2017, will be the largest digital advertising board in Europe, retaining its curved style. Whilst the installation takes place, advertising banners are covering the scaffolding.

image Buckingham Palace, London

After pausing for a quick lunch I continued along Piccadilly to Green Park which…

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Tips to Visiting the REAL Disney Castle – Neuschwanstein

Skip the fake one… see the real one!

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The night before we had stayed a two-hour drive from the Neuschwanstein castle  opting for a very early morning rather than paying outrageously expensive hotel costs to sleep near the very touristic castle.

I must confess that before visiting I knew very little about Neuschwanstein Castle. During the tour Anita completely shook her head at herself for not recognizing sooner that Schwan means SWAN in German. Neuschwanstein, meaning New Swanstone Castle, Ludwig’s love for swans is very apparent with the many swan decorations and carvings placed throughout the entire castle. 

This castle seems to be full of inspiration. King Ludwig II of Bavaria built this surprisingly young castle (built in the 19th century) to replicate the beloved middle ages. Created from inspiration itself, Neuschwanstein is most well known for being the inspiration to the famous and beloved Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle. You know the one, right? 😉 

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Headed to Plitvicka Lakes Today!

Get your last minute recommendations in!  Plitvicka is one of the most visited attractions in all of Croatia 🇭🇷 We are spending just one night at Guest House Plitcicka inside the park...Should be convenient to explore.  Any recommendations on how best to navigate the park to avoid crowds? Any suggestions on where to go for …

Exploring Winchester 

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Having read that Winchester was staging heritage open days with over 70 events taking place over four days, we decided to spend a day in this Hampshire city to view a selection of its historic sights.  Approaching the city from the M3 motorway, we followed signs to the St. Catherine’s Park and Ride car park where we just managed to secure one of the last remaining spaces.

image The Westgate, Winchester

All day parking including a free shuttle bus into the city centre was only £2.50 as we had, by chance, arrived just after 10.30 a.m. from when it is cheaper.  The bus journey was very quick and we chose to alight at the furthest point near the top of the high street.  Winchester is also easily accessible by train taking only one hour from London Waterloo.  Before embarking on our day of sightseeing we called in the Old Gaolhouse pub…

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Beautiful Wines on a Beautiful Day in Castellón: An Excursion to Bodega Flors

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With the arrival of autumn comes the desire to flee the city for the fresh air of the countryside. For us, that means heading to wine country. We went north out of Valencia to visit Bodega Flors, a small family winery that is a beautiful place to experience the wine region of Castellón.

Bodega Flors Castellon Spain Winery

One rarely hears much about Castellón wines. Part of the autonomous Valencian Community, Castellón is not in one of the three Valencian Denominacións de Origen (Alicante, Utiel-Requena, and Valencia). Instead, it is a Vino de la Tierra, a category lower down on the rung of the ladder of Spanish wine designations.

What I find fascinating about this region is that it has thousand of years of winemaking history but most of the current wineries are new. This is partly due to the Phylloxera outbreak in the mid 1800’s, an insect infestation that decimated vineyards throughout…

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