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On an educational and enlightening Grand Tour in the 18th century, wealthy members of so-called ‘polite society’ explored the cultural legacy of classical and renaissance art in the countries they visited, usually to a set itinerary, always with a 'cicerone' (a knowledgeable guide and tutor) and often on a journey that could last several months, sometimes years. Read the full post
Posted: 28/02/2011 16:51:09 by | with 0 comments



The Alcazar fortress, Segovia, Castile-LeonOn our Inspirations page we describe ten of the very best days on two wheels - our top ten highlights from our wonderful selection of cycling holidays - from an easy ride through the Loire Valley to a dramatic cycle through the mountains of Switzerland though one of the most popular forms part of a journey through the lesser-known heart of Old Castile in northern Spain.

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Posted: 23/02/2011 16:59:47 by | with 0 comments



SicilyI got married 25 years ago and we went to Sicily for our honeymoon, staying at the ‘Grand Tour’ resort of Taormina on the north-east coast, with the iconic shape of Mount Etna towering beyond. We had a wonderful time, enjoying great weather, fantastic cuisine and plenty of romantic walks beside the deep blue sea. We think about it a lot... Read the full post
Posted: 23/02/2011 08:57:10 by | with 0 comments



Nortern LightsAccording to the Met office, a 'Class X' solar flare (the largest type) has just sent three blasts of charged particles towards the Earth over the last few days. The effect will be felt today (Friday 18 February) and should mean that the Northern Lights will be visible from northern areas of the UK. So, if you are lucky enough to live in Scotland keep your eyes peeled tonight and pray for a clear sky! Read the full post
Posted: 18/02/2011 07:54:23 by | with 0 comments



Brandhoek cemeteryOver recent months, I’ve become somewhat interested in tracing my family tree through local and national records - and a number of addictive websites. Having discovered that I have (at least) two family members who died in the trenches in the First World War, I’ve decided to take a short break next month to visit the cemeteries where they are buried in Belgium, which are conveniently located just across the French border from a couple of our country auberges.

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Posted: 15/02/2011 09:00:38 by | with 0 comments



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