Chocolate Overdose in the Cailler Chocolate Factory
May26

Chocolate Overdose in the Cailler Chocolate Factory

Chocolate Heaven at Maison Cailler Switzerland is famous for its chocolate, so, the No. 1 thing on my To Do List while I was in Switzerland was to take a tour around a chocolate factory. The best and most famous is the Maison Cailler in Broc, the first chocolate factory in Switzerland. Cailler chocolate is not very well-known in the UK but everyone knows Nestlé, the cheaper brand of the name. To get to the factory, I caught the...

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The Pretty Painted Houses of Lucerne, Switzerland
Apr05

The Pretty Painted Houses of Lucerne, Switzerland

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland I’ve been so lax in my writing lately.  From the new year up until April, I’d only spent 4 weeks in the UK so I really need to catch up with some of the fabulous places that I’ve been to since before Christmas. One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen is Lucerne, sitting on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.  It’s only a tiny town, but it sits on the end of the glittering lake in a...

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Lake Como……James Bond and Star Wars?
Oct20

Lake Como……James Bond and Star Wars?

The Towns around Lake Como Lake Como is definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It’s no wonder celebrities flock here to buy up the luxurious pastel-painted villas that sit on the side of the lake. This spectacular shoreline has been a popular destination for the rich aristocracy of Milan for at least a five hundred years. Pretty coloured houses on the side of the lake – Como Town After spending two...

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The Gellért Thermal Spa, Budapest
Sep26

The Gellért Thermal Spa, Budapest

The Gellért Thermal Spa, Budapest What do you do when you step out of your hotel ready to see the sights of the city and it’s bucketing down with rain?  Well, you turn right back again and go and sit in the Thermal Spa to get warm!  Luckily for me, I was staying in the Gellért Hotel, which houses one of the most famous Thermal Spa Baths in the whole of Budapest. Also lucky for me, as a guest of the hotel, I was entitled to one...

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Sacher Torte in the Café Sacher, Vienna
Aug30

Sacher Torte in the Café Sacher, Vienna

Sacher Torte in the Café Sacher, Vienna High on my list of things to do whilst I was in Vienna was sampling the famous Sacher Torte in the original Café Sacher, in the heart of Vienna. Vienna is famous for its ‘kaffeehauses’ and perhaps Café Sacher is the most well-known of them all. The Café Sacher is situated on the ground floor of the Hotel Sacher in a grand old property in Vienna’s first district that opened in 1875....

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Hiking up to the Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen, Norway
Jul06

Hiking up to the Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen, Norway

When in Norway, go and hike! This weekend I found myself in the pretty little harbour town of Stavanger, the fourth largest town in Norway.  It’s full of beautiful little houses and quaint old fishing warehouses that line the harbour now converted to brightly-coloured trendy bars and restaurants. About 25 km east of Stavanger is the Lysefjord, a 45km long mountainous fjord where you’ll find the famous tourist mecca,...

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The Chocolate House, Luxembourg
Mar06

The Chocolate House, Luxembourg

Death by Chocolate in Luxembourg City….! If you’re wandering around Luxembourg doing a bit of sightseeing, you are eventually going to come across this gorgeous little coffee shop called the Chocolate House, in the old part of the City. It looked so warm and inviting, with its beautiful pink flower arrangements in giant silver urns that line the entry way into the shop, and there are cosy sheepskin seat covers and red...

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A very festive Christmas market….
Dec07

A very festive Christmas market….

…. in Old Town Square, Prague I’ve just had the pleasure of visiting the fabulous Christmas Market in Prague’s Old Town Square which is situated between the Astronomical Clock and the imposing Gothic twin towers of the Church of Our Lady Before Týn. They had only just started to put up the little wooden huts and the giant Christmas Tree in readiness for the yearly tradition that goes on for a month throughout late...

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The Art Nouveau Cafés of Prague
Dec03

The Art Nouveau Cafés of Prague

I love a good latte…. and I knew that when I got to Prague, I was going to find a very good coffee from the plethora of coffee shops that have sprung up in the last few years. There are hundreds of cafés (or what the Czech call “Kavarna”), virtually everywhere in Prague, and there seems to be one on every street corner.  As the City has become progressively cosmopolitan, the number of trendy cafés has risen and after...

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Klaksvik and The Magical Faroe Islands
Nov09

Klaksvik and The Magical Faroe Islands

The Remote Town of Klaksvik Arriving in the beautiful little town of Klaksvík in the Faroe Islands is quite a magical experience.  This remote little town is situated between two inlets lying back to back, with grass-covered mountains rising up straight up from the sea;  it’s a spectacular sight.  Towering above the entrance to Klaksvik harbour is a mountain shaped like a pyramid on the island of Kunoy, and around the harbour,...

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