The Feversham Arms, Hemsley

The Feversham Arms, Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Location: The Feversham Arms Hotel is one of the north of England's most luxurious country house hotels and is a perfect place to come and unwind.  The hotel is located on the edge of the attractive town of Helmsley within the North York Moors National Park and being just off the A170,  it is a short …

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Ghent riverside

48 Hours in Ghent, Belgium

Ghent is Belgium's fourth largest city and one of the country's most beautiful.  It's easy to reach from the UK without the need for flying as we took the Eurostar service from London St. Pancras to Brussels. The journey takes only two hours with regular onward connections to Flanders cities on Belgian Railways.  Trams 1 …

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Beaufort Renaissance Castle, Luxembourg

Day 4. Luxembourg’s Müllerthal region

From our base in Luxembourg's city centre it was just a 40 minute drive to the Müllerthal region which is often referred to as Little Switzerland due to its hilly landscape and beautiful hiking trails. Our first stop was at the Scheissendempel Cascade located on road 121 close to Müllerthal.  We parked in a small …

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Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

Day 3. Exploring Luxembourg’s castles

After spending the previous day exploring Luxembourg's industrial heritage we turned our attention to its beautiful Ardennes region.  This is located in the north eastern part of the country and home to several magnificent castles.  We drove along some winding roads and made our first stop at Bourscheid Castle, a 40 minute journey from the …

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Prague Castle

Day 2. Prague Castle and National Museum

After enjoying a hearty breakfast in the lovely restaurant at Mama Shelter we boarded a tram to Wenceslas Square so that we could visit the National Museum.  This square is the largest in Prague and takes its name from St. Wenceslas, the Czech patron. It's actually more of a rectangle than a square and was formerly known …

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Richmond Falls, River Swale

Day 2. A walk around Richmond, North Yorkshire

Our day started in the best way possible with a delicious breakfast at the Wensleydale Hotel, Middleham and this set us up nicely for the day ahead.  We'd planned to spend the day exploring the historic market town of Richmond, noted for its Norman castle, elegant Georgian architecture and riverside setting. It took us just …

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Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava

Day 4. A walk around Bratislava city centre

Our Bratislava city break was drawing to a close but with a late evening flight back to the U.K. we still had a full day of sightseeing to look forward to.  We started off by visiting the Blue Church located quite close to our hotel in the eastern part of the old town. It's known …

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Devin Castle View, Bratislava

Day 2. Devin Castle, Bratislava

After enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast at the Danubia Gate Hotel we set off for a day of exploring the city and its surroundings.  We began with a look in the Old Market Hall as each Saturday it offers a wide range of fresh produce, food and drink between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.  It had …

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Bratislava Castle

Day 1. Bratislava City Break

It was a 3.00 a.m. start for our drive to London Stansted for our early morning Ryanair flight to Bratislava.  On arrival at the airport it was pleasing to note that bag drop was running efficiently and queues through security were much shorter than we'd recently experienced.  The bonus being that we had ample time …

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Muiderslot Castle

Day 4. Muiderslot Castle & Singer Laren Museum, Amsterdam

We'd slept like logs in our comfortable bed at the Vesting Hotel, Naarden and what a treat there was in store for us down in the restaurant.  Rather than a buffet, guests are served their own breakfast platters complete with freshly baked bread and pastries.  The boiled eggs were deliciously soft, the cappuccinos brewed to perfection …

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