Category Archives: History

Croatia Re-visited

‘To remember the importance of great friendships and make time for each other’.  That was the promise we made nearly five years ago as we gathered in Zagreb to mourn the unexpected loss of the dearest of friends. Last weekend we honoured that good intention with all the warmth, love and fun that typified our Ana […]

In search of Roman footsteps

My stories to date have almost exclusively covered those parts of Europe outside British shores, so in an attempt to redress the balance a little, I thought I’d give you a glimpse of England’s past and present, which I hope will make you consider a trip to our shores. Our flight two weeks ago took […]

Andalusian Heights

In an attempt to escape the miserable effects of a wayward jet stream, we found ourselves on a flight bound for Andalusia. It doesn’t seem very far, the flight south was a mere two-and-a-half hours and faster than you can say Ryan Air we stepped out into a balmy night in Malaga. Five teenagers and […]

Euro Culture

The non-stop talk of the Eurovision Song Contest and the related topics about ‘European Culture’ have made me dig into my travel files to find something to counter-act the poppy-chatter.  So here’s my quiz question for today: What three things have Turku in Finland and Košice in Slovakia have in common?  Ok, the first one is […]

St. Nicholas rides again…..

It has been unseasonably warm this autumn and it’s hard to believe that we are only 3 weeks away from the winter equinox. Despite the glorious sunshine though, the days seem shorter than ever, so it must be true. One thing that confirms the time of year is the fact that people in the Netherlands […]

Finding Inspiration

When planning a family holiday, I tend to rely heavily on recommendations from people I know well and who have personally inspired me to visit a certain place or country – people who know me and my family well, and who understand what things will appeal to us.  I have been fortunate: I have a loyal band […]

The Herring has landed…..

The first herring of the season, freshly caught, arrived yesterday afternoon in the Dutch fishing port of Scheveningen. If you’re not from the Netherlands this little fact may not mean much to you, but to many Dutch people it means everything. Herring, or more specifically the eating of herring, is almost an institution in Holland, […]

A Day for Remembering

Yesterday was national Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK, the day when we take time to remember all those who have died during the Holocaust and in armed conflict around the world since then.  It is a day that always makes me reflect on the things I have learned, seen and experienced throughout my life but […]