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  • Italy Tuscany
    Beside the Seaside Italian Style in Viareggio, Tuscany

    Beside the Seaside Italian Style in Viareggio, Tuscany

    Elegant and once exclusive resort for the rich, Viareggio, on the Tuscan Riviera quickly became a favourite destination for the inhabitants of Florence, Lucca and Prato when the railway came to the town. By then its bathing culture was firmly established and survives to this day. The lovely…

  • Gloucestershire Tewkesbury
    Tewkesbury Park Hotel - The Pleasure Was All Mine

    Tewkesbury Park Hotel - The Pleasure Was All Mine

    Tewkesbury Park Hotel is ideally situated on the crest of a hill amidst a rolling golf course in the surrounding parkland. Its elevated position affords fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and Tewkesbury Abbey. Guests can dine in style at the fabulous Mint Restaurant and relax in the…

  • Gloucestershire Tewkesbury
    Tales and Trails of Tewkesbury

    Tales and Trails of Tewkesbury

    The development of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire was shaped by its unusual position at the confluence of the Rivers Avon and Severn. During the Middle Ages the town prospered due to its inland port, its mills and its Abbey. Its development slowed due to lack of land and the decline of trading. …

  • Oxfordshire Woodstock
    The Feathers in Woodstock - A Very Special Hotel

    The Feathers in Woodstock - A Very Special Hotel

    The Feathers in Woodstock is a delightful combination of ancient architecture outside and contemporary comfort inside. This unique hostelry has twenty-six stylish bedrooms and offers excellent food in its restaurant. It is ideally placed for exploring Woodstock and Blenheim Palace.

  • Oxfordshire Woodstock
    Woodstock and Blenheim Palace a Perfect Pair for a Great Outing

    Woodstock and Blenheim Palace a Perfect Pair for a Great Outing

    Woodstock in Oxfordshire is a wonderful example of an old English town with streets lined with independent shops, cafes and restaurants and hotels and public houses occupying seventeenth century buildings including the old coaching inns. It is surrounded by the grounds of the magnificent Blenheim…

  • Latvia
    Three Quirky Excursions in the Kurzeme Region of Latvia

    Three Quirky Excursions in the Kurzeme Region of Latvia

    Kabile Manor, Ēdole Castle and Ventspils Radio Station based in an old Soviet Radio Station are unique attractions found in the natural landscapes of the Kurzeme region in Latvia. Be enchanted by the songs of the Suiti singers, a UNESCO protected culture.

  • Latvia Jūrmala
    Some Joys of Jūrmala in Latvia

    Some Joys of Jūrmala in Latvia

    The arts and architecture feature strongly in Jūrmala a Baltic coastal town in the Latvian region of Kurzeme. Its long stretch of sandy beaches and proximity to Riga, the capital, have been attracting visitors since the mid-eighteenth century and even more so since the advent of the railway in…

  • Latvia Pāvilosta
    Beyond the Beach at Pāvilosta in Latvia

    Beyond the Beach at Pāvilosta in Latvia

    Pāvilosta in Latvia – and I quote - is like the border between the man-made world and the primeval forces of nature, authentic and true. Therefore, this place is much loved by people who are looking for true emotion, peace and tranquillity.

  • Latvia Kuldīga
    Kuldīga in Latvia and its Seventeenth Century Showcase

    Kuldīga in Latvia and its Seventeenth Century Showcase

    Door by door, shutter by shutter Kuldīga in Latvia is restoring its lovely old buildings to their former glory. It is a labour of love undertaken by its residents and supervised by experts based at the Restoration Centre.

  • Adventures with a Mifi

    Adventures with a Mifi

    The MiFi is a small portable device that provides a secure connection to the internet for several people at one time. It is available to hire, already set up for the destination to be visited. A must for those who have to work while travelling outside the UK.