Go Back to the Middle Ages on a Walk around Cēsis in Latvia
Cēsis in Vidzeme, a region of Latvia grew up around its medieval castle and medieval church of St John. Its Old Castle is now the centre of a complex of historic buildings that have been given new functions including a Nordic Museum of Natural Medicine, the Cēsis Exhibition Hall and the fascinating Cēsis History and Art Museum in the New Castle. Tread cobbled streets from the Middle Ages in the Historic Centre next door while visiting more attractions in this pretty town.
Behind the Walls of Valmiera in Latvia
The history of Valmiera in the Vidzeme region of Latvia includes periods of prosperity as a member of the Hanseatic League and destruction during several wars and its story is told through the many interesting buildings that remain or have been reconstructed. These include Elephant Street on Lake Dzirnavu, the ruins of the old Livonian Castle, the medieval St Simon’s Church and the eight historic buildings of the Valmiera Museum of Regional History and Art.
Explore the Manorial Heritage of Alūksne in Latvia
For more than one hundred years the von Vietinghoff family, members of the Baltic German aristocracy owned Alūksne Manor. During this time, they built the New Palace and created the Manor Park that extends from the town to the shores of Lake Alūksne. Visitors to Alūksne in Vidzeme, a region of Latvia, can explore this town’s manorial heritage.
A Journey of Discovery through Gulbene in Latvia
So many opportunities to enjoy Gulbene in the Latvian region of Vidzeme, the Middle Earth of Latvia. Here you can stay in a manor house, Vecgulbene Manor, explore castle ruins in the surrounding Castle Park and take a ride on the narrow gauge railway after visiting the impressive Gulbene railway station and its education centre.
Horsens, Cultural Capital of the Kystlandet Region in Denmark
Industrialisation brought people and prosperity to Horsens in the Kystlandet region of Denmark but now it is emerging as the cultural capital of the region. Stroll along the sculpture boulevard, follow the street art trail, admire the art at the Art Museum before experiencing prison culture at the popular Fængslet Prison Museum. Art and culture at its best and most diverse from Greek goddesses to friendly trolls.
Juelsminde: A Popular Coastal Town in Denmark
Meta data: Juelsminde in Kystlandet, the coastal region of Denmark is beautifully situated on the mouth of the Vejle Fjord. Its coastal location accounts for its transition from a small fishing village to one of the most popular seaside towns in the country. It features an amazing play park, Naturlegepark of Juelsminde, a Swan Pond, a Juelsminde Havnemuseum and a huge anchor from the Frigate Jylland.
Brædstrup: A Breath of Fresh Air in Denmark
Brædstrup in the Kystlandet region of Denmark has transformed itself from a commercial railway station to a centre of excellence for outdoor enthusiasts. Public parks, playgrounds are integrated into Ring Skov (Ring Wood) where its most famous inhabitant is hiding. Climb Klovenhøj, swim in Ring Sø, cycle to the Uncovered Bridge and on rainy days, browse the shops – it’s all there in this pretty, inland town.
Gozo Island: Beyond Victoria
Gozo is a small island a short ferry ride across the Mediterranean Sea from Malta. It was the first of island in the Maltese Archipelago to be settled and features the oldest ruins, the Ġgantija Temples at Xagħra. Other attractions include a windmill, a cave featuring a window with a view and a magnificent citadel in the capital Victoria.
Puerto de Mogán, the Little Venice of Gran Canaria
The pretty resort of Puerto de Mogán, fringed by a beautiful beach on the southern coastline of Gran Canaria is the creation of Rafael Neville. He transformed a fishing village into a stunning seaside resort featuring traditional style white buildings bridging little canals that flow down to a marina and a harbour on the Atlantic Ocean. Nicknamed the Little Venice of Gran Canaria exploring the three distinct areas is a delightful way to spend a day.
Hacienda La Rekompensa in Gran Canaria
Taking a trip to Gran Canaria? I can recommend a visit to the Hacienda La Rekompensa a banana plantation with a nineteenth century Canarian house at its heart. Surrounded by a lush green landscape and close to the town of Arucas it incorporates the Plátano Canario museum and a shop bursting with produce based on the banana.