Chenonceau – Chateaux of the Loire Valley

This elegant chateau we see today spanning the Cher River in France, was built between the years 1515 – 1559, starting first with a residence on the river accessed by a bridge.  Later, an arched bridge on the other side was constructed, reaching all the way to the opposite bank.  The bridge would eventually include a grand gallery and a floor of rooms above that.   The entire Chateau is built across the middle of the river, with access walkways to reach the banks of the river at either end.  Throughout history the women who have inhabited this chateau have influenced its design, as well as the gardens by which it is surrounded, and this is the reason it is often described as “the ladies chateau”.
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Maui – Hawaiian Island Infatuation

Maui  is the second largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, and is formed by two shield volcanoes that overlapped to create an isthmus between them.  The volcano in the west is extinct, while Haleakala in the east is classified as dormant, and is surrounded by National Park.

Our trip started up on the north coast and then we drove over towards the west coast beaches and towns.    Here are some of the things we did during our time on the island. Continue reading Maui – Hawaiian Island Infatuation

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob de Tauber is a picturesque medieval village located on the romantic road in Bavaria, Germany,  surrounded by about 2.5k of 14th century fortified walls with covered walkways, including several towers with entranceways.   Continue reading Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Hunter Valley Getaway – NSW Australia

The Hunter Valley in NSW is a great place for a couples getaway trip.  Located in one of Australia’s major wine regions, the region is renowned for is wineries, gourmet restaurants, spa retreats and concerts in the vineyards.

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Villandry – Chateaux of the Loire

In the Loire Valley of France, you will find many marvellous chateaux surrounded by beautiful gardens.  Having visited a healthy number of these chateaux, I can say that the gardens at Chateau de Villandry were the most impressive that I have seen.  An easy 9 mile car trip from Tours will drop you at the castle car park, which is free.  Entry to the gardens will cost € 7, or for a look in the fully restored chateau as well as the gardens you pay €11. Continue reading Villandry – Chateaux of the Loire

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