Category Archives: Western Europe

A region of the world

Dinkelsbühl, Germany

Dinkelsbühl is a small town full of character, found along the Romantic Road in Germany.  One of the last remaining walled medieval towns, this beautiful area has survived two world wars, allowing you to find it exactly as it has been for centuries. Continue reading Dinkelsbühl, Germany

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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.   Chenonceau is built entirely 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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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

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

Manhole covers in Germany

I know manhole covers are not such a glamorous topic, however, the ones in Germany are quirky – and I love a quirky difference from a country!  These little differences are ultimately what makes a place unique in our memories after we get back home to the everyday.

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The Netherlands – things are different!

Coming from Australia, yet having Dutch grandparents, I’m not a complete stranger to Dutch things.  Growing up, we had Poffertjes, Stamppot, and Braadvlees (– not all at once! ).  We had Krokets, and Oliebollen between Christmas and New Years.  I’ve had my fair share of chocolate sprinkles on bread for breakfast, and I even had a set of clogs to klomp around in at Oma’s house.  I thought the calendar behind her toilet door with everyone’s birthdays written down was completely normal.  I had heard Opa use various colourful language in Dutch when things weren’t going right, and heard Oma say “weet je wel?”  a hundred times on the phone to her friends.

However, when I visited The Netherlands for the first time, it was fascinatingly different.  An amazing juxtaposition of familiar sounds and things in a strange environment. Continue reading The Netherlands – things are different!