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Helmets Should Be Provided at All Bicycle Hire Points

When doing some research for our Santander trip earlier this year, I read that there was a bicycle hire scheme in this Spanish city. As my husband enjoys cycling, I thought he might hire a bike to do some exploring. However, he decided...Show More Summary

Review of the Hotel Silken Rio Santander

We stayed at the Hotel Silken Rio Santander for 7 nights in late May 2013. It cost £357 for a deluxe, sea view double room with breakfast, booked through ebookers using a 15% discount code. I chose the hotel because of its location opposite Sardinero Beach. Show More Summary

More of the Best of London Tips

I’ve been to London several times since we published the ‘Best of Things to Do in London‘ on Europe a la Carte, so here are some more London tips to help you plan your trip. Ride the Emirates Air Line Cable Car I enjoyed my ride on the...Show More Summary

Win a £500 Voucher in Holiday Hypermarket’s Competition

You could win a £500 voucher in Holiday Hypermarket’s fun Top Trumps card game competition. Plus there are thousands of instant win holiday vouchers up for grabs. To enter the prize draw you need to go to the Holiday Hypermarket Travel Trunks Card Game page on Facebook. Show More Summary

Swans with Seven Cygnets: View from my Office 7 August 2013

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve regularly seen a family of swans with seven cygnets on the River Tweed in Berwick upon Tweed. However, they are usually close to the northern river bank, opposite our home. Today was the first time that I’d spotted them near the southern bank. Show More Summary

Review of Shewee

As soon as you leave home you can run into problems when you need to pee. Whether that be lack of toilets e.g. in the countryside, not knowing where the toilets are in a strange city, or being stuck in a traffic jam. Even if you do manage to find a toilet, some can be […] Review of Shewee Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Show More Summary

Forth Rail Bridge from South Queensferry

Although I’ve visited South Queensferry and admired the Forth Rail Bridge many times over the decades, the mighty bridge was looking at its best bathed in the evening Summer Solstice sun. Excursion boats under the Forth Rail Bridge The...Show More Summary

Foulden Tithe Barn: Today’s Walk 1 August 2013

Today we finally got around the stopping to have a look at the Foulden Tithe Barn in the Scottish Borders. The barn was used to store the tenth of produce (tithe) which was given to the church by parishioners. Foulden Tithe Barn Foulden Parish Church next to the Barn     Foulden Tithe Barn: Today’s [...]Show More Summary

Costa del Berwick: Today’s Walk 31 July 2013

It was a perfect Summer’s day at Spittal Beach in Berwick upon Tweed: warm sunshine accompanied by a slight breeze and the beach was full of families. A few brave souls even ventured into the uncharacteristically inviting North Sea. Costa del Berwick: Today’s Walk 31 July 2013 Tips on the best places to visit in [...]Show More Summary

Street Art in Tarragona

I spotted my first piece of street art in Tarragona from my room at the Hotel Cuitat de Tarragona, which was located at the back of the bus station. Street art outside Tarragona Bus Station Street art at Tarragona Bus Station When I went for a wander around Tarragona, I found Carrer d’en Compte; a [...]Show More Summary

Back Walk in Stirling

If Stirling Castle is closed or you don’t want to pay the entrance fee, you can still have a very interesting and scenic walk. You’ll find the steps down to Back Walk at the top left corner of the castle car park. Back Walk is the oldest publicly maintained road in Scotland, following the perimeter [...]Show More Summary

Dramatic Skies in Dunbar: Today’s Walk 28 July 2013

On our way back from Edinburgh we stopped in Dunbar in East Lothian for a walk along the coastal path. After an extremely wet morning, the weather was looking promisingly sunny for a late afternoon stroll. Looking back towards Dunbar from the coastal path As we sat on a bench having a cup of tea [...]Show More Summary

Eight Scenic Scottish Lochs

Lakes are called lochs in Scotland. Here are eight of my favourite lochs in Scotland. Loch Faskally in Pitlochry, Perthshire was formed during the construction of the hydro electric power station in the Tummel Valley. It’s at its best when the trees around the banks start to turn to their autumnal colours. Autumn colours refected [...]Show More Summary

Flock of Swans at Dusk: View from my Office 24 July 2013

There was a large flock of swans feeding in the River Tweed when I looked out of my office window at dusk. Flock of Swans at Dusk: View from my Office 24 July 2013 Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog. Show More Summary

Electric Movement in Air and Water: Today’s Walk 24 July 2013

As we approached Nelly’s Moss Lake in the grounds of Cragside House we thought that the three sailing dinghies must be for hire by visitors. Then we spotted an information board which explained that it was “Electric Movement in Air and Water” by Wolfgang Weileder, one of three commissions to celebrate the 150th anniversary of [...]Show More Summary

Watching the Gladiator Show in Tarragona’s Roman Amphitheatre

I was a spectator at a Gladiator Show in Tarragona in Catalonia, Spain. The show was part of the Terraco Viva Festival which takes place over a two week period every May in Tarragona. I received complimentary entry. The Gladiators enter the ring I thought that the amphitheatre was very well preserved and in a [...]Show More Summary

Paris’s Axe Historique – From the Louvre to La Défense

If you’re looking for something different to do in Paris and would like to gain insight into the history of Paris, then exploring the Axe Historique, fits the bill perfectly. The Champs Elysées, which runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe, is the oldest part of the Axe Historique, also known [...]Show More Summary

Crossing the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland

The Forth Road Bridge was very quiet as we drove south from Fife to South Queensferry last week. I took some photos, as normally the bridge is full of vehicles. The current road bridge may close to traffic once the new Forth Estuary bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, opens in 2016, so I thought it’d be [...]Show More Summary

The Cow Who Prefers Branches to Grass: Today’s Walk 19 July 2013

This morning on our walk along the Scottish bank of the River Tweed near Union Bridge we watched a cow stretching up to break a branch from a tree and proceed to eat the whole thing. The calf looked on but it wasn’t tall enough to grab any branches from the tree.   The Cow Who [...]Show More Summary

10 Festivals in England

There are hundreds of festivals – both weird and wonderful, and mainstream and fun – held across England each year. This post focuses on festivals outside London from both the weirder side and the more mainstream ones, to give you lots of different reasons to travel around England. Black Pudding Throwing Championship near Manchester If [...]Show More Summary

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