Stirling – Part 1 Gateway to the Highlands

In the summer we visited Stirling up in Scotland and learnt a lot about the culture and history of the beautiful city. When we did a tour of the Isle of Skye, the tour guide highly recommended visiting Stirling Castle as it was his favourite Scottish castle. So we did, and made it a trip [...]

Afternoon tea at the Orangery at the Victoria Square Hotel

Recently we visited Stirling up in Scotland and of course we had to have afternoon tea. We visited the Orangery at the Victoria Square Hotel, which was not too far from Stirling town centre. Atmosphere It was a warm and sunny day when we visited and the light streaming into the room gave it a [...]

Newstead Abbey

Not too long ago we visited Byron's ancestral home, Newstead Abbey. It was built by King Henry II, apparently in penance for killing Thomas Becket. Later, King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries and presented Newstead Abbey to Sir John Byron. Lord Byron's mother was a descendent of King James I. His father, on the other [...]

A Tale of Two Oceans

Neil Gaiman's heart-wrenching book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, has been adapted into a devastatingly emotional and beautiful play of the same name. The National Theatre's production was shown at the Duke of York's Theatre in London and has just finished its run; but it will go on tour in winter later [...]

Dunsborough Park and Gardens

Last month we visited Dunsborough Park and Gardens. I had heard that the gardens are only open to the public a few weeks of the year, and of course with tulip season in full swing, I wanted to see some beautiful tulips. Getting there Dunsborough Park and Gardens is in Ripley Village. We followed the [...]

Chawton House and Gardens

Recently we visited Chawton House and Gardens. It was mainly to see the gardens, but Chawton House actually turned out to be the gem of the visit. There are two car parks, one close by Chawton House (which we weren't aware of) and one in the village opposite Jane Austen's House. We parked in the [...]