Browsing Category Europe

Plitvice Lakes

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day travellers! If you want to go all out this year, then book a journey to Croatia and visit the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park - your partner will go weak at the knees... I've been to beautiful Croatia twice and have been lucky enough to visit Hvar, Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb and absolutely loved it all, but ...

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Monday, February 6, 2017

  Óbidos is Portugal’s most romantic village. Its reputation dates back to the 13th century when the honeymooning King Dinis and Queen Isabel loved the enchanting village so much, he presented it to her as a wedding gift. That tradition lasted 600 years. Every Queen of Portugal was presented with Óbidos as part of her dowry. Some ...

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Portugal Part II

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

If you missed part one, click here to read. Next on the list of Portugal’s must-see places was Óbidos, the epitome of a relaxed, easy going village. When Queen Isabel passed through Óbidos in 1282 and marvelled at its beauty, her husband King Denis I simply gave the entire town to her. For many centuries after, kings ...

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Portugal is a European gem that has filled history books for centuries. The tiny nation’s visionaries made enormous contributions towards creating and shaping the New World. I was full of excitement at the prospect of visiting this wonderful little country with Scenic, sailing the sun-drenched waterways of the Douro Valley on a Scenic Space-Ship, with the added ...

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Culinary Adventure in Tuscany

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

I'm a lover of everything Italian, so naturally, I was excited at the prospect of signing up for a Tuscookany cooking class in a beautiful Tuscan villa. My destination was the 18th-century villa Torre del Tartufo, high in the Tuscan hills, a few pleasant hours drive from Rome. The 200-hectare property is surrounded by a truffle estate ...

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Catriona Rowntree

Seine River Cruise III

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My Mum (Heather) and I were loving every minute of our Scenic Tours all-inclusive luxury ‘Gems of the Seine’ River Cruise. We began our journey by discovering amazing parts of Paris on foot with a Scenic Guide. From there it was on to Rouen where Joan of Arc met her demise. Then to Normandy where we paid our ...

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