Hauts-de-France Region of France – Belfries and Battlefields of the North

France’s northernmost region is Hauts-de-France, home of strong beer, world war battlefields, incredible Gothic cathedrals, and some of Europe’s busiest ports. The region borders Belgium in the north, and the Atlantic coast on the west, with connections to England via the Channel Tunnel. The region has a strong Flemish influence, with UNESCO listed Belfry towers … More Hauts-de-France Region of France – Belfries and Battlefields of the North

Île-de-France Region of France – Paris, Palaces, and Disneyland

Île-de-France is the name of the region that includes Paris and its surrounds. Sometimes known as the Région Parisienne, Île-de-France is the smallest region of mainland France, but also by far the most populated and most dense. It is one of the most touristic regions in all of Europe. The city of Paris is the … More Île-de-France Region of France – Paris, Palaces, and Disneyland

Pays de la Loire Region Of France – Loire Valley Châteaux Meets The Atlantic

Pays de la Loire is an administrative region named after France’s longest river, the Loire. Beginning at the rugged Atlantic coast at Saint-Nazaire, it stretches over 1000km (621 miles) through much of central France. The region is home to part of the Loire Valley, a region of some of France’s most opulent and incredible châteaux, … More Pays de la Loire Region Of France – Loire Valley Châteaux Meets The Atlantic

Centre-Val de Loire Region of France – Wine And Chateaux Of The Loire Valley

Welcome to châteaux country! The region of Centre-Val de Loire, located just south of Paris, is known for its wonderful Loire Valley, a leisurely region of great wines and lavish Rennaissance castles that traces the 1000km (620 mile) river Loire through rolling green farmland. The kings, queens and nobility of France built some of the … More Centre-Val de Loire Region of France – Wine And Chateaux Of The Loire Valley

Shopping Cart Roast Chestnuts – Paris Street Food

Along shopping boulevards in Paris, around tourist spots, in green parks and outside metro stations, street vendors sell roasted chestnuts in the winter months. Dressed in beanies and woollen scarves, the vendors run their unorthodox, makeshift roasting businesses. A shopping trolley is the kitchen, a large round metal disc punctured with holes is the improvised … More Shopping Cart Roast Chestnuts – Paris Street Food

Sudwala Caves – South Africa’s Ancient Cave Formation

Sudwala Caves is a cave formation in the eastern province of Mpumalanga in South Africa. At an estimated 240 million years old, they are the oldest known caves in the world. Sudwala Caves is visited to explore its incredible tunnel lengths, see the colourfully named rock formations (such as the Screaming Monster), and its cavernous … More Sudwala Caves – South Africa’s Ancient Cave Formation

Chateau Berzé-le-Châtel – The Hidden Castle Of Burgundy Wine Country

Overlooking the countryside on top of a rocky outcrop, the Berzé-le-Châtel castle is a medieval fortress known for its 13 fortified towers, terraced gardens, and commanding hilltop position that surveys the Mâconnais wine region below. Dating back to the 10th century, it is a great stopover visit for those exploring the Burgundy wine region. The … More Chateau Berzé-le-Châtel – The Hidden Castle Of Burgundy Wine Country

Cremona Travel Guide – What To Do And See In Italy’s Historic Violin Capital

With its terracotta rooftops, pale yellow and red brick buildings, and grand medieval towers, Cremona in the northern Italian region of Lombardy is one of Italy’s underappreciated gems. The grand Cathedral of Cremona and the Torrazzo tower are some of the most impressive sights in the city, and its cultural heritage and history of violin … More Cremona Travel Guide – What To Do And See In Italy’s Historic Violin Capital

Cremona’s Medieval Town Hall, The Palazzo Del Comune

Situated in the heart of the Italian city of Cremona, the Cremona Town Hall (Palazzo del Comune) is one of the city’s most impressive medieval buildings. The building is located on the Piazza del Comune, just opposite the Cremona Cathedral. The Palazzo del Comune was built in 1206 by the Guelph political party which was … More Cremona’s Medieval Town Hall, The Palazzo Del Comune

The Fighting Shrines Of Japan’s Imari Ton-Ten-Ton Festival

Every year in the Japanese city of Imari, a great fighting festival takes place that is known for its colourful costumes, decorative shrines, and occasional hospitalisations. Running across 3 days, the Ton-Ten-Ton festival is known for its great clashes between wooden shrines, as shrine bearers search the streets for their rivals and crash into each … More The Fighting Shrines Of Japan’s Imari Ton-Ten-Ton Festival