Finding Leonardo

It just so happened that our visit to the Loire Valley in France coincided with the 500 anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci who spent the last three years of his life at the Château du Clos Lucé in the historic town of Amboise.   It seemed the perfect time to be visiting! The palace contains a museum...
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Immerse yourself in the peace

Arriving at The Kiln Houses tucked away in the glorious Ovens Valley of Victoria, is that moment when you cross the line between leaving the stresses of daily life behind to submit to the magic of this outstanding location amidst lush green fields at the foothills of Mt Buffalo. You know when you’re there.  The stunning...
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Lyon – the cradle of silk weaving

You may know that Lyon is France’s gastronomic capital, but did you know that it was once famed as the capital of the French silk weaving industry?  A visit to the workshop and museum of Maison des Canuts uncovers this surprising heritage.  When visiting Lyon, this is not to be missed. It’s a joy to...
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See what he saw

It’s not possible to visit Aix-en-Provence and especially the towns of Arles and Saint-Remy without being touched by the tragic last phase of the life of Vincent van Gogh, who lived here from 1888 to 1889.   During this time he had admissions in the hospital (Arles) and finally, the mental asylum (Saint-Remy). It was...
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Castles in the sky

Fairy tales and dreams are the very essence of romance, especially when thinking of castles and the charms that draw us to them.  Europe is rich in medieval castles and fortresses, and we discovered the best place to find them is in the Middle Rhine Valley, and the best place from which to view them...
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