Where to stay when visiting Futuroscope

Hotel-Alteora-Futuroscope

When researching our recent holiday to France, I wanted to stay as close to Futuroscope as possible. The area around Futuroscope reminded us of Milton Keynes as is surrounded by a business park and hotels, so there are plenty to choose from, including one on site, but we opted for Hotel Altéora Futuroscope, just 500m from the main entrance. Situated opposite the Palais des Congrès, the hotel does offer a free shuttle bus service to the park entrance, but we chose to walk along the tree lined road as it is just a 10 minute walk. With five of us… Continue Reading “Where to stay when visiting Futuroscope”

Staying at La Citadelle at Puy du Fou

La Citadelle

When I visited Puy du Fou for the first time last year, I stayed at Îles de Clovis, which is a middle age lake-side settlement with fifty huts built on stilts, with thatched roofs and half-timbering, that were eco-designed to recreate the authentic ambiance of a village from the Merovingian period. There are five themed hotels to choose from; Le Logis de Lescure – an 18th century lodge, La Citadelle – a medieval castle, Camp du Drap d’Or – a Tudor style encampment that look like opulent tents, La Villa Gallo-Romaine – an ancient Roman villa and The Îles de Clovis. When we… Continue Reading “Staying at La Citadelle at Puy du Fou”

What to do if someone dies on holiday

Parasol Beach

It doesn’t bear thinking about really, you have booked and planned your holiday and are enjoying the fruits of all your hard work, but what happens if your travelling partner dies when you are away on holiday? If you are overseas with the person when they die, the best advice is to contact the nearest British embassy, High Commission or consulate, who will be able to give you advice on what to do and contact your insurance company as soon as you can. If you’re on a package holiday, you should tell your representative as soon as you can. Some… Continue Reading “What to do if someone dies on holiday”

Exploring Caernarfon Castle with Kids

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon is one of the most famous castle in Wales and is somewhere I have wanted to visit for some time. During our holiday to North Wales, we stayed in a beautiful cottage in Anglesey which is a short drive from the town of Caernarfon, so we had the perfect opportunity to visit. Caernarfon is a walled town, making it a beautiful walk as you head towards the castle itself. Caernarfon Castle is looked after by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, but as English Heritage members we got discounted entry to the castle. Entry to the castle is… Continue Reading “Exploring Caernarfon Castle with Kids”

Zip World Velocity 2

Zip World Velocity 2 and Statue

Way back in 2015, Hubby and Kian visited North Wales and took on the challenge of Zip World Titan, a four person zip line which offers spectacular views over moor, mountain and mine and encompasses three separate zip lines – Anarchy, Bedlam and Chaos. Ever since they have been dropping hints left, right and centre about taking on Zip World’s Velocity 2 – The Fastest Zip Line in the World. Velocity 2 is not only the fastest zip line in the world, with speeds up to 125mph, but it is also the longest in Europe at 1,555 metres long and… Continue Reading “Zip World Velocity 2”

The Game of Thrones Tapestry at Ulster Museum

Game of Thrones Tapestry

During our visit to Belfast we spent a couple of days exploring the city and everything it had to offer, including Titanic Museum, W5 Discovery Centre, Crumlin Road Gaol and HMS Caroline. The final museum on our list was Ulster Museum, which is situated right in the heart of the university area of south Belfast. Ulster Museum is a treasure trove of collections of art, history and natural sciences. There is a large section devoted to the troubles, but although Hubby and I were interested, the kids found it boring and wanted to move on. Although there are a couple… Continue Reading “The Game of Thrones Tapestry at Ulster Museum”

A visit to the Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin with Kids

The Old Library

When we decided to spend a day in Dublin during our Northern Ireland break, there were two places on our must visit list – Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College. Trinity College, despite its name, is actually a university set right in the heart of Dublin city centre. Visiting a university isn’t your typical destination for a day out, however, Trinity College is home to the Old Library and the Book of Kells – Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Visits to Trinity College are so popular that the university have started running tours which encompass… Continue Reading “A visit to the Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin with Kids”