On the tulip cruise

A stately way to go around the gardens

It sounded good. DFDS ferries sail every night from Newcastle to Amsterdam. Every spring they have a special offer of a complete package to go to Keukenhof gardens to see the 7 or 8 million tulips there. The Dutch are famous for their tulips, even though they first found them in Kazakhstan.

Belgium by train - part two

Published: Mon 14 Aug 2017

The Museum of Spa, which was the Villa Royale.

The second part of travel writer Ron Smith's journey through Belgium visits Spa and Brussels and explores the country's British connections.

To Belgium by train all the way

Published: Fri 28 Jul 2017

The view across the river Meuse of the Collegiate Church and the citadel above it

Belgium is a great place to visit, lots to explore and so often overlooked by us. But - how to get there. Travel writer Ron Smith decided upon the train as his method of transport and in part one of his story, he visited the chaming town of Dinant.

To Burgundy for wine and food

Published: Fri 14 Jul 2017

Porte Guillaume, Dijon's version of the famous Arc de Triomphe

Dijon, roughly in the middle of France, is the capital of Burgundy, and travel writer Ron Smith discovered more about why the region is famous for its focus on food and wine.

La Charité sur Loire is a French charm

Published: Fri 12 May 2017

The sobering war memorial in the town square

ROUGHLY in the centre of France, La Charit sur Loire is a very special place as travel writer Ron Smith discovered on his latest trip across the channel.

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