Lohr am Main – The Snow White town

Once upon a time… a kind and beautiful princess lived in a handsome castle in Germany. Her mother died when she was still a girl, and her father remarried shortly afterwards. But the stepmother, reportedly in possession of a magic mirror, was a vain and manipulative woman, favouring her own children over her adopted stepdaughter. Eventually the relationship snapped; the princess fled away from her family, over great hills and through deep forests. Eventually she settled and lived in exile in a community of dwarfs working in the local mines.

The princess (well, Baroness, technically…) was Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherina von Erthal. Quite a mouthful, isn’t it? But you have almost certainly already recognised her as “Schneewittchen” from the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale: or, in English…

Snow White.

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Castle Coole: Culture and nature

It’s an architectural masterpiece, widely considered one of the most important National Trust properties in the UK AND its extensive grounds have been designated as an “Area of Special Scientific Interest”. We discovered that Castle Coole in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, is a rather special place indeed.

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One giant masterpiece – hiking from the Giant’s Causeway to Dunseverick Castle

Not many tourists know this, but access to the Giant’s Causeway is absolutely free of charge. Here’s how we skipped the crowds and enjoyed the very best of Northern Ireland’s natural masterpiece… for the price of a bus ticket.

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Mannheim: it surprised us!

Travel isn’t about ticking off beautiful places; it’s about gaining new experiences, stepping outside your everyday world and seeing things from a different perspective. So for my village-reared country kids, Mannheim was a source of wonder and amazement.

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The Family of Man

In the mid- 1950s, an entire photo exhibition went “viral”. And it is still going strong today, permanently displayed in a handsome castle in Luxembourg. So what did my kids make of it?

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Bourglinster – village of nature, history and culture

The Luxembourgish village of Bourglinster is surrounded by beautiful nature, steeped in history and brimming with culture. The views aren’t bad either.

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