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…
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In periods of extremely cold weather, something beautiful happens in Luxembourg…
Finding an excellent family-friendly campsite in Norway isn’t easy… but we discovered a real gem.
Thundering waterfalls, pristine mountain wilderness, gargantuan glaciers, chocolate box villages and quite possibly the most celebrated coastline in the world: Norway has everything you could possibly want for the more adventurous family camping holiday.
Well, almost everything…
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Through a series of short family-friendly coastal hikes around the Isle of Arran (Scotland) we discover why it is such an excellent destination for an active family holiday.
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.
The unusual geology of the “Mullerthal” region of Luxembourg has created a fantasy wonderland of rock labyrinths, perfect for little explorers with big imaginations.
A hilltop fortress in Germany has several different names, a mind-boggling number of stones… and has been around for almost 2,500 years.