Copenhagen’s crown jewels   

The grounds of the botanical gardens

There’s much to see and do in Copenhagen but somehow we managed to go overboard on the royal attractions. Take our last day in town. We chose to spend much of it enjoying the treasures of Rosenborg Palace, including the state’s Crown Jewels, before tearing ourselves away for something rather more egalitarian at the Botanical Gardens. With our flight leaving […]

Copenhagen: From a palace to a commune

Colourful Nyhavn

Copenhagen has much in common with London – drunks, litter, too many homeless people, and old men who don’t think twice about peeing up against a wall in front of passers-by. But it’s also a relaxed, vibrant and welcoming city. It’s easily walkable, is packed with history and has some fine modern architecture as a contrast […]

King Ludwig’s Linderhof

Linderhof

King Ludwig II of Bavaria lived a strange life. Forced to surrender the independence of his kingdom to the all-consuming Prussia, reclusive and sexually confused, he sought consolation in the theatrical scores of Wagner and fantastical architectural projects. The palaces he built are among Bavaria’s most popular tourist attractions but for the king they sustained […]

Berlin: Palaces and Pride

Sanssouci

In 2004 we went on our first holiday together, to Berlin. It was January, blisteringly cold and snow fell periodically on the grey city. But I fell in love with it. We always said we’d return to see the German capital in summer and we finally got round to it in July 2016, when we found a […]

Japan: From Kyoto to London

The gates of Nijo Castle

The long journey home. My least favourite part of any holiday. And this particular one had always promised to be more arduous than most. With a morning departure from Narita Airport – situated well to the east of Tokyo – there was no way we’d ever get there from Kyoto without breaking the journey overnight. […]