Royal Crescent

Bath, England

Bath is the perfect location for a relaxing weekend getaway! There is no need to purchase transit tickets as you can see all the sights easily by foot. UNESCO added the entire city as a cultural site to its World Heritage List in 1987 so everywhere you walk there is something that will catch your eye.

My two favourite parks and gardens are located in the Royal Victoria Park Pulteney Bridgeand behind the Holburne Museum. Royal Victoria Park is 57 acres of land below the Royal Crescent, pictured above. This park was the first ever to be named after Princess Victoria when she was just 11 years old. The park officially opened in 1830. The Holburne Museum gardens features beautiful trees, bridges, and maps out the location of where castle ruins were found as well as a labyrinth garden. The museum is also free entry.

The most shocking part of our trip to Bath was when we ate out at the Garrick’s Head, located The Pump Roomnear the theatre. We found out, after we ate there, that we were in one of the many haunted buildings of Bath. The lady ghost had been sighted both in the boxed seats in the theatre and in the pub. On a less haunted note, we also enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Pump Room with live music, you could easily sit in there for hours. Beside the pump room is the old roman baths museum, visible from the windows inside the pump room. In the same square is the Abbey, one of the last medieval churches of England. You are welcome to visit inside, however it is closed on a Sunday for services. Pulteney Bridge is worth walking through with shops inside it however it is best viewed from Parade Gardens park below.

Echternach, Luxembourg

Echternach, Luxembourg

Echternach is the oldest town in Luxembourg and one of the most beautiful areas in the country to walk around in. I found aThe Abbey, Echternach downloadable walking tour here, where you can go on a cultural walk of the town at your own speed. This one in particular covers the entire town and everything in it. Please be aware when planning your visit that in the winter most things are closed and the population is about 1/3 of what it is in the summer. The streets are spotless and you can take a bus straight from Luxembourg City to get here.

My favourite part about Echternach was the Abbey and its Orangerie. Since it was winter the gate was Orangerie, Echternachclosed to the Orangerie, but even peeking through in the middle of winter, one could imagine what it would be like in the summer time. The Orangerie actually has four statues out front representing each season. They were built by Ferdinand Tietz, a German sculptor. The Orangerie is just across the street from the Abbey so make sure you don’t miss it.