Archive for the ‘Travelogue’ Category

Top Three Places to Visit in Cornwall

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Cornwall is a wonderful place to visit for the budget traveler. It’s hard to narrow it down, but here are my top three places to visit in Cornwall. St. Michael’s Mount is both historic and beautiful. A place of pilgrimage in Cornwall since the sixth century, the Mount is only accessible by foot at low […]


The Lizard and St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Cornwall has amazing vistas -from St. Michael’s Mount to Kynance Cove and the Lizard Peninsula. Cornwall, located in the United Kingdom, has a lot to offer a budget traveler. Divorce Your Travel Agent and come visit Cornwall today! Your email:  Cornwall has amazing vistas -from St. Michael’s Mount to Kynance Cove and the Lizard Peninsula. […]


What would you like to see?

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Hi everyone! Just a quick note to ask you – what would YOU like to know about? What travel questions do you have? Either email me or leave a comment. Happy Travels, Kristie Hi everyone! Just a quick note to ask you – what would YOU like to know about? What travel questions do you […]


The Italian Chapel in Orkney

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The Italian Chapel, on the island of Lamb Holm in Orkney, was built by Italian prisoners of war during the second world war.  The prisoners, who had been captured in North Africa, were housed on the island in order to work on the Churchill barriers.  These barriers became causeways linking the islands together. In 1943, […]


Tewkesbury Abbey

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Tewkesbury Abbey was begun in 1102 to house Benedictine Monks. It escaped Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the monasteries because the town purchased it to become their parish church. Tewkesbury is unusual in that it is fairly easy to get a picture of the full church. You can walk down the road to the side of […]


Chester in Pictures

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Chester is a fun, historical city to visit.  There is so much to do.  Watch the video below and then read about Chester here. Then, travel on a budget to Chester and experience it for yourself! Chester is a fun, historical city to visit.  There is so much to do.  Watch the video below and […]


Land’s End, Cornwall

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Visit Land’s End in Cornwall.


Chester Town Crier

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Chester Town Crier video


Sudeley Castle and Katherine Parr: Travel Back in Time

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Sudeley Castle is located in the heart of the Cotswolds, and will be an immediate favorite for any Tudor History fan. Queen Katherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII and stepmother to Mary, Edward, and Elizabeth, is buried here. In acknowledgment of this Tudor link, Sudeley has several Tudor-related exhibits.


Berkeley Castle

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Berkeley Castle is where King Edward II spent his last days, before, as legend has it, he was sent on to his reward in a unique way. History holds that his wife, Isabella of France, and her lover Mortimer had him dispatched quickly. The murder needed to not leave any marks on his body. Hot poker, anyone? I’m not so sure I hold with this theory, but Edward II was replaced with his son, Edward III. My guide, Valerie, was incredibly informative as she took us around the castle. My first lesson? Berkeley is pronounced “Bahrkley”


Manorbier and Tenby

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

One of the major reasons I like planning my own budget vacation is the flexibility I have in decision making. The day I went to Carew, this factor was brought home to me. In a discussion with the owner of High Noon Guest House, my B&B in Pembroke, he mentioned that I should go to Manorbier. I was able to add it in to my day, and boy, I’m glad I did.


Carew and Cresswell Castles, Wales – Detours and Design

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

One such story of Carew Castle, Wales, is about Princess Nest, a Welsh princess known as the Helen of Wales, who apparently caught the eye of King Henry I. Supposedly, she became his mistress and was married off to Gerald of Windsor. Another man became enamored of Nest, and kidnapped her (some say with her consent).


North Wales and Anglesey

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

At, I’m always looking for places to visit that are good for the budget traveler. Bangor, a city in Wales, has much to offer. I’ll have to admit it – the main thing that drew me to Bangor was the cathedral where my ancestors were entombed. However, once in this town, I ended up staying several hours.



Monday, July 5th, 2010

Divorce Your Travel Agent and plan your own budget trip to Chester! Chester is located near the Welsh border, and as such, was a focal point for much of the fighting amongst the Welsh and the English. In fact, there is still a law on the books that if anyone sees a Welsh person within the city laws at night, he is allowed to shoot him with a crossbow.


Wallingford Castle: Travels in Britain

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The first day of a 14-day solo journey through the United Kingdom.


Pembroke Castle – Welsh Jewel

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Pembroke castle in South Wales is an exciting place to visit.


Criccieth Castle

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Criccieth Castle, in Wales, is a magnificent fortification built by a Welsh Prince.


Conwy Castle

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Conwy Castle is a medieval site to behold. It’s spectacular towers loom over the town of Conwy.


St. Govan’s Chapel

Friday, November 27th, 2009

St. Govan’s chapel is a free site to visit in Southwestern Wales.


Roman Ruins – Caerleon

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Caerleon, in Wales, is a good example of a roman ruin.


Llanthony Priory

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

LLanthony Priory in South Wales is a beautiful place to visit. It is set in the Black Mountains of Wales.


Caerphilly Castle

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Caerphilly castle is a must see for any budget visitor to Wales.


The Green Bridge…Wales

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

The Green Bridge from Wales is a great place to travel. It’s free and fun.


Chepstow Castle

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Set high above the meandering Wye river, Chepstow castle is a site to behold. A Norman castle built to withstand the Welsh onslaughts, Chepstow is a fine example of Norman architecture. And, quite simply, it is beautiful. An evocative ruin where you can almost reach out and touch the past. When I went, there was […]


Magical Wales

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Tom Jones said, “I carry Wales around inside me.” I can understand why! It is easy to gush about Wales. Once I crossed the border into this almost mystical country, I was impressed by the verdant trees and the fog-shrouded valleys. Wales has something for any traveler. For the adventurous, Wales has hiking trails for […]