We always seem to think that the best places to visit are somewhere far away and not in our own home country. However, it can be very surprising and rewarding to visit some sights closer to home (and I just love castles). Therefore, one week ago my boyfriend and I got on a train to Utrecht, hopped on a bus and visited Castle de Haar. This castle is one of the most gorgeous castles in the Netherlands. The other people waiting for the bus to the castle were an American couple and three Spanish-speaking people (not sure where they were from), so I immediately had the feeling of a holiday and felt very excited.

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Glasgow was the last stop on my first (solo) trip to Scotland: from Edinburgh and Stirling, I travelled to Inverness, Loch Ness, and from there to Eilean Donan Castle. I visited the Isle of Skye and via Fort William and Loch Lomond, I ended up in Glasgow. I didn’t know a lot about Glasgow, so started my time in Glasgow by wandering around, vaguely knowing where I wanted to go.

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From the end of September till December 2017, I studied abroad in the UK at the University of Warwick. At the end of my stay, I knew there was one thing I still wanted to do very very much, namely to visit Wales. So, when I saw a Black Friday sale on the Virgin trains website, I bought a return train ticket to Banger for 11 (!!) pounds. Two weeks later I hopped on the train to the north of Wales. It was a little cold, but it didn’t rain, so I guess the weather was great!

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Many times, I have visited the Loire valley on holidays with my parents, for the first time in 2008. On these holidays, we obviously had to visit several of the famous castles that you can find in this area. Exploring these castles really fostered my love for history and architecture. In this blogpost, I will share with you some of my favourite castles situated in this valley (in no particular order).

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