Arnstadt - a German gem

The interior of the Bachkirke

Arnstadt, the oldest town in the German federal state of Thuringia and said to have been inhabited since 4000 BC, provided travel writer Ron Smith with plenty to see, visit and learn about.

Japan adventure in Osaka and Kyoto

Published: Fri 06 Oct 2017

One of the gates to the Imperial Palace, Kyoto

It irritates me that most holiday adverts quote prices and services that depart from London, which of course can mean spending a night down there between flights, and the cheap prices don't apply any more!

On the tulip cruise

Published: Fri 08 Sep 2017

A stately way to go around the gardens

It sounded good. DFDS ferries sail every night from Newcastle to Amsterdam. Every spring they have a special offer of a complete package to go to Keukenhof gardens to see the 7 or 8 million tulips there. The Dutch are famous for their tulips, even though they first found them in Kazakhstan.

Belgium by train - part two

Published: Mon 14 Aug 2017

The Museum of Spa, which was the Villa Royale.

The second part of travel writer Ron Smith's journey through Belgium visits Spa and Brussels and explores the country's British connections.

To Belgium by train all the way

Published: Fri 28 Jul 2017

The view across the river Meuse of the Collegiate Church and the citadel above it

Belgium is a great place to visit, lots to explore and so often overlooked by us. But - how to get there. Travel writer Ron Smith decided upon the train as his method of transport and in part one of his story, he visited the chaming town of Dinant.

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