Ok, maybe not this one
If there’s one truism about travel, it’s that hotels can really eat up your cash, but if you are not keen on hostels or tents, then there is another solution. All you need is a bunch of friends to go with you to split the cost and you’re set for the time of your life.
Split between fifteen people, a castle in Europe could cost as little as 30 Euros per person per day. Of course there are far larger and grander castles that would melt the staunchest credit card, but there are also some that are more affordable. Now isn’t that a whole lot better than spending 25 Euros a day to stay in a hot, stuffy tent on a campsite that is miles away from anything remotely civilised?
Outdoor kitchen and dining at Il Castelluccio
Il Castelluccio is in a national park near Lecce Nei Marsi in central Italy and you and your friends can rent the entire castle, or just portions of it for smaller groups, but then, of course, the cost goes up per person.
La Demeure de Louis near Clermont-Ferrand
Château de Bussolles in Champeaux-sur-Sarthe
France has many castles with varying degrees of grandeur and you just have to set your budget and not get carried away. These two large historical castles, one in central France near Clermont-Ferrand and the other in north-western France in Champeaux-sur-Sarthe, should fit the bill nicely.
El Alcazar has medieval decor
Spain has its fair share of castles in the sun too. El Alcazar near El Robledo in central Spain is decked out in medieval decor to lend an air of authenticity to the whole castle experience.
For an unforgettable vacation with friends that won't break the bank, I present – the castle.
Kerry Biddle © 2020
Mimosas in flower
Mid-February and it is unseasonably warm. Despite what the calendars say, spring has arrived in the South of France. The mimosas are in full bloom, clovers with their sunny yellow flowers are flourishing, and annual nettles have made themselves known in dappled places. The young leaves and mauve blossoms of mallow make a welcome snack on a long walk and I made full use of them this morning.
The various wild lavenders are scenting the air and adding their contribution to an early spring. Lavender flowers make a delightful syrup and there are enough to make a small jar or two in the coming days.
Mallow makes a welcome snack on a long walk
Honey-scented sweet alyssum, daintiest of the scented wild flowers, lines the roads and can be seen in great numbers growing in between the neat rows of grapevines in the vineyards.
I even spotted my first poppy of the season, but it was a poor specimen indeed and didn't warrant a photo.
Seeing all this life reminds me that it is time to sow some more seeds for the warm weather to come and to prepare another bed for summer squashes.