Archive for July, 2009

Castle Visit for a weekend

I was sitting here, thinking what it would be like to be King of a Castle for a day, well Queen actually, but somehow King just seems to sound better. Having visited a Castle in the Lorraine region of France, it was called Hâttonchatel Château. Magnificent Castle

Castle stay

I so wished that the visit could have been a stay, oh why didn’t I stay. I roamed around the gardens in complete bewilderment. I stood back under a large oak tree which serviced my needs as shade to admire this magnificent castle in all its entirety and original glory. mystic valley

I could see Lorraine region of France, the turrets stretching towards the bright blue sky and I imagined a damsel inside awaiting a young handsome knight to come and set her free. I approached such a grand entrance, this door for sure must have been made for giants! As I stepped inside, and in my minds eye, were pictures, and oh if only these old walls could talk, what tales would they tell about this fairyland castle of which I had a become a small part of, albeit on borrowed time. I was stepping back in time, allowing myself to dream. My thoughts were broken by the faint sound of crackling, the fire was lit in the grand hall, it was so inviting. I sat by it´s side and made images in it´s flames, again wondering what adventures this great place had seen and heard.

Beautiful Castle accommodation

I found myself touching the stones as I was lead up the castle turret, its winding staircase, so authentic, I was inside a dream. I walked into one of the now suites, Bridal Suite

how exquisite it all was, originality kept and restored with that touch of being brought into this Millennium, the spaciousness, a kind of which I hadn’t seen, the décor sumptuous and space leads me to more space, through a connecting door, still in the upper part of the castle in, this astonishing bedroom has its own en suite bathroom and sitting room. I sat in a chair and looked out over of the breathtaking valley below, I´m speechless, again my imagination wanders.

I have to return, I have to stay, I have to live out my dream and be King of a Castle for a day.

fairytale castle

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Romantic Weekend for two.

If you’re planning an exciting weekend getaway or a mini Holiday, look no further. Romantic weekend Trips or exciting Summer or Winter Breaks at Château Hattonchâtel, France are not just for Valentine’s Day or for birthdays but should be enjoyed to the maximum all year round.


·    Afternoon tea or coffee served with a selection of gateaux
.    Aperitif or champagne
·    Four Course Gourmet menu at the restaurant  “Lac de Madine”
·    Freshly brewed Coffee with mints, cognac or liquor
·    Stay overnight in the charming Tower room looking out over the valley.

·    Hattonchâtel Château`s delicious morning breakfast
·    Afternoon tea or coffee with a selection of gateaux.
.    Aperitif or champagne
·    The Château’s superb Four Course menu
·    Overnight stay in the charming Tower room looking out over the valley

·    Hattonchâtel Château`s delicious morning breakfast

luxury weekend breaks to France 2011

Price per person in a Tower room (Double Bedroom) from 375 €
Price per person in a luxury Suite(Double Bedroom) from 495 €

Take a luxury weekend break in France for great French food – the French cuisine when it is at its best. A peaceful strolls along the picturesque French Castle, and stunning classic castle accommodation where each huge suite have a light en-suite bathroom. A romantic weekend break for two or winter breaks for two at the private castle is a weekend to remember!

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My big fat Greek wedding?

Don’t think so try a bit of this and get yourself to Tenerife…………

Stunning gazebo wedding in Tenerife, The Canary Islands, Spain

wedding ceremony abroad

I think, it´s an unknown fact that a wedding in paradise can exist without travelling for days on end and without incurring a huge hole in ones pocket!

Ever been invited to a wedding knowing that you could only dream about attending? Sadly you decline because of cost, distance and time. Recently I received a wedding invitation to attend a wedding blessing in Tenerife.

The initial wedding ceremony took place at the local registry office. Sound plain and simple? The best was yet to come! Bags packed and ready, the mini bus waiting, off to the airport and on our way to sunny Tenerife. Leaving behind the freezing cold, drizzling drab weather.

Church ceremony, wedding ceremony

warm and friendly welcome at the hotel

We checked into the most quaint resort, part of the The Ritz Resorts group, situated in Amarilla Golf in the South of Tenerife. People say you can´t change a first impression, here, you really wouldn´t want to.  We were greeted with a warm and friendly welcome and an efficiency second to none by the Tenerife hosts and the wedding planner at this charming Canarian resort.

All the wedding party had been accommodated on site, 50 in total. The wedding accommodation in Tenerife was surprisingly cheap and yet consisted of self catering apartments, the standard of which was incredible. The resort staff in Tenerife can´t do enough for you and cater for your every need. Totally uninterrupted paradise.

The Ritz Resort hosts with their invaluable advice and experience had arranged and carried out every wish, instruction and minor wedding detail as instructed by the bride and groom.

The wedding ceremony

The local Priest in Tenerife, is of Irish origin, so no language barriers. He carried out the wedding ceremony by the pool and the whole ambiance was that of a fairytale wedding. The bridesmaids with their fresh flower bouquets. Soft music that floated on the Atlantic breeze, tall palm trees swaying gently and in the not too far distance, the Atlantic Ocean. There is something so special about this wedding abroad.

Canarian Food

What a sight for sore eyes! Canarian potatoes, platters filled with mixtures of roast meats and poultry, whole suckling pigs, poached salmons and a huge king prawn fountain. All being washed down with fine Spanish wines and champagne. The wedding cake seemed to stand in its own kingdom almost as though you were expected to pay homage to it! 8 tiers in all, it swirled around like steps leading up to a turret in a castle, sheer decadence. Made at the local Tenerife bakery, another small detail taken care of by the Tenerife wedding planner with a huge, “knock on effect”.

Beautiful wedding venue in Tenerife

To get married in Tenerife is a lifetime experience

When someone or something touches you, and it has an everlasting effect on you, you have to let people know, spread the word. My advise is, if you ever get the chance to attend a wedding at this Ritz Resort in Tenerife, or certainly, if you are thinking of getting married abroad, having a ceremony of a wedding blessing, or renewal of your wedding vows abroad, don´t hesitate to get in contact with these proffessional wedding advisors who truelly are helpful and friendly people who make your wedding dreams a reality, cater for all your wedding needs and will ensure that you will have that truelly unforgetable once in a lifetime experience.

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