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The Orange Queen and the Rabbit King- Sparkles and Devine in Nether-NetherLand

Having made our way through Hungary, Prague, the Black Forest and errr… Utrecht, and we finally made it to Amsterdam and our buddy Ron.  With no time to waste, Aimee and I set about getting to know the city via the Sandeman’s New Europe Free Walking Tour. The  tour took in the ‘sights’ of the […]

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Would the real Amsterdam… please stand up, please stand up?

1.29 am and our train pulled in to Stuttgart, Germany to collect us for our onward journey to Amsterdam.  We’d booked ‘sleeperettes’ which for me conjured visions of lying in a cosy bed, perhaps a blankie and pillow, and a dark blue curtain to shield us from the light for our 8 hour journey.  This […]

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Buses, Beers, Babes and the Black Forest- part two

So there we were, two wee lasses sitting outside a train station in the extreme South of Germany, wondering whether we were the victims of a pretty good practical joke.  We were waiting to be waiting to be picked up by Bens and Sebastian, our friends from Prague who’d invited us to come stay with […]

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Lederhosen- perfect for everyday life!

Buses, Beers, Babes and the Black Forest- part one

With 45 mins sleep under our belts, we hoisted on our backpacks and czeched out of the Czech Inn, with the usual last minute drama which ensues when one attempts to print their bus tickets at 6am, while the cleaning staff play “It’s Raining Men” offensively loudly in the hostel reception. We’d decided to catch […]

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Castles, Czechs, Clocks and Chiwawas- part two

We’d arrived in Prague as planned on Saturday, intending to stay until Tuesday, when we were scheduled to fly out for 8 days in Ireland.  But, as large clouds of volcanic ash spewed into the sky, and no dragons appeared to taxi us there, our dream of horse riding in Ireland began to fade. As […]

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Castles, Czechs, Clocks and Chiwawas- part one

Fresh off the train from Budapest (the highlights being a cabin to ourselves for the 6 hour trip, and catching sight of a naked man sitting in the window of his apartment block right next to the tracks) we took a tram to our hostel, the Czech Inn.  After czeching in, we were bursting to […]

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Lost in Translation, Lost in Hungary- part 2

This being a riding tour, Aimee and I decided it was time to get ourselves on a horse.  We had planned a trip out of Budapest to stay at Debrecen (Debreton) which, I am sure you will be interested to know, is Hungary’s 2nd largest city. Being the highly organised well oiled travelling machines that […]

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Lost in translation, lost in Hungary- part 1

Lost in Hungary… Lost in Translation part 1 Jo napot kivanok baratom (I wish you a very good afternoon my friends). I knew I was in for the adventure of a lifetime, watching Aimee packing for our 8 week trip, around 5pm the evening before we were to leave.  I lay on her bed watching […]

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Sparkles & Devine- the Reunion

The Sparkles Family vacation over, it was time for Sparkles and Devine Ride Europe to begin. After 12 months of planning and two years since we’d last been in the same country, it was time to make my way north to the chilly Scottish Highlands (well, Glasgow) to collect my good friend Aimee to start our […]

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London to Bordeaux- 10 days with the Sparkles’

Hello friends, I nearly didn’t make get to write this episode as wifi access in France is the mere cost of your first born child.  Tom, there will be a quiz on this when I get back. Before taking off on a horse riding holiday across Europe with Aimee the Great (Aka Devine) I’m having a […]

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