Fisherman’s Bastion – Budapest

Fisherman’s Bastion – Budapest

High atop Castle Hill on the Buda side of the city of Budapest in Hungary sits the Fisherman’s Bastion. A viewing platform completed in 1902 with seven towers (one for each Magyar tribe that first settled here in 896) that offers great views of the Danube river and the city below. The bastions name is derived from the fisherman … Continue reading

The Siegfried Line

The Siegfried Line

In 2012 whilst touring World War Two battlefield sites of the Battle of the Bulge (Germany’s last major western front offensive of the 1944/45 winter) in the Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg I realised I was very close to the German border and also the remnants of the old Siegfried Line. I knew it would be the perfect bookend … Continue reading

The Flying Salties of the Adelaide River

The Flying Salties of the Adelaide River

So they say white man can’t jump. What about Saltwater Crocodiles? I can tell you if one was after me I would certainly jump! The Saltwater Crocodile, Crocodylus Porosus is also known as an Estuarine Crocodile or commonly in Australia as a “Saltie“. They are the worlds largest living reptile. It is not uncommon for them … Continue reading

Jungfraujoch – The Top of Europe

Jungfraujoch – The Top of Europe

In 2005 I made my first visit to Switzerland. Apart from catching up with friends and touring the country I took an amazing railway journey to the top of the Jungfraujoch. This is a saddle between the Jungfrau Mountain (Young Virgin Mountain – 4,158 metres / 3,642 feet) and the Mönch Mountain (4,107 m / 13,474 feet) … Continue reading

I was only 24 hours from Tulsa

I was only 24 hours from Tulsa

One of those unusual things you see on the side of the road when driving around America is the Golden Driller of Tulsa, Oklahoma. At 23 metres / 76 foot it is one of the largest statues in America. It was built in 1953 for the International Petroleum Exposition and was used again in 1959. … Continue reading