Chasing Lenin – The Moldova Edition

Continuing on from my previous post, my friend Jessie (The Wandering Kiwi) and I were recently travelling together  in the Wild Wild East of Europe (Ukraine, Moldova, Transnistria, Belarus and Poland) and we decided we wanted to track down statues, monuments and the like dedicated to the glory of the former Soviet Union and in…

Chasing Lenin – The Ukraine Edition

Hi All, Given my limited blogging on this page for some time, you could easily be mistaken for thinking I have not been travelling much but on the contrary I pretty much haven’t stopped travelling for the past year! I just lost the drive to blog about it! Don’t worry I am still going to…

Snapshots of Morocco – The Ancient Chouwara Tannery of Fes

You do your best to navigate the labyrinth of alleyways that form the walking streets of Fes to find the ancient Chouwara Tannery, the biggest of those operating in the medina but it is highly likely you will get lost on the way – welcome to Fes! I ended up following a Japanese tour group…

Rupanyup Silo Art

The Rupanyup Silo Art leg of the Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail is now complete. Russian street artist Julia Volchkova (Julia Woolf Art) has done a great job and the latest art mural on the trail of a young Rupanyup netball and football player looks fantastic! A Work In Progress Here are some photos in the preceding couple of weeks showing…

Snapshots of Europe: Dubrovnik, Croatia

The city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic coast of Croatia shares much history from behind its mighty city walls and forts. The walls you see today date back to between the 12 and 17th centuries and the old city, including parts of the walls were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The walls wind almost…

Snapshots of Europe: The Bridge of Prince Danilo Petrovic, Montenegro

Prince Danilo I Petrovic reigned in Montenegro from 1852-1860. He was a strong commander who lead Montenegro to a significant military victory against the Turks in 1858 which resulted in Turkey recognizing the independence of Montenegro. Unfortunately his reign was cut short when he was assassinated in Kotor in August 1860 at the age of just 34. He was courting…

Snapshots of Europe: Pristina, Kosovo

A gritty place that’s not high on the favoured list of travelers but Pristina the Kosovar capital is not without its own certain charm. Look around and you will find it for yourself from heroes past and present; to architecture, a crossroads of religious beliefs and national freedom.

Snapshots of Europe: Kameni Most – Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren is a picturesque historic city in Kosovo, that formed part of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th to the early 20th century. The Ottoman culture remains evident today with the fully restored 15th century Ottoman stone bridge (Kameni Most) over the Lepenac River remaining an icon of the city.  The bridge, with the nearby grand Sina Pasha…

Snapshots of Europe: Stari Most – Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Mostar is a must visit place if travelling in this part of the Balkans and is the most important city in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Predominately made up of Muslim Bosniaks and Croats, the mix of religion and culture with inspiration from an Ottoman past makes for a unique little city. The major attraction of Mostar is the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge)…

Remnants of the Past: The Old Junction Mine, Broken Hill

The Junction Mine in Broken Hill was first leased and pegged in 1884 and the associated Broken Hill Junction Silver Mining Co. was formed  in 1886. The 1890’s wooden headframe is erected over Browne Shaft (named after Sylvester Browne, a director of the mine) and is the oldest that remains on the massive silver, lead and zinc mineral…