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. Advertisements

Snapshots of Europe: Zagreb City Life

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia is a buzzing place. This could quite possibly be from all the coffee consumed in the cities vast café scene! The history of Zagreb dates back to Roman times and the city is divided into an upper level (Gornji Grad) and lower level (Donji Grad). As you wander the city streets…

Snapshots of Europe: Vienna, Austria

Vienna (Wien), the grand old capital of Austria has so much to offer for any traveller and is a true European must see. Given it was the former seat of power of the Habsburg dynasty since 1440 and of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867 to 1918 (which collapsed following defeat at the end of World…

Red Square – Day and Night

In 2007 I got to live a life long dream to wander the fabled streets of Moscow. It was grey and cold, yet beautiful… just like I pictured Russia to be! Visiting Red Square and The Kremlin was a highlight of that journey.

Dresden: Visions of the Past

Dresden in eastern Germany was founded in 1206 and became the capital and royal residence of the Kings of Saxony.  Dresden was also a key European centre for the arts, music and science. It has always been a cultural city and has many beautiful baroque and rococo style buildings, palaces and cathedrals. Sadly much like the rest of Germany,…

Grand Old Melbourne

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria is the second largest city in Australia. The city was founded in 1835 and upon the 1901 federation of the six colonies that became the Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne also served as the nations capital and seat of government from 1901 to 1927 (using the State Parliament building as the national parliament). By 1927 the initial…

Adelaide: Day and Night

Adelaide founded by Colonel William Light in 1836, is the capital of the state of South Australia and with 1.2 million people is the fifth largest city in the country. Known as the “City of Churches” it has many historic sandstone buildings including churches and is surrounded by a ring of parklands with the Adelaide Hills…

The Cathedral of the Wimmera – Murtoa’s Big Stick Shed

I was born and have lived on and off over the years in the Wimmera region of the state of Victoria in Australia. The majority of this region is predominately farmland and to be honest there are not many prominent large historic buildings out that way that have survived modern progress. There is one huge…

Bendigo truly shines in Spring

My time back in Australia so far has been spent mostly catching up with family in my home state of Victoria. It has been great to see everyone after being away for so long. I have also spent a great few days visiting my Granny in the rural city of Bendigo – the 20th largest city…

London Town

London was all bright and shiny, what with the Queens Jubilee (60 years on the throne) and the Olympic Games happening. Here are a few snapshots from my visit there prior to the games in early June 2012. There is always a buzz of activity around Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. Many of London’s famous…

Mont Saint-Michel – the jewel of Normandy

Dating back to the 6th century, Mont Saint-Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Normandy, France. Built on a tidal island it has been used as a strategic fortification and since the 8th century the site of the monastery for which it is today named. The Benedictine abbey that stands there today is dedicated archangel St…

The Splendour of Paris

I had not been to Paris, France for 18 years but finally returned in early June 2012. I am pleased to say nothing much has changed and it remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world! History, majestic buildings, old palaces, museums, classic city icons such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomph, Notre…