The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

In late May 2012 I travelled to Luxembourg which is bordered by Belgium, Germany and France. What a beautiful and friendly little country it is. Luxembourg City (founded 963) is surrounded by massive walls and fortifications that once protected the city (the location of the city has always been of strategic importance) and it is very…

A visit to Belgium

In late May 2012 I spent a few days in Belgium. For a small country the Belgians speak a lot of languages! There are 3 official languages French, Dutch (Flemish) and German. In and around Brussels and the Southern part of the country French is the most common language with Dutch as a secondary language (and of course…

Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré – Quebec, Canada

This is a stunning Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is well outside of Quebec City (30 km) in a small town on the Saint Lawrence River. It was a cold wintery day (in Spring!) but well worth the trip to see the impressive architecture. The first basilica opened in 1876 but was destroyed in a fire in 1922, the…

Montreal Canada

March 29th – 31st, 2012 Montreal, Quebec  is old world, yet modern and oh so French (although both French and English are more common to hear on the streets than in Quebec City). There are many things to see and do in this city but one thing you must absolutely do is try Montreal smoked meats (salted…

Quebec City – Canada

March 26th – 28th, 2012 What a wonderful place Quebec City is. As you walk around the old town streets it is hard to believe you are in North America! The city on the Saint Lawrence River was founded in 1608 (the first French explorers actually built a fort there in 1535) and looks like it is straight…

Hello Moscow…R​iga calling…​.anyone home?…..​..Moscow?

In May 2010 I decided to leave my job in Australia and travel around the world before moving to the USA. This journey ended up involving travelling in 18 countries on 4 continents (North America, Europe, Asia and Australia) and taking me around the world 1.5 times over a 12 month period! I wrote a…

Historic sites and mad bus drivers in Bulgaria! (2010)

In May 2010 I decided to leave my job in Australia and travel around the world before moving to the USA. This journey ended up involving travelling in 18 countries on 4 continents (North America, Europe, Asia and Australia) and taking me around the world 1.5 times over a 12 month period! I wrote a…

From Berlin to the Black Forest (2010)

In May 2010 I decided to leave my job in Australia and travel around the world before moving to the USA. This journey ended up involving travelling in 18 countries on 4 continents (North America, Europe, Asia and Australia) and taking me around the world 1.5 times over a 12 month period! I wrote a…

Ich Bin Berliner (2010)

In May 2010 I decided to leave my job in Australia and travel around the world before moving to the USA. This journey ended up involving travelling in 18 countries on 4 continents (North America, Europe, Asia and Australia) and taking me around the world 1.5 times over a 12 month period! I wrote a…