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…

Snapshots of Europe: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, the dragon city (the symbol of the city and on the city coat of arms, symbolising strength, courage and might), is the capital of Slovenia and a charming place with a long history dating back to the Roman military and beyond (the first settlers were there around 2000 BC but true urban settlement did not begin…

Snapshots of Europe: Bratislava Castle, Slovakia

From its hilltop perch, Bratislava Castle dominates the city skyline of Bratislava (it is a national museum with various exhibits). Construction of the various forms of the castle was conducted between the 9th century and 18th century (first it was part of the Kingdom of Moravia, then Hungary, then Czechoslovakia and today Slovakia). An accidental fire begun by soldiers…

Snapshots of Europe: Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg (founded 1196) in south-west Germany on the Neckar River, with its wonderful old town, the castle on the hill, the Old Bridge and the surrounding foothills of the Odenwald Forest make for great views and a fine walking destination. Heidelberg is the first in a series of city and travel snapshots of my 2015 journey through central and…

Melbourne City Laneway – One View, Different Aspects

Melbourne Australia is famous for its many city laneways with cafes, bars and restaurants. They are a great place to hang out and enjoy a nice day or evening in the city. Many of them are also lined with great street art. Some of them though are nothing more than simply a laneway. This doesn’t take…

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.

Lincoln’s Grandest Memorial

Abraham Lincoln (born February 12th, 1809, died April 15th, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States of America and revered in their history for his achievements in leading the country to victory through a bloody Civil War (1861 to 1865) between Union and Confederate forces and ultimately the abolishment of slavery. Lincoln was elected to…

East German Communism vs. the perils of the Free West!

I have always been fascinated by Communist history and have travelled to many countries in Eastern Europe and Asia under former and current Communist rule. in reality it was a very dark time in history. For all the ideology and the supposed better way of life, it was a time of struggle, fear and cruelty…

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…

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…