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…

Amazing India: Architecture of Jaipur – The City Palace

A few years ago I travelled the Golden Triangle of northern India: New Delhi in the National Capital Territory, Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh and Jaipur in Rajasthan. I also made a side trip to Ranthambore National Park. The sights were amazing ranging from bustling cities, desert terrain and wild forest. The architecture…

Amazing India: Architecture of Jaipur – Palace of the Winds

A few years ago I travelled the Golden Triangle of northern India: New Delhi in the National Capital Territory, Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh and Jaipur in Rajasthan. I also made a side trip to Ranthambore National Park. The sights were amazing ranging from bustling cities, desert terrain and wild forest. The architecture…

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…

Casa Loma – Toronto’s Camelot

Just north of bustling downtown Toronto in Ontario, Canada is Casa Loma, a quite amazing gothic revival style mansion. It is known as Toronto’s very own Camelot and is a beautiful place to see. The home was built by Sir Henry Pellatt (1859-1939) a wealthy Toronto businessman who owned a stock brokerage firm and an electricity company…

The Palace of Versailles

June 5th, 2012 The Palace of Versailles was once the seat of power of the Kings of France. It is a very elaborate place, with a large collection of art and set on vast palace grounds of gardens, the grand canal, ponds, fountains and more. The gardens cover some 800 hectares of the 1,070 hectare site…

The Louvre a Masterpiece Collection

June 4th, 2012 In the heart of Paris in the Louvre Palace is one of the largest and most famous art museums in the world (in fact it is massive!). The Louvre Palace site was originally a fortress built in the 12th century, successive changes to the site over the next 600 years formed into a…

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…

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…

Ho Chi Minh City via tunnels and temples (2010)

In September 2010 I went back to Australia for a while after spending months travelling in the US, Europe and Asia. My return was to catch up with family and friends, do some travel there and a few months of contract work to boost the coffers, then I had planned to move to the US….

Th​e floods they come and go in Central Vietnam (2010)

In September 2010 I went back to Australia for a while after spending months travelling in the US, Europe and Asia. My return was to catch up with family and friends, do some travel there and a few months of contract work to boost the coffers, then I had planned to move to the US….