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Buda’s Bourgeoisie Belt, Budapest, Hungary

Hungary is the epitome of a wild child – brought up in a well-to-do environment but as a teenager subsequently fell in with the wrong crowd twice, rebelled and fell out of those formative years a product of their experience…. Continue Reading →

Best of the Pest, Budapest, Hungary

What we know as modern-day Budapest is a product of a menage a trois. In 1873 the three towns of Buda, Pest, and Obuda were connected by the construction of the chain bridge. However, the personalities of each area are very distinct and although they are now part of the same city, they seem to be worlds apart. Buda is the posh, decadent side, where the art is in galleries and the buildings are neo-gothically ornate. Pest, on the other hand, is the rebellious, real Hungary, where the bars are in ruins and the art is sprayed on the walls. 

Best Things to Do in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar has so many special treats to offer visitors, it is much more than just a tropical island fringed with white sandy beaches. But what are the best things to do? Here’s a quick guide on how to get the most out of your time on Zanzibar.

Best Things To Do In & Around Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town and the neighbouring areas offer visitors an activity packed and fun-filled vacation. Sitting at the very bottom of Africa, it’s a multi-cultural city that has shaken off discrimination and evolved into a destination for diversity and acceptance. It… Continue Reading →

Iconically​ Dutch Zaanse Schans & Delft, The Netherlands

Name some famous Dutch things. What comes to mind? Windmills? Clogs? Cycling? Cheese? Pancakes? Blue and white pottery?  If you are short on time skip Amsterdam and instead visit Zaanse Schans and then pop over to Delft to get an iconic Netherlands experience.

A Grand Old Time in Strandhill, Ireland.

Dolly’s Cottage is more than just a museum. It survived the Great Famine, unlike the majority of the local residents. “A huge number died on the journey to North America, disease and sewage were everywhere. That’s why they were called coffin ships. But the alternative was staying and starving to death.” We were given a brief background to the disaster that severely affected farmers in the 1840’s

A nod to the Land of the Rising Sun in London, United Kingdom

‘When you compare the price of a hand painted, made to measure kimono to a Western designer dress it is quite reasonable’. I had to agree with Sonoe, £1000 for the stunning silk gowns did seem like a bargain. She adjusted the kimono jacket I tried on, showing how I could wear it in two different ways. It was from her vintage collection and had a lovely pink tweedy style pattern, circa late 1960’s to 1970’s. Luckily, it was a tenth of the price of the bespoke ones.

Unveiling the Virtues of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Part 2.

From colourful art and shiny jewels to local hangouts and historic homes via Surinamese food and microbrewed beers, I took a quick dip into the more cultural edge of this town. I’d love to come back and explore some more!

Fromageries, Menageries & Reveries in London, United Kingdom.

The Big Smoke. Nodnol. Londinium. The capital of the United Kingdom. A hectic mash-up, where big business, high-class art, ancient history, urban fashion, aristocracy and international cultures all meet and mingle freely. It’s a festival of human awesomeness disguised as a city. Famous wordsmith Samuel Johnson managed to put it succinctly: ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford’. Too true.

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