Tagged with festivals

A castle with cupcakes

A castle with cupcakes

This weekend I found my actual idea of heaven…a classic castle with a gourmet food festival. If there had been a petting zoo and wine tasting I probably would never have left. I managed to trick Naomi into coming to Leeds Castle on a day out; not really that hard once I showed her the Food … Continue reading

Les Fêtes de Bayonne: Basque and Berets

Les Fêtes de Bayonne: Basque and Berets

Ready for the biggest party in France? The five day Fêtes de Bayonne is the country’s biggest festival and Naomi agreed to come with me and test out the crazy final two days. The Basque region, straddling south-west France and north-west Spain, has been on my list for an eternity. I am drawn by its enigmatic language (Basque, … Continue reading

‘Atypical’ Amsterdam long weekend

‘Atypical’ Amsterdam long weekend

After my fantastic long weekend in Prague, I was pretty excited and/or exhausted when three days later I packed up my bag again to jump on a bus to Amsterdam. Let me repeat that. I jumped on a bus. To Amsterdam. Usually I make my holiday bookings in the midst of a hyper positive, can-do, … Continue reading

Sausage fest, Robin Hood and a meow-tfit

Sausage fest, Robin Hood and a meow-tfit

Who doesn’t love a food festival and a bit of medieval pageantry? Welcome to the East Midlands. A band of cities and countryside about two hours north of London often ignored by tourists and Aussie expats. Also often ignored by Brits, judging by the bemused reactions of my colleagues when I said we were going … Continue reading

Bringing in a new season

Bringing in a new season

My first day of work started with smelling armpits, involved a ride in a Tardis and ended with a night of Shakespearean delights. All in all a very good day. I’ve been traveling for a while now and this has been my first, true 9-5 day for over 11 months. New work does not involve … Continue reading

My UKet list…!

My UKet list…!

Come at me with suggestions! What should a francophile, gastronome, nostalgist, ailurophile, oenophile* be aiming to achieve with her free time in the UK and Europe? Sometimes lists such as the one I am compiling pertain to a certain bucket being kicked at the end but seeing as I would like to be very much alive when my visa expires … Continue reading