Tagged with history

Weekender in the real capital

Weekender in the real capital

Can you believe I’ve lived in the UK for 3.5 years and I had never visited Winchester? The old capital of England? The home of kings, of artists, of politics for hundreds of years? I know, it’s shocking. I recently atoned by going on a fantastic weekend girls’ trip resplendent with chilly blue skies and costume silliness. … Continue reading

Melbourne – Something a bit different

Melbourne – Something a bit different

Even though I was freezing in Melbourne (yes even after three winters in Europe, I still get cold in Melbourne) I spent a good deal of time wandering the CBD trying to find, as always, a glimpse of the past. There may not be that long a past in Australian cities but Melbourne probably has … Continue reading

Following the sun (and the Son) for Easter

Following the sun (and the Son) for Easter

Ah sun, glorious sun. It only took about five minutes before I could feel my sad, dry, pale, quasi-British skin crisping up in the boiling 19 degree heat of Palma de Mallorca and let me tell you, it hurt so good. We had a lovely, long girls’ weekend in this beautiful capital of the Spanish Balearic … Continue reading

Becoming one with the Polish dumpling…

Becoming one with the Polish dumpling…

…also known as Pierogi, it was by this point in the EuroChristmas that I was beginning to look and feel like one. White and squishy on the outside, meaty on the inside, popular at Christmas markets. My transformation was almost complete! Except Pierogi are served hot and I was very, very cold. With temperatures never … Continue reading

A sunny day in médiévale France

A sunny day in médiévale France

The first thing I did when I arrived in Lyon was…leave! It wasn’t anything Lyon said, I just knew that there was something else I had to see first. And so on a gloriously hot, sunny Saturday I jumped on a train to the little medieval town of Pérouges. Pérouges is one of the Beaux Villages and, … Continue reading

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

The walking commuter: Fleet Street

The walking commuter: Fleet Street

Like most dwellings in central London, ours came with a completely ineffectual and nasty looking shower. When the landlord graciously agreed to renovate and we were left with no shower facility for about six days, I had some early adventures to the gym every day to get my money’ s worth of my extravagant membership fees. I … Continue reading

The REAL Game of Thrones

The REAL Game of Thrones

Britain’s ‘Ultimate Castle’ met Australia’s ultimate castle nerd this week…at long last! Ever since I picked up my first Sharon Penman book at age 13 I have wanted to visit Warwick Castle, for so many reasons. The history, which rivals George R R Martin’s imagination, number one. The fact that it has been so well … Continue reading