Tagged with medieval

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

Birthday Day Out

Birthday Day Out

Last year was definitely a birthday to remember, drinking wine and riding Vespas in the winter, Tuscan sunshine. This year I wanted to do something a bit closer to home. It’s not always easy to rally people to get excited for a birthday in chilly February but this year I managed to attract a small … 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

Fakt dík Praha!

Fakt dík Praha!

A fun, meaty, blue sky trip to Prague for my friend Hanna’s birthday! We jumped on a plane, sidestepping the drunk masses of grooms-to-be in onesies (so original!) and landed just two hours later, into the waiting arms of our stoney-faced Russian taxi driver, Victor. As our taxi shot over the bridge into Prague’s old … Continue reading

Buon compleanno! My birthday in Tuscany

Buon compleanno! My birthday in Tuscany

Recently returned from an absolutely amazing 6 day trip to Florence and Cinque Terra and I have so many things going through my head that I’ve decided this can’t just be one blog post. So first and most importantly, my birthday! I have had some amazing birthdays; my 21st on the beach in New Caledonia, … Continue reading

Around Arundel Castle

Around Arundel Castle

Our trip to Arundel on the southern coast of England was bittersweet. Such a beautiful castle, but also our last countryside outing with our sweet-as kiwi friends Lucia and Andy. It was also perhaps the last weekend before winter started to truly kick in…I now arrive everywhere looking as if I’ve been dragged backwards through … 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

Hunting dragons

Hunting dragons

With three weeks before I start my exciting, new job and the foreboding suggestion from my boss-to-be that I should ‘take a holiday’, I bought a raincoat, jumped on a bus and headed for the home of dragons. Wales has the highest concentration of castles in the world (according to Google) and dragons are totally … Continue reading

History Happy

History Happy

After a draining few weeks of job applications, interviews and trying to waste time without wasting money, I decided I needed a trip to my happy place to unwind. Note that my happy place just happens to be the birthplace of Britain’s historical love affair with war, torture and political oppression…The Tower of London. A … 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