Tagged with year abroad

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

‘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

Fat and happy in Florence

Fat and happy in Florence

Although I thought it would be impossible to top the eating experience I had for my birthday in the Tuscan hills (I was hiccoughing truffle oil and chianti all afternoon!), we were in Italy after all and there was a lot more eating to be done. We did a great Florence Free walking tour in which our … 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

Royals for the Weekend ~ Part One

Royals for the Weekend ~ Part One

If you invest in a Historic Royal Palaces membership (aka history geek card) you will be rewarded with year-round, free entry into the Tower of London, Hampton Court, the Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Kensington Palace. Score! I have already waffled about my love for the Tower of London and the last few weekends have … Continue reading

A year of “THIS” moments

A year of “THIS” moments

A year since my first post. And what an incredible year. Many times I have been walking in the snow, in the sunshine, by the river, up the steps to a castle, on a beach (or next to a cat!) and remember thinking to myself, “THIS Rosie, remember THIS moment forever!” Luckily I have carried my … Continue reading

The Angelic London

The Angelic London

My time in London is coming to an end but boy I have enjoyed being a live-in tourist. Most of my time has passed by in my temporary home suburb of The Angel, in the London Borough of Islington. This is a real gem of a place. It’s not a stretch to describe it as a … Continue reading

Laissez-faire, lessons from France

Laissez-faire, lessons from France

So here I am in limbo. AKA London. It’s really very nice; surprisingly good weather, plenty of free activities and great company. But unlike many of the assistants in France this year I’m not obliged to do an assignment on my year abroad. I don’t have a uni course or Masters to go back to. It’s just … Continue reading

Périgueux Top Ten

Périgueux Top Ten

Sadly I have moved on from my wonderful séjour in the gastronomic heart of France. But here is my top ten for future lucky travelers. 1. Markets across three squares on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Lively, French and yummy. 2. A walk (or canoe) and picnic along the voir verte on the river l’Isle for … Continue reading

Périgord wine country

Périgord wine country

Ahh our last weekend outing in Dordogne. So incredibly sad. We left our visit to Bergerac, in Périgord Pourpre , as a final excursion around this region. As a warm up we went for some red wine on Friday night with some teachers from Nontron and then we departed, a bit weary (some more so than others!), … Continue reading