Hagia Sophia, Turkeys' Church-turned-Mosque

Hagia Sophia, Turkeys’ Church-turned-Mosque

Turkey is one of those countries which has changed identity and cultures so many times that it has turned into a unique country with a unique culture. I couldn’t wait to explore this culture rich country and there is no better place to start than in Istanbul, once named Constantinople. After checking into my hotel…

Bug Hotel

Welcome to the Bug Hotel

Our gardens are home to a wide range of living creatures. An average garden could hold over 2,000 different species of insects! I do hope of which a minimum are spiders? With all this diversity of life it is good to know that very few creatures cause significant damage to our prized flowers and some help…

Cape Town' s Bohemian Long street

A taste of Cape Town’ s Bohemian Long street

Who wouldn’t like to stroll along a street filled with beautiful buildings, art and strange little stores? Luckily for me Cape Town actually has more than one street that fits this criteria and which is perfect for a morning stroll. One of these beautiful streets is Long Street, located in the City Bowl section of Cape Town, only a…

St George's Cathedral

Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral

The beautiful St George’s Cathedral is situated right at the entrance to the Company’s gardens right in the heart of Cape Town. This Cathedral is also the starting point for the Cape Town walking tour. As I arrived early for the tour I got to have a look around the Cathedral. The building of the cathedral…

Feeding the Pigeons of Cape Town

Feeding the Pigeons of Cape Town

One of the things that stand out vividly in my memory of my childhood holidays was feeding the pigeons in Durban with my grandmother. She used to collect all the breadcrumbs and crusts for days before we arrived and then take us out to the beachfront to go and feed the doves. I used to…

Ta Prohm Temple

Root shrouded Ta Prohm Temple

The ancient city of Angkor used to be a capital of the ancient Khmer Empire of Cambodia and one of the largest cities in the world. This huge complex of buildings, covering about 600 square kilometers, was known far beyond the Khmer Empire until it was destroyed by Siamese troops in 1431. Till the end…

Ta Prohm

Overgrown Ta Prohm, the “Tomb Raider” Temple

The overgrown Ta Prohm temple is maybe best known for the part it played in the movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”. And yes, this is where I first learnt about this beautiful temple so I was quite excited at getting to explore this temple for myself.  Although it is known that the film took visual…

Ta Nei Temple

The Crumbling Walls of Ta Nei Temple

Veering of the usual tourist path my mom and I entered the jungle in search of Ta nei temple which is known for its fallen and crumbling walls. To get there my mom and I had to walk along a dirt path for about 1km from the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom until we reached…

Beng Melea Temple

The Jungle is Reclaiming Beng Melea Temple

Nestled in the jungles of Angkor Wat lies Beng Melea a sprawling temple covering over one square kilometer. This temple is hidden away and not very touristy, giving it an adventurous, ‘lost temple’ feel. Luckily for us our “guide” or rather tuc-tuc driver knew where we could see the best temples even if they weren’t on the tour map.…

Giant stone Faces of Bayon

The Giant Smiling stone Faces of Bayon

The giant stone faces of Bayon have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. The state-temple, Bayon is set at the center of the city Angkot Wat. As we approached Bayon my mom and I stopped and stood stunned before it. It was like nothing else I had ever seen before. The…

Statues of Ta Phrom temple

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ancient Relics

The first place I thought of as soon as they mentioned Relics for the weekly photo challenge was Angkor Wat and its magnificent statues! Angkor includes a number of majestic temple complexes, the most famous of which is the “Temple City” of Angkor Wat. It was built as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman…

Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

The Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

Before entering the amazing city temple of Angkor Thom  we crossed the causeway spanning the moat in front of each tower. These bridges have a row of devas on the left and asuras on the right. They are huge and towered over me as I stood next to them. Each row holding a naga in the attitude of a tug-of-war.…

The sights of beautiful Oxford

The Red Bus Tour through Oxford

A great way to explore Oxford on a cold autumn day is definitely by taking the City Red Bus Tour! This city tour lasted approximately 1 and a half hours and my mom and I had a fabulous time. We were quite glad that we did remember to bring our gloves as we sat on…

Westminster Abbey

Walking over graves in Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey is another one of those places in London that is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. I read that it was Benedictine monks who first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day. Even today there…

St Paul's Cathedral

Walking through London’s iconic St Paul’s Cathedral

I think St Paul’s Cathedral is definitely one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in England. I am quite lucky in that I have had the opportunity to visit this beautiful Cathedral more than once and couldn’t wait to show it to my friend Hermie on her visit all the way from South-Africa. The two of…