One of the gates that lead to the churches in the park

Tulips and pigeon poop in Moscow’s Kolomenskoye Park

Kolomenskoye is one of the most beautiful places in all of Moscow. The park is only a short metro ride from the center, and situated close to one of the city’s most industrialized areas. The park and its awe-inspiring buildings are so steeped in history that it even surpasses the Kremlin itself in evoking the…

Me an Riena in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Moscow’s fabulous Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

I walked along the river from the Kremlin and was greeted by one of the most imposing and controversial buildings in Russia, the resurrected Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.   It was originally commissioned after the defeat of Napoleon and construction began in 1839. Unfortunately it was singled out by the Soviet government for destruction…

Church of the Blessed Sacrament

Parades, Cathedrals and “Coffee with Legs” in Santiago

Public holidays are synonymous with parades in most countries. The 21st of May was a public holiday in Chile, Navy Day to Commemorates the Battle of Iquique. The Battle of Iquique was a confrontation that occurred on May 21, 1879, during the naval stage of the War of the Pacific, a conflict between Chile and Peru and Bolivia. The battle took place off the…

Plaza De Armaz metro station

Exploring the Beautiful old Churches of Santiago

The city of Santiago has a couple of very old churches that are absolutely lovely to explore. Walking down Merced Street I stopped at the Basilica of Mercy a Catholic church located just before I reached Plaza de Armas. This Basilica was built in 1566 and established by the Order of the Blessed Mary of Mercy, who…

Bell tower

Locked Cathedrals and huge shopping centers in Santiago

Winter is fast approaching Santiago and making its presence felt with chilly and mostly cloudy days. Everywhere people wrapped up in scarves and coats are enjoying the last autumn days by strolling along the tree lined streets of Santiago. Strolling down Providencia street filled with little café’s and restaurants the contrast between old and new…

The Basilica of the Annunciation

A glimpse of Nazareth during my Israel adventure

It was 29 December, day 6 of my Israel adventure as I headed towards a rainy 15 degree Nazareth. I had a lazy morning before heading to the central bus station to catch a bus from Jerusalem to Nazareth. I couldn’t believe how much security I had to go through just to get inside the…

The Bell Tower of the Domica Cathedral

Morning spent Exploring the Old City of Jerusalem

It was Tuesday 27 December, day 4 of my Israel Adventure and so far it had been stunning, filled with great people and extraordinary places to see.  I started my day early and walked from New Gate down to Zion’s Gate where I exited the old city to go to David’s Tomb and the room of…

A priest standing in front of his small church

Exploring Mount Zion in Jerusalem, Israel.

Monday 26 December 2011 The rain finally let up so this morning I took the hostels free city tour, it is a 3hour walking tour that was very informative and we had a great guide that made it a lot of fun! We walked through little alleyways and past so many old buildings it was…

Inside the Church of the Nativity

The night before Christmas spent in Bethlehem, Israel!!

 Saturday 24 December 2011 At 3o’clock the afternoon on my first day in Israel I joined the Abraham hostel tour to Bethlehem. Unfortunately the guide was absolutely useless, he didn’t give us any extra information about the area or even tell us where we were going or what we were going to see.  He took…

The church has amazing lanterns hanging all over!!

Christmas in Jerusalem, Israel starts!!

This was going to be my very first Christmas all alone so I wanted to make it really special, and what better place is there to spend Christmas than in Israel?! As I started my Israel adventure I put my I-pod on random. I stepped out of the flat with my backpack and the theme…

Stunning

Visiting the Socialist Sculpture Park in Moscow

I explored the Tretyakov gallery area a couple of times during the first sunny weeks of May. It was lovely just getting out of the small flat and spending some time outside in the sunshine. One afternoon my exploring took me past the gallery and down some side streets towards the Moscow River. I walked…

Me in front of a frozen river close to our hostel

Snow covered Saint Petersburg

Every year I go somewhere special for my birthday and in 2011 I decided to celebrate my birthday in mystical St Petersburg for a weekend. Who wouldn’t plan a weekend get away to a place where it’s windy, snowing and -28 degrees outside!?!? Friday Judith (my German friend), Olga (My Belarusian flat mate), Kirsten (Judith’s Kiwi flat…