The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque isn’t Blue?

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, facing Aya Sofya and mirroring its domed silhouette,  is popularly known as the Blue Mosque. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. This huge mosque was build to calm God after the unfavorable result of the war with Persia. The mosque was built from 1609 to 1616 on the…

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…

The Colourful Bo-Kaap of Cape Town

The Colourful Bo-Kaap of Cape Town

The Bo-Kaap is definitely the most colorful part of Cape Town and a great place to explore. I think I wouldnt mind living in one of these brightly coloured houses either. This part of the city, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city center was formerly known as the Malay Quarter. They have a lovely view over the city…

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…

Entrances to Angkor Thom

The Grandiose Entrances to Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) is a 3km walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire. There are five entrances or gates in to this city. There is a gate at each cardinal point leading you to the Royal Palace and we actually got to visit three of these gates.…

Cu Chi Tunnels

Firing AK 47’s and Claustrophobic Underground tunnels in Vietnam

No trip to Vietnam will be complete without visiting the famous underground Cu Chi tunnels. It is as huge a part of Vietnam’s history as its temples and pagodas. These underground tunnels were the Viet Cong’s (Vietnamese guerrilla army) base of operations, where they lived and fought from during the Vietnam War. As a child I used to watch countless of “war” movies…

Ghost Tour York

The haunted City of York

York is considered to be one of the world’s most haunted cities. There are an estimated 500 ghosts in the city, including those of Roman soldiers. This fabulous cobbled street in York still today echoes with history and is teaming with shops and pubs around every corner. York has over 365 pubs, one (or more)…

Roman Baths

The City Bath is a piece of Roman history in England

Roman baths were part of the day-to-day life for Romans and  Bath in Somerset, England has one of the best examples of a Roman bath complex in Europe. I got to walk past these Baths every day on my way to work and couldn’t wait to explore them with my friends. The Roman Baths themselves…

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey is built on a mass grave

Moving anywhere new is scary and if you don’t know the place or anybody living there it makes it even scarier. The first time I actually moved somewhere where I didn’t know a soul was to Bath in the UK. I moved into a shared flat right next to the river and across the street…

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…

Oxford Castle

Bringing Oxford Castle’s Rich History to Life…

Oxford Castle is a large, partly ruined Norman medieval castle on the western side of central Oxford, England, and was definitely one of the highlights of our Oxford adventure. We had a fabulous guide who told us tales of 1000 years of murder, romance, betrayal, escape and execution that happened right here in the walls of this castle. As this castle…

Bolsover Castle

England’s’ Fairytale Bolsover Castle

Definitely one of my favourite outings in the East Midlands of England was my visit to Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire. Bolsover Castle is an unlikely mix of early Norman stronghold, Jacobean manor, country house, and romantic folly. The Norman castle was erected by the Peveril family shortly after the Conquest, but today little remains of…

Canterbury Cathedral

Thomas Becket being murdered inside Canterbury Cathedral turned it into a place of pilgrimage for Christians.

After the Kingdom of Kent‘s conversion to Christianity in 597, St Augustine founded the Canterbury Cathedral and became the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Today it forms a World Heritage Site, along with the Saxon St. Martin’s Church and the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey. Canterbury Cathedral, in South East England,  is a popular tourist destination and actually one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom. Personally…

4. A celestial observatory

Stonehenge, Home of Magic, Druids and Pagan Rituals

One of my first great adventures was exploring England, nearly ten years ago. Very high on my England Travel wish-list was definitely the much speculated about Stonehenge. It is one of the mystical places where it seems nobody actually knows what it was used for or by whom it was built. It is surrounded in…

View of Conwy Tower from the Tower

Walking the steep and narrow Medieval Town Walls of Conwy in Wales

For my last medieval adventure in Wales we walked one of the finest and most complete sets of town walls in Europe. Conwy’s 1.2 km of town walls are a medieval defensive structure around the town of Conwy in North Wales. The walls were constructed between 1283 and 1287 after the foundation of Conwy by Edward I, and were designed to form…

The Great Wall of China

Standing and Walking on The Great Wall of China!!

The Great Wall of China is one of the Architectural Wonders of the Middle Ages and getting to see and stand on it has been one of the highlights of my travel adventures up to date. The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders…

Standing on the Royal Walkway!!!

Stepping foot into China’s Forbidden City in Beijing

Walking through the Forbidden City of Beijing has always been very high on my wishlist and getting to walk through this Chinese imperial palace while on our China Odyssey was a dream come true. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. For almost 500 years, it served as the home…