Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral, a wonder of the Middle Ages

One of my favourite Cathedrals in England is definitely Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. I have visited this Cathedral  a couple of times now and every time I have been amazed at the beauty and architecture of this Cathedral.  Ely is only a 25 minute drive from my parents house so it is one of the first places my mother takes any visitors from South-Africa. The … Continue reading Ely Cathedral, a wonder of the Middle Ages

Sagrada Família

Friday Facts: Sagrada Família

Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is like a blast from the past as it was in 2005 that I had a quick glimpse of this amazing building. Did you know…. The La Sagrada Família will take longer to complete than the Egyptian pyramids. It started in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026. The Great Pyramid, by comparison, only took 20 years. But … Continue reading Friday Facts: Sagrada Família

Throwback Thursday: Inside the Secretive Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin is a symbol of the Russian State and probably known as one of the most secretive places ever! This beautiful building is one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, and I got the chance to walk around inside these red walls! After moving to Moscow I couldn’t wait to explore the wonders of the Kremlin, to see this place that I have heard … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Inside the Secretive Kremlin

Library of Celsus in Ephesus

The Library of Celsus in Ephesus

One of the most recognized and most famous buildings of the ancient city of Ephesis is the Library of Celsus. Before traveling to Turkey and reading up on the history of this ancient city I admit that I thought this Library was the most significant part of Ephesus. I quickly learned that it is the one structure that is most in tact although other buildings like … Continue reading The Library of Celsus in Ephesus

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 started in 1901 to replacing a church built in 1834 … Continue reading Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral

York Minster Cathedral

York Minster, England is one of the world’s largest Medieval Gothic Cathedrals

York in itself is a beautiful city but York Minster is actually one of England’s most popular attractions. This Gothic Cathedral is also one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.  York Minster was voted one of the UK’s Seven Wonders by visitors in 2002. This cathedral was one of the first places in York that I got to explore and I think I actually … Continue reading York Minster, England is one of the world’s largest Medieval Gothic Cathedrals

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 are still monks around walking through the Abbey and holding … Continue reading Walking over graves in Westminster Abbey, London

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 us bought ourselves London travel passes for the day and … Continue reading Walking through London’s iconic St Paul’s Cathedral

From Fur Hats to Hand Painted Chess sets at Izmaylovo Russian market

Izmaylovo market in the East of Moscow with its huge collection of souvenirs and Russian memorabilia is a must on a weekend! I have spent many weekends walking around here and exploring every nook and cranny of the market and its surrounding area. It is located near Izmaylovsky Park which is another lovely place to explore. When I got off at Patrizanskaya metro station it … Continue reading From Fur Hats to Hand Painted Chess sets at Izmaylovo Russian market

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 and, in 1931, blown to pieces to make way for … Continue reading Moscow’s fabulous Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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 I think it is one of the most beautiful as … Continue reading Thomas Becket being murdered inside Canterbury Cathedral turned it into a place of pilgrimage for Christians.

Westminster Cathedral

London’s Westminster Cathedral turned out to be a hidden Gem

I lived in London for a couple of months years ago and got to explore more than just the usual main tourist spots of this bustling city. It took me quite a while to get used to the wet and cold weather of London so I ended up dressing in thick layers even at the start of autumn. Walking through London on one of these … Continue reading London’s Westminster Cathedral turned out to be a hidden Gem

The Cloister Garth and Refectory

The Medieval Cathedral of Chester, England close to the border of Wales.

One of my favourite things to do while travelling is to visit the beautiful cathedrals of that country. England has so many spectacular Cathedrals but high on my list of favourites is definitely the beautiful Medieval Cathedral of Chester. Chester is close to the border of Wales and I spent the day exploring this beautiful old town with my friend Yvonne. Chester Cathedral is a Church … Continue reading The Medieval Cathedral of Chester, England close to the border of Wales.

Garth Pier

A Walk through Bangor, one of the Smallest Cities in Britain.

Wales is filled with so many beautiful and old towns and cities that are best explored on foot to experience the place. While visiting Yvonne in Wales we spent a morning walking through Bangor, a city in Gwynedd, North West Wales. It is actually one of the smallest cities in Britain and one of only six places classed as a city in Wales, although it is only the 36th largest urban area … Continue reading A Walk through Bangor, one of the Smallest Cities in Britain.

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 architecture becomes quite striking. Here Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady … Continue reading Locked Cathedrals and huge shopping centers in Santiago

Since 2000, the neighborhood has experienced a big art revival

Graffiti filled streets of Barrio Brasil in Santiago

My first two weeks in Santiago I spent a lot of time walking around different neighbourhoods in search of an apartment. This is my first time in Santiago so I really don’t know what to expect from the different neighbourhoods and have loads of fun exploring them. Barrio Brasil is a neighborhood of Santiago, Chile, located to the west of the city center and is known for its … Continue reading Graffiti filled streets of Barrio Brasil in Santiago

Looking Up before entering York Minster Cathedral!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Looking Up in York

The weekly photos challenge is UP! While walking around we don’t often look up and see what the world above us has to offer! One of the places I always look up is when visiting a cathedral. Cathedrals always have so much detail hidden on the ceilings or archways that you would miss otherwise. While on a weekend visit to York in England my first … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Looking Up in York

Visiting Lenin and Moscow’s Izmaylovo market with my South-African friends

Day 3 We spent the morning shopping for souvenirs at Izmaylovo market where we had some lovely hot mulled wine and chicken kebab for lunch. We then visited the small Vodka museum and fake wooden Kremlin right next to the market. Here we had the opportunity to get acquainted with the centuries-long history of Russian vodka, from its invention to the present day. In the … Continue reading Visiting Lenin and Moscow’s Izmaylovo market with my South-African friends

Onion Domes and Churches inside the secretive Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin is a symbol of the RussianState, one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, a treasure house of magnificent relics and monuments of art. I delayed my visit to the Kremlin so that I could do this with my friend Riena who came to visit me in August 2011 all the way from South-Africa. I was very glad I got to … Continue reading Onion Domes and Churches inside the secretive Kremlin

Varvarka the oldest church filled street in Moscow

Ulitsa Varvarka, in Afrikaans this would mean street pig. So naturally when I read this I just had to go down this street. My first but definitely not last walk down this historical street was on this lovely sunny day in May with my friend Yve. The street is within walking distance of the Red Square. On our way we stopped at one of the … Continue reading Varvarka the oldest church filled street in Moscow

Goose Fights at Russian Butter festival in snow covered Suzdal

My British friend Yve arrived in Moscow during February 2011 to join me for work in Russia!!! For her first official weekend here we went on an excursion to Suzdal for “Maslenitsa”the Butter Festival. Suzdal is one of the oldest towns in Russia and the landscape has changed little in centuries. It has a couple of impressive sights all within a short walking distance from … Continue reading Goose Fights at Russian Butter festival in snow covered Suzdal

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 mate) and I embarked on this weekend trip to St … Continue reading Snow covered Saint Petersburg