Domica Cathedral

Throwback Thursday: Domica Cathedral of Jerusalem

Sometimes a place or a building makes a big impact on you and lingers in your thoughts long afterwards. The Domica Cathedral and my experiences inside a couple of years ago is still with me even today. The Cathedral is a  grand structure surrounded by narow alley ways.  The church is very impressive and looms over the alley that leads around the building. There were no clear markers to where you … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Domica Cathedral of Jerusalem

The cobbled streets of Jerusalem

Jerusalem is an amazing city filled with great people and extraordinary places to see. You can pick any street to wonder down and you will be surrounded by the most amazing architecture ever. Millions and millions of feet have walked across these same cobbled streets. Some in search of adventure and others on a pilgrimage through this historical city. Early in the mornings the streets are quite … Continue reading The cobbled streets of Jerusalem

Monasteries and Churches of Moscow

Monasteries and Churches of Moscow

Moscow is a city that draws in flocks of visitors each year with its culture, its history, and its beauty. The best of Moscow‘s beauty can be seen in the stunning churches and graceful cathedrals that are dotted among modern skyscrapers and apartment blocks in the city’s iconic skyline. There are so many different churches in Moscow that you could visit one each day and not … Continue reading Monasteries and Churches of Moscow

Sea of Galilee

Throwback Thursday: Sea of Galilee in Nazareth

I dont always plan out all my holidays in detail in advance and my Israel trip was one of these. I didn’t have any specific plan of action once I arrived in Nazareth so when two strangers at the hostel mentioned a road trip to the North of Israel all around the Sea of Galilee I couldn’t think of one reason not to go. Going on a road trip with two … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Sea of Galilee in Nazareth

The Socialist sculpture park.

Throwback Thursday: The Socialist Sculpture Park in Moscow

I explored the Tretyakov gallery area a couple of times during the first sunny weeks of May 2012. It was lovely just getting out of the small flat  after the long harsh winter, and spending some time outside in the sunshine. As I walked through the numerous side streets of this district I eventually reached the Moscow River. The whole of Moscow is filled with countless … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Socialist Sculpture Park in Moscow

Christmas night 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 us to the Shepherd’s Field first. “And there were shepherds … Continue reading Christmas night in Bethlehem, Israel!!

Tulips, Pigeon poop, Water and Church Bells.

Kolomenskoye is one of tMoscows most beautiful parks. Especially in spring when it is covered in colourful tulips. The park is only a short metro ride from the center of the city, but once you are here you forget that you are surrounded by high rise buildings and only a stones throw away from Moscows industrial area. As I walked from the metro station at Kolomenskoye I thought … Continue reading Tulips, Pigeon poop, Water and Church Bells.

Interior view of the Hagia Sophia, showing Islamic elements on the top of the main dome.

Exploring the interior of Hagia Sophia, Turkeys’ Church-turned-Mosque

If you ever get to visit Istanbul you have to make a point of exploring Hagia Sofia, the church-turned-mosque. Not only is it unique in this aspect it is also one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture in Turkey. It is one of those places you will have to visit more than once as it is so overwhelming that you cant take everything … Continue reading Exploring the interior of Hagia Sophia, Turkeys’ Church-turned-Mosque

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

newgate an arch bridge

Walking the Old City Walls of Chester and searching for the Graves of Witches

Chester, is a city in Cheshire, England, close to the border with Wales and one of the places I explored with my friend Yvonne while visiting her in Anglesey, Wales. Autumn mornings are quite chilly and we were quite glad that we remembered to take gloves and warm scarves with us although the wall walk did warm us up. Chester city walls form an almost … Continue reading Walking the Old City Walls of Chester and searching for the Graves of Witches

Domica Cathedral

The Old City of Jerusalem

Jerusalem is an amazing city filled with great people and extraordinary places to see. You can pick any street to wonder down and you will be surrounded by the most amazing architecture ever. Millions and millions of feet have walked across these same cobbled streets. Some in search of adventure and others on a pilgrimage through this historical city. Early in the mornings the streets are quite … Continue reading The Old City of Jerusalem

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 then-Peruvian port of Iquique. The Peruvian ironclad ship named Huáscar sank the Esmeralda, a … Continue reading Parades, Cathedrals and “Coffee with Legs” in Santiago

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 arrived with the first expedition to Chile. During its early … Continue reading Exploring the Beautiful old Churches of Santiago

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

The guards in front of the Palacio de La Moneda

Santiago, deserted and closed on Labour Day and eating weird burgers

I arrived in Santiago, Chile 2 days before the Labour Day holiday. I haven’t had a chance to explore the city before then and what I found scared me a bit. As I walked through the deserted streets it felt like I was walking through a ghost town! All the shops were closed and there were nearly no people out on the streets. The first … Continue reading Santiago, deserted and closed on Labour Day and eating weird burgers

Road trip in the Gholan Heights of Israel part 1

In Nazareth I stayed at Fauzi Azar Inn and there I met Pia a German girl looking for someone to rent a car with and drive up north in to the Golan Heights. I haven’t actually made any solid plans on what I wanted to do yet and a road trip in Israel sounded like loads of fun. We also met a polish guy at … Continue reading Road trip in the Gholan Heights of Israel part 1

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 bus station. Think my backpack and I were searched twice!! … Continue reading A glimpse of Nazareth during my Israel adventure

Oskar Schindler, Mary Magdalene and hot Sahlab in Jerusalem

After lunch on Tuesday 27 December, I walked down to a small cemetery just outside the Old City. It was one of the most peaceful cemeteries that I have ever been in, it overlooks a valley and is filled with shady trees.  There after walking around a bit I found Oskar Schindler’s Tomb. It was totally covered in stones as the Jews don’t put leave … Continue reading Oskar Schindler, Mary Magdalene and hot Sahlab in Jerusalem

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination from the Sea of Galilee

This weeks photo challenge is Illumination and what better form of light is there than candlelight!?!? I went on a road trip to the North of Israel with 2 other travelers that I had met the night before we left.  The three of us headed towards Tiberias and from there up north all along the coast of the sea of Galilee up to Nimrod Castle and back … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination from the Sea of Galilee

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 a bit overwhelming.   We went to the Western Wall … Continue reading Exploring Mount Zion in Jerusalem, Israel.

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 song to mission impossible started. Let the adventure start was … Continue reading Christmas in Jerusalem, Israel starts!!

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

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