Dashing through Durham in 48 hours

Durham

Three hours from London by train and 15 minutes from Newcastle Gateshead lies the North East county of Durham. It’s a portmanteau of the Celtic word “dun”, which means hill fort and the old Norse “holme”, meaning island. This is a land of castles and UNESCO sites, meadows…

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13 random things you didn’t know about NewcastleGateshead

Newcastle

Late last year, I spent two days exploring Newcastle Upon Tyne and Gateshead (on northern and southern banks of the Tyne River respectively). If you’re a keen street photographer, both towns are quite picturesque, especially alongside the Quayside, where seven bridges arch over the Tyne…

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10 FREE things to do in the UK

Free things to do in the UK

Travelling to the United Kingdom on the South African rand (and a number of other currencies) can be expensive, but it doesn’t mean you’ll have to eat nothing but two-minute noodles after your return. Many of the best museums and art galleries in the UK…

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12 Reasons To Love Croatia

Croatia

It’s really hard not to fall in love with Croatia at first sight, even more so if you spend more time along the stretching coastline exploring her seaside towns and islands. Read about our sailing trip about Croatia for more inspiration. 1. With clear, warm waters…

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Croatia: Land of a Thousand Islands

Many Croats will tell you that it was in 14th century Croatia that poet Dante was inspired to pen Inferno and after a visit you’ll understand why: the pride of the people for their culture, the sloth that overcomes you on the beaches of its…

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Prague: Bohemian Bliss

After the Velvet Revolution, the city of a thousand spires has emerged from behind the iron curtain to become one of Europe’s most-visited cities. This article was published in the April issue of Forbes Africa Magazine. Prague, the largest urban historical centre on the UNESCO Heritage…

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Cracow’s Fire-Breathing Dragon

Krakow

Most castles have some magical, or perhaps monstrous, creature woven into their history. Wawel Royal Castle, in Cracow, is no different. A fire-breathing dragon — smok wawelski in the mother tongue — terrorised Cracow’s people and probably provided quite a bit of adrenaline-fuelled ‘entertainment’ and…

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Poland’s Exits and Entrances

Poland

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances…” — As You Like It, William Shakespeare There are  so many interesting ‘exits and entrances’ (those things we know as doors) in Poland. Here are…

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Poland’s Oldest University

Jagiellonski

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski is renowned for being the highest rated university in Poland – that’s probably because it has had quite a bit of practice, over the centuries, as to what is required of a top university. Its oldest campus (Collegium Maius) dates back to 1364…

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Let There Be A Fortress

Fortress

Everyone knows that a medieval European city needed to be fortified. Cracow is no exception. The city centre was surrounded by fortress walls that ran for two miles around its perimeter; had 39 towers and 8 gates. The fortress kept out invaders with its 10-metre…

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Cracow’s Leaning Tower

Krakow

I know what you’re thinking! Shouldn’t this post read: ‘The Leaning Tower of Pisa,’ that town in central Italy? Well, Cracow’s Town Hall Tower (Wieza Ratuszowa) could be better known as ‘The Leaning Tower of Cracow’. The gothic, 70-metre high tower leans 55cm to one side.…

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Sukiennice in Cracow

Sukiennice

Sunlight waltzes in through the four main entrances and asks the amber jewellery for a dance; she coyly glistens but obliges. Wooden marionette puppets wink as you pass by, while sheepskin slippers conjure thoughts of winter. Sukiennice, or cloth hall, is located in the centre…

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Vienna in Six Snapshots

Vienna

My two dear friends, Christina and Matthias, hosted me in Vienna for  just over a week. So often capital citifies and popular travel destinations become synonymous with photographs of their must-see landmarks. In this post I hope to present Vienna’s from a different perspective, not…

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Austria: What Architects Appreciate

Austria

Herzogshof Frescoes Herzogshof facade is truly striking: it is covered in frescoes depicting Greek and Roman gods. It was originally painted in 1742 by Johann Mayer, but since then has received multiple new coats of paint. It’s only a couple of hops and skips away…

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Gregarious Graz

Graz

Graz was already on my list of towns to visit while in Austria, but when my dear friend Rachel, with whom I worked in South Korea moved there with her husband, we decided to explore the city together. As the second largest city in Austria,…

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