Willkommen im Berchtesgaden!

6 Dec 2013
Meet the enchanting mountain town of Berchtesgaden, Germany. 
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Pints at Oktoberfest

19 Nov 2013

Somehow the planets aligned for our short visit to Germany last month. Oktoberfest was on. 
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Shakespeare's Farm

11 Nov 2013

Mary Arden was Shakespeare's gran, and this is the 17th century farm where he grew up.
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8 Hours in Florence and Pisa

9 Nov 2013

On our third and last day in Italy (here's our awesome day 1 visiting family and day 2 spent in the gorgeous italian riviera) we found ourselves with four hours to kill before we needed to head to the airport in Pisa. We drove from Genoa to Florence, where we stopped for a focaccia at a lively little place where the owners, a married couple, sang and danced as they worked at a furious pace to serve all the tourists customers gathering around their counter. We washed down our breads with their local table wine, which turned out to be both outstanding and incredibly alcoholic. No doubt the former a causality of the latter. Proof of that is in the last picture.
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Cinque Terre in a Day

7 Nov 2013

Day two of our adventures in Italy started with a two-hour forty-five minutes' ride zigzagging along the coast of the riviera to get to the Northenmost of the Cinque Terre: Monterosso. (Here's day 1 meeting our long lost relatives in Italy and day 3 running about florence and taking silly pictures in pisa *bonus: funny animated GIF of me....)
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Family Feasts in Genoa

6 Nov 2013

Genoa is probably the most underrated city in Italy.
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It's Pimm's O'Clock!

13 Aug 2013
What do you do when you have two friends visiting you in London and they have already seen all the touristy landmarks?

Why, you go on a daytime pub crawl, of course!
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Pirouettes at Stonehenge

4 Aug 2013


Who made it? Why did they make it? How did they do it?
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The Roman Baths, Bath

2 Aug 2013

When Anna and I returned from our amazing trip around the Balkans, we decided we needed to do some sightseeing in England too. We'd been sunbathing in Hyde Park, walking around all the famous landmarks in Central and West London and even been to bars and dancing in Camden.
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Turquoise Seas of Korčula

31 Jul 2013

Korčula is without doubt the most beautiful island town on the Adriatic. Hell, in all of Europe.
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Chilling Out in Hvar, Croatia

28 Jul 2013

Arriving in Hvar was fun, not just because from the onset we could see it was full of the young & free but also because the catamaran ride that took us there involved a 6 year old girl who kept slapping and poking Anna non-stop. See? Fun.
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Fairytale Town of Split

26 Jul 2013

Whether you stay in the Old Town or explore further afield, Split is an amazing spot for a weekend away.
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Dubrovnik Sunshine

25 Jul 2013

Dubrovnik is like a magical hidden city, a harbour with tantalising lights shimmering in the distance. 
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48 Hours in Montenegro

24 Jul 2013

Insane views, crazy blue waters and mysterious Monasteries lie hidden in Montenegro.
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Unearthing Sarajevo's History

23 Jul 2013


Our second day in Sarajevo was accompanied with the realisation that we had just spent a night at the wrong airbnb house.
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It's a Long Road to Sarajevo

22 Jul 2013

Bosnia is an amazing country to visit for the scenery, but its capital Sarajevo is full of history.

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Queensland Beach Towns

3 Jul 2013


A little bit over one year ago some friends and went on a Queensland road trip from Brisbane to Cairns. These are some pics from our quick step through the Town of 1770, Agnes Water and our day visit to Lady Musgrave Island.

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Discovering Shakespeare's Land

24 Feb 2013




Click on the player above the picture to hear the song inspiring this post.

This weekend my beau had planned a short overnight trip to Stratford-upon-Avon - the land of Shakespeare. He'd meticulously planned a fun & educative weekend. Here's what went awesomely, what went horribly wrong, and the fun facts we learnt!


We started by parking at a park & ride and taking the bus into town. A highly voted tour walk on tripadvisor was recommended, so we walked towards the meeting point. We were a bit early so we stepped into this Olde Sweet Shoppe and and newsagent where we met the lovely Russian girl who turned out to be Lithuanian! - like one of my good mates.

She was incredibly sweet and had the most beautiful eyes. She told us how she had two degrees but had to leave home as there's a lack of jobs there. If you're looking to employ you must. hire. her. We had a nice chat before it was time to meet our guide.



Is everyone in Stratford so nice? Our guide David was expressive and theatrical, with a brightening smile that seemed to warm everyone up a few degrees. Which came in handy because it had started to snow lightly.

He took us on a riveting and highly entertaining tour through town, stopping at the right spots to give us the right amount of background history mixed with his own witty remarks and throwing in some Shakespeare quotations and recitals.



The tour lasted just over two hours, though you can leave at any point, but it was testament to how good it was, the fact that everyone who joined the tour stayed till the very end. We even got some solid recommendations of places to eat as well as discount vouchers.

We visited places like the chapel and school where Shakespeare himself went to learn his latin (6 days a week from 6am to 6pm in the summer). I even got to sit where he would have sat at candlelight to learn from a hornbook in the sixteenth century.



We visited the house where Shakespeare was born and learnt about his marriage to Anne Hathaway when he was eighteen and she was twenty-six. Just six months before their firstborn came to the world. Back in the 1500's you would've been lucky to be born without complications, never mind surviving infancy. When Shakespeare was born, the Plague had just "arrived" in Stratford, so he was extremely lucky to have outlived it.





 Shakespeare's house.

The trip ended with a visit to Shakespeare's grave, which, contrary to what the sign says, is not open (for you to see inside) but rather it's allowing visitors. ;)

  




This trip is highly recommended for people who're visiting the UK or who live here already. It's an insightful and mesmerising experience outside of what London can offer. (Stratford Town Walk, link for tripadvisor tours are £5 per adult, other types of ticket available)

After our little trip we headed for lunch at the Black Swan - or how locals call it - the Dirty Duck. It's just past the Royal Shakespeare Company (pics below).




In the evening we strolled around town and found some little shops to potter about. Eventually we settled for coffee and cakes at the famous Hobson's.








Now super tired, we retired to the lovely Bread and Breakfast that had been booked for the night. It's in Snitterfield, just outside Stratford, and it's got to have the best views in the county.

The room was super comfy and just what we needed. All the luxuries within, we wrapped warm in white dressing gowns and watched some telly before unceremoniously falling asleep.



The next morning we woke up to the views, a pheasant roaming the patio, a fantastic full English breakfast, and a lovely couple from Southampton - fellow lodgers - with whom we chatted for about an hour and a half! (here's tripadvisor for Shakespeare's view, £80 per night)




We eventually moved on to visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage. The ticket we got was a 2 for 1 £21 entry to the five houses (Nash House, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary's living farm and New Place) that you can use for a whole year, unlimitedly.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage was again lots of fun, with super knowledgeable guides ready to answer all your questions and bring history alive before your very eyes. It's incredibly to look at these places laid exactly as they would have in the 1500's and think that all these things were used by these people. It's mind-numbing trying to imagine their lives. With their dresses all custom made because there was no manufacturing industry. With the beds being a sack on the floor or perhaps a wooden structure with ropes holding the bedding. With the fires being the only source of heat and at the same time a great risk of burning the house down!


Anne Hathaway's cottage 



I don't want to put all the pics of the interior and ruin your visit, though the fun is more in the stories than the actual things you see. For me it was well worth the money, and I'm definitely going back in the summer to see the farm and the rest of the houses I didn't see this time. I'd also love to see the orchards in bloom.

The only awful, awful thing about Stratford was that we just could not find anywhere to eat. All the decent places now become extremely busy so it's impossible to get a table unless you book (I'm talking about pubs!) and unless you're from there you wouldn't know this. As I point blank refuse to eat at Mc Donald's, I had to wait a good while before we left town and miraculously found a fantastic gastropub. But more of that another day.


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