Europe

Vienna Woods, Austria

Hidden spots around Vienna: a walk in the woods

The Wienerwald, or “Viennese Forest”, covers the foothills that separate the Viennese basin from the eastern fringes of the Alps proper. It transitions smoothly into Vienna’s…

Pawlatschen Courtyard in Vienna, Austria

Hidden spots around Vienna: Pawlatschen Courtyards

Even after more than seven years of living abroad, I am awed by Vienna’s inner city whenever I return to visit. The grand dignity…

Lord Mayor's Show, London

The Lord Mayor’s Show

Central London often goes into lockdown for various events, with the London Marathon and the Tour de France coming to mind as recent examples….

View from Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania

Across Transylvania like the wind

Romania is a curious place. Evidence of its EU membership is rarely apparent outside Bucharest; even motorways are thin on the ground. Instead, dual carriageways…

Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye on the way to North Uist, Outer Hebrides

“Skye? Not remote enough!” – a day trip to the Outer Hebrides

The previous post was all about dramatic hilltop vistas of a landscape torn apart by the forces of tectonics. I spent my next night…

Sheep on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

How not to pitch your tent on the Isle of Skye

My long-weekend trip to Skye in late August was to be my first experience of solo wild camping, and a bit of an escape into the…

Lanchid, Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Shenanigans

Despite having been to Budapest countless times to visit my grandparents, I’ve somehow never had the chance to explore much on my own. Here…

Leadenhall Market, London

Leadenhall Market at night

This is a new kind of post for this blog, with less text and just a handful of photos. These will be interspersed with the longer, slightly…

Stonehenge Summer Solstice Sunrise Spectacular

The summer solstice is a special day at Stonehenge: every year on the 21st of June, the sun rises exactly above the Heel Stone,…

By the light of the Northern Star: Helsinki, Part 2

By the light of the Northern Star: Helsinki, Part 2

A gloriously sunny and unseasonally toasty Saturday made for the perfect day to explore another of Helsinki’s highlights. Suomenlinna is a sea fortress on a series of islands…

Northern Spring: Helsinki, Part 1

Northern Spring: Helsinki, Part 1

Helsinki was a snap decision following vague conversations about going for a quick little jaunt over Easter which had never morphed into more concrete plans. With a…

West Kennet Long Barrow, Wiltshire, UK

To the Dawn of History

I have long felt that I have not explored enough of the curious collection of islands that is the UK. My map is being…