Ascella Pure Wines

Broke Fordwich, the passionate bunch

Broke Fordwich charmed me.  Clearly I’ve been in the city for too long. I’ve been indoctrinated where smiles are forced, manners are a rarity and everyone is out for themselves.  So Broke had me on the back foot from the start.

I was pleasantly surprised that instead of the usual abruptness of the city that you drown out with a bottle of fine red, Broke brings the wine to you and hugs you with a warm familiar embrace. It was then I suddenly realised, Broke and I were going to be friends. Continue reading

Phones in Australia

Understanding prepaid phones in Australia

While travelling, many of us find ourselves in need of making just a few local calls and the rest of the time we’re online to update Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts with pictures of Uluru and Bondi beach.  Times like this, it’s often better to buy a local SIM card for your phone so you don’t suffer any unnecessary roaming charges.

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Aldwych Underground station

Exploring the abandoned Aldywch tube station

Aldwych is a disused Underground station situated on the Strand in London. Opened in 1907 to operate as a shuttle service from Holborn under the name “Strand”, renamed to Aldwych soon after opening as the name caused confusion.  The station was closed in 1994 due to the cost of refurbishment after the lifts and mechanics fell into disrepair. Continue reading

Széchenyi bathhouse

Thermal baths of Budapest, Széchenyi

Budapest, the capital of Hungary has much to offer any visitors to the city. Separated by the Danube river, the city is divided into two halves Buda & Pest.

I had high hopes for Budapest.  The day was a dedicated ‘spa day’ in one of the famous thermal baths. It was going to be a very welcome treat on my tired and weary body especially considering the tumultuous week we’d had. Continue reading

Széchenyi square

Eastern Euro road trip – Day 5 – Pécs to Budapest

After the previous disaster day, exploring the quiet city of Pécs was a welcome change of pace.

Pécs is the proud owner of a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Early Christian Necropolis of Pecs is a series of 4th century decorated underground tombs were constructed in the cemetery. Continue reading

Slavonski Brod

Eastern Euro road trip – Day 4 (part 2) – Slavonski Brod to Pécs

It was the day that seemed to last forever.  Starting in Zagreb, we were headed for Pécs, a city in southern Hungary with a ‘slight’ detour to the Slavonski Brod on the Bosnian border.

The drive to Slavonski Brod was dreadful.  Empty roads that ran through small deserted towns and the snow. My god did it snow. Even with our winter tires we slipped and slid around corners as we went up and down mountain ranges. Continue reading