On our recent trip to Budapest, a city full of beautiful architecture, there was one building that really stood out. The Hungarian Parliament building, which is located on the Pest side of the Danube River, is a striking example of the Gothic Revival style, built between 1896 and 1904. With its towers and central dome, the building dominates the view… Read More
Over the last month or so I’ve spent some quality time at home with my sofa, reading and watching box sets on the television. There have been some great new shows on, plus I’ve caught up on a few things I didn’t get to watch the first time round.
My final reading roundup for 2016 covers two months, mostly because I only read two books in November and I’d already reviewed them so there didn’t seem much point in doing a standalone post. After a fairly mediocre 12 months of reading, I finished the year with a bit of a whimper, getting through two books in November and three… Read More
Last year, I was fortunate enough to travel to three new countries for a city break: Latvia, Czech Republic and Hungary. On each trip, we spent time exploring the city streets, wandering round the tourist attractions and visiting museums. One common theme that ran through each trip was history, specifically what happened in each country during the Nazi and Communist… Read More
At New Year, it can be difficult to deal with the enthusiasm of others who are planning all the ways they will improve themselves over the next 12 months. Everyone seems to have a plan for world domination. Whether it’s a new blog, signing up for a marathon or booking a round-the-world ticket, it’s easy to feel disheartened when your… Read More
I know it’s 3 January so I’m a bit late to the party with this one, but hey. I’ve been thinking for a while about what my goals might be for 2017 and initially, I wasn’t going to set any. Last year was a tough one and I haven’t been feeling at my best. But it’s amazing what a rest… Read More
This year hasn’t been the best one for reading. I didn’t set a goal for 2016, thinking it would be hard to top last year’s 70 books. And I was right – at the moment I’ve only managed to finish 44 books this year, which is pretty poor for me. Looking back through the list of books read I’m not… Read More
Ah, 2016. What can I say? I’m sitting down to write this having just heard the news that Carrie Fisher passed away earlier today, which follows the death of George Michael and many other celebrities over the last year. Not to mention Brexit, Donald Trump, war in Syria, the refugee crisis across Europe and the general feeling of impending doom/descent… Read More