Chinese New Year

Last Friday, a little early for my Artists Books workshop at State Library NSW, I had my very own 'Accidentally Cultured' experience whilst walking up Martin Place, Sydney. I found myself distracted from my usual crowd gazing, adoration of the magnificent jewellery and clothing in the shops and wonder at the sight of the 'Gringotts'... Continue Reading →

Exotic Bedlam in Marrakech

Arriving in Marrakech, AC gasped in amazement at the sensory overload of the 'exotic bedlam' of Jemaa-el-Fna Square! 'Where are we?' We had just left the Kasbah Tamadot and the sights, sounds and smells of Marrakech were a bit of a shock! Art Place Hotel, Marrakech We were waiting in the car near the Square... Continue Reading →

A Rubens Moment

“We’re not doing the whole ten corridors are we?” AC was living in terror of yet another tour of the National Gallery in London. This fear was based on what we now call a ‘Rubens Moment’. It refers to that point of visual saturation that occurs when one’s eyes have been forced to look at... Continue Reading →

Amersfoort is full of surprises!

Amersfoort is a hidden gem!  The medieval old town abounds with history and culture.  So, here is a glimpse of what the city has to offer! Amersfoort is a flourishing city with beautiful suburbs and a well-preserved medieval old town. And, it all began as a prosperous merchant town which was granted a city charter... Continue Reading →

Gruyère cheese anyone?

"I refuse to eat that Gruyère cheese!'  In other words, Accidentally Cultured (AC for short) will only eat Australian Bega cheese. This was his constant complaint all the way from Le Châble to Gruyères, along with, "I'm going to freeze my balls off!" or "I want my thermal underwear!" I'm not sure which he feared the most,... Continue Reading →

Mont Blanc – Not On My Radar

  Driving to Mont Blanc Today was the first snow fall of the season! The road from Martigny in Switzerland to Mont Blanc in France was mesmerising. The entire landscape was coated in soft, glowing white sun-lit powder.  It was sheer magic! 'Gareth, I really want to go up there in the cable car!' I... Continue Reading →

So, What’s in Bath Anyway?

  We arrived in Heathrow at the early hour of 6 am after the long haul from Australia. And, our plan for the day was to drive to Beeley in Derbyshire.  To my amazement, Accidentally Cultured announced that we would drive via Bath. Somehow he was oblivious to the perils of driving 7 hours, without... Continue Reading →

Bruny Island

  Long, long line to Bruny Island Bruny Bruny  brown and boring Long lost lonely land Water water everywhere Long long lines to freedom Ferries come and ferries go ever so slow Waiting waiting lines so long Cars come and cars go ever so slow   Bruny Bruny brown and boring Beautiful sand! Beautiful rocks!... Continue Reading →

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