Let’s Have Lunch in Aosta, Italy!

'I think we should eat lunch in Aosta, Italy today!',  Gareth announced about 11 am one morning. 'That's a long way to go for lunch!', said AC a little stunned. 'It's only a one hour drive, plenty of time!' said Gareth. Now this is a classic example of being 'accidentally cultured'.  A one hour drive... Continue Reading →

Searching for Sophia Dorothea

Sophia Dorothea was the wife of King George I of England who ascended the throne in 1714 with two mistresses!  The cruel man had left his wife behind in Germany, imprisoned for the last 32 years of her life. So, I went in 'search of' her in England and Germany to see how history has... Continue Reading →

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 →

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!' This means that Accidentally Cultured (AC for short) only likes to 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... Continue Reading →

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