Mont Fort Sunrise is one of those 'accidentally cultured' travel experiences that my sense of adventure seems to attract! I have to admit, I was totally unaware that Mont Fort existed. But, unable to resist a sunrise photoshoot at 3328 m, I recently found myself heading skyward towards this magnificent destination. Mont Fort Sunrise Mont... Continue Reading →
Swiss Via Francigena: On the Road with Sigeric in Switzerland
The Via Francigena is a pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome. It is based on a journey made by Archbishop Sigeric in 990 AD when he went to Rome to receive his Pallium from the Pope. On his return journey he wrote a diary recording the 79 places where he rested. Today, these places form... Continue Reading →
Basel Fasnacht – Three Day Carnival!
The Basel Fasnacht, three crazy Carnival days in Basel, drew to its close at 4 am this morning, as I write! Let the Basel Fasnacht begin! Basel in Switzerland has a three day Mardi Gras known as the Basel Fasnacht! The idea of a three Carnival really fuelled my imagination! So, I headed to Basel... Continue Reading →
Let’s Have Lunch in Aosta, Italy!
'Let's have lunch in Aosta, Italy!' We were a bit surprised when our son-in-law, Gareth, made this suggestion at 11 am one chilly morning in November. 'That's a long way to go for lunch!', we exclaimed. 'It's only a one hour drive away, plenty of time!', said Gareth. Now this is a classic example of... 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 →
Luxury Travel with ‘Accidentally Cultured’
About Accidentally Cultured For many years I have travelled extensively with my husband, Paul, who has earned the nick-name, Accidentally Cultured. This is because he never discusses where we are going or why! He just wants to be pointed in the direction of a motorway to get to a nice hotel quickly. As a result, his crazy... Continue Reading →
Bath to Beeley with Accidentally Cultured
Bath in a Flash After the big flight from Sydney, we arrived in London at 7 am, hired a car and headed to Bath. Our visit to Bath was very brief and we left for Beeley around 3 pm. Off to Bealy Despite the pleasure of google maps blue dot on the iPhone I was... Continue Reading →