This ancient capital, prominent brewing center and Flanders’ oldest university town was the prized destination of the Isaac Newton Society of Mechanical Engineering (W.S.G.) ‘s trip. Funnily enough I was part of this committee to… More
Legend has it that once upon a time an almighty dragon lived in a cave under Krakow’s Wawel Castle Continue reading “Kraków”
70 km from Krakow lies the largest extermination center in which the German Nazis operated, Auschwitz, during the second world war. This is the only camp to preserved to such an extent in its original condition to be made into a memorial.
As I mentioned in my earlier post the Polish celebrate Christmas over three days staring on Christmas Eve, with the most important evening meal of the year held on that day, and ending on Boxing Day.
To the Polish the Christmas eve meal is traditional held after the sun has set, but the sun sets so early that this is not really a big Continue reading “The Polish Christmas 🎄”
After so much putting off and more putting off I finally made it to Warsaw, Poland to see, yes you guessed, Erin. Although the winter isn’t the best time of year to visit the city it was still nice to another part of the world and explore the city where Erin has been living in the last 10 months.
One thing that I didn’t take into consideration when booking flights is that the polish celebrates Christmas over three days, the 24 to 26 the of December, with mostly everything closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But unlike in New Zealand most things were open on Boxing Day.
Due to World War two the buildings in Warsaw are relatively new, including old town. The Old town which stands today isn’t older than forty years old and was rebuilt from original blue prints or off photos taken before. The builders have done an amazing job but there is not really a vibe of oldness.
Right in the middle of the city stands the Pałac Kultury i Nauki, translated into the palace of culture and science. This building was a gift from the soviets to the poles which started its construction in 1952, lasting 2 years.
Warsaw is a green city, where almost one quarter of its area is comprised of fields, parks, green squares and lush gardens. We visited Park Łazienkowski or Łazienki Park, the biggest park in Warsaw. The park also has history behind it, as it was the favoured residence of Polish royalty. It stands over 76 hectares and was built between 1774 to 1784. Right in the center of the park is the Palace on the Isle a baroque bath house erected in about 1680 by an the most outstanding architect in Poland at that time, Tylman van Gameren.
Den Haag or the Hague as it is in English is the seat of the cabinet of the Netherlands and houses the Supreme Court but isn’t the capital, that would be Amsterdam. Continue reading “Den Haag”
One of my favorite places in Holland, which hadn’t been visited by Erin was still be explored, KINDERDIJK. Yes she fell out of the sky once more.
With most of the country lying under sea level earlier settlers had to find a way to keep their heads above the water. To reach the fertile soils surrounding Continue reading “Kinderdijk”
And then it was into the books. No warming, was just bam straight into it and a major information overload on the first day! I must admit that after 10 months of not really doing any study, it was a bit of a struggle to get back into the rhythm. Although I did manage somehow to pass the first exam, maths, not flying colours but it was a massive confidence boost. Continue reading “Life of a Student”
Firstly I would like to apologise for not posting any blogs over the last two months, but life has been full on. A lot has happened since I waved goodbye to Erin at Schiphol airport 2 months ago. Wow time does fly. This blog will be composed in two parts. Continue reading “Start of a new Era.”
Versailles exists due to Louis XIII’s love of hunting, as it was built as a Hunting lodge. From the start of his personal reign, Louis XIV, was intensely attached to the lodge which his grandfather built, Versailles. So fond of it he kept on upgrading and enlarging to make it the most beautiful royal residence in Europe. Continue reading “Château de Versailles”
The whipped cream looking building standing tall and proud atop of Montmartre is the Sacré-Cœur. In English it means ‘Sacred-Heart’ and is referring to the heart of Jesus. Located close to the basilica is the Le Mur des Je T’Aime, Continue reading “More Paris!”