Monthly Archives: August 2016


9 Things to Do in London This September

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Totally Thames 2016 | 1 – 30 September 2016
Totally Thames festival celebrates its famous waterway with a 30-day programme of river-inspired events. The Thames is brought to life throughout the month with an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events that span the 42-mile stretch of the river. Last year’s festival featured more than 150 events with everything from large-scale art installations to thrilling river races – so get ready to dive into a month-long celebration of river-themed fun in London.

Bjӧrk Digital | 1 September – 23 October 2016
Icelandic icon Bjӧrk collaborated with some of the finest visual artists and programmers in the world, while constantly pushing boundaries in the arts, technology and music worlds. In this immersive virtual reality exhibition, visitors can explore never-before-seen work by Bjӧrk, as well as a range of films and apps.

Isolation Chamber Vacation | 2 September – 1 October 2016
Exploring the concept of solitude, this exhibition at the Transition Gallery, portrays artists’ responses to the subject of ‘aloneness’. Some link solitude with madness, others with a tool for creative genius, and this topic has long fascinated the creative community. With talks, film screenings and art, you’re sure to have a well-rounded understanding of solitude in today’s culture.

The OC Marathon Quiz & Screening | 4 Every time you hear the word California do you start singing the theme song in your head? Have you ever wished you went to a school in Newport Beach? Seth and Summer were your ultimate relationship goal?Are you still planing to celebrate Chrismukkah? But most importantly do you wish you could go back in time and re-watch the series like its 2003 again? Well then if you answered yes to all the above all we can say is.. Welcome back to the O.C! The Macbeth invites you to join Ryan, Kirsten, Sandy, Marissa , Seth, Summer, Luke and the rest of the gang for one more time! All your favourite episodes that you choose will be shown on a projector screen and a quiz with limited edition prizes.

‘Colour’ at London Transport Museum |  9 September
London Transport Museum’s late night event takes the theme of colour this month, celebrating the iconic hues of the capital’s tube lines and red buses. With a traffic light cocktail in hand, enjoy a range of fun activities, such as ‘make and take’ workshops, talks on the psychology of colour and nail treatment from the pop-up Nails by Mets bar.

Sixties Knightsbridge Style |  10 September – 20 November 2016
The Jumeriah Carlton Tower, which opened in 1961 as the luxury destination for Chelsea socialites, is hosting an exhibition in collaboration with Harrods to celebrate its heritage. Discover photos taken in the hotel, as well as clothing from the Harrods archive, and leave time to enjoy a Swinging Sixties Afternoon Tea.

You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Labels 1966-70 | 10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017
This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s upon life today. From global civil rights, multiculturalism, environmentalism, consumerism, computing and communality to neo-liberalist, politics, you will discover how the world we live in today has been vitally influenced by five revolutionary years, particularly 1966-70. The exhibition will investigate the upheaval, the explosive sense of freedom, and the legal changes that took place.

Open House London |17 – 18 September 2016
This is a hugely popular, capital-wide annual festival of architecture which celebrates its twenty-fourth anniversary in 2016 and takes place over the weekend. The festival allows access to hundreds of buildings usually closed to the public – private homes, government buildings, historic sites, educational establishments and many others.

Brixton Design Trail | 17 – 25 September 2016
Returning for its third year as London Design Festival’s newest District, this eclectic line-up, with over forty events, including a public art installation, is set to be the most ambitious programme yet. Taking ‘Rebel Rebel’ as its theme, the trail will pay homage to the late David Bowie, a Brixton local who redefined the boundaries of creativity and identity.


Yes, No, Maybe: What (Not) To Do in Sofia

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So, summer is almost over, and in case you’re suffering from Post-Travel Blues and need a weekend city trip to cure your ills, I’m here to help! But where…?

Want to get away from the cliché European capitals? Well, look not further than Sofia.

Not just a star/dot on a map of Eastern Europe, this place has tons of stuff to do, but the best of it is just about crammable into only a few days. I like to think of Sofia as having an old soul witha modern heart.

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Put on your best sneakers/trainers/shoes for the two-hour free walking tour. I actually came upon Sofia as it was cheaper to fly there then get the bus to Istanbul (my proper destination), but I had time to wander and it was well worth it. It takes you everywhere you need to be to satisfy your eyes and any history cravings. I had no idea on any landmarks, but I turned out one of the main ones, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, I’d seen before in pictures, it’s definitely a memorable vista!

A place for communist-era sculpture and art? Check out go to the Museum of Socialist Art and explore the history of Soviet occupation through art in this quirky-like (I’m saying quirky as it might look like that for West Europeans, but I can imagine people who suffered during the occupation see it as a dark place) museum. Large blocky sculptures fill the garden give you a good impression of the atmosphere at that time.

Dive into the city’s largest market, Jenski Pazar with a bunch of things to stimulate your senses topped off with a wonderfully chaotic atmosphere. Visiting here without feasting on the Bulgarian food should be a crime. Try some Banitsa, drink some wine, and then finish your taste buds off with jam filled cookies.

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Be prepared that some people will try and get the max amount money out of you. As in all tourist areas. Definitely inquire at the airport about other means of transportation, radio taxis or fix a price with the driver before going. Just think of it as a challenge!

Don’t think you can spend a full week exploring the city. If you are staying longer definitely combine your stay with for example Belgrade, you can take the night train at around 20:30, arriving Belgrade around 05:00. Or take the train for a day trip to Plovdiv – the second biggest Bulgarian city where you’ll find lots of Greek influences that has Instagram written all over it.

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I didn’t get to explore the nightlife as much as I wanted, but the place has a good rep for partying. There’s bars/pubs everywhere where tourists and locals get together to share laughs over drinks. Should make for a great story for the people at home.

If you have a hangover the next day the perfect place to visit would be Boyana Church, a gorgeous little spot where you can admire its quite spectacular murals with lots of detailing AND it should be rather quiet.

If the tour raised your curiosity levels and you want to learn more about the Bulgaria’s history, the National History Museum should be the place to head. It specialises in showing you the city’s intricate past, which has been marked by the presence of some of the world’s most powerful empires (if I remember correctly this is what the brochure said).

Have you been to Sofia?


My Instant Summer: Stories from my Bosnian Hometown Hill

polaroids (4)Today I’m teaching you about life on my hometown hill in Bosnia, with some polaroids to accompany.

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Coffee is life. You’ll have it in the morning, with lunch or at night, and almost always while socialising – going through everything from soaps to the state of your crops and the daily gossip. The coffee is a whole different level over there, it’s cooked in a special pot and is strong, bitter and very thick, and usually served with a sugar cube, a glass of water and something sweet. And you seriously need a higher education barista certificate to make a džezva (a copper coffee can) of coffee. This stuff will blow your eye brows off and keep you awake for days.

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Three or four houses grouped together is something you will see a lot if you would go to a small village in Bosnia. Of course this makes it easy to socialise, but the real reason is that the land is being passed on to sons – (don’t worry daughters also get some land too) – this way you get families living really close – and by close I mean you can literally shout through to each other’s kitchen windows.

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These chicks are important residents on the hill as eggs are a big part of the cuisine and there’s always a neighbour who’ll have some if you run out. It’s a very self sufficient area, some people go to the supermarket to get milk while others will ask their neighbour who owns a cow for a fresh bottle of milk in the morning or evening. Almost everyone grows their vegetables and preserves anything that can be preserved and eats what can’t be stored/saved for winter during the summer months. Beans and potatoes are popular for winter – though the potatoes have been really small this year due to the cold spring (this was big news).

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They also grow a lot of corn and there are 3 things to do with it: 1) it’s a snack and everyone loves boiled or oven fried corn 2) to feed the cows and put it – together with hay – in the stables for the cows to lay on and 3) to grind it for corn flower to make pura (aka polenta) in winter. In my area it’s eaten with either yoghurt or cottage style cheese and onions. But wheat is the first thing everyone makes sure to have enough of, once it has been harvested you get it grinded into flour and used to make pita’s -link-

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You might think a dog is a must-have pet, but here it’s a must have to guard the house. The rule is that you have to call the dog either Lasi, Rex or Miki. During the day they usually chill around the house and wait for food, but during the night they get-together and run around – and occasionally bark so no-one notices they aren’t doing what they’re supposed to. There’s not too much snip snip here, so in heat they tend to mix around and you get very interesting mixes of puppies.

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People also head to the local Big Town for coffee meet ups at a cafe bar, of which there are a ridiculous amount. Other things you’ll find in the Big Town is a high school where pretty much everyone from the area goes to, a department store, a few banks, a market, restaurants, a sports centre and the city park. Which is as you can see just like any other park really – including two old guys chatting about how it was way better back in the days and two young friends promising each other they won’t become like those two.

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This is probably the number one (tourist) attraction in the Big Town and plays a big part in everyones lives, it start with teens on dates around the castle, if you graduate you’ll be likely to hold your graduation here and if you have the money you rent the castle for a huge a wedding reception – even if you don’t do the wedding you’ll probably end up there to shoot your wedding photos. Hell, you’ll go up there for any photo opp.

Have you been to Bosnia and/or the Balkan region?

Dordogne Valley

Salut! From Dordogne Valley: The Most Beautiful Villages of France Edition

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Here we are – part two of my adventures in the Dordogne Valley. Don’t forget to catch up on part I in case you missed.

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The entire area is brimming with caves, many filled with the original street art – prehistoric cave paintings. The Padirac cave is a must-visit, and these wonders keep reminding me at how incredible nature and history really is. You get to be the captain of a gondola-style boat that whisks you through part of the cave, from where you head on venturing on foot.

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You might remember from part one of journey that I wouldn’t stop going on about few cute and beautiful villages. If you don’t take my word for it, they’re actually officially dubbed the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’ which obviously knows there stuff. Loubressac is one of them, located on top of the mountain. Besides its stunning panoramic views the village you offers a journey back in time as you wander the cobbled streets.

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Continuing our small villages fix, we headed to Autoire. Though the name reminded me a bit of Stella Artois, it was nothing like the beer – it was quiet and sleepy though not as grand as some of the others we visited, but because it has far fewer tourists it had more old-time charm and as they say: still waters have deep grounds.

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If your legs are up for 30-minute walk you will find a waterfall, yes, a waterfall, not something that first comes to mind when thinking of France. Great place to catch a breath and sit down for a little cool down after the hike, and watch the waters flow on by.

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Just when you think the next village can get any cuter there’s Collonges-la-Roug, a charming historical town famous for its red sandstone houses, little towers and narrow streets. It’s really as picturesque as it gets, there’s not skill requirement for taking a good photo here.

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Dibs on this house! But you’re all invited to come by and sample my wine collection (yet to be collected!).

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For the last evening we were at Brive Festival, an annual music event held at the end of July, part of a season with lots to do across the city. Although we didn’t know any of the artists, it was a great evening and it proves that not matter where you are and the language you speak, music connects and the festival vibe is the same everywhere.

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Check out the puddle pool at the backstage area. And yes, that’s an Airstream dressing room/trailer in the background.

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We went on to a little tasting of chocolate and other delicious sweets at Chocolaterie Lamy. This diabetes-inducing wonder is not only a great coffee and sweets hotspot, but also the place to be for chocolate related presents for the home front – or just yourself, I really didn’t want to ever leave.

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No trip would be complete without investigating the weekly market with on one side fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. I was so surprised about the cheap prices they offer, they put city farmers markets to shame, on quality, price and atmosphere. On the other side you can find clothes, bags, belts, shoes, toys, and basically everything that you need for your home.

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Before we explored Turenne, we got our castle groove on the hill, which included a surprise charming garden. The owner took us around, explaining that his grandfather started the garden, he’s been maintaining it, and he likes to keep it on the down low as he loves to see the look on the people’s faces. And, they are not looking for a princess and no the owner does wear the armour. I asked (just once I swear!).

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In the words of Chanler Bing: ‘ Can these villages get ANY cuter? Well, I can tell you that Turenne stole everyone’s hearts. The tiny, pretty pretty village has to be the region’s best-kept secret and from what I heard it’s often bypassed for the larger and more famous spots. Which is a no doubt a good thing as you’ll almost always have its snoozy, old-time charm and castle all to yourself.

Sadly all trips have an end, and with ours in sight we headed back to Brive Airport for our flight home


Instant July

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I skipped June because asolutely no photos were worth sharing here, but the two trips I went on in July meant I took more polaroids than ever.

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I went to Croatia to catch up with my old pal Zagreb and dip my toe in the Plitvice Lakes (this is just a figure of speech though, as you’re not allowed swim here sadly).

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Then I retreated to Hometown Hill in Bosnia and I can’t think of anything that feels more home to me than these polaroids of the chickens and the cornfield.

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The everchanging London skyline // My London polaroid bingo continues with Big Ben and the red bus, one day I’ll capture the Queen and Colin Firth on top of an open-top bus playing the Spice Girls driving past Big Ben and I’ll call it quits.

polaroids franceLiterally every inch of the Dordogne Valley was polaroid worthy, getting super shots was easier than catching a Pidgey or Ratata (see, I can do references that aren’t all 90’s films/tv shows!) .

Online I wrote about things I’ve seen and done in Zagreb, a post on the high and low lights of my visit to Plitvice Lakes, a diary from the first two days in the Dordogne Valley – part two is coming soon and my Bosnia/Croatia packing list tag. And I also shared some food hotspots not to miss in London, and if one post on that city wasn’t enough, one on the 5 best spots to savour an afternoon tea in the capital.

Have you photographed anything you want to shout about?