A floaty late summer serenade in Munich 2008

Every Picture Tells a Story: A floaty late summer serenade in Munich 2008

Walking through a majestic and manicured gardens in Munich I heard a delicate and heartfelt serenade on the violin from a faraway stone rotunda. I walked there and took a seat among two people who appeared in a stupor of enjoyment. They were both sitting in the late afternoon sun, lulled into a dream by the…

Fuck Parade in Berlin 2009

Fuck Parade in Berlin, 2009

Fuckparade is a part protest and part techno street party in Berlin which happens every summer. Since 1997 local Berliners have demonstrated against the forces of commercialisation of public life and culture which can stifle and crush creativity. These photos are from when I went to Fuckparade in 2009. I was at the U-bahn station…

Auckland's Hidden Culinary Heaven: Bowl & Arrow and Farro (Orakei Bay Village)

Auckland’s Hidden Culinary Heaven: Bowl & Arrow and Farro (Orakei Bay Village)

Orakei Bay Village is a boutique block of specialty shops, fancy eateries, breweries and wine cellars (because Kiwi's do like a drink or two). A Kiwi tradition or perhaps Auckland tradition (which I think is amazing) seems to be that each suburb has a burrowed away and hidden block of shops, where local businesses and…

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts: Cheeky Fruit and Veg Boxes by Australian Farmers

Wild and Wonderful Asian Fruit Smoothies to enjoy this summer

Living in tropical South East Asia definitely has its benefits. One of them is being able to tan all year round. Another, is the abundance of juicy, vibrantly coloured and weird-looking fruit. This tastes like nothing you have ever tried before! Also, Asian fruit is cheap to buy here, so it's easy to conjure up…

Windy Wellington shows her pretty side on Guy Fawkes Night

It's a bit of a mystery why a far-flung Capital City like Wellington in New Zealand would actively celebrate a rebellious plot against King James I of England/ King James VI of Scotland in 1605. Nevertheless the appeal seems to be because of the emission of huge amounts of pyrotechnics and fireworks. Who doesn't enjoy…

The Art of Illusion: The Panorama of the Battle of Racławice

The Panorama of the Battle of Racławice (Panorama Racławicka) is a definite must on any trip to the city of Wrocław. The panorama is as iconic to Wrocław as Wawel Castle is to Kraków. The Wrocław Panorama is a gigantic 114 metre long and 15 metre high painting that depicts the battle of Racławice. This was an epic battle of…

Cycling adventures at dusk in Wrocław Copyright Content Catnip 2016

Cycling adventures at dusk in Wrocław

Wrocław is a little city which has the feel of a large town and isn't as overcrowded as some of the bigger and more populous Polish cities. At various times in history, Wrocław has been engulfed in Bohemia, Hungary, the Austrian Empire, Prussia, and Germany. So this place has a very mixed and cosmopolitan feel. In 2015,…

A brief history of artisan and merchant guilds in medieval Poland

The medieval artisans of Poland

On a visit to the Muzeum Narodowe we Wrocławiu in the Polish city of Wrocław I was astonished not by the grimly beautiful Renaissance paintings of Christ, angels and demons but of something far more tangible. Medieval shop signs and merchant guild coats of arms that illustrated the professions of artisans, traders and merchants of medieval times.…

Krakow Summer Opera Season at Wawel Castle

Krakow Summer Opera Season at Wawel Castle

In the walls of Wawel castle on the night of midsummer, an atmosphere of enchantment abounded. The mauve and violet light of the sky melted into the golden lamps that fell onto the cobble-stone pathways, this skimmed and bounced across gabled iron rooftops of the castle. The light from the opera ballet performance stage shone…

The Epic Story of Wieliczka Salt Mines in Poland

The Epic Story of Wieliczka Salt Mines in Poland

Inside of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a thousand steps seem to guard you from the surface of the world. A thousand false ceilings seem to call out and confuse your senses. So far away are you from the grounding blue of the sky and the sensation of dirt under your feet. Inside of this mine…

A Journey into Childhood Nostalgia at the Muzeum Zabawek in Kudowa-Zdrój, Poland

A Journey into Childhood Nostalgia at the Muzeum Zabawek in Kudowa-Zdrój, Poland

Kudowa-Zdrój is a border town between the Czech Republic and Poland. Traditionally over the centuries, the area has been a  spa town for convalescence, attracting visitors from all parts of Central Europe who come to enjoy the abundant mineral springs and fresh mountain air. There are beautiful landscaped walks through forest and woodland here. As the…

A trip to the Renaissance fortress and city of Zamość on a sunny summer weekend

A trip to the Renaissance fortress and city of Zamość on a sunny summer weekend

We visited Zamość Fortress (Polish: Twierdza Zamość) and town on one of those perfect Polish summer days where the sun and heat pelted down and made everything bright and vivid. Locals and visitors in this far south eastern city of Poland seemed to have a spring in their step on this fine day and everyone…

Celestial ceilings and soaring skies in Poland

Celestial ceilings and soaring skies in Poland

Poland in the summer is filled with enveloping sunlight, as bright and life affirming as a hug. Vibrant life, bees and flies take a circuitous route through fields of barley, poppies and wheat in the countryside. The air filled with drifting dandelion and pollen. A cacophany of bird song fills the countryside accompanied by a…

Polski jedzenie/ Polish food: My om nom nom nominations

Polski jedzenie/ Polish food: My om nom nom nominations

Polish food could be considered similar to many other central European traditional dishes. There's a sprinkling of a German, Czech, Slovakian, Ukrainian and Russian influences here. Although any Pole worthy of his or her passport will patiently explain to you that while there are similarities, Poland are the original creators of some of the most…

The mindblowing history of Wrocław told with music and light on the banks of the Odra

The mindblowing history of Wrocław told with music and light on the banks of the Odra

The Odra river is the lifeblood and backbone of Wrocław. The river stretches from the Baltic sea and snakes past the borders of Germany and Poland through Wrocław. On the banks of the Odra there are countless beautiful bridges, islands, parks, streets, municipal buildings. As the sun set during one of the longest days of…

Poland's Chapel of Skulls is a Monument to the Ever-Present Spectre of Death

Poland’s Chapel of Skulls is a Monument to the Ever-Present Spectre of Death

For a completely off the beaten path look at the more macabre and dark past of Poland, then you simply must visit the Chapel of Skulls located just outside of the popular spa town of Kudowa Zdroj in Lower Silesia, Poland. You only need scrape the surface of history to find that Poland has had an…