An Aussie in London Travel Articles
Whether you're comparing Glasgow to London for work, school or a holiday, these two cities are poles apart in many ways. Many people revere Glasgow as the superior choice between the two for very specific reasons.
The Australian Dollar has fallen to it's lowest level against the Pound in 7 years. While this sounds negative for the most part, there are a number of consumer-friendly sides to it. Most importantly, the value of many imported commercial goods have suddenly dropped in value relative to the Pound.
Phileas Fogg took 80 days to go around the world and still did not reach Australia. Today, a flight with a single layover from London to Sydney takes only 21 to 23 hours.
Bruges is an anachronism — a sprawling, medieval metropolis once world renowned, now preserved as if in amber — a stop-frame portrait of a community that died while it was still young.
It's almost Ashes time, and Aussies, understandably, will have high hopes of enjoying another series of Pom-bashing, following Australia's terrific Cricket World Cup triumph on home soil and England's entertaining recent troubles.
South Devon is the perfect holiday destination for families with teenage children. With so many things to do in Salcombe in particular, teenagers will be spoilt for choice. Why not try one of these fabulous activities?
For many visitors to Vietnam, Hanoi is the first stop on a north to south adventure that takes in the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the hill-top retreats of SaPa (to the north) or Dalat and the beaches of Nha Trang or Hoi An before moving on to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta to the south.
Have you considered Melbourne as your next holiday destination? No? Well read on, we have a few things that may well change your mind... Australia isn't all spiders and snakes you know.
It was back in the mid-90s that I quit my job in the Australian Public Service, stuffed a few pairs of board-shorts, a bunch of t-shirts and a brand new pair of flip-flops into my trusty old backpack and headed off on an eight month jaunt to London.
Today there may be fewer Australians taking up the two-year VISA option and settling in for an extended stay in the UK, but there are more and more heading over for shorter stays, setting up camp in the capital and looking to cram as much fun as possible into a two or three month sabbatical.
2015 is set to be a vintage year for sports-minded Aussies in the UK. The cricket world cup win would be enough to get you through even in a bad year, but with the Ashes set to take place in dear old Blighty as a follow-up, things could hardly be any better. Winning an Ashes series away always counts double. With the poms in a state of terminal muddle and our boys riding high the prospect could hardly be better.
2014 marks 60 years since the first appearance of the iconic Routemaster, five years since the launch of the RT-type bus and 100 years since the B-Type, the world's first mass produced motor buses, were converted into 'Battle Buses' to carry soldiers to the frontline during the First World War.
For many young Australians the draw to the United Kingdom is undeniable. For more and more Aussie kids it's becoming a rite of passage. Something Mum and Dad did back in the 80s and 90s. They make their plans, spurred on by tales of Antipodean share houses and bar jobs, of weekends in Paris and trips to Munich for Oktoberfest or Pamplona for San Fermin.
"La Serenissima" — the "Most Serene Republic" which Truman Capote said is "like eating a box of chocolate liquers at one go." There's nothing like your first ride on the Grand Canal or your first view of the Veneto, the Venetian Lagoon, shrouded in mist. The city is unlike any place on Earth — a medieval Disneyland filled with the spirits of merchants and boatmen.
In Sydney, the largest, oldest, and most beautiful of Australia's cities, the monumental doesn't figure prominently. There are no great pyramids, no historic ruins, no monuments or buildings that warrant a tedious day of touring, except perhaps its Opera House and Harbour Bridge. But those two landmarks aside, it's Sydney's colourful neighbourhoods and their inhabitants that will give you the most enjoyment. And within the city's sprawling boundaries and its rugged hinterland, you'll find a microcosm of all Australia.
For the most part, the transition from Australia to the UK is usually fairly straightforward - apart from the stark contrast in weather of course. Culturally, the two countries share a great deal and then of course there is the convenience of a common language. You can count on some friendly banter between 'Poms' and 'Aussies' and generally Australians in the UK rarely feeling like outsiders.
London, like any major city, has a number of safety issues that visitors to the city should be aware of. Although a relatively safe city, London can be overwhelming to an immigrant or a tourist from Australia, so taking basic precautions is always a good idea. A few practical tips can ensure that your travels to London - or to any city for that matter - won't be ruined by pick-pockets and the like.
London has pretty much everything that you could possibly want. However, it can also be good to take a break from the hustle and bustle to experience something different. Thankfully, London is conveniently positioned to make it easy to travel to plenty of other remarkable cities. Here's a selection of some of the most exciting options.
"Morning, morning, morning." It seems everyone says that with a smile on the lush, friendly Caribbean island of St. Kitts. And why shouldn't they? For they're living and working in paradise. St. Kitts, whose air is palpably luxuriant, seems more like an island in the South Pacific. It's uncrowded, unspoiled, relaxed. A place where you can escape the pressures of daily life.
As the icy wind blows across Red Square, the bells in the Kremlin Spassky Tower chime the hour. Snowflakes as big as ping-pong balls begin to fall enveloping the square in a veil of white. Hundreds of fur-hatted Moscovites stroll about in front of St. Basil's Cathedral, oblivious to the sudden squall. An eerie calm comes over this place as the snow squall slackens and the red granite walls of the Kremlin come into clear view.
The explorers who discovered the fabled city of Shangri-la in the adventuresome film of the 1950's might have felt the same exhileration as they emerge from the tunnel on California State Route 41 at the entrance to Yosemite Valley. Though millions of visitors have experienced this incredible vista, you'll feel as if you're the first.
Australia has something no other nation on Earth does — the Great Barrier Reef, a natural formation so large it can be seen from outer space. A trip to this natural wonder of the world will take you to sights that will leave you breathless.
If St. Peter has golf courses in Heaven, then he must have visited Ireland to find out how to build them. For Ireland is a golfer's heaven on earth.
Rio de Janeiro throbs with life. She's as full-bodied, robust and full of flavor as her coffee. Come dance with her. Come feel her warm breath. Come feel her sensuous movement. Come feel the beat of her heart — her rhythm, the samba.
Sydney has some superb outdoor swimming pools, from outdoor saltwater pools on the beach to inner-city pools with great accessibility. So don your swimwear and head on down – we take a look at six of the best.
London is expensive no matter which way you look at it. Some London attractions now charge over $162 (£100) admission for a family of four, making travel there prohibitively expensive. But it doesn't have to be, not if you plan on visiting some of London's best, and free, museums. As an added bonus, some of these offer a look at the quirkier side of British life.
In just about any of London's neighborhoods, you'll find layers upon layers of history to discover — and Covent Garden is no exception. Today, it's one of the city's liveliest areas with outdoor cafes, stylish shopping and entertainment of all kinds — from the Royal Opera House and all the theaters to the energy of street performers and musicians.
The Night of the Iguana is a 1964 film based on the 1961 play of the same name written by Tennessee Williams. Directed by John Huston, it featured Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr. But the film and Puerto Vallarta's claim to fame, still 49 years later, was the love affair between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, forever making Puerto Vallarta Mexico's most romantic resort.
London is notorious for its gruesome history. Whether it be the Tower of London or finding more about the old London underbelly, Aussie tourists have always been keen to discover her deep, dark secrets, visit spooky buildings and retrace the steps of former kings and queens.
I know you love a good cocktail; who doesn’t? I know we do! That’s why we recommend heading on down to London Cocktail Week if you get the opportunity. If you enjoy a little sip on a mojito, a Long Island ice tea or a cosmopolitan, then read on to find out our top five things to see and do at London Cocktail Week
Everyone who goes to London sees Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, the mighty building that's home to Britain's Parliament, from the outside, but only a few take the time to visit inside. While there are all sorts of tours through the Palace of Westminster, it's only been since the early 1990s that tourists have been allowed in its hallowed halls.
Your flight from Sydney to Australia's Red Center passes over the Simpson Desert, and from the air the ground appears amazingly close and clearly detailed. Vast expanses of red earth stretch into the blue sky-dusted horizon, impressing upon you the vastness of Australia's heartland. You're headed to Alice Springs and an Australian Outback adventure.
Curaçao's cosmopolitan capitol, Willemstad, provides a glimpse of Europe touched by the tropics. It's pastel-colored colonial Dutch buildings sparkle in the sunshine. But to see the island in it's natural state, you need to explore the Curaçaoan cunucu, or countryside. Curaçao is a small island in the southern Caribbean with very few roads, so it's virtually impossible to get lost.
The British have long believed that the hard-working and thrifty Scots are more devoted to business than the arts, but a tour around Edinburgh's art galleries proves otherwise. For the art lover, Edinburgh offers a number of masterpieces, and if you're an art lover, you can justify a visit to this beautiful city just to take in its galleries.
During World War II, the narrow alleys that pass for streets in some Lisbon neighborhoods provided a backdrop for international intrigue. Lisbon, Portugal, was the setting for many post-war "B" movies in which Allied and Nazi agents participated in daring missions. Today, Lisbon is still an intriguing capital with the look of San Francisco and the ambiance of Rome, with tiny restaurants serving seafood cooked in olive oil with lots of garlic. And like Rome, it sprawls over seven hills.
Time marches on through Greenwich, the home of the Greenwich Meridian and the depository of artifacts of England's maritime history. Here, about four miles from downtown London, lies the line on which standard time is based throughout most of the world, the zero point used in the reckoning of terrestrial longitudes since 1884.
Like a single flower in a tangle of weeds, Mainz, one of the oldest and most charming cities in Germany, is frequently overshadowed by its large and bustling neighbor, Frankfurt, 17 miles away along the Rhine.
Benidorm: it's known as the tacky place for Brits to take a week or two, sleeping the days away under the burning sun and partying the night away. Despite the reputation that the town holds, there are still some beautiful and interesting areas not only outside the town, but also within it.
Small attractions seem to be a specialty of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. This 1,000-year-old Czech city also claims a grand castle, large and small public squares, countless churches, and palaces and houses in architectural styles that reflect the city's long history, but it's the little places that give it its charm.
Every weekend in London hundreds of people — Londoners and tourists, alike — head out on a treasure hunt. While sometimes they'll find the treasure buried in boxes and under counters, most of the time these treasures, the antiques of bygone days, are laid out in plain sight for all to see and touch.
Grenada, recognized as the "Spice Isle of the Caribbean," is not only one of the most romantic and beautiful, but also one of the safest. Many consider its capital city, St. George's, to be one of the Caribbean's most picturesque ports. You'll find a lot to see and do there, whether you come to stay or stop off on a cruise.
London was the centre of the British Empire for centuries, which makes it one of the most interesting cities if you are fascinate by history. It consists of not just popular buildings, but also popular streets, all of which have a connection with the past in one way or another. In the following sections we touch upon the city's famous streets and addresses, and find out the stories they tell us.
In the 16th century, courtesans, diplomats, and heads of states boarded boats along the Thames River for the long ride up to Hampton Court Palace, the residence of one of England's most notable kings, Henry VIII. He had them brought to his palace to make deals and sign treaties that would improve England's political position.
Next to the royals, London's pubs are England's most famous attraction. The city is bursting at the seams with pubs — over 6,000 at last count. Yet, with so many to choose from, finding good ones can be difficult.
Despite our best attempts to prepare sufficiently, going on holiday is always likely to have its stressful moments. This is especially true when you've got children to take care of. If this is the case, the stressful moments even risk becoming the overwhelming memory of the holiday.
The cold mountain air stings your cheeks as your breath emerges in a puff of steam. All around you are majestic white mountains rising like walls to touch the royal blue of the Alpinesky. There's no wind here in Germany's largest Alpine resort, Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Thanks to its close geographic location to the UK, the European mainland is an easily accessible and popular destination for many. Yet, whilst traditional holidays may have looked towards flights and ferry crossings when planning their trip, nowadays there is a new way to explore Europe – by train.
With cold weather and grey skies characterising the winter months in the UK, it is hardly surprising that many choose to take a holiday at the end of the year. Although they are both a hefty flight time away, Australia and New Zealand are popular choices for a winter retreat due to the fact they are experiencing their summer at this time of year.
There's nowhere better to be in the UK over Christmas than London, where the huge light displays and festive events throughout the city centre will make you feel the excitement of the holidays before they've even begun.
When many of us imagine the perfect holiday, we think of golden beaches, iconic attractions and breathtaking scenery, but achieving all these doesn't have to mean travelling to far and exotic locations. Visitors have been drawn to the area of Cornwall for years for these exact reasons.
Each September from Balnarring to Ararat, Victorians en masse descend on race tracks across the state to picnic, sip a coldie, place a bet and if they're lucky, catch a glimpse of a horse or two circling a track.
For anyone with Celtic roots, then a must-do event while in Europe has to be the Inter-Celtic Festival in Lorient, Brittany. Every July, thousands of people with a Celtic connection gather in this port city on the southern coast of Brittany and enjoy up to ten days of drinking, dancing and music.