Big Berlin

After missing out on seeing a friend in Berlin (he was there for 1.5 years) I finally made it to this big city. We left Bruges and drove through Holland but I’m not sure that it really counts as going to another country as we didn’t stop anywhere and after about 8 hours of driving we arrived in Berlin. We dropped off our bags and hit the streets. It’s a big place and we needed to eat so we stopped at an Italian restaurant and ended up staying there for dinner and drinking…first night over. Day 2 in Berlin consisted of lots of walking. This is a big city and as we were only there for a very short time, we decided to do the super tourist thing and jumped on a bus that did a loop of the city and took us to most of the main touristic sites. It was a bit difficult to take decent photos as I was in a bus, but I did my best. I managed to eat currywurst and pretzels as well as trying a local kebab (someone told me to) which is pretty much like most other kebabs I have had before and I ate donuts and drank some beers, it’s a hard life. It is a bit difficult after being somewhere like Bruges that is small and magical to then go to Berlin which is huge and well, less magical. It still has amazing architecture and a huge assortment of food and clothes shop and other things, but it didn’t grab me as much as other places I have been, but it was still cool to see it though and it’s another place to cross off my list. I’m sure it’d be very different having a local to show you around (as usual) but for now, I’m happy to go somewhere different in Germany next time. I think the older I get the more I prefer smaller places where it’s easier to walk around without needing to use public transport. Next stop is in Poland and I look forward to that as I know nothing about it and I’m up for something completely different.

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Moulin Bruges

Day 2:

Bruges, oh Bruges….My life is now measured before and after this holiday destination. This place has something magical about it and I can’t recommend it enough. There’s an amazing energy and feel in Bruges. Fantasy land. It’s nice and easy to walk around and take it all in. There’s a chocolate or waffle shop/van nearby so you that’s pretty cool. I had 2 waffles and tried some local chocolate…..drooooool. There’s was an interesting chocolate shop with chocolate tools that looked like normal rusty tools, weird but looked cool and in the same shop they had chocolate genitals among other things so that was quite an interesting discovery. We walked around and took it all in, it’s just so easy to just be happy to wander through the streets sampling the food and beer. The people were friendly and the general atmosphere was great. We took a 30 minute boat ride through the canals and enjoyed the funny accent of the guide who told us all the interesting information about the buildings and the city. The houses are quaint and apparently super expensive, but I’m not surprised as it does come across as a wealthy place. So we ate, drank, ate, walked, drank walked and ate and then we headed back to chill for a bit before coming back at night for me to try out some night photos. The place looks amazing at night and I tried to capture it on my camera but it was difficult as it was my first proper time exploring my camera but some turned out well. I would highly recommend a visit to Bruges and experience it for yourself because no amount of my photos and words can express the pure awesomeness of this place.  Enjoy

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3 countries 1 day

Travel time again and this one is full of new places to see. Traveling with friends Sylwia and Bridgette we had been invited by Sylwia to her home town in Poland and decided to make a road trip out of it so we could see a bunch of different places on the way. We left Lyon at 7:30am and first stop was Metz where we just had a quick look around and had an amazing Thai lunch which is actually one of the best i’ve had in ages and it was quite cheap too. Good one Metz. Our next stop wasn’t too far away, Luxembourg, which was only 70 kms away.
We arrived and we were greeted by nice old architecture and multi coloured autumn trees scattered around. It’s a nice place and had a cool vibe. We stayed and wandered around the city and explored a nice park area that was full of huge colourful trees and it was so nice and relaxing. It’s a bit chilly now but the fresh air was great and added to the experience. It seems like a nice place and may be worth coming back to stay for a little longer than 2 hours :)
Next, we hit the road for our first main destination, Bruges. Now, this is still really strange for me, an Australian, even though I have traveled a lot it still amazes me that you can get in a car and drive though many different countries in one day (or driving to another country in general) and I’m not sure I’ll ever get use to it, but it’s really cool considering you can drive for days in Australia and you’ll still be in Australia. Bummer!
So, this is always a cool and exciting thing for me to do.
So, we hit the road and battled our way through speeding european drivers (crazy) and headed to Bruges which is a place I’ve been curious about for years. Finally it’s happening. I think it was also an inspired destination after watching the movie “In Bruges” but I’ve also heard it mentioned as a cool place to check out by many people I’ve spoken too.
So, we arrive at the place we’re staying and drop off our bags and headed off to the city centre and in the words of todays youth with limited communication and vocabulary skills “OMG” what an awesome place. It’s like a fairytale with it’s amazing buildings and canals and the people seem really friendly. We walked though the centre and let the experience sink in. There was many people around enjoying the fresh night air and we pulled up some chairs at a bar and ordered some beers and chips with a local specialty “croquettes” which is like most others i’ve had before. How can you go wrong with crumbed and fried cheese?? You can’t, and they had a shrimp version too. The beers went down nicely and we soaked up the atmosphere. The staff were really friendly and mentioned some other places to check out but as we’d been in the car a lot we decided to call it a night and headed home. On our way back to the car I couldn’t help taking photos every 5 meters, trying to capture the romantic and relaxed kind of vibe that bruges has.
Unfortunately my night photos didn’t work out so tonight I will take my proper camera with tripod to try and capture some of the awesome. I recently bought a go pro camera and was trying to explore how it functions and it’s limitations and it turns out that it’s like most simple cameras (iPhones etc) and without good lighting, the photos don’t work out too well. Anyway, tonight will be different. It’s just before lunch now and we’re about to head out to try a nice restaurant and then do some daytime exploration before having our last night here. We may have to eat chocolate and waffles…and all sorts of other stuff, It’ll be tough but I’m sure i’ll manage :)
So here’s the photos so far… First up is Metz


















Next is Luxembourg














and Bruges (first night)


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I was practicing my night photography so there’s a few repeat photos, I just couldn’t decide which one to use










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Cool house

This is just really cool. What a great concept. i wanna stay there!Screen Shot 2014-10-25 at 1.07.10 am

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My Solo CD

Here’s the first snippet of video of me playing my own compositions that’ll I’m recording for my debut solo CD. It’s getting exciting but there’s a long road ahead. I hope you enjoy this little snippet and I’ll do some more regular videos of this and other projects.

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This is a really cool idea and she (Alexa Meade) has pulled it off beautifully. I’m still amazed even after I see how it’s done, maybe I’m a little more amazed. I assume it’s easier to just do a normal painting, but to make a real person look like a painting must be tricky. Anyway, very cool and I hope you enjoy it too.

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What a way to see the world…

This guy is obviously an alien that has learnt to live amongst us humans and put up with our lack of awesome. He takes mountain biking to a whole new level. The scenery is amazing as are his skills on two wheels. Great video!

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My mailing list :)

Don’t forget to sign up to my mailing list.
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You should know this guy.

More people need to know about this guy. What a nice style of guitar. Great melodies and his beats on the guitar are really cool. I’m seeing this more and more on the guitar and i’m a fan. Bring it on!

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Here they are again with a full concert. Great band. A mega talent from Perth Australia. I hope to see them in Europe sometime soon, it’s been too long between concerts for me.

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