Australia – Part 6

Wednesday 21st September

Another day another city, this time Perth in Western Australia. We were lucky to be able to get up at our normal time, have breakfast and finalise our packing before checking out of the Grand Chancellor and making our way to the airport for our flight west. We enjoyed our time in Brisbane immensely, it was a much more relaxed city than we expected, but having seen and experienced enough of it, it is time to move on.

On arrival at the airport, after being picked up by our driver, we got through check in and security with ease then spent the time waiting for our flight with our books. The flight went very well, although it was a 6 hour flight and not 4 hour as we had thought, we had forgotten about the 2 hour time difference in Western Australia.

We were picked up at the airport and made our way to the Pan Pacific hotel in the city centre to check in for our stay here, once in our room we unpacked and had a quick call with Graeme and my cousin Betty who lives nearby, we then went out for a look around our surroundings. Unfortunately it had started raining on our arrival but we still managed to see a bit of the city before choosing somewhere in Globe Lane for dinner and a beer, before returning to the hotel.

Thursday 22nd September

As it was the Australian national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, a lot of shops were closed or only opened on Sunday hours, despite this we had a super day.

We went to visit the Visitor Centre in town to pick up a city map to find that we were just in time to join a guided orientation walking tour of the city, off we set with our knowledgeable guide Patricia, to visit all the main point and locations, with her explaining how to travel about using the excellent public transport system, which is totally free within the city, this was a wonderful way to spend a morning. Coincidentally the tour ended near the Little Island Brewery where we had to stop and try one of their ales, which were very nice indeed, whilst there, we bumped into and had a chat to a couple who were visiting Australia from Hamilton.

Once the tour had ended we decided to buy some picnic food and visit Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens for lunch, we really enjoyed an afternoon lazing away for a couple of hour in such beautiful surroundings, as it is spring here all the wildflowers are coming into bloom providing a colourful display. In it’s elevated position the park also gave us some great views of Perth and the Swan River, again this was a wise choice of a way to spend an afternoon.

In the evening we went into town to meet with my cousin Betty, her daughter Adrienne and her family, Cameron, Katie and their partners Georgia, Kaylum and Katie’s toddler Noah, unfortunately, Adrienne’s husband Craig was feeling ill and couldn’t make it. Adrienne had booked us all into a really good Chinese restaurant called Uncle Billy’s and we had a great time catching up on each others news and just having a good old blether. We then dropped them off at the station for their return home to Mandurah and we used a free bus back to the hotel. Despite the reason for the public holiday, we had an other wonderful day.

Friday 23rd September

Following yesterday’s orientation tour, we returned to the visitor centre in town to take up their street art walking tour, although I had done this 4 years ago, I thought it would be good to do it again, this time Joan, our guide, approached it differently, with slightly more emphasis on the sculptures. It was good to see that almost all of the good murals in Wolf Lane and Globe Lane still remained.

For our afternoon adventure we bought a train ticket and headed out to Cottesloe Beach where we had heard that there was a display of sculptures created for a Sculptures by the Sea project, we did see some of them but the main attraction was having a lazy day on the beach and one of our picnic lunches. On our return to the city we went over to the Art Gallery of Western Australia to the roof top terrace to see the sculptures there, coincidentally there happened to be a bar there so we had our first beer of the day there.

We returned to the hotel and decided that we would just stay there for the evening to have dinner and to prepare for Saturdays trip.

Saturday 24th September

Up and at ’em this morning ro get to the ferry terminal in time to catch the Rottnest Express over to the island, the boat, a large catamaran, gave us nice cruise down the Swan River to the port of Fremantle, where we stopped to pick up more passengers. Once out in open water, the sea got choppier, which caused problems for some on board.

On arrival on the island we took advantage of the hop on hop off island explorer bus before heading to a local bistro for lunch. After lunch we strolled through the main town, called Settlement, watching the little Quokkas wandering about. We then went for a run on the islands little railway to visit a wartime gun emplacement, it certainly was a feat of engineering in getting all the parts there and building it in the first place, by the time we returned to the Settlement it was time to board the ferry back to Perth.

On our orientation tour we heard of an Illumination display at the ….. library after sunset, we went to see it only to find that it didn’t start until next week, whilst in the Northbridge area we went to Mr Ming’s BBQ place for a very good Chinese meal, one highlight of the Northbridge area on Williams Street we found was Cafe Pastels a place selling genuine Portuguese custard tarts, we had no option but to test them , they were very good indeed, just gooey enough with crisp pastry, this finished off another great day in Australia.

Sunday 25th September

This morning we took the train to Fremantle, the train was mobbed due to the Perth Royal Show being on nearby. Once in Fremantle, or Freo as it’s called locally, we had a great time wandering around this pretty cool town, covered in very good street art. Dan had sent us the names of some of the coolest streets in the world that we could visit, which we did, however we both felt that the whole town of Freo could be added to that list, it’s a pretty cool place.

For lunch we eventually managed to get some Aussie pies from the Fremantle Market before continuing our wanders. We than took one of the free CAT buses to South Fremantle to visit the spectacular murals on the East-West Designs warehouse, a place where they sell quirky furniture and decor items, both the frontages on South Terrace and South terrace are covered in fun humorous murals created by Graeme Miles Richards in 2013, it was so good to see that they were still there, it’s worth watching the linked YouTube video to see how it was created Finally, no visit to Freo is complete without a visit to the Little Creatures Brewery, producer of one of Graeme’s favourite beers, so we had to make a pilgrimage there to test the product, it was very good indeed

Later in the day we met up again with Betty, Adrienne and Craig for a farewell dinner, we were booked into Benny’s, a restaurant near Craig’s Camera House shop, the mea,l and especially the company, was very good, it was a pleasure to meet with them again. Craig wes still a bit ill and receiving intravenous antibiotics which left him a bit groggy, so we finished off early leaving us plenty of time to catch the train back to Perth.

Monday 26th September

Yet another public holiday here in Australia, this time for the King’s Birthday, so once again we had closed shops and 10-15% surcharges on purchases. We had planned to do a Swan Valley wine tour today or tomorrow and after checking online we went to the booking office only to be told that they only run them on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and that they do not run them during the week, we were extremely disappointed as this was not mentioned anywhere on the brochure or on their website.

Feeling adventurous, we researched how to get out to the area on our own and quickly headed for the train station to take us out to Guildford where the Swan Valley visitor centre is located. The staff in the centre were very friendly and helpful providing us with maps and suggested walking routes which we followed to take us up into the valley to visit vineyards in Benara region and the Funk Cider farm where we stopped for lunch, again, as it was a public holiday many of the places were closed but we enjoyed the walk in the nice sunshine.

We returned to the city getting off the train in the Northbridge area where we saw some remarkable street art, which will be appearing in the street art section of the site shortly, unfortunately the Portuguese Tart cafe, the other reason we wanted to revisit the are was closed for the public holiday. A free CAT bus took us back to the hotel a bit weary but happy to have had a fun day.

Tuesday 27th September

A morning trip to a nearby laundrette started the day for us, this meant that we were due to depart Perth quite soon, this time Lava, the laundrette was a ultra modern facility that is fully automated and very speedy and we both enjoyed a bit of quiet time with our books whilst waiting.

To try and satisfy Jim’s search for the perfect Aussie pie, we visited the renowned Mary Street Bakery outlet near our hotel for lunch, Jim’s verdict was that it was one of the best pies he has had whilst here, nice crisp flakey pastry, loads of chicken and veg filling with a nice little sauce on the side, he said he much preferred Aussie pies to the UK versions.

We then jumped onto one of the CAT buses to take us to the Matagarup Bridge where we had looked at the zip wire running from the top of it, we found that we were unable to do it as, at over 70’s, we were too old.

Fortunately for us, situated next the spectacular Optus Stadium and inside The Camfield, reputed to be Australia’s largest pub, was the Bevy Brewery, and to keep Fiona back in Hamilton happy, we had to try out a schooner of their fine ale.

Once back in the city centre we went exploring to fond a restaurant suitable for our last night in Australia, it’s strange thst over here most resturants do their business at lunch time and shut very early in the evening, this made our choice difficult, eventually we chose the Grand Lane Fish House, a traditional fish restaurant, since we would be eating mainly Asian food in Singapore.

One of the biggest surprises we found in Western Australia, we couldn’t meet Dan’s Challenge, there are no Starbucks in WA and we couldn’t find a Lego Store either. But that was one of the few problems we encountered in Australia.

We returned to the hotel to finish our packing and to reflect on our time in Australia, we’ve had a great time, each city, state and region provided us with new and exciting things to see and do, there were a few advetures and surprises along the way but we certainly enjoyed them all.

Roll on Singapore.

Australia – Part 5

Monday 12th September

Today was an exciting one, we had an early start with a scratch breakfast then on to a shuttle bus to the Port Douglas marina to board Quicksilver VIII, a fast wavepiercing catamaran, out to the the Agincourt reef located 75 nautical miles off the coast of Port Douglas. This reef which is reputed to be one of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the world, is located at the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef and provided us with some of the spectacular vibrant aquatic animal and plant life unique to Australia’s coast.

On boarding we had tea/coffee and biscuits before departure then a nice relaxing 1 1/2 hour cruise out to the reef listening to all relevant safety briefings, on arrival at Quicksilver’s activity platform we enjoyed all of it’s facilities, we loved watching the marine life from the underwater observatory, took a cruise in one of the semi-submersibles, Jim liked that so much he did another while I got suited up and went for a snorkelling session from one of the platforms, we didn’t feel brave enough to try the ‘oceanwalker’ helmet or scuba diving.

We had the opportunity to watch the crew feeding some of the many types of fish, Jim even spotted a great view of a Green Backed turtle while out in the semi, quite a rare experience he was told, all of this kept us busy and once we had seen and done everything we realised how hungry we were so we availed ourself’s of an excellent buffet lunch. Later in the afternoon we had a beer from the onboard bar before we headed beck to port. It was great fun sitting on the foredeck being buffeted by the wind and spray at 35 knots.

Once back in Port Douglas we did a bit of shopping before returning to the hotel tired but happy to have had another smashing day out.

Tuesday 13th September

A fairly lazy day today, we first went to the Four Mile Beach next to our hotel and paddled and frolicked in the lovely warm Coral Sea. On our return to the hotel, we put on our laundry then lounged by the pool reading our books catching up on some relaxation time. In the evening, after packing our cases, we took the shuttle into town for a last look around and a lovely Thai meal in the extremely popular Star of Siam restaurant, a final beer in town before returning to the hotel for an early night.

Wednesday 14th September

An other early start for us this morning, as we had a 3:40 am pickup arranged to take us down to Cairns sirport. We got to the airport in good time, the road was deserted at that time in the morning, and everything went well with our flight etc.

We arrived in Brisbane and were met by our driver who quickly got us to the Grand Chancellor Hotel, our home for our week here. After dropping off our luggage we headed into town for a look around and to get our bearings followed by a nice lunch from one of the vendors in the local Wednesday city market. During our tour of the city we managed to meet what we call “Dan’s Challenge”, although we couldn’t quite find a certified Lego store, we did, however find Jimmys On The Mall, a great place to get our bearings when in the city.

We then popped over to the south bank to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre to book tickets for a show on Thursday before returning to the hotel on one of the free City Hopper buses to check in. Our room, although smaller than we have been used too, suited us fine, and we then spent some time on the Internet researching Brisbane and surrounding areas before heading out for dinner. This proved the only disappointment of the trip so far, we had chosen a local Mexican restaurant where the meal and especially the service was dreadful so much so thst I sent in an email, to the company, complaining, a first for me. After our early morning start we were quite pleased to return to the hotel for an early bed. Another good day in Australia.

Thursday 15th September

The sun was shining so off we went after breakfast for a trip down the river. Using the local free bus service to get into town we crossed over to the south bank where we found many activities and installations as part of the currently running Brisbane Festival, which for us is quite fortunate. The area was extremely busy with families enjoying themselves in the sun, and it was really good to see how much the city utilises the river, with pleasure craft and ferries plying their trade, there are many new interesting building projects going up and the installation of a new bridge, the Neville Bonner Bridge which looks like it will be pretty funky.

On finding the ferry terminal we went for a trip, on one of the City Hopper Kitty Cats, down to Howard Smith Wharves, the last stop, to find that was at a large riverside complex that included Felons Brewery, we enjoyed our time here, the large Barrel Hall, crammed full of barrels painted by local artists, had tons of room for diners and lots of seating on huge bean bags outside facing the river. After an obligatory beer we returned back upriver where we had lunch, a wander round the festival installation of giant spheres before relaxing in the sun on some more of Felons bean bags, when I touched the spheres my hair stood on end, it didn’t have quite the. Same effect on Jim.

We returned to the hotel, after a bit of shopping in town, to get ourselves ready for our evening outing. Yesterday we booked tickets for the musical “Girl from the North Country” featuring songs from Bob Dylan, the show, held in the impressive Lyric Theatre, a part of the Queensland Performing Arts Centrehttps://qpac.com.au/, the show was very entertaining and certainly a different way to listen to Dylan’s music.

Friday 16th September

We decided to search for some Brisbane street art today, we had asked earlier in the tourist information office and they couldn’t help, so armed with a couple of maps and a phone app off we set, it was extremely frustrating as we couldn’t find anything mentioned in the app. By the time we reached the Howard Smith Wharf we had given up. After stopping there for lunch, we caught a Kitty Cat back to the south bank, where, with a lovely ice cream, we lounged near the bandstand listening to a good set by Felicity Kircher, a local singer/songwriter.

As usual we did a bit of shopping on the way back up to the hotel, in the evening we had a takeaway meal in our room whilst Jim watched his new favourite of AFL, he is becoming hooked on it, it’s finals season and always supports the winning team, he is really forward to the Grand Final next Saturday. During this time I reached out to a local street art blogger who provided some hints of where to look, holding out more hope for tomorrow, despite the frustrations of the morning we still had a great day.

Saturday 17th September

With the information provided by @dkjstreetartphotography we set out again to find some of Brisbane’s street art, this time much more successfully, our walk took us through Fortitude Valley back again to the Howard Smith wharf next to Felons Brewery where we intended to take the ferry back to the south bank, however due to the lovely weather, we chose to walk the 800 metres across the impressive Story Bridge towards Kangaroo Point, once we had reached the Queensland Maritime Museum on the riverside walkway and had a look around, we stopped for a coffee at this point we thought it was now a good time to try out a Neuton e-scooter, once we got the hang of them we scooted along the remainder of the riverside drive towards the Merivale Railway Bridge to look at the Pillars Project, a series of murals painted by leading artists on the pillars supporting the bridge, they certainly were impressive. Whilst in the South Brisbane area it was easy to visit Fish Lane for more street art and a beer, the scooter ride was great fun and something we will do again,

The sunshine then took us back to the Brisbane Festival site on the South Bank for another of the nice ice creams, and a bit of relaxation listening to some live music, before returning to our hotel for dinner, despite wanting to do it by scooter we thought it better to go by bus to avoid the city traffic.

Hot Wheels Holmes

Sunday 18th September

Whilst Jim went to scope out a local laundrette I met with Mike and Donna Holmes, distant relatives of mine in our hotel, although I had never met them previously, I have been in contact with Donna over a great many years in connection with our respective family history research, it was nice to finally meet with both of them and to put faces to the names, since they had both lived in Singapore for a while it was also good to get some tip for our visit there.

After our meeting Jim & I made our way into town where we topped up our phone cards then purchased a Go Card for the very good Brisbane transport system, and to buy some things for lunch. We then revisited the South Bank to take one of the larger City Cat ferries further down the Brisbane river. This was a great way to spend an afternoon seeing how the city is built around the river. We stopped off at one point to have our picnic lunch before travelling further down river visiting places such as Hawthorne, Tenerife and Bulimba before getting off at Northshore Hamilton, our last stop, after a walk around the area and some chill out time in the park, I love how the council provides plenty of picnic tables & benches, they even provide free electric BBQ’s for families to use, all of which are spotlessly clean.

We returned back up river getting off at the Eagle Street Pier where the are developing a new riverside complex, after a look around and the capture of some good street art we walked back to Queen Street to catch a bus back up to the hotel.

In the evening we walked into town for a meal in Hot Star Large Chicken, a place we had wanted to visit since we spotted it in Sydney, the food was very good and worth a visit, it certainly lived up to it’s name, the chicken pieces were huge. A pint in Brew Cafe & Wine Bar in Lower Burnett Lane, with it’s great murals by Drapl, before our walk up the hill to the hotel finished off the day nicely.

Monday 19th September

What would seem to becoming a regular for us, was a bus into town, buy something for lunch then walk over to the South Bank. This time we took a ferry upriver, there were limited stops on this route due to wharves closed due to damage caused by flooding earlier this year. We stayed on the ferry for the return trip, stopping at New Farm Park to visit the Brisbane Powerhouse, an old power station converted into studios for Brisbane’s creative, we managed to photograph a couple of good murals in the space.

The nearby park was a lovely place to have our picnic lunch and for Jim to have a post lunch snooze.

Once back on the South Bank we decided we would try riding an e-bike and eventually could find only one nearby, Jim had a trial ride and found that he didn’t like it too much, so I took the bike and he picked up an e-scooter, which we then used to go along the river bank for a while. Back in the CBD we pick up some things for dinner then returned to watch the Queen’s funeral on TV.

Lewars Hamilton burnin’ rubber

Tuesday 20th September

Our last full day in Brisbane started quietly with us sitting in the sun reading the papers with a coffee whilst our laundry was being done using facilities in the hotel.

We then went for a walk downtown via the nearby Roma Street Parkland and spent some time in the beautiful gardens, stopping off for an hour or so to read our books, it was so pleasant to just sit and relax without any hustle & bustle. Once in town we visited the Brew cafe again for a refreshment, and after chatting to the barman there, he directed us to Urban Climb, a climbing centre, where we could view some good murals by local artist Sofles. Fully refreshed, off we set by bus to find it, it certainly was worth our while as the place was fabby and murals were very good too.

We then used up the last of our travel credit returning to one of our favourite spots on the South Bank where we had lunch and another relaxing time watching the world go by and doing a bit of reading before returning to the hotel to pack our bags ready for our morning departure.

In the evening as the sun set we went for our last meal in Brisbane and visited Bishamon Japanese Restaurant just around the corner from the hotel, for a wonderful meal, we were lucky to get a table as the place is so popular, it would have been a shame to have missed it. This topped off a great time in Brisbane, Perth here we come.

Australia – Part 2

Sunday 21st August

For our our first day in Australia we headed out for a walk along the beach to G&B’s local town of Mordialloc where we stopped off for a nice lunch in the Bridge Hotel before having a stroll around town and picking up some shopping in their local Woolworths.

In the afternoon, Briony’s parents Pat and Kay came over to visit with Briony’s nephews Jensen and Ollie, it was good to catch up with them again.

In the evening, after a nice meal we sat and watched one of the Aussie Rules Football games on TV, and enjoyed learning all about the rules etc, it was great fun. At this point jetlag started to hit us, so we opted for an early night. This was a good first day in Australia.

MONDAY 22nd August

This morning we took the train from Mordialloc to Flinders Street station in the city centre, we intended taking the city circle tourist tram to see the sights, there seemed to be a problem with it so instead of waiting for it to arrive, we took another one down to the Docklands area, it certainly was interesting to see all the pleasure boats instead of the large cargo ships that I visited on in the 1970’s.

Back at Flinders Street we gave up waiting for the tourist tram and went over to the Timeout cafe in Federation Square for lunch instead. The meal was made all the more memorable by the waiter spilling a whole pint of beer over Jim, soaking his trousers, they then had the nerve to try and charge us for the beer. We visited an Optus store to get our phones to connect to the internet correctly before setting out on Jim’s quest of finding the Lego Store and a Starbucks, we were successful in this and managed to track them both down. After a nice refreshment break (tea and coffee) we caught the train back to Mordialloc.

We had another nice night at home with G&B chatting and watching some Aussie TV, Jim is certainly getting hooked on some of the shows over here.

Tuesday 23rd August

Another trip into town after breakfast saw us heading down through St Kilda Road where we stopped at the National Gallery of Victoria to see an augmented reality exhibition, the technology was a wee bit flakey and it was difficult to find all the installations, perhaps it was a case of first day bugs and it will be set out soon.

After visiting the NGV we carried on down the St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Rememberance, an impressive memorial to Australian Armed Forces lost in the many and varied conflicts over the years, the memorial and surrounding gardens were a fitting tribute and a nice place to visit, we then went on further down the road to Gentlemans George’s where we met Graeme for lunch, it being close to his place of work. After lunch Jim had us make a pilgrimage to the nearby Albert Park, the home of the Australian grand prix, it was fun to walk on part of the circuit.

Once back in the city we had to visit a station to sort out Jim’s travel card, unfortunately the station was inside one of the giant malls and we found getting back out onto the street a wee bit difficult, by the time we reached the street and arrived at the Queen Victoria Market where we want to go, it was closed. We opted instead to pay a visit to Melbourne’s St Paul’s cathedral, which was very impressive with some spectacular stained glass windows. To finish off our day in the city we stopped off for a pint in the Duke of Wellington pub on Flinders Street before catching the train home, this was another interesting and fun day.

Wednesday 24th August

After our train ride this morning we went to the north of the city to get to our hotel, Brady’s on Jones Lane, which we had booked into for a couple of nights, fortunately our room was ready so we were able to check in and leave our bags before going back downtown to visit the Eureka Skydeck 88 floors above the city, although there was a bit of rain, we were still presented with some spectacular views of the city and the surrounding area.

We experienced what they call ‘The Edge‘ a glass box which moves out of the building leaving you suspended above the streets, it wasn’t as terrifying as they described it but good fun nonetheless, we were not brave enough though to try the ‘Plank Walk’, a virtual reality zip line over the city.

After lunch on the Skydeck we went uptown again to visit the Old Melbourne Gaol, unfortunately due to some flooding part of the tour was cancelled but what we saw was very good and gave us an insight into life in times gone past, we were amazed at the things people, children included, were imprisoned for, apparently you could get 6 months for swearing in public, if that happened today the prisons would be crammed.

Having missed the Queen Victoria Market yesterday, we were lucky that there was a Winter Night Market every Wednesday. This was ideal for us with a wide and diverse selection of stalls and food from all over the world, after wandering around we both decided to try the devilled chicken and rice from a Sri Lankan outlet, this was a great choice. A bottle of wine purchased on the way back to the hotel finished off the day perfectly.

Thursday 25th August

Our hotel was a great place to spend the night prior to our tours, the first of which was the Philip Island Eco Tour, after being picked up by our Go West (formerly Bunyip) guide and driver, Hilda, we headed of to our first stop at the Brighton Beach Huts, a row of colourful iconic huts, before heading to the Moonlit Sanctuary where we came face to face with kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and various other wildlife, it was great fun feeding the kangaroos and wallabies.

Next stop was at the Nobbies, overlooking the Bass Strait, the Nobbies boasts spectacular clifftop views., which we explored on the winding boardwalks, looking out to Seal Rocks, the home of Australia’s largest fur seal colony.

Philip Island Penguin Parade

It was then on to the largest Little Penguin colony in the world. We experienced the magic of watching these amazing little seabirds waddle home from the ocean to their burrows from the viewing platforms and boardwalks. Unfortunately you are forbidden to use your camera after sunset, but this video from Bunyip Travel lets you see some of what we experienced. A 2 hour journey back into the city meant thst we were a bit late for most of the restaurants, so a Chinese takeaway and a glass of wine in our hotel room finished the day off perfectly, It was certainly an interesting and fun day.

Friday 26th August

An early start today for our trip down the Great Ocean Road, we were picked up outside the Marriot, this time by Sheridyn from Go West and once all the other hotel pickups had been made off we set.our first stop was in the coastal town of Torquay, the traditional home of surfing in Australia, it was nice have some cake and coffee at this stop. Our next stop was at the memorial arch, commemorating the returned WWI servicemen who built the Great Ocean Road, we made a quick stop at the Kennett River where we were able to see Koalas and many colourful birds in their natural habitat.

After stopping off for a welcome lunch of a pie and a pot of beer, in the nice town of Apollo Bay before heading to Maits Rest for a walk through the rainforest to see the magnificent trees and ferns.

Next on our trip was the 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps and The Loch Ard Gorge, all equally impressive. We topped it all off with a stop at a noodle bar in Colac for dinner before returning to Melbourne. A quick well earned pint in a pub near the station were we were to catch the train to Graeme’s topped off a great couple of days.

Saturday 27th August

This afternoon we met the rest of Briony’s family when we went to the nearby Chelsea. RSL, a club for returned servicemen similar to our British Legion, we were there to celebrate Kay’s, Briony’s mothers, Birthday, it was nice to meet her brothers Sean his wife Moni and their children, her brother Andrew was there with his children but unfortunately his wife Sheree was unable to attend. The club was quite a special place and the food was very good, some of the portions were enormous, especially Andrews’s lamb shank.

After lunch came what must rank as one of the highlights of the trip for Jim, Briony took us for a drive around Melbourne’s Grand Prix circuit and he was stunned when she gave him the chance to drive around a section of it himself, his face was a picture to behold.

After the excitement of the afternoon we returned home, picked up Joffrey the dog then went to a local food court in a venue called Urban Ground, the pizzas there were pretty spectacular. After dinner we went round the corner with Graeme to a local brewery, Braeside Brewing for a couple of ales, this was a great way to finish off a very special first week in Australia

Lisbon

Tuesday 7th June

As per usual, we were up at the crack of dawn (2:45) to head off to Glasgow Airport to catch our early British Airways flight to Lisbon via London Heathrow. Despite the bad press we found the Check-in and security pretty painless, yes there were long queues but they moved along steadily. Once into the departure lounge, we stopped off for the obligatory bacon butty and coffee while waiting for our gate announcement.

The first flight to London went extremely well and we arrive ahead of schedule, we initially thought that we would require to pass through security again but this was not the case, and an easy transfer took us to the departure gate for our flight to Lisbon. We were a wee bit late taking off, however, the pilot made good time and we arrived ahead of schedule. Once through passport control we took a metro into the city centre and changed to another line which took us closer to our accommodation in Rua de São Paulo, in the Bica area of the city. Our host’s friend was waiting to take us up the many stairs to our flat. The flat on the top floor of an old (1898) apartment block, was just what we were looking for, bright and spacious with all the facilities required, and fortunately close to public transport and the city centre.

Once we had settled into the flat we went to a local cafe for a late snack lunch before heading out to explore the local area, stopping off for a beer on the way, it was extremely hot (37 degrees), we then picked up some supplies from a local supermarket and went back to the flat for a rest to recharge our batteries before going out for a pizza and a couple of beers. We were glad to eventually hit the sack after a long and tiring day

Wednesday 8th June

After a leisurely breakfast, we went to the nearby Time Out Market to pick up the GreyLine Hop-on-Hop-off-bus and took in the many sights of this wonderful city. After coming off the first bus we stopped at Casa Chineza an old-style cafe for a traditional Portuguese snack lunch (Rissoles and Shrimp Cakes) before heading off on our obligatory Starbucks mug quest (successfully). We waited in the queue for the Elevador de Santa Justa lift but a kind local told us to save our money and to go up through a nearby store to their roof garden, which took us to exactly the same viewing platform as the lift (10 Euros saved).

As it was another scorchingly hot afternoon, a trip down to the riverbank for ice cream started us off nicely, before going back on the bus (a different route this time) to let us see more of the city. Bussed out, we took the metro back to Bica where we chilled out a bit in the flat before popping back along to the Time Out Market for dinner, this was a great decision as we were spoiled for choice of what to eat, we both decided on a fish dish and they were very good indeed. The seating is arranged as long tables and it was nice sitting chatting with others sitting next to us. A stall selling Pasteis de Nata, the Portuguese Custard tarts then beckoned us and along with a shot of Ginjinha, the local cherry liquor finished off our meal nicely.

As we were ready to leave the music started and a group of people started dancing tangos, that was our excuse for another beer so we could stay and watch them, it was great fun. I had to hold Jim back as he wished to join in, it was a great way to finish off another interesting day.

Thursday 9th June

After breakfast we took a walk along the Tagus riverbank into the city centre then climbed to the top of the Arco da Rua Augusta for some stunning views over the Praça do Comércio and the river, before boarding yet another Hop-on-Hop-off bus, we wanted to be sure that we got value from our 2-day ticket, this route took us to the east of the city, a more commercialised area with some interesting modern building, so much different to the historical buildings in the city centre. After a traditional Sardinas de Portuguese lunch, we finished off with the last of the bus routes, this time it was a short one that dropped us off near our accommodation where we had our afternoon siesta before revisiting the Time Out Market for dinner.

On our return to the flat, we found that the party crowds were gathering on the Bica stairs outside, and things were starting to get busy for the festival. Later in the evening we joined them and had a great time amongst some really nice people, the singing and dancing carried on until well after midnight, we thought it only polite to stay until the end, we wouldn’t have got much sleep anyway with the noise below us.

Friday 10th June

Wishing to experience one of the historic Lisbon trams, we headed into the city centre, before boarding the famous number 28 tram at its terminus, we stopped off for a coffee and a Pasteis de Nata, one of the local delicacies. The tram ride was an interesting way to see the city, rattling through the narrow cobbled streets with the bell clanking away merrily.

Whilst in the west of the city We stopped off to visit the LX factory this is an area similar to the Custard Factory in Birmingham, an area where ‘Creatives’ have gathered setting up stores, bars, restaurants and galleries, we stopped off there for a Pastel de Bacalhau, a codfish cake stuffed with cheese, and very nice it was too. On our return to the city centre, we got off at the top of the Elevator de Bica, which took us down to Rua De São Paulo and our accommodation. We have discovered during this trip that an afternoon siesta is important in this extremely warm weather so back to the flat we went for one.

In the relative cool of the evening we went to find some good street art nearby before some shopping and a nice meal in the Santos de Bica Bistro just along the street, the meal was very nice and it was good to just sit and chat while watching the world go by. The street was very busy with crowds gathering for the night’s festivities which got underway quite early, the Friday night crowd was bigger than the previous night’s, but we ventured out for an hour or so near the end, again it was great fun. Everyone we met was very friendly and it was interesting to note the many different nationalities joining the party. Another great day in this vibrant city.

Saturday 11th June

As part of our daily routine, we headed to the local station to top up our travel card before heading into the city to find a piece of street art by local artist Vhils, one of my favourites, this piece has frustrated us, as despite many searches we are still unable to find it. Feeling a bit frustrated, we headed down to the waterfront to cool down and have a bite of lunch in a Brazillian Bistro before heading west to visit MAAT, a museum where Vhils has curated a video exhibition named Prisma, its maze-type layout was almost like a cross between a video show and a hall of mirrors. The museum itself is an interesting building, very modernistic, tiled like the Sydney opera house, you can even walk up on the roof with views along the Tagus river.

Then it was back to the accommodation for our siesta. This evening we decided on an Italian meal, so after a google search, we dropped into Prima Pasta just along the riverfront near the Augusta Arch. This proved to be an OK choice as the meal and service were very good. A slow stroll back along the riverside took us back to the accommodation in time to see this evening’s revellers arrive on the stairs outside our flat. After a little while we ventured up a bit to join in, the crowd, although not as large as previous nights, prevented us from going up too high, but we still had a great time joining in on the singing and dancing. The music went on for a bit longer, which meant it was a late night for us.

Sunday 12th June

After eventually discovering that the GPS system was reporting incorrect locations, causing us to frequently get lost, we set off in search of a mural by Vhils and Shepard Fairey using old-fashioned navigation techniques, this time with great success. I was certainly glad we took the effort as it really is a spectacular collaboration of both their styles, sad to say we were only a few streets away on many occasions, a lesson learnt, don’t fully trust the technology.

Knowing that we would be busy in the evening, we decided to have a heavier lunch so headed back to the Time Out Market, which on a Sunday was extremely busy, both of us chose an Asian lunch there and we were delighted with our choices We then returned to the flat for our siesta.

In the evening we walked into the city centre to join the crowds lining the Avenida da Liberdade to see the Festas de Lisboa parade, the parade started at sundown (around 10:30) and it was interesting to see and appreciate the work that went into each municipalities display, the singing, dancing and costumes were all really good. Fortunately for us, someone nearby managed to get a better video than we could, our view was a wee bit restricted by the 2 police officers standing in front of us, you can see their video here. Another tradition in this festival is to hold a collective wedding ceremony where the brides are known as “Brides of St Anthony”. They receive the blessing of St Anthony at the historic Lisbon Cathedral in the district of Alfama. then parade with their partners through the city. We waited until around midnight then headed back home to be met with yet another wild party on the Bica stairs, which lasted until 04:30 or so, this time we gave it a miss as we were both a bit played out after all our walking.

Monday 13th June

The Unesco World Heritage status town of Sintra was our destination today so we took a local bus to the Rossio station to catch the 11:00 train, the service was full and left bang on schedule, the journey was fun, made all the more so by a group of accordion playing buskers entertaining us during the trip.

The visit to Sintra was very enjoyable, Sintra is one of the most beautiful and most unique places in Portugal and was absolutely worth a visit, situated within the cooling hills of the Serra de Sintra, with fairytale-like castles and fancy palaces, extravagant villas and the ruins of a 10th-century Moorish castle, it was a great way to spend some time away from the busy city, we even took a tour on the Little Train, which was a fun way to get up into the hills.

On our return to the city, we used the last of our bus tickets to take us to Marvila, a suburb in the northeast of the city to photograph a mural by Brazilian artist Kobra, plus some others, a worthwhile trip for me as I really like his work, having seen it in many parts of the world.

For our last meal out in Lisbon we settled on a Mexican restaurant around the corner from the flat, the food was very good and it was made all the better by the live music being played whilst we ate, a nice way to finish off our trip.

Tuesday 14th June

We spent the morning packing and tidying the flat before checking out and heading into town, we decided to take the metro to the station where we could eventually get to the airport, then had a wander around the area, we found a nice park where we could just sit in the shade and discuss the experiences of our time in Lisbon.

Eventually, all good things come to an end and it was time to catch the metro to the airport, once there we quickly got through security with no problems or delays and our flight to London got away on schedule. Things went awry went we reached Heathrow though, we had to go through another security check, a trial they said, then our flight was held up due to some problem in Berlin, which meant that we didn’t get home until the early hours of the morning, tired but happy after a great holiday.

As usual, a separate page showing the street art will follow

A week in Amsterdam

Monday 25th April
An early start to get to the airport in plenty of time, however, due to a strike by baggage handlers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport our flight was delayed. This gave us time to have a nice but rather expensive bacon roll and coffee in one of the airport bars. The flight eventually took off around 2½ hours late. Once in Amsterdam, it was easy to make our way to the Central Railway station to catch a train into town, and then a number 22 bus took us directly to our hotel, the Westcord Art Hotel. In keeping with the street art vibe of our Amsterdam visit, this hotel suited us down to the ground, with murals all over the foyer and staircases and an individual mural in each room

After checking in and after a wee rest we headed out to Westergas, a creative complex at the nearby Westerpark. Once the city’s gasworks, this collection of old industrial buildings is now home to a variety of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, We stopped off at Brouwerij Troost for some local beers and food, it was a great place to start the trip off, however, we thought it strange that the menus were all in English and almost everyone spoke English too, the food and selection of beers were very good, I certainly would recommend to anyone visiting Amsterdam.

Tuesday 26th April
A short stroll through the narrow streets of the west of the city took us to Prinsengracht on the banks of a nice canal where we stopped for breakfast in the famous Pancake Bakery, luckily we arrived before the crowds and got a table easily, the food when it arrived was spectacular and quickly became one of Jim’s favourite ways to have breakfast. We stopped on the way at the Check Point Charlie cafe, which was unfortunately closed, to take some photographs of murals by The London Police, there was another of their pieces on a gable opposite on the other side of the canal so over we went with camera in hand.

Note: I photographed so much street art in Amsterdam and at Straat that there is enough for 2 more pages, I will not mention them in this post however they can be seen here:

That wander started off what was a walking day for us (almost 30,000 steps) as we explored the city, since we had the luxury of some time to spend here we thought that it would be good to see what the city had to offer before booking any tours etc. We stopped off at the Anne Frank house and realised why it’s best to pre-book (we later discovered that it was fully booked until the end of June!), so off we went on our stroll. Including the obligatory search (successful) for Starbucks and the Lego Store we really enjoyed this way of seeing the city.

After some searches on Google for traditional Dutch food and drink highlights, we stopped for a beer in the Beer Tasting Room In The Wildeman, which is a quirky bar in a former distillery stocking over 250 beers from throughout Europe, the barman was as interesting as the bar and made us very welcome suggesting some very good beers for us. The city was filling up and becoming quite crowded as preparations were being made for Koningsdag (Kings Day), officially the national celebration of the birthday of the King, but this in reality looks like a good excuse to party hard. We decided to purchase a 3-day bus pass and after a problem with the ticket machine which charged us twice, we returned to the hotel in the late afternoon for a wee bit of R&R before heading out again to find Moeders. (Mothers), for some traditional Dutch food, we ordered the ‘Stamppot’ a real Dutch “stamppot” of mashed potatoes with vegetables served with a sausage a meatball & bacon and were not disappointed, the restaurant, staff and food could not be bettered, the mismatched furniture, glassware and crockery all added to a friendly atmosphere, reminding us of the Butterfly and the Pig back home, another feature Jim liked was the multitude of pictures of mothers on the walls, there is hardly an inch left uncovered. After dinner we followed the crowds back into the centre of the city, we enjoyed joining in with the revellers in some of the street discos before stopping off in an Irish bar for our last pint before heading back to the hotel on a late bus very tired but happy after a great day.

Wednesday 27th Koningsdag

Everyone we had spoken to told us that today was special and was going to be a bit crazy, we were told that we should visit NDSM, an old industrial shipbuilding area to the north of the city to get away from the crowds, so off we headed to the central station to catch one of the free ferries across, it looked exactly as described, old machine shops and slipways, there was even some old machinery left, it was interesting that in one of the shipbuilding sheds there was an old plate roller built by the Scottish Machine Tools Corporation, I company I worked in when I first came ashore. The area has been turned over to street artists and there is even STRAAT, a museum dedicated to it in one of the buildings, we decided to leave off visiting for a day when we had more time.

One of the so-called highlights of Kings Day is the flea markets across the city, the rules allow anyone to settle down anywhere and sell all their unwanted goods, the one at NDSM was huge and mainly seemed to be families selling off all their old children’s toys and books.

After a weird kind of fusion Dutch/Indian lunch, we returned to the city centre and witnessed the madness begin, we watched as over 800,000 people from the outskirts of the city descended, arriving at the station as we returned on the ferry. It all started off well with us following a marching drum band down the street into a sea of bright orange..

From there on in it was a case of trying to get through the crowds, at almost every street corner there were people selling beer, giant speaker systems were set up and the biggest crowds we have ever seen, drinking and dancing at every street corner, the partying spilt over onto the canals with loads of boats going up and down filled with revellers (and sound systems). At times we were lifted off our feet and carried along in the swell, it was almost as if everyone in Amsterdam and the surrounding towns had arrived and were wanting to make up for the 2 years of partying they had missed. This mayhem continued well into the night and we had great fun being a part of it, the only difficulty we encountered was that most restaurants were closed so dinner was a problem, we ended up in a taverna which was a bit disappointing, we were glad to catch a late bus back to the hotel, thankfully it was relatively quiet compared to some of our earlier tram rides.

Thursday 28th April

After liking it so much, we returned to the Pancake Bakery for breakfast before going on a cruise through the canals on one of the Circle Line boats, which was a very enjoyable and relaxing way to see a different side of the city. We then headed to the Museum Quarter to visit the Rijksmuseum where we had some fun in the gardens before visiting the Van Gogh museum followed by Moco, a boutique museum focused on modern and contemporary art with a collection of unique works by Banksy, Damian Hirst, and many others.

Whilst in Moco, I was reminded of a mural of SWG’s GazMac painted by Smug somewhere in the city, after a bit of google research we discovered that it was in a housing estate in the southeast of the city not too far from where we were, tram ticket in hand off we went and were not disappointed with the 10 large scale murals which graced the ends of 5 apartment blocks, there was also a good piece by D*FACE nearby. We returned to the city for dinner trying for the second time to get into HAP-HMM, to no avail, it was booked for almost as long as the Anne Frank House, so off we popped back to Moeders for another visit to sample more of their traditional Dutch fare. We then returned to the hotel for a late beer to finish off another great but tiring day.

Friday 29th April
We took a bus into town and after a light breakfast we took the 15-minute ferry ride across to NDSM to visit STRAAT, a museum/gallery space dedicated to street art, it almost felt as if we has saved the best till last, it is a spectacular space, NDSM in Amsterdam North; was once Europe’s largest shipbuilding area, is now a place where its industrial heritage meets modern architecture. NDSM is a place where street art and graffiti are a big part of the culture with plenty of ‘legal walls’.

The STRAAT museum opened its doors in 2020, and houses over 150 artworks by 130+ artists from 32 different countries and really is a wonderful place to visit. I have posted a page full of images of the pieces in STRAAT which can be seen here.

On leaving STRAAT we had a wander around the area, we also had a nice chat with some crew members of Tres Hombres, a 3 masted sailing ship which trades between Holland and the Caribbean moving cargo such as rum, coffee, and chocolate, it looked like a tough job as they had no engines to help them out.

Back in town and after a couple of beers in the Wildeman before heading to another part of the city to sample more traditional Dutch food in the highly-rated Pantry, we were not disappointed as the food was very good indeed. We returned to the hotel pretty worn out like every other day here we walked loads and were on our feet for most of the day.

Saturday 30th April

After going to bed on Friday night I became a wee bit ill and woke on Saturday feeling rather rough and not up to very much. We decided to wait until lunchtime to check out of the hotel before heading into the city centre. After a quick brunch and on hearing the news of massive queues and delays at Schipol Airport we made our way there. There were indeed long queues to get through security and passport control, but once through those, we had plenty of time to relax and prepare for our flight home.

The flight left on time and we were back in Glasgow and through Passport control in no time at all, we picked up the car and returned home tired but happy after a great week away in a wonderful city, I’m sure we will be back at some point, next time though we will book our visit to the Anne Frank House and Hap-HMM well in advance.

Street Art in Northern Ireland

Now that I’ve had a bit of time I’ve put together a couple of pages of the street art I photographed during my recent trip to Northern Ireland. I discovered so much I have split it into two pages, one for Belfast City and the other for the pieces I found in the other towns I visited on my trip. A few sample images are shown below.

The complete set of photographs can be found on the Street Art in Northern Ireland page.

Travelling Again

I was quite excited that travel restrictions were starting to lift after almost 2 years of being kept at home, my mate Jim and I intended to travel to Australia in March and April, but when we looked further into it we discovered that there were still restrictions in place in Singapore and some of the areas we wished to visit, so we decided to hold off until later in the year hoping the restrictions will be lifted. To compensate we thought we would take a short trip to somewhere different but nearby, Northern Ireland came to mind, so after booking everything, off we went.

I was quite pleased to be visiting the area as I was aware that there is an abundance of good quality street art in Ireland, I even found some from our local artists, Smug, RogueOne and Mark Worst, as you can imagine I took loads of photographs during our time there, they can be seen on the following page. Street Art in Northern Ireland

Monday 7th March

Monday morning saw us setting off early for our trip to Cairnryan to catch the 11:00 P&O ferry to Larne. We had an uneventful drive down to the port and arrived in plenty of time before boarding the European Highlander. The crossing went well and for once the Irish Sea was very calm.

European Highlander

Once off the ferry, it was a relatively short journey up to Portrush, we arrived before our check-in time so after parking the car we went for a stroll around town. Our first stop was the Harbour Bar for a Guinness and a chat with a local lad Paul. Leaving the bar looking for a bite to eat, we discovered a nice piece of street art by Dublin based artist Aches of a surfer overlooking the East Strand which is a popular surfing location. A nice nearby restaurant, 55 North was a good place to have a late lunch. On our wander back to the accommodation to check in we came across a mural “Causeway Rebel” dedicated to local boy Andrew Dunbar, a Game of Thrones actor who passed away recently, the mural was painted by Belfast artists KVLR and Sam Barry.

We checked Into our accommodation, The Heart of Portrush Mews, a delightful mews cottage which is fortunately in the centre of town, and after unpacking and exploring the places we went out for a stroll around town stopping off in a nice pub called Kiwis Brew Bar for a few beers, it was a good choice as we were met with loads of friendly people, so much so that we stayed longer than intended. We stopped off for a takeaway Indian meal on the way home, a perfect way to finish off our first day in Northern Ireland Ireland.

Tuesday 8th March

On Tuesday we headed round the corner to catch the 8:00 train to Belfast, the service was very comfortable and speedy and we reached Belfast in good time, on leaving the Lanyon Place station we stopped off for a late breakfast before hitting the city centre where Jim was able to pick up the obligatory Starbucks mugs for Dan. We then used public transport to take us to the Titanic Quarter where we spend a good few hours enjoying the museum and exhibitions, once back in the city centre we did a wee bit of exploring, stopping off for a meal before catching the train home, we decided to stay in on our return, a couple of drinks and some telly before retiring for a well-earned rest.

Wednesday 9th March

We were unlucky in our choice of outing for Wednesday, we had booked a trip to the Giants Causeway and unfortunately, it was pouring down, we had a walking tour and the guide, a young guy called Phill did an excellent job describing the geology and history of the place, and despite the rain, we really enjoyed our visit and found it very informative.

On the way back to Portrush we stopped off to have a look at the ruins of Dunluce Castle, there really wasn’t much to see so we continued along the coast to Portstewart where we had a nice lunch in Morreli’s cafe and a stroll around the town, where we discovered a few good pieces of street art, one of a sea eagle on a large gable was particularly good. We finished off the day by visiting the Portrush Yacht Club for a couple of beers before visiting the Harbour Bar for a meal and a few more beers, we met with Paul again and a load of other nice people and it turned into a bit of a late session.

Thursday 10th March

Thursday morning saw us heading west towards Limavady, we were asked to stop off there by Jim’s in-laws as that is where their family originated from, it was a nice little town but there wasn’t much to hold us there so we headed off to Derry-Londonderry arriving in time for lunch. After lunch we headed down to the Bogside to photograph the murals there, there were quite a few of them, all very political, something I’m not interested in, I was more interested in the quality of the painting, which on the whole was very good. We left for home and after a brief stop in Coleraine to photograph more paintings. Feeling a wee bit tired after our travels we had a quiet(ish) night having a couple of pints in the Quays, a nice gastropub around the corner from the accommodation, to finish off the day.

The Derry Girls

Friday 11th March.

We caught the 8:00 train to Belfast again today, and after another late breakfast in the Bridge Bar, we set off hunting, this time our target was the street art of the city. A quick visit to the Tourist Information office provided some hints, so off we went walking. Starting off in the Cathedral Quarter we found many good murals and pieces of shutter art in the many entries and closes of the area, of course, we just happened to stop off at The Duke of York, a traditional Belfast bar crammed with original mirrors and memorabilia, boasting cold beer, great Guinness and one of the largest selection of Irish whiskeys in Ireland. The bar is situated in Commercial Court, which has become known as Umbrella Street due to the colourful neon brollies hanging over the street.

Looking for a quick lunch we headed over to St Georges Market and managed to have a look around the various stalls and grab lunch before it closed for the day.

Back in town after lunch, we took more photographs of street art before trying to find somewhere to buy a bottle of Belfast Gin, (we found it quite difficult to find places that sold spirits), eventually, we managed to get our hands on a bottle of Jawbox that met the brief. At the end of a great day in Belfast, we headed back to the train station stopping off at the Crown Liquor Saloon which just happened to be near the station, the Crown, dating back to the 1880s, is a gem of the Victorian era still boasts many of its original features, including gaslighting and many mirrors and stained glass, the pictures below show it almost empty but when we visited at teatime on a Friday night it was packed to the rafters with hardly any room to move, it is certainly an iconic place to visit.

Once back in Portrush we deposited our purchases then returned to Kiwi’s for supper and a beer before retiring for the night, it was a good way to finish off a good day.

Saturday 12th March

As we were required to check out of our accommodation by 10:00, we packed up and loaded up the car. Leaving Portrush behind, and headed along the coast road for a leisurely drive down to Larne. Despite it being closed for the season we stopped off at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge for a look around, it was quite a bit windy making us appreciate why it was closed to the public. We intended to travel down the coast to visit some of the locations used for the filming of Game of Thrones but we came across so many roadworks and diversions that we were taken back inland again towards Ballymena where we stopped off for lunch. We eventually arrived in Larne with plenty of time to kill so we had a wander around town catching some good street art in the process.

The return journey on the ferry was uneventful, we spent it in the cinema watching a movie to pass the time. This was followed by an easy run back home in time for a takeaway meal to finish off the day.

All in all, despite some wet weather we both enjoyed our time in Northern Ireland and reckoned that we would be happy to return some other time.

As I mentioned at the top of the post, I took loads of photographs of street art in the many places we visited, these can be seen on a separate page, which I will add a link to when it is completed.

What we discovered on our return though was a positive Covid test result, meaning that I had time to create this post as I was self-isolating.

Norwegian Art

As promised, I’ve eventually put together a couple of pages showing the street art I found during my recent trip to Norway, they are just a couple of clicks away.

[Arctic Art]  –  [Urban Art in Bergen]

I have been informed that some people are finding it difficult to navigate through my website, so over the coming weeks, I’m going to redesign it to make things easier. I would welcome your comments and thoughts on what improvements you would like to see.

I would also like to update the Glasgow Street Art section of the site to make it more prominent, again I would welcome your thoughts.