Mariinsky Ballet – Don Quixote Review

My father’s birthday this year was a bit of a treat and involved travelling across Europe all from a seat in London’s Royal Opera House to see the premier ballet company in the world (usually based in St Petersburg) conjour up athletic and vivacious dances set in historic Spain. Whilst Don Quixote is among one…

Secret Garden Party 2017

In all honesty – the words holiday and relaxing don’t go hand in hand for me personally. I’m not very good at sitting still, so for me a holiday usually consists of dashing around all the sites big and small, and needing a day or two’s rest once its over. But this year was different…

To New Beginnings

This post is a fresh start – having begun Semper Explorandum in my first year of university, the reality of juggling an intense degree, spending months away from home on archaeological excavations and commuting to university meant that my attempts at writing were little more than sporadic. Whilst my dream career is as a travel…

A Personal Tour of the Louvre

You can tell whether anyone posing in front of I.M. Pei’s infamous pyramid entrance to this museum actually intends on visiting based on one thing. Footwear. To try and pack in as much as possible of this museum you need your most comfortable shoes so forget Parisian chic and all that rubbish – just wear…

Postcards from Paris – Part 1

Bonjour mon petit pois!! Just after Christmas my brother and I headed away on a joint Christmas/birthday treat together to Paris. My brother had never been and I only visited once aged 9 but some memories are still incredibly vivid and others came flooding back during our three day trip. We essentially wandered around Paris…

A London Ramble – Robots, V&A and the Design Museum

Well its been a while… not that I haven’t been writing but in the past handful of months nearly every milisecond has been taken up with churning out endless essays and realising that three years into my degree I probably understand less about archaeology than I did when I was significantly less in debt. What…