• Art & Museums,  Coffee & Cafes,  Germany,  Leipzig

    The Coffe Baum: A Free Coffee Museum & The Oldest Coffee House In Germany

    If you’re a coffee lover like me, you’ll love the Coffee Museum at the Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum. It is said to be Germany’s oldest coffee house as they have been serving coffee since 1711. This also makes it one of the oldest coffee houses in Europe, and perhaps the world. Where is the Coffee Museum located? The Coffee Museum is located inside the Coffe Baum, in Leipzig Zentrum. Just go inside and up the stairs (unfortunately no access for wheelchairs). How much is it? It’s completely free! When is it open? It’s open daily from 11am-7pm. What can you see in the Coffee Museum? Located over several floors, you…

  • Art & Museums,  Germany,  Leipzig

    What Does The Titanic Look Like Underwater? I Found Out At The Leipzig Panometer

    The Leipzig Panometer is held within a former gasometer and is the largest 360 degree panorama in the world (area of 3500 square meters and 32m in height). German artist Yadegar Asisi coined the name from gasometer and panorama, and his work consists of large scale photographic panoramas and are displayed in several cities in Germany. The visual panoramas are coupled with a thematic exhibition which change over time (usually every couple of years – you can see what’s on currently here). During my visit to the Leipzig Panometer, the theme was the Titanic (running until January 2019). This just so happens to be one of my favorite historical events…

  • Art & Museums,  Falkirk,  Scotland

    The Largest Equine Sculptures In The World – The Kelpies

    A visit to The Kelpies makes a great day trip from Edinburgh. Located just 40 minutes away by car, or 1.5 hours by public transport, these unique sculptures are worth seeing as part of a trip to Falkirk or en-route to Stirling or the Highlands. Standing 30 metres (100ft) tall and weighing 300 tonnes each, The Kelpies stand majestically above the lock and basin of the Forth & Clyde Canal. The steel sculptures pay homage to the working horses of Scotland which used to pull barges along Scotland’s canals and worked in the fields in the area where they now stand. The Kelpies sculptures are one of the best-known public artworks…

  • Queen's View Pitlochry Perthshire
    Castles & Historic Monuments,  Lakes,  Perthshire,  Scotland

    Fit For A Queen’s View – A Lookout In Perthshire

    Queen’s View is a stunning lookout and one of the most photographed areas in Scotland. Overlooking Loch Tummel, you can enjoy views across the lake and islands, surrounding woodland and mountains as far as those near Glencoe on a clear day. Located in Highland Perthshire, the story goes that the lookout was named after Queen Isabella of Scotland, Robert the Bruce’s wife, who used the spot as a resting place on her travels in the 14th Century. Queen Victoria also visited the area in 1866 and apparently you can sit in the same seat she sat in in the Visitor Centre, open 9am-6pm everyday. In the Visitor’s Centre, there is…