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One Night In The Land Where Heaven Meets The Sea

Posted on November 28th, by Peter Parkorr in Finland, Picture Perfect. No Comments
Helsinki, ‘the land where Heaven meets the Sea’, that’s what they like to call it. This is a city that people live in for its design and culture, the art and nightlife, and for its quality of life. It’s getting better known on the international stage in recent years, and the strong food scene is a big draw. The steps up to Helsinki Cathedral in Senate Square are a popular place to meet, relax and people watch So how do the Finns celebrate all this?…

Highlights of La Strada Graz, a street art and puppetry festival in Austria

Posted on October 30th, by Peter Parkorr in Austria, Roaming Resources. 1 Comment
La Strada, meaning ‘The Street’ in Italian, is an annual festival of theatre, street performances and puppetry, that takes place for a week or more in Graz each summer. It began in 1997 with Werner Schrempf, who still directs the festival today. Together with his assistant Noemie and teams of helpers, they paint the cool city of Graz with an exuberant streak of orange before filling it with talented acts.…

The Best of Graz, Austria’s Second City

Posted on October 17th, by Peter Parkorr in Austria, Roaming Resources. 20 comments
In early August this year, I visited the Austrian city of Graz for the first time. I was there to check out the performance festival La Strada for the MustLoveFestivals project. Graz is Austria’s second city, but like me before I went, you may have absolutely no impression of it. In fact, I’d barely heard of it. I’ve been to Vienna three times on my travels, and despite being unimpressed with the capital at first (too many shops…), it is one of my very favourite cities of Europe.…

Thoughts on Scotland, Scottish Independence and what it is to be British

Posted on September 18th, by Peter Parkorr in Travel Tales. No Comments
Today, Scotland decides it’s fate. It’s an occasion that deserves to be marked. Just under 7 percent of the population of the UK, over 4 million people, will have the opportunity to cast their vote. Do they think Scotland is better as part of the United Kingdom, or as an independent country? Tomorrow, the other 59 million of us will find out if we are saying goodbye to our long-standing compatriots.…

Painting A Picture Of Life In The Hague

Posted on September 4th, by Peter Parkorr in Netherlands, Roaming Resources. No Comments
My impressions and photos of The Hague from visiting in June for MustLoveFestivals. The Hague, a place of idiosyncracies After Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Dutch city of The Hague, also known as Den Haag, is the 3rd largest in the Netherlands. They call it ‘the city that grew up around a palace’, but technically it’s not even a city. It did hold city-status once, during an overnight stay from Napoleon – but he promptly retracted it on his departure.…