Discover Interesting Places
When I left University and planned to leave my home country, Australia, and travel to Canada, my grandmother told me: “Now your education will begin”.
Education is a lifelong occupation for someone with unending curiosity. But sharing travels with another- and the learning that comes with it - lets you relive the magic and the adventure. You can look back on shared experiences, shared laughter and shared friendship – lingering in memory a little longer amongst the people who have helped build your life.
I have recently moved from my fairytale Schloss (something between a mansion and a castle) in a charming wine city on the River Rhine, in Germany.
My current Way Station is half way between Stonehenge and Bath in the West Country of England.
I have the Annexe (the part where the lights are on inside) which is quirky, without many refinements but full of character. There is a big fenced garden for Balu,
my travelling companion
In the past I have lived in other interesting places and have travelled to many more - always with one constant companion: a camera.
My goal is to share with you some of those discoveries.
Perhaps here at Interesting Places you may enjoy a new perspective on some old favourites – or discover somewhere new– either as an armchair traveller from wherever you are reading this, or by going there yourself to make your own memories. I look forward to some of you lodging your own stories here on the “Fellow Travellers” pages.
Meanwhile - come with me. Share my adventures. Meet some interesting people. Smile at the whimsical; ponder the philosophical – but travel with me lightly… for we have many places to enjoy together.
I hope you will be fascinated, captivated, charmed – and make some memories of your own.
Come back often. There are always more interesting places to read about – updates are regular. Without me travelling any more or taking any new photos, my existing library is enough for us to travel together to somewhere new every week. …and I am always travelling – and somehow capturing a small insight into the soul of the places where I go.
I hope you will be a constant and welcome visitor.
My name is Paquita Lamacraft. I’m glad to have you as a travelling companion.
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- Discover Interesting Places Fellow Travellers
- In response to many requests, we now offer a chance to add your own travel stories, together with their photographs- so we can discover YOUR interesting places
- Upcoming Destinations
- So much to explore. What will be the next destination to be discovered on this site? This page is where you find out what is being prepared!
- Interesting Links
- In doing research to create the right setting and background to the interesting places to which we travel together, here are some sites I enjoyed along the way and hope you will too
- Author Profile
- When change is your native habitat, it often comes with travel opportunities sought and unsought. Here is the profile of the author of discover-interesting-places.
- "Up Close & Personal" Newspaper Article
- Upon request:- an article about me from the local news Sunday Supplement on regional personalities
- Pompidoo Personality
- In exchanging Etihad mileage points for a stylish red Pompidoo camera bag, I had the added benefit of being asked to agree to a Pompidoo Personality Profile. Here is the article.
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- Inspiration from beauty
- High resolution photos, each with a quotations inspired by the beauty of the scene. Enjoy and feel free to pass on to your friends and colleagues
- Reflections on Life
- High resolution photos with reflections on life for you to contemplate, enjoy, and pass on
- Bleigiessen London - suspended animation
- One of London’s best free events: Varying hues of a waterfall, the wonder of the unexpected, charm of mass lightly suspended - Thomas Heatherwick’s 'Bleigiessen' in the Wellcome Trust Museum
- Bloomsbury London
- To explore Bloomsbury is to travel through streets made familiar by the characters of literature. Here, the legacy of extraordinary lives of former residents colours the present.
- The British Museum
- A bastion of Britishness, the British Museum traces the heritage of civilisation and is fascinating even to the non-museum buff
- London-Twinings Tea goldsmiths and clipper ships
- The unlikely association of a famous tea maker, fast clipper ships, coins of the realm, investment banking and the prelude to the Fleet Street print trade, read like an adventure story
- Eiffel Tower in Paris
- Discover the Eiffel Tower in New Orleans and the views both from and to it in Paris
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Discover the many aspects of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
- Trocadéro views in Paris
- Walk amongst the park sculptures and be enchanted by the fountains, watch the skateboarders and discover one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower from Trocadero
- Angels of Paris
- Discover some Paris angels, bells and fountains and the events that make their stories richer
- Paris for Food & Cooking Utensils
- Paris and food are almost synonymous. Where better to shop for cooking utensils?
- Paris: Theatre at Large
- Paris is not a place, it is a play, an experience. A place to wander and to gather the stories that colour your suitcase of memories : here is one
- The charm of Paris
- Even in winter Paris can charm
- Notre Dame Tower
- Climb the Tower, meet the Gargoyles and take in the views
- Tuileries Gardens
- From clay pit to Florentine Garden and palace, to a garden modeled on Versailles, the Tuileries Garden in Paris today owes much to several generations of the same garden designing family.
- Père-Lachaise Cemetery
- The Paris Père-Lachaise Cemetery is the final resting place of people whose lives impacted history, of poets and playwrights, of dreamers and fighters – and also of the ordinary person
- La Cotinière Île d’Oléron
- The most productive fishing port in the Charente-Maritime region of France, La Cotinière on the island of Oléron is a beautiful place to enjoy great food
- Rules of Oléron
- Admiralty Law is based on marine rules called the ‘Rolls of Oléron’ enacted by Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 13th century. They make fascinating reading.
- St.Denis Île d’Oléron
- For centuries on the lovely island of Oleron south of La Rochelle fish were stranded in dry stone walled fish traps – now only 14 remain, one close by St. Denis
- On the east coast of Île d’Oléron, the small port and marina at Boyardville is a great place to enjoy the island’s seafood
- Ors Point & the Oyster Route
- Home of France’s best oysters, the oyster trail on the island of Oléron reflects grinding work and art
- Hospices de Beaune
- Known now more for its famous charity wine auction, Hospices de Beaune is a place of beauty and its charity hospital works have continued since the 1440’s
- Porsche Days 2012
- The 2012 celebration of 60 years of Porsche Car Clubs was the first of a planned annual gathering of some of Porsche’s finest in the Porsche family hometown of Zell am See, Austria
- Porsche Time Trials Zell am See
- At Porsche Days 2012 the line-up of Porsches on the last leg of the Time Trials gave rise to a gallery of Porsche vehicles not often seen together, including the 914,977.987, 933, 956C and GT27.
- Porsche Concourse d’Elegance
- A Concourse d’Elegance for Porsche vehicles at the Zell am See airport in the home town of the Porsche family was part of celebrations of 60 years of Porsche Clubs.
- Trier Christmas Market
- Trier is the oldest city in Germany and the Christmas Market has a spectacular setting that draws visitors from the surrounding region – and the world
- Christmas Market Munich Daytime
- Even on the day before the Munich Christmas Market opened there was much to see around the Marienplatz – and to demand a night visit a few days later
- Munich Christmas Market at night
- At night the Munich Christmas Market is a mass of colour, people and festivities – and spreads through surrounding streets and squares
- Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most visited cities on Germany’s Romantic Road and setting for many fantasy films
- Neuschwanstein – the fairytale castle of King Ludwig
- An escape from reality, Neuschwanstein and the other castles designed under the direction of King Ludwig II of Bavaria have left a legacy to his nation and to the world
- Hohenschwangau Castle Bavaria
- Hohenschwangau is the castle where King Ludwig II spent happy times as a child, and whose use of legend to theme the castle decoration inspired the more famous Neuschwanstein Castle.
- Hohenschwangau Bavaria
- Hohenshwanstein grew up as essentially a service town – first for the construction of the castles of Kings, and then to serve their visitors - but it retains serenity and a very special charm
- Hotel Müller Hohenschwangau
- At the foot of Neuschwanstein Castle Hotel Mueller has the perfect ambiance, meals of excellent quality, an ideal location service as if you are the first guest they have ever welcomed
- Bavarian Castles in Autumn Part 1
- Having seen posters of Neuschwanstein Castle in Autumn, the colours looked artificial. However in real life they exceeded all expectations.
- Bavarian Castles in Autumn Part 2
- More than just a pretty face: Neuschwanstein Castle has links to seismological survey and turbo-charged engines
- Carnival in Mainz
- Carnival, Karneval, Mardi Gras, Fasching or Fastnacht:by whatever name, the carnival in Mainz is political, passionate & great fun
- Mass in carnival costume
- Mainz Fastnacht Sunday: about 2000 people, all in carnival costume, attending mass in a thousand year old cathedral
- Rosenmontag – Rose Monday
- Rosenmontag Parade:On the Monday before Shrove Tuesday the Carnival Season in Mainz draws to a close with a city in costume
- Mainz Carnival Costumes
- Mainz Fastnacht celebrations are a riot of creative carnival costumes - and not just costumes for people
- Mainz Carnival Children's Parade
- In a city that has been a centre of innovation for centuries, including Gutenberg’s printing press, the Mainz Children’s Carnival Parade celebrates its creativity
- Lazing on the Mediterranean coast and with 360 days of sunshine, Alicante is friendly, relaxed and a haven from less favourable weather elsewhere.
- Bonfires of St. John Alicante
- Kindled on the Summer Solstice at midnight 20th June, the Fires of St. John in Alicante burn ceremoniously & madly on 24th – with fiesta unending between.
- Alicante Hogueras Museum
- Each year, the winning statue of the Bonfires of St. John in Alicante is saved from being ignited and burned to ash – instead being installed in the Hogueras Museum.
- On the clear waters of the Adriatic, with a temperate Caribbean climate, Rovinj is one of the loveliest places in Istria, which the Romans called the magic land.
- Portugal Cork Forests
- Portugal’s Atlantic coast and its fringing cork forests form a timeless partnership.
- Agricultural Fair
- An agricultural Fair gives insight to real non-urban life in Cuba: Cuban horses, bulls, cowboys, cowboy boots, fine saddles, produce and freshly cooked, tasty take-aways
- Art of Dominoes in Cuba
- The game of Dominoes is an art – which in turn inspires art: a visit to the craft market in Havana results in a collection of domino boxes
- Back street rambles in Havana
- Back street rambles in Havana: restoration, decay, and personality
- Havana Capitol Building
- The Havana Capitol Building - reflecting grand dreams of liberty
- Classic Cars in Havana, Cuba
- Classic cars in Havana running with innovative repairs add character to the city
- Havana, Cuba, with Camelos, Motorbikes, Mules and Horses
- Apart from the classic cars as taxis, there is a lot of other creative transportation of people and goods to be seen in Havana
- Fish & Philosophy in Havana
- Hanging out with the fishermen on the Malecon
- Havana Angels
- Angels on the skyline of Havana, Sarah Bernhardt, Mazzantini and passion
- Havana Grandeur: restored and unrestored
- The grandeur of Havana has style – whether restored to former elegance or wearily slumbering in the sunshine
- Political Demonstration in Havana Cuba
- The art of politics- a political demonstration on the Malecon
- Street Water-skiing in Havana
- Spontaneous street water-skiing in a Havana rainstorm
- Palacio Cantero Museum
- A tribute to the power of personality and extravagance, Palacio Cantero in Trinidad de Cuba is a wonderful discovery.
- Trinidad de Cuba
- Trinidad de Cuba had been described as beautiful. I found it more a place seeped in history and full of character(s) with great locals’ haunts.
- Almendares River Voodoo
- The Almendares River is believed to have special powers for Cuban voodoo - and its magic wraps around you in Almendares Park not far from Havana
- Still an important Cuban port, Cienfuegos was once known as “The Pearl of the South” and has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site - its former grandeur still visible..
- Bay of Pigs
- A coral coast, underwater caves inland and multi-coloured fish that cast a spell of “slow” on you- the Bay of Pigs in Cuba is a diver’s paradise
- Viñales: Cuba unadorned - and a tobacco farmer’s passion for life
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
- Sheikh Zayed -the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a place of contemplation, elegance and stunning design
- Emirates Palace
- Discover why the elegant Emirates Palace is much more than simply one of the most sumptuous hotels in the world - and a fine place to indulge in quiet luxury.
- Abu Dhabi Desert Dune Bashing
- Dune Bashing in Abu Dhabi – and the entrancing desert
- Old Souk in Doha, Qatar
- It is a new interpretation rather than genuinely old– but the Old Souk in Doha definitely has character and style
- Afternoon Tea at Burj Al Arab in Dubai
- Any hotel that awards itself seven stars has a reputation to live up to – and afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab is a great way to explore this Dubai icon.
- Dubai Creek
- To take a water taxi at sunset on Dubai Creek is to catch a glimpse of the contrast between old and new in Dubai – and it is a magical way to end a day
- Madinat Jumeirah
- A 40 hectare fantasy with over 5km of canals, luxury hotels, restaurants, a recreated souk and a turtle sanctuary – Madinat Jumeirah is one of the few artificially created experiences that works
- Kerkouane Ruins
- Lying on the east coast of Tunisia, the ruins of Kerkouane are the only known example of a Phoenician city of the time of the Punic Wars –over 250 years BC
- Hammamet in Tunisia has become a tourist mecca of a type that blots out much of what drew the rich and famous there in the 1900s – but there is still beauty to be found
- Dar Sebastian Hammamet
- Frank Lloyd Wright thought it beautiful, Rommel used it as his HQ and Churchill wrote his memoirs there: Dar Sebastian is now an empty shell echoing a fascinating past
- Hilltop Bergamo
- Winding streets wide enough for two donkeys to pass, towers, plazas and chapels – Bergamo Alta draws you to discover its history and its soul
- Bergamo Alta shopping streets
- To shop and to dine in Bergamo Alta is to experience a shift to a more relaxed approach to both – and to experience that rarest of commodities – authenticity
- Castello di Clanezzo
- Close to Bergamo lies a castle hotel that where you can experience some luxuries of old, be pampered in the spa – and take a zig zag walk to the river below
- Admiral Cheng Ho Cruise Singapore
- Take a cruise in Singapore Harbour on the beautifully crafted cruise ship named after Admiral Cheng Ho, a master navigator and diplomat
- Tsukiji -Tokyo Fish Market
- At the Tokyo Fish Market you can discover types of fish you’ve never seen, wonder why the vendors are not electrocuted, and be fascinated by the tuna auction.
- Omiya Bonsai Village
- Just outside Tokyo is the Omiya Bonsai Village – a place where you can roam thousands of miniature forests and wonder at the visual poetry of this ancient art
- Tokyo Tower
- Guarded by dogs of legend, housing a wax version of Jimi Hendrix and Leonardi da Vinci and 5,000 fish, the Tokyo Tower is an aging but rather loved icon of Japan
- Kobe Beef, Kimonos and Kabuki Theatre in Tokyo
- Tales of Japanese cuisine, costume, and Kabuki Theatre: perhaps the longest running soap operas in the world
- Hidden Sydney: The lesser known viewing point
- Sydney Harbour is beautiful from many angles but this walk is one of the lesser travelled by Sydney visitors – being remote, yet just a ferry ride from the city
- New Orleans Audubon Zoo
- New Orleans Audubon Zoo is home to more than 2000 animals: not your average zoo and much loved by all who treasure the simplicity of childlike wonder and delight.
- New Orleans Jazz Funeral
- Mourning a life lost, celebrating a life lived, and acting on the belief in a here-after: the New Orleans Jazz Funeral is a mark of highest respect by those left behind.
- New Orleans Mardi Gras
- Despite 12 days of parades (planned & spontaneous) leading up to the big parade itself, Mardi Gras is more than an event: it is a symbol of the spirit of a vibrant, creative city
- New Orleans Mardi Gras Krewe of Barkus
- If ever there is a place where every dog has his day, it’s New Orleans - with the Mystic Krewe of Barkus: a Mardi Gras Parade of costumed dogs
- Marathon New Orleans Style
- Whether you run the scenic route through the French Quarter, Garden District and Audubon Park. Or take a more relaxed approach, the New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon is an experience
- The French Quarter New Orleans
- With its Spanish and French influence imprinted on its architecture, exotic antique shops and galleries, the French Quarter of New Orleans seduces you with a unique character that always call you back
- Creole Mass by Wardell Quezergue
- A man saved from death, an exceptional gift of musical talent, a promise to God, and a chance meeting: The Creole Mass is a uniquely New Orleans story
- New Orleans Performers
- The city might be known mostly for Mardi Gras, music and good cuisine. But there are a lot more contributions to the culture of New Orleans.
- Traditional Bali Village Wedding
- A traditional Balinese wedding is an occasion for all to celebrate and your attendance is an honour – but dealing with the wedding feast can require some diplomacy
- Safari to remote Bali
- Travelling by Land Rover to remote mountain villages with gourmet catering will leave you with vivid memories of a little seen side of this beautiful island
- Village of White Herons Bali
- In 1965 herons arrived in their hundreds in Petulu village in Bali. Are they really the lost souls of those in the mass graves after bloody massacres that have been written out of Indonesia’s history?
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- Discover the interesting places online shop! You can buy calendars, mouse mats or cards with high resolution images. Unique gifts or items to enjoy yourself.