Hangar 7

Hangar 7

The Flying Bulls There’s a lot of money to be made flogging unhealthy energy drinks to people with unbalanced diets. And with all that cash, you can afford to do all kinds of expensive things, like run a Formula 1 team, sponsor athletes, and create your own sporting events. In the 1980s, Red Bull linked up with commercial pilot and vintage aircraft nut Sigfried Angerer to start collecting, restoring and flying historic aircraft. Which is something else that requires a ton…

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Leaving Czechia

Leaving Czechia

I’ve had a great time looking around Czechia. Although I spent most of my time in Brno and Prague, and there’s a lot more of the country to explore, it’s time to head back to Austria. I have a train ticket to Salzburg, so will let you know what I find when I get there. Matej Kren’s ‘Idiom’ installation, also known as the ‘infinity book tower’, Prague Municipal Library David Cerny’s Trabant on legs, Musoleum Art Gallery Until then, remember…

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Beneath the Streets of Prague

Beneath the Streets of Prague

The Cold War Museum I find Cold War history frightening and fascinating, so when I found out there was a museum in a nuclear bunker right under the city centre of Prague, I promptly booked myself a tour. The day of my visit I caught the tram into town, then made my way towards Wenceslas Square. The meeting point for the tour of The Cold War Museum was the reception of the Jalta Hotel, beneath which lies a labyrinth of…

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Spits and Bits

Spits and Bits

I’m a bit partial to historic aircraft and aviation history, and have been lucky to visit many museums and historic sites during my travels. I thought I would post some photos of Spitfires, Spitfire remnants and related artefacts that I have come across, and hope they will be of interest to other aircraft nuts. My far-from-conclusive list only includes aircraft from outside the United Kingdom. Photographing aircraft in museums can be challenging, especially if you don’t have any decent camera…

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Leaving Austria (for now)

Leaving Austria (for now)

With Vienna being so close to the border with Czechia, I’m going to head to Austria’s northern neighbour for a look around. I’ll let you know what I find. Horse and carriage rides in Vienna may be touristy, but they still look pretty cool Until then, bear in mind this old Austrian proverb: ‘First bake the strudel, then sit down and ponder’ Wise words. If you liked this post, you may also enjoy Visiting the Freuds’ Part I, Part II…

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Sampling a Sachertorte

Sampling a Sachertorte

I got a job once as a breakfast cook in a hotel. I was traveling around Australia and, being a little short on money, bluffed my way into the position at a relatively large hotel complex. My first day on the job, whilst the head chef was showing me the ropes, I set fire to a tea towel. This action, plus my general unfamiliarity with the workings of a large commercial kitchen, soon made it clear to the chef that…

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Visiting the Freuds’, Part II

Visiting the Freuds’, Part II

Berggasse 19 is an impressive building of six storeys, located in Vienna’s 9th District. Built in 1889, it was the home and practice of Sigmund Freud for 47 years, until he and his family were forced to flee the Nazis in 1938. Eighty-five years too late for an appointment, I turned up for a look. I was interested in visiting the Sigmund Freud Museum for a couple of reasons. First, regardless of the fact that nowadays some of his theories…

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Visiting the Freuds’, Part I

Visiting the Freuds’, Part I

Back before my Midlife Crisis Odyssey, when I was just having the crisis without the odyssey, a mate asked me one day how I was getting on. I told him I was no longer seeing any benefit from my regular sessions with my psychologist, and he suggested I give psychoanalysis a try instead. Now this particular friend knows a lot about pretty much everything, and feeling I had nothing to lose, I took his advice, found a local practitioner, and…

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Leaving Hungary

Leaving Hungary

I’ve really enjoyed exploring Budapest, and a couple of the nature reserves to the south-east of the city, but now it’s time for me to be leaving Hungary. Back in Australia a referendum has been called, and the closest polling booth to me is in Vienna, Austria. House of Terror Museum, dedicated to the fascist and communist history of Hungary So I’m heading west to exercise my democratic right. I’ll be having a good look around Vienna too, and I’ll…

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Leaving Romania

Leaving Romania

It’s only been a short stay, but it’s time for me to be leaving Romania. Dambovita River, Bucharest I’ve really enjoyed my time here, particularly exploring the Carpathian Mountains. The regional city of Pitesti loves a gaming lounge, and who wouldn’t be tempted in by a photo of fireworks over Sydney? I’m heading east to Hungary to spend a week in Budapest. I’ll let you know what I find when I get there. You can buy as much crap as…

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