A touch of Love – Galway, Ireland

Living in lines, with just a touch of love in Galway, Ireland

Walk right to the edge of Galway on the coast of Ireland and you will get to the edge of the world. Well, that is what it feels like. If you can catch a moment without rain – it is a kind wander out by vibrantly hued houses and a few dotted walkers along a […]

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Book lovers in Guardian Spiegeltent

Edinburgh International Book Festival Guardian Spiegeltent Rachel Bananas

You can probably guess that I could feel the love in this place. On entrance to the Guardian Speigeltent space at the Edinburgh International Book Festival a sense of wow unravelled. What effort they went to for such a temporary structure, a really good cafe and bookshop were swarming with book lovers too. Awe-inspiring. Firstly- […]

“Bon Anniversaire!” Penfolds 2001 – Paris 2012

"Bon Anniversaire!" Paris, France Rachel Bananas

I had my precious bottle of wine, a gift that I had saved from my 21st birthday – to open on my 30th. Penfolds Vintage 2001, a Red that would be opened on a special day found itself all the way from NZ in the famous city of love. We walked, wandered,  lingered, photographed and […]

Today was a fairytale – Hever Castle in Kent

We belong by Rachel Bananas

The castle grounds were covered in snow, turning the lake to a sheet of ice. Exotic garden ornaments and games of archery adorned the surroundings of Hever Castle, making it a perfect place for a lazy Sunday walk. In my opinion the real fun started inside the castle as the lives of the historical occupants […]

The Royal Mile in “Probably the best city in the world”

walkin the Royal Mile Rachel Bananas

Certainly a phrase Edinburgh lives up to. A walk down The Royal Mile feels like walking back through time due to the remarkably well-kept architecture. The icons of Scotland become increasingly apparent as they line the long, narrow street to the brim with Scottish charm.

Hello GoMA – Glasgow, Scotland

'hello' Rachel Bananas

GoMA Mia! As well as being a ‘Gallery of Modern Art’ GoMA in Glasgow has a fine library too. I walked in and looked at their selection of books, but not until after I had one of my best art experiences ever- on the ground floor. They had an installation consisting of floor cushions, very […]