• Wildlife Spotting: Parakeets

    If you unexpectedly ask someone to enumerate a few animals that live in London, pretty much in symbiosis with human beings, the answer will most probably sound something like: “squirrel, goose, fox”. These seem to be the obvious answers up until we approach any random park and we notice these loudly squawking, avocado-green coloured creatures gliding fast above our heads. Ha valakit váratlanul megkérünk, hogy soroljon fel néhány Londonban, az emberekkel szimbiózisban együtt élő állatot, akkor a válasz valószínűleg olyasmi lesz, hogy “mókus, liba, róka”. És valóban ezek lennének az egészen egyértelmű válaszok, egészen addig míg emberünk be nem teszi a lábát valamelyik parkba, és át nem suhannak a feje…

  • Westonbirt Arboretum

    Autumn Special: The Thousand Colours of Westonbirt Arboretum

    Every time autumn starts to kick in and the trees become colourful I instantly feel the urge to go out and take some photos. OK, this isn’t completely true. I am constantly suffering because of this shooting urge, which makes me fall behind with the post-processing work. But I can’t help it: I’d much rather explore the outside world than spend hours sitting next to Photoshop. Valahányszor eljön az ősz, és színesek lesznek a falevelek, az ember lányának azonnal fotózhatnékja támad. Najó, ez így túlzás. Az ember lányának állandóan fotózhatnékja van, és emiatt torlódik föl a rengeteg utómunka, mivel szívesebben mászkál odakint, ahelyett hogy a Photoshop mellett gubbasztana.

  • Sydenham Hill Wood

    The Lost Railway of Sydenham Hill Wood

    Despite the fact that the “Tired of London, Tired of Life” book schedules the Sydenham Hill Wood walk for the end of April, we thought that a cold, grey, rainy day in February will be just as good for it. Both Will and Ash know Sydenham Hill Wood very well, because they grew up around this area and as kids they enjoyed exploring the hidden pockets of the forest. Now they wanted to share this experience with us, London-newbies as well. Annak ellenére, hogy a “Ha unod Londont, unod az életet” című könyv a Sydenham Hill Wood-i sétát ideális esetben április végére ajánlja, mi úgy gondoltuk, hogy egy hideg, szürke, esős februári nap is tökéletesen…

  • Kew Gardens Bluebells

    Spring Special: Bluebell Carpets in Kew Gardens

    Yes, it is spring, and it is warm, and it is sunny. And it is bluebell season. 🙂 Last week I spent quite a while googling the best spot in or very close to London, where we can see the famous bluebell carpets. After browsing through lots of those ‘Top eight…”, “Top ten…”, “… plus one” lists that all suggested locations far away from London, I bumped into the obvious: Kew Gardens! I’ve never been to Kew Gardens anyway, so this was the perfect time to make up this deficiency. Biza, tavasz van, és meleg, és napsütés. Ja meg harangvirág-szezon. 🙂 A múlt hét folyamán meglehetősen sok időt töltöttem Londonban vagy Londonhoz…

  • Wildlife Spotting: The Deer of Richmond Park

    Every time I mentioned that I would really like to go to Richmond, Will’s answer was constantly pushing the limits of my non existing patience: ‘even though Richmond is stunning all year long, the very first time you see it should be in the summer’. After many weekends when I thought it is already summer enough and I really wanted to go and see the famous deer but I always got the same answer: ‘even though the weather is ALMOST perfect, we should wait a bit more’, one Friday evening he stood there with a huge grin on his face and said: ‘Tomorrow is supposed to be very hot. We are going…

  • Highclere Castle

    The Dream Day of a Downton Fan

    Despite the fact that I am a serious castle maniac, I wasn’t aware of the existence of Highclere Castle for a very long time. Then, a few years ago I discovered this show entitled Downton Abbey, and I managed to become such an addict, that I could sit there all night long, watching a complete season – one episode after the other -, after which the usual withdrawal symptoms were torturing me for days. Annak ellenére, hogy határozottan kastély- és vármániás vagyok, a Highclere kastély teljesen elkerülte a figyelmemet. Aztán pár évvel ezelőtt szembejött a Downton Abbey című filmsorozat, amire sikerült olyan szinten rákattannom, hogy képes voltam egy egész évadot egyhuzamban…

  • Wildlife Spotting: Peacocks

    Despite the fact that Holland Park is considered to be West-London’s most peaceful park, for an embarrassingly long time I didn’t even realise it’s there. Then one weekend I decided to explore a park I haven’t been to before, and that was the moment when I caught a glimpse of a small green area on the map, right next to Hyde park. Annak ellenére, hogy a Holland Parkot Nyugat-London legbékésebb parkjaként tartják számon, valamilyen oknál fogva nagyon sok ideig teljesen elkerülte a figyelmemet. Végül egy hétvégén úgy döntöttem, hogy egy olyan parkba szeretnék menni, ahol még nem voltam, és ekkor tűnt fel a térképen egy kisebb zöld folt, közvetlenül a…

  • The Haunted Epping Forest

    I can spend hours just looking at Google Maps, and – based on the green and blue patches – trying to decide which park should be the next one to explore. When that’s done, and weekend comes – and by that time I am very tired and I should sleep really -, I get depressed if I don’t leave my flat shortly after opening my eyes. During one of these Google Maps sessions a huge green patch positioned in North-East London caught my attention. The name of that huge green patch is Epping forest. Since the last stop of the Central (Heating) tube line is Epping – which is in zone 6,…

  • Ghost stations of Parkland Walk

    (Photo by Iza, taken with a GoPro 4 Silver – I am soo jealous) It was a gloomy Sunday morning of the Early May bank holiday, and we almost decided to go to Red’s and watch a movie instead, but to be honest, everyone wanted to go out, so we ended up meeting at Finsbury Park station. After a long process of feeling lost, trying to find each other, sending google maps screenshots and street view photos, buying some food and drinks we finally headed towards Finsbury Park to explore Parkland Walk. Borongós vasárnap reggel volt ezen a májusi hosszú hétvégén, és majdnem úgy döntöttünk hogy inkább Redhez megyünk filmet nézni, de igazából…

  • Happy dogs in Hampstead Heath

    After a lazy Saturday morning lie-in and a big cup of coffee there is nothing better than deciding to meet some friends and explore a park in London I have never been to before. This time we chose Hampstead Heath, and I had no idea what to expect. I love London parks in general because of the green grass, shiny ponds and friendly – and always hungry – creatures, but I also found that each park is different, and it has a unique charm. I was right, Hampstead Heath is nothing like its more centrally located siblings. Egy szombat reggeli lustálkodás és egy nagy bögre kávé után semmi sem jobb, mint találkozni néhány…