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- Budapest - Central Europe's Finest City?
I'm a big fan of Budapest - many have at moments compared it to Paris. Possibly conjuring up memories as they wandered through the streets in a daydream or skipped along the river bank. It's easy to see why. However, it is its own unique wonderful city. Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times onward. Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views. If you are thinking of visiting this wonderful city - maybe I can direct you to a series of videos I recently made about the city (Don't worry they aren't long this time!). Arriving in Budapest via the Airport: Where should you stay when you are in Budapest? A swanky Hotel, Budget Hotel or maybe an Airbnb? Well, I've stayed in all of them - but I made a video about the last Airbnb I stayed in - just for your browsing pleasure - Enjoy! Now, of course, there are plenty of things you can do when you are in Budapest. The number one tourist attraction is "The Hungarian Parliament" building. I thankfully (finally) had the pleasure of visiting this. The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular. A great way to get to the top of Buda and once at the top I visited the Harry Houdini Museum. And the incredibly moving House of Terror Museum: Needing to cleanse the sins of the past or just needing a break from the hustle and bustle of Budapest. Then I highly recommend visiting St. Stephen's Basilica - This is Hungary's most significant and important Church. Once emersed in it you can understand why. And no tour of Budapest would be complete without taking in one of the many Ruin Bar / Clubs in Budapest. In this video, I walk around the Szimpla Kert - the original Budapest Ruin bar. On other trips I visited the hot baths and numerous sights - I think it would be best for you to see these for yourself or maybe I'll head back and make more videos. If you want to book a flight to Budapest from your nearest local Airport I always advise using the wonderful website Skyscanner Skyscanner, in my mind, at least is the easiest way to find affordable flights for dates that suit you. Some people prefer Kayak or Google but for me when searching European Flights I think Skyscanner works best. Obviously try to be as flexible as possible on your dates of travel to get the best deals possible. Have fun Travelling! Watch the Channel The Wondering Englishman - for more videos. #Travel '#Budapest #Hungary #Vogger
- Top Christmas films of all Time!
Christmas a time to give thanks for the Birth of Christ. The clue is in the name. We say Merry Christmas, not Merry Holidays! And I would consider myself Agnostic and the celebration doesn't offend me and nor should it offend anyone! It's a time for everyone to get together with their families, friends and special people. Eat more than you should, drink a few more than is acceptable (Hence why you say Merry before the magical word Christmas), relax and kick back and watch at least one Christmas movie. When there is so many to choose from - which should you pick? Well here is my - Top 10 List of Christmas Films of All Time! 10) Gremlins (1984) Perfect Film to watch after Midnight Mass. A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Director: Joe Dante Writer: Chris Columbus 9) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Jim Carrey is perfect in this. On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey) who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town. Director: Ron Howard Writers: Dr. Seuss (book), Jeffrey Price (screenplay) 8) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) A Beautiful movie and you can actually watch it with all the family. Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion. Director: Henry Selick Writers: Tim Burton (story and characters), Michael McDowell (adaptation) 7) Predator (1987) This may not be a Christmas movie to anyone else - but for some reason, I've watched this movie every Christmas since I first saw it as a kid. It's a classic film that seems to get me in the Christmas spirit. Arnold Swazernegger at his best. A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. Director: John McTiernan Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas 6) Trading Places (1983) Now while I will admit this film is best watched between Christmas and New Year it is Wall Street Perfection. A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. Director: John Landis Writers: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod 5) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Just like the Terminator series this sequel is better than the original. What's not to like it even has Donald Trump making a Cameo! One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind. Director: Chris Columbus Writer: John Hughes 4) A Christmas Carol (2009) Jim Carrey once again is on form in this animated Dickens classic. Wonderful viewing. Massively underrated - deserving of viewing if you haven't seen it. An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. Director: Robert Zemeckis Writers: Robert Zemeckis (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel) 3) Elf (2003) Christmas comedy heaven that leaves you feeling simply magical and a believer once again. After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. Director: Jon Favreau Writer: David Berenbaum 2) Die Hard (1988) For some people, this is the Christmas film of the year. And in reality, I can't think of a year where I haven't watched this Christmas classic. It doesn't get any better than Bruce Willis spraying bullets everywhere! An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. Director: John McTiernan Writers: Roderick Thorp (novel), Jeb Stuart (screenplay) 1) Scrooged (1988) It would seem 1988 was an amazing year for Christmas movies. Maybe I was just very impressionable that year but who can complain when you have Bruce Willis and also Bill Murray both at the cinema. For me, Bill Murray just about beats Willis to the finishing line with the Dickens classic. That's 2 in the top 10! A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. Director: Richard Donner Writers: Mitch Glazer, Michael O'Donoghue Merry Christmas! To you and your loved one! And have a happy New year! Alex van Terheyden
- Bigmouth Strikes Again
There are few greater songwriters in the world as Morrissey. His vocals are distinct and unique. The passion and fire he has brought to his music over the years certainly haven't faded from him as the years have crept by. Unlike most successful artists who have been drenched with money and praise for years, he hasn't lost his touch with what is going on in the world. Morrissey calls a spade and spade and doesn't curtail to Political Correctness. The easy path to take in life is the one with the least resistance. There are days I wish I had taken the easiest path in life. Life would be very different right now if I had taken that path. Agreeing with the thought police, nodding along to what everyone around you has been conditioned to say and think. Life would be different and maybe I wouldn't be writing this. However, like Morrissey, I have Irish blood and an Engish Heart. Maybe it's this combination that gives you that fire - maybe it's just a coincidence! Who really knows, all I know is Steven Patrick Morrissey can do no harm as he digs at The Guardian. In his most recent USA, gig Morrissey wore a "Fuck the Guardian" T-Shirt (NME Article). The Guardian is a British hating / Western hating newspaper staffed by Social Justice Warriors who take pleasure in destroying those who think differently to them. They are the 1984 thought police who label everyone who isn't siding with their radical left outlook on life all names under the sun. I'm glad someone like Morrissey is able to call out this god-awful newspaper as very few individuals in the limelight would ever dare. I'll be wearing my T-Shirt to show my disdain for The Guardian. Will you be? F**k the Guardian Merchandise
- Techno Viking Forever
It's almost been 20 years since the greatest Techno Meme was created. That meme, of course, is the "Techno Viking". The original 4-minute video was shot by experimental video artist Matthias Fritsch at the Fuckparade on 8 July 2000 begins with the title "Kneecam No. 1". The camera is on a group of dancing people with a blue-haired woman in front. A man stumbles into the scene grabbing the woman. A bare-chested man (known colloquially as the Techno Viking) wearing a Mjölnir pendant enters the scene while turning to that man. He grabs him by the arms and the camera follows, showing the confrontation. The bare-chested man pushes the guy back in the direction he came. He looks at him sternly and then points his finger at him, ensuring he behaves. Then the camera follows the bare-chested man as the techno parade continues. Another observer comes from the back of the scene offering an inverted bottle of water to him. As the situation calms down, the bare-chested man starts to dance down Rosenthaler Straße to techno music. I decided as I was in Berlin it would be appropriate to visit Rosenthaler Straße. I was able to see what's changed in almost 20 years and also to pay homage at least in my head to that day with the Techno Viking. Here is that experience lasting 4 minutes.
- Banksy sets up shop in Croydon
I've been a fan of Banksy since the days when he/she/they would spray my local neighbourhood with interesting Stencils. At first, my friends and I who lived in Shoreditch would scratch our heads at why we would see all these stencil "Rats" everywhere. Then the stencils would become more interesting from The Maid on the side of Hoxton Squares' White Cube Gallery to the Pulp Fiction Banana stencil by Old Street Station. As I and the world grew to love seeing Banksy art it became part and parcel of our culture. You couldn't avoid seeing a Banksy somewhere in London either as a reproduction poster or postcard of some flavour. Even my twitter profile has remained the same Banksy since day 1. However, many years have passed and artists have come and gone but Banksy is still making headlines. The mainstream news loves him as does the public at large. His/Her/Their Art is Political and usually relevant to the front pages of the news. As Banksy had set up Shop in Croydon - I decided to go along and see what it was like. This is that experience via my YouTube Channel. #StreetArt #Banksy
- Berwick Street - Soho - Mad for it!
Back in the day when we actually used to buy Albums - Album covers were extremely important. I recall I would grip hold of the album and dissect it for all it's detail while laying back and listening to the recently purchased Album. One particular album that got a lot of attention was the second Oasis album. (What's the Story?) Morning Glory! Why did this album get so much of mine and the attention of the world? Well, the first Album was so monumentally good (Definitely Maybe) the second album had to be bought and then overplayed, again and again, to relive the magic of Definitely Maybe. And this was when pocket money was thin on the ground so any extra money I earnt had to come from part-time jobs. Hence any money spent on Albums was going to treasured and valued. (What's the Story?) Morning Glory! by Oasis for at least a few years of the '90s was one of my many treasured albums. It sat proudly on my shelf when it wasn't open and being played cosy between Definitely Maybe and 1997's Album "Be here Now". And as I listened to the rifts, melodies and noise of Oasis blaring out of my needlessly large speakers I would stare at the Album cover and wonder what it was all about. Well, the iconic Album cover photo for Oasis' classic Britpop album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was taken on Berwick Street in Soho, London, a street famed for its independent record shops and features two men walking are – Brian Cannon, art director and Sean Rowley and the photograph was taken by Michael Spencer Jones. I did not know that in the future as my love for Techno would bring me into contact with this street on such a frequent basis. I've spent many an hour listening to and thumbing records in the numerous record shops on Berwick street over the years. I even managed to meet one of my favourite DJs accidentally in one of the record shops - Maceo Plex. However, as I had my camera with me recently I wanted to explore the street for my YouTube Audience on My YouTube Channel "The Wondering Englishman". Here, is that exploration. #Oasis #LiamGallagher #NoelGallagher #BritPop #Indie #90sAlbum
- Why has Brexit not happened yet?
Imagine you land back on Earth and more specifically the UK having been up in Space for the last 5 years. The term Brexit would be new to you. To the rest of us we are so bored of hearing "Brexit" - most of us, if pressed, will be pleased to hear the last of it. However, sadly we still remain in the European Union and the will of the people has yet to happen. The next deadline is Halloween (October 31st 2019) - will the UK finally leave the EU or will it be stifled by the Judges, Lawyers, MPs and Mainstream Media and come November 1st 2019 we will still be inside the EU? The odds of us leaving moving up and down every day. GBP/USD swings in both directions as traders take views and speculate what will happen while the rest of us grow fatigued or get very angry. The Fake News Mainstream Media want us to be fatigued - they want Joe Public to give up on the idea of Brexit. They want us to believe the process is so overcomplicated that we should just remain part of the EU. This is the Globalist agenda to keep the UK in the EU. They do not want the EU to fail as the EU is a stepping stone to One World Government. A vision they have for our future where there is only One Government and it's put there by the Corporations and the Elites. I enjoy a good debate but the whole Brexit debate is a sure-fire way to ruin a dinner party or a social get together for some reason it triggers the most fragile snowflakes (usually those who can't debate). So from time to time, I like to wander over to Westminister to try and engage with those who have a different view to me. In my latest video, I found myself in Westminister engaging with Remonaics and meeting some very woke Leavers. Sense my Bias? It's my Blog - I'm allowed to be biased. :)
- Is Majorca (Mallorca) good for a short break?
Like pretty much everyone on the planet, who is living above the bread line, I'm a fan of bargain flights. Anyone paying attention to my YouTube Channel "The Wondering Englishman" or even this blog will be aware of my passion for travel. However, most of us have to work and have a limited number of holiday days a year, so short breaks for Europeans and those visiting Europe are more popular than ever, due to the explosion in budget airlines who are willing to fly to pretty much any destination in Europe for the same price of a movie ticket at your local cinema. Realising I could go visit Majorca (also spelt as Mallorca) for a steal I decided to go visit the largest Balearic island instead of Ibiza. In 3 days I discovered how marvellous Palma de Mallorca is, how terrible Magaluf is and how it's an island I must now go back and visit again. Hopefully, you can join me on this journey where I discover Majorca over 3 days. Over the years I've had the fortune to stay in an array of hotels, apartments and various forms of accommodation while travelling. For the majority of travellers, I recommend Booking.com - yes there are hotel comparison websites such as Trivago and Kayak. However, from my years of travel experience, I've discovered both of these comparison websites do not have all the hotels, hostels and apartments listed. The reasons behind this could be some premises simply do not pay the comparison sights a fee or the reason could be something else. If you know of the reason do leave a comment below. However, I have discovered no matter what the location Booking.com will 9/10ths of the time have the most competitive deal and generally more choice. However, if you are super keen to get the best deal- use Booking.com, Kayak, Trivago, Lastminute.com and Hotels.com in separate browser windows. An alternative which I do recommend for your accommodation is Airbnb. The city authorities still allow Airbnb in the city (it hasn't been banned just yet). I've booked a number of apartments via Airbnb. If you have not used them before (you have probably been living under a rock). But if you use this referral link you will get many Dollars or Euros off your first booking and I'll get a very small referral kickback. Thanks for reading - Keep Progressing - see you on my YouTube Channel!
- You may not have considered The Hague
When outsiders think of The Netherlands many things and places are probably conjured up in their heads. Amsterdam, Bicycles, Tall People, Windmills, Coffee Shops, Edam & maybe Ruud Gullit. Of course, there are hundreds if not thousands of other things the great Nation that is The Netherlands can be associated with. And yet, I do wonder how many people have simply overlooked "The Hague" and not considered it as a worthy option in terms of visiting as they would rather see Amsterdam or maybe see the quirky architecture of Rotterdam. Maybe I'm completely wrong and The Hague (or Den Haag) rolls off everyone's tongue in a fraction of a second as soon as they think of the Netherlands. Alas, this was not the case for me - for years I simply avoided The Hague - associating it with a place warlords were judged by those who have worked in Law for far too long. A place that didn't seem worthy of a long visit. Thankfully I came to my senses this year and paid it a visit, all thanks to a friend who now works in Den Haag. So what's it like? Well as per usual (you guessed it) I captured a lot of what I witnessed on video and then made a video about it - posting it on my YouTube Channel. Feel free to watch the video if you can stomach watching me explore The Hague for over an hour. I hope if you do it persuades you to later visit The Hague. It really is a very complete city - great restaurants, historical buildings, government buildings, coffee shops, great bars, amazing museums, galleries and even a beach that is worthy of a visit. A city I will never overlook again. I'll be back! #TheNetherlands #TheHague #DenHaag #Vlogger #Travel #Europe #Holland To Book a Flight to the Netherlands Click Here and Search for the cheapest route via Skyscanner If you like the thought of staying with locals or seeing how locals live you can't really beat an Airbnb stay. There are some amazing apartments and houses dotted around the city that will cater to all types of traveller in the city of The Hague. Have a look in the window below and let me know if you do end up visiting the wonderful city of The Hague. Happy Travelling! The Wondering Englishman - Alex van Terheyden #Netherlands
- Waiting - it's what he does. Tick followed Tock, Followed tick....
When you are flying high or racing along the highway you feel like you are going places. However, there are those moments in life where you are grounded waiting to take off again or stuck at a Red Light for what feels like an eternity. However, its crucial in life to be patient, the Red Light will eventually turn to Green and you will be able to start racing along the highway once more. One day (hopefully soon) air traffic control will give the signal for the plane to begin its taxi along the runway and take off one more time. Big life goals and small life goals each require patience. This old Guinness Advert "The Surfer" - reminded me of the waiting game, possibly the best Advert in advertising history. Despite being made in 1998 it still causes Goosebumps when I see it with the sound jacked up. If you can't wait for the next random blog post - Alex van Terheyden can be found on YouTube.