Shakespeare: Staging the World at The British Museum

Not so very long ago, I explored London to investigate Shakespeare and his impact on British culture. Now, with the eyes of the world upon England – London in particular- for the Olympics, Shakespeare is at the heart of the Cultural Olympiad. Shakespeare: Staging the World is the British Museum’s offering. It makes a certain kind of…

Adventures in Budapest: Szarbo Marcipan Museum

I’ve checked and checked again; this museum is not in the guide books (yet!) so you, dear reader(s) are in for an exclusive treat. At Buda Castle, by the Hilton Budapest Hotel, next to the stunning Fisherman’s Bastion and around the corner from where Katy Perry warbled her way through Firework is a hidden (iced)…

Adventures in Budapest: Golden Eagle Pharmacy

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy my visit. This tiny – only two rooms- museum was utterly charming; an apothecary from a time long forgotten by the world outside. It reminded me of  the Old Operating Theatre a little bit. The only real note I made read as follows: “mumiaporos?” as labelling was as sparse as…

Adventures in Budapest: Museum of Applied Arts

This visually stunning museum ( the Iparmuveszeti Muzuem as it’s known locally) is quite literally around the corner from where my charming other half lived whilst he was studying in Budapest a few years ago. Back then, we just wandered by, admiring the architecture and not really realising what was under the glorious green roof. This time around, we’re much…

Adventures in Budapest: Zwack Unicum Museum

“Das ist ein unikum!” the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Joseph II is said to have exclaimed upon tasting the now-famous liqueur, and naming it in the process. The linguist(s) amongst you would have translated the phrase already, but for everyone else Joseph said “That is unique!” If you have ever tasted Unicum ‘unique’ is probably the safest…

Adventures in Budapest: The House of Terror Museum

Even before you set foot in the House of Terror Museum (or Terror Haza muzeum in Hungarian language fans!) you can tell exactly what’s in store before you set foot in the door. Even the building makes no attempt to sugar coat or gloss over  it’s gruesome history. Terror is quite literally part of the building,…