Delicious Takoyaki – Japan’s Octopus Ball Snack That’s Too Good To Resist

One of Japan’s most delicious market foods are takoyaki, fried balls of batter with octopus bits inside; all covered by a sweet sauce, mayonnaise and bonito flakes. They’re cooked on a special pan with hundreds of round, scalloped holes. Served in platters of a dozen or so, and with a toothpick or skewer to eat … More Delicious Takoyaki – Japan’s Octopus Ball Snack That’s Too Good To Resist

The Zouave Infantryman Of Paris – How One Statue Measures The Seine Flooding

There’s a statue in Paris that indicates how badly the Seine is flooding. Water level at his feet? No problem. Waist deep? Time to get very concerned. Shoulders submerged? Evacuate the paintings of The Louvre! Over his head? Time to take a boat to work! The statue is a Zouave infantryman, a form of light … More The Zouave Infantryman Of Paris – How One Statue Measures The Seine Flooding

Renting a SADcar in Iceland – My Experience Driving A Second-Hand Car Around Route 1

Meet Sick Car, our transportation around Iceland. It was the nickname we gave to a little Toyota-that-could, which we rented from Icelandic car rental company SADcars. SADcars is a car rental company that rents fairly new, second hand cars at very low prices, perfect for budget visitors who can’t afford hundreds of Euros for a … More Renting a SADcar in Iceland – My Experience Driving A Second-Hand Car Around Route 1

Gothic Cathedrals – Appreciating Europe’s Medieval Masterpieces

The Gothic style of architecture, which rose to prominence in the mid-twelfth century, represented a revolutionary new way of building cathedrals. Architects and builders during the High Middle Ages employed new architectural techniques, allowing buildings to be taller, with large stained glass windows, grandiose displays of sunlight and lofty interior spaces to amaze visitors. The … More Gothic Cathedrals – Appreciating Europe’s Medieval Masterpieces

See Japan’s Snow Monkeys Bathing At Jigokudani Monkey Park

It’s the very picture of serenity – Japanese snow monkeys soaking in a hot spring, eyes closed, groomed by their family members, steam rising, safe from snow drifting softly through the sky. It’s one of the most iconic images of winter in Japan, and one of the most fascinating and endearing (not to mention, adorable!) … More See Japan’s Snow Monkeys Bathing At Jigokudani Monkey Park

The Kruger Millions – The Legend of South Africa’s Hidden Treasure

When former South African president Paul Kruger died in 1904, he left behind something else apart from his political legacy – he left rumours of a secret, extraordinary fortune. The Kruger Millions, as they’re known, are rumoured to be a stash of gold bars and coins removed from Pretoria just before the British captured it … More The Kruger Millions – The Legend of South Africa’s Hidden Treasure

Malaysia’s Museum Of Giant Food – Visiting Penang Wonderfood Museum

The Wonderfood Museum of Penang is a quirky look into the world of food, packed with hundreds of super-sized plastic replicas of delicious foods! It’s located in a historic 1940s colonial building in the heart of George Town. There’s a bowl of noodles as big as a sauna, satay chicken skewers as long as your … More Malaysia’s Museum Of Giant Food – Visiting Penang Wonderfood Museum

The Yamaguchi Steam Train – Riding Japan’s Historic Locomotive

The SL Yamaguchi Steam Train, billowing almighty plumes of dense, oily smoke, is Japan’s most endearing historic train. Nicknamed The Lady, it’s a black iron locomotive built in 1937 that travels between Shin-Yamaguchi and Tsuwano in Yamaguchi prefecture. While Japan’s high speed train lines have pushed the limits of rail technology, the Yamaguchi steam train … More The Yamaguchi Steam Train – Riding Japan’s Historic Locomotive

The Cannonball Lodged in the Wall of the Hotel de Sens

On the 28th of July, 1830, a cannon was aimed at the Hôtel de Sens in Paris. The powder exploded, and the projectile, a lump of iron weighing several kilograms, collided with the stone with a hefty thunk. Instead of breaking the stone or bouncing off harmlessly, it embedded into the side of the hotel, … More The Cannonball Lodged in the Wall of the Hotel de Sens