I’ve used coloured pencils for years now, and I love using them for their versatility, ease of blending and burnishing, and ability to add fine detail. But I was curious to try out a new medium that looked really fun, the wonderful alcohol-based Copic marker. I wanted to throw myself into an ambitious challenge to … More Copic Marker Challenge: Recreating Rembrandt's masterpiece The Night Watch
Anyone who has spent 5 minutes in a Dutch city knows that bicycles are the undisputed transport king in The Netherlands. The Netherlands is the perfect country for cycling. The landscapes are flat, cities and towns are close together, and there’s a stunning 35,000km (22,000 miles) of dedicated cycle lanes criss-crossing the country. And that doesn’t even include … More The ultimate Dutch bicycle guide
Travelling to Iceland is a journey to some of the wildest, most breathtaking scenery in the world. It’s an arctic circle island where glaciers meet volcanoes, creating otherworldly landscapes. Geysers blast boiling water out of portals in the earth, glacier ice washes up on ink-black beaches, and rushing waterfalls fall off geometric columns of basalt. … More Iceland Ring Road – the ultimate 2 week road trip
Travel bloggers come in all shapes and sizes. There are digital nomads and Instagram influencers, know-it-alls, adventure junkies, SEO wizards, and people who are just documenting a holiday. To keep track of all of this, I’ve made a list. Here are the main travel blogger archetypes that I’ve come across blogging, listening to travel podcasts, … More The different types of travel bloggers
Lier is one of Belgium’s undiscovered gems. It is a historic town on the river Nete where little seems to have changed since the 13th century, and makes for a history and culture lover’s dream. Not one, but two UNESCO sites can be found in this tiny place. From the impressive Belfry to the brilliant … More Lier, Belgium’s undiscovered medieval town
My bowl of udon tempura was so small, it fit into the palm of my hand. I couldn’t eat it either, because the chopsticks were the size of toothpicks. It was, however, extremely fun to make. In Mayuka’s Bonchi studio of miniature plastic food, we sliced tiny clay noodles, painted little shallots, and poured epoxy … More Kyoto in sketches: Japan’s cultural heart
Seville is completely entrancing. This Spanish city feels like it has history written into every sandy-coloured stone and decorative blue tile. There’s a rich cultural heritage here, a melting pot that resulted from centuries of architectural evolution, fusion of cultures and shifts in political power. Of course, there’s the cultural heritage and architectural wonders… but … More What to do in Seville – An illustrated guide to Spain’s cultural gem
Anyone who’s travelled to France has surely walked into a French boulangerie or patisserie, only to find a colourful, spectacular (and sometimes overwhelming) array of delicious cakes, pastries and desserts in the vitrine.
Sigirya, an ancient fortress situated on the top of a colossal 200-metre high column of rock, is sometimes considered the eighth wonder of the world. It’s a geological wonder, a fascinating archaeological site, and a challenging hike, all rolled together. Sigirya is the must-see destination in Sri Lanka. Simply put – it’s amazing.
Dambulla temple is Sri Lanka’s best preserved cave temple complex, one of the country’s fantastic UNESCO world heritage sights. It’s a decent climb to reach the caves, but the reward are five sanctuaries with outstanding wall fresco paintings, images of past kings and queens, and many golden statues of the Buddha.