The Promenade Plantée, Paris’ Secluded Elevated Park Walkway

Paris has some famous and beloved parks. The Jardin des Plantes, The Tuileries, and the Jardin du Luxembourg are all famous green spaces that Parisians and visitors love. However, there’s a little-known park that is just as wonderful as any of these – the Promenade Plantée. It’s elevated up to 10 metres above the city, … More The Promenade Plantée, Paris’ Secluded Elevated Park Walkway

French Tarts and Sweet Desserts: The Illustrated Guide

French bakers have perfected the art of baking the humble tart, creating delicious and refined treats for the taste buds. From sweet old classics like the tarte au chocolat and tarte tatin, to regional favourites like the tarte Tropézienne, and even the seasonal tarte aux mirabelles, here are some of the most mouth-watering French tarts … More French Tarts and Sweet Desserts: The Illustrated Guide

Taiyaki – Japan’s delicious fish-shaped street food!

Japan has lots of wonderful sweet treats that you can find in markets and shops. Glutinous mochi with red bean paste, leaf-shaped momiji manjū, humble dorayaki. But there’s one which is my particular favourite – the fish-shaped taiyaki. Taiyaki translates to ‘baked (yaki) sea bream (tai)’, hence the way it is traditionally served in the … More Taiyaki – Japan’s delicious fish-shaped street food!

The Grave of Victor Noir – Is This Paris’ Sexiest Tomb?

The grave of Victor Noir is one of the most unusual resting places in Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery. The effigy of Noir is lying on his back, and while normally a greenish-bronze, he has a brightly polished crotch and lips from frequent rubbing. In modern times, Noir’s unusual tomb has become a symbol of fertility and … More The Grave of Victor Noir – Is This Paris’ Sexiest Tomb?

Why don’t Dutch people close their curtains?

When I was living in The Netherlands, I was intrigued by one minor aspect of Dutch living. Why don’t Dutch people close their curtains? I am not alone in wondering what’s going on here. After some Google searching, it looks like others have tried to explain this habit. While obviously we can’t generalise about everybody, … More Why don’t Dutch people close their curtains?

Sketching Nikkō, Japan’s UNESCO Temple Town

Something strange happened when the clocks hit 5pm in Nikkō. The town suddenly fell quiet, the people disappeared, the shops shut their doors, and restaurants turned their ‘open’ signs around to ‘closed’. The sun went down in a haze of muted oranges and purples, a chilly evening began to creep in, and we were left … More Sketching Nikkō, Japan’s UNESCO Temple Town