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

Discovering Amazing African Animal Crossing Signs

Africa might be the continent with the world’s best road signs. With so much incredible big game living across the vastness of the continent, it’s no surprise that motorists should be warned of a giraffe crossing the road, or elephants ahead. On a road trip through many of Southern African countries, we encountered a lot … More Discovering Amazing African Animal Crossing Signs

The Plain of Jars – The Mysterious Stone Burial Artefacts of Laos

With all the mystery of Stonehenge, South-East Asia’s Plain of Jars has captured the imagination of archaeologists and visitors for decades. Across the Xieng Khouang Plateau in Laos’ highlands is an ancient archaeological mystery that is both fascinating and bizarre – a collection of massive stone artefacts with an unknown purpose. The jars are huge … More The Plain of Jars – The Mysterious Stone Burial Artefacts of Laos

Kampot Pepper – How Cambodian Farmers Rose To Be The Best In The World

On expansive farms in the green hills outside Kampot, Cambodia, are long green vines wrapped like snakes around 12-foot high brick towers and bamboo poles. Dotted along the bright green vines are small fruits – peppercorns – one of Cambodia’s finest export crops. The pepper farms of Kampot produce pepper which has been cultivated for … More Kampot Pepper – How Cambodian Farmers Rose To Be The Best In The World