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
Don’t think of Kyoto as a high-rise supercity like Tokyo or Osaka. It has plenty of buildings, sure, but think of it as a place of culture, tradition, clothes, food, and vibrant colour. Temples, food, kimonos – all these things are celebrated in a city that has no fewer than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sights.
Kuala Lumpur is not an instant charmer. Dirty, smelly, hot and (sometimes) smoggy, it seemed to be relegated to just a transit hub to other destinations. Is this a negative review? Not at all – keep reading! Then you discover the food, and the people, and the charm. Now, I think it’s one of the … More Why Kuala Lumpur might be my favourite transit city
The door of the plane opened, and with a blast of icy needles of rain directly into our faces, I instantly learned two things about Iceland. One – This chilly weather was summer, and two – this blue sky was actually the middle of the night!
Surrounded by Montreal’s downtown city blocks is Mont-Royal, the mountain which gives the city its name. It’s an easy hike, and reaching the top is quite easy. Its humbling presence reminds you that Montreal is quite small, and that the natural world is right on the doorstep. Winter boots. Check. Let’s go!
The streets of Hanoi rumbled into life in the morning like a great machine coughing into life, intoxicatingly fragrant with noodle soup, vibrating with motorbike engines, horns, shouting, conical straw hats, fruit and Buddhist shrines, pulsing and pumping like a heartbeat.
It was bloody cold on my first night in Montreal, something like minus fifteen Celcius. It was almost 10pm as I wandered in circles looking for my hotel in the Latin quarter, still awake with pizza restaurants and jazz bars. I was lost.
Well, it seems that for all these years I thought the London bridge was that famous twin towered attraction, but it was Tower Bridge I was thinking of! (So the song was about a different bridge falling down I guess…) Turns out the term applies to many bridges, and the medieval London bridge from the … More London on foot
I received an urgent radiotelegraph from Alysha in Australia a few weeks ago. A voice crackled over the radio, and immediately I rushed to my desk and placed my cup of tea next to me. It was an old oaken piece of furtniture, with wrought-iron drawer handles and wood deeply etched with the lines from … More A scavenger hunt in Paris
As you know, there is a lot to do in Paris. You’ve probably heard of many of them – great monuments, museums and former castles, art galleries and shopping, eating and drinking great food. But what about trying to track down the little curiosities?