The Dutch city of Haarlem comes alive during Christmas, with the arrival of markets, parades, and of course, the arrival of Sinterklaas. It’s a time to explore the lights and decorations in the old town, eating gourmetten with family, going crazy with sweets such marzipan and pepernoten, For visitors and locals alike, spending Christmas in … More Dutch Christmas In Haarlem – What To Do, Eat And See In The Spaarnestad
Paris is a city with endless secrets to discover. Visitors to the city naturally start their trip by exploring the Louvre, photographing the Eiffel Tower, and shopping in the Marais. But, for those looking for some more interesting, quirky, and lesser-known things to see, Paris has much more on offer. From one-ton mechanical clocks hiding … More Unusual Things To Do In Paris – A Closer Look At Paris’ Lesser-Known Sights
You may have heard of the Big Five – the leopard, rhino, elephant, lion, and Cape buffalo, originally named for being the hardest animals to hunt on foot. Today, with hunting largely prohibited, they’re five of most coveted safari sightings by wildlife spotters. But did you know, there’s a complimentary Small Five? They are the … More The Small Five of Africa
Hidden away in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris is the Carousel of Extinct and Endangered Animals, also called Le Dodo Manège. It’s a kid’s ride with an interesting theme that features a collection of extinct or endangered animals. Fancy jumping into the back of a glyptodon, dodo or thylacine for a ride? This is … More Carousel of Extinct and Endangered Animals
When exploring the streets of Tokyo, you might spot a weird and fun sight in the traffic – a fleet of go-karts, dressed as Mario or Yoshi (or even Captain America), zooming around through traffic. This is Street Kart (formerly MariCar), a real go-karting experience that you can do through the traffic of Tokyo! The … More Go-Karting the Streets of Toyko – Is It Safe?
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?
Sydney is proud of their spectacular annual fireworks display for New Year’s Eve. But for the observer watching up close, seeing the show from the middle of the crowd in Circular Quay is a crowded, loud, frustrating experience. There are way too many people, shoving and elbowing to get the best spot. You need to … More Loud, Crowded, Frustrating – Why you should skip the Sydney Fireworks
Japan has taken manhole cover art to a whole new level. In towns and cities all over the country, these discs of street metal have been transformed into beautiful masterpieces. What’s more, the designs of the manhole covers each tell the story of the location, often paying tribute to industries, foods, animals, icons and history. … More The Amazing Art of Japanese Manhole Covers
If Iceland had a national garment, it would surely be the ubiquitous Icelandic sweater, or lopapeysa. Any visitor to Iceland will surely have noticed the rough wool sweaters, with their earthy tones and distinctive geometric designs radiating from the collar. They’re earthy, comfy, and are synonymous with Iceland. But what makes the lopapeysa so popular, … More Iceland’s Iconic Sweater – the Lopapeysa
The tourism industry has been especially hard-hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. Tourists have effectively disappeared all around the world, as entire fleets of airlines are grounded, restaurants and bars shut doors, and mandatory self-isolation laws discourage anyone from leaving home. But what has happened to all those tourism hotspots, normally crowded with sightseers? While many … More How Coronavirus has Affected Tourism Hotspots