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

The World’s Weirdest Dinosaur Museum? Exploring Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum, Laos

Fairy lights in the shape of a dinosaur skeleton. Handling dinosaur bones without gloves. Display cases full of dinosaur toys. The world’s strangest dinosaur museum must surely be the two-room Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum in Laos. It’s tiny, it’s ill conceived, it’s wonderful! The name of this museum is Museé des Dinosaures, and it’s located in … More The World’s Weirdest Dinosaur Museum? Exploring Savannakhet Dinosaur Museum, Laos

Christmas in Kyoto – What to see, do and eat

Winter illuminations, KFC buckets, and romantic dates! Christmas in Kyoto is filled with Christmas spirit, even though it is not a national holiday. All around the country, Japanese people love to celebrate this unofficial holiday with their own unique Christmas traditions in true Japanese style. In Kyoto, there are lots of little charms that make … More Christmas in Kyoto – What to see, do and eat

Admiring Haarlem’s Beautiful Art Nouveau Station

Haarlem Station is an under-appreciated architectural gem in The Netherlands. I was sitting on a lacquered wooden bench, a Hema coffee in one hand, and I couldn’t help admiring one of The Netherlands’ most beautiful stations. It is airy and serene, the only Art Nouveau-style station in the country, and a pleasure to travel through. … More Admiring Haarlem’s Beautiful Art Nouveau Station

What to do in Seville – An illustrated tour through Spain’s historic gem

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. Seville is also full of life, food and energy, and … More What to do in Seville – An illustrated tour through Spain’s historic gem

Beppu – an Illustrated Visit to Japan’s Onsen Spa City

Beppu is the perfect destination in Japan for bathing. This city on Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island, is famous for its geothermal activity and range of hot spring bathing options. Clouds of steam rise from dozens of vents in the earth, creating a very unusual cityscape. There are large public bathing houses built of wood, private … More Beppu – an Illustrated Visit to Japan’s Onsen Spa City