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 guide to Spain’s cultural 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. Of course, there’s the cultural heritage and architectural wonders… but … More What to do in Seville – An illustrated guide to Spain’s cultural gem

Beppu: an illustrated guide to Japan’s 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 guide to Japan’s spa city

Why Hiroshima is Japan’s most underrated city

Hiroshima is a vibrant, friendly and charming city. Of course, Hiroshima is best known for the atomic bomb which destroyed the city. But there’s a lot more happening in this city than just a tragic past. Hiroshima is amazing for foodies. Long shopping arcades seem to be endless. There’s a castle to explore, a museum … More Why Hiroshima is Japan’s most underrated city

Visiting Nara – is it best as a day trip or overnight stay?

Nara might be the perfect day trip. Easily accessible from Kyoto and Osaka, friendly and quaint, with plenty to see on foot in a just a few hours. But what are day trippers missing out on? Dinner menus unique to Nara, for one, and excursions out of the city. So is it worth extending a … More Visiting Nara – is it best as a day trip or overnight stay?