Travelling to a new area of the world can be a life changing point for many people. At last, you’ll be able to experience everything there is to offer – and learn that it’s not so scary after all. Africa… Continue Reading →
Cape Town and the neighbouring areas offer visitors an activity packed and fun-filled vacation. Sitting at the very bottom of Africa, it’s a multi-cultural city that has shaken off discrimination and evolved into a destination for diversity and acceptance. It… Continue Reading →
Tanzania is full of incredible places. Destinations that are so diverse, it’s impossible to say that one place or another is the ‘best’. Yet, sometimes when travelling to Tanzania, you come across a magical destination. A place that speaks to your soul and rejuvenates your spirit.
Beezie was one tough lady. She lived in sweet isolation on Cottage Island, a former leper colony, in the middle of a lake near the town of Sligo, Ireland. She rowed herself ashore to swap her potent home brew for produce at the market right up until she passed away. There was a joke that the fish stall would be empty the next day; the trawlers would not set sail as the fishermen would all be suffering a dreadful hangover. As we gently paddled past her former home I admired her tenacity and grew envious of her tranquil residence.
If you have ever wondered how a penny managed to find its way into an impossibly small bottle then the answer lies in the city of Sunderland.
Sunderland’s association with glass goes all the way back to the times of the medieval monk Benedict Biscop, who introduced glass to Britain when he hired French glaziers to put windows into his nearby newly built priory in 674 AD. Then in the 18th century the glassmaking industry boomed on the shores of the river Wear as the great shipping links brought in a large amount of good quality sand from the Baltics plus there was abundant cheap local coal. It was even the British centre of revolutionary bakeware Pyrex for over eighty years. The National Glass centre in Sunderland is not only a celebration of the area’s importance in the history of making glass but also provides a learning zone and a creative hub for artists that love to use glass.
The Mekong Delta is the rice bowl of Vietnam and one of the world’s most productive agricultural areas. It is an immense maze of paddy fields and canals covering an area the size of Wales. Three friends (Fiona, Kate, and Tomo) spent two weeks cycling around the Delta on vintage local bicycles and were completely won over by this area of Vietnam’s charms. In this post, they tell you why, and how, you should do a similar trip!
‘The history of York is the history of England’ remarked King George VI. Since its founding as a garrison for the Roman army, this northern city has featured in many important prominent moments, from the marauding invaders the Vikings to warring Kings and Nazi bombings. The town just oozes bygone times, with its Norman churches, Medieval shops, and Cold War bunkers. As a former busy port that rivaled London York was and a centre for spiritual study and worship, York suffered under the new religious regime of the Tudors but later found new purpose as the centre for the railways. At every corner, York has a heap of heritage to explore.
Name some famous Dutch things. What comes to mind? Windmills? Clogs? Cycling? Cheese? Pancakes? Blue and white pottery? If you are short on time skip Amsterdam and instead visit Zaanse Schans and then pop over to Delft to get an iconic Netherlands experience.
“The dance between darkness and light will always remain— the stars and the moon will always need the darkness to be seen, the darkness will just not be worth having without the moon and the stars.” The quote from C. JoyBell C. perfectly sums up why light festivals are the perfect start to enjoying long dark northern European nights. Popping along to the UK’s largest light festival ‘Lumiere Durham’ in North East England was a wondrous winter treat.
Stone Town in Zanzibar is a secret foodie heaven. Day one: devour delicious smoothies at Lazuli, discover the delight of street food ‘Zanzibar Mix’, sink sundowners atop Africa Houses’ roof and feast at Forodhani night market. Day two: start with a bang at Zanzibar Coffee House, wander through the local markets and lunch at legendary Lukmaans, with a grand finale tasting safari at Emerson Spice.