Kissing Chicken

  Tuan Chau, a crowded ghost town "Yes?" answered the monotonous voice, speaking in a heavy accented English. "Hi, we have booked a bus from Ha Long bay to Hanoi for today at 12 and we were wondering when is the bus coming?" It was 12:10. "Yes. Bus coming," he answered, clearly not understanding my ...
27 the gang

“How much longer?” I asked, dreading the answer. “Five more kilometres”, came the discouraging reply. Suppressing a groan, I shifted my position on the bike for the umpteenth time and tried in vain to push harder on the pedals. Five kilometres when you are pedalling on a flat surface is, even for an amateur cyclist …

St Michel from below

  The black and white snapshot above is perhaps the best way to represent the timeless and unique island of Mont Saint-Michel. Few places stunned me as this one: Carcassonne, The Great Wall and the terraced rice paddies of China. And that is not said lightly. If you ever find yourself in this part of ...
Grand Bunker exterior

  “That’s a big ass bunker!” To be frank, I am not sure if this utterance was blurted out by one of us at any point. But gawking at the Grand Bunker, this cliche line can’t help but pop into your head. Looking somewhat like a stout 5 storeys apartment building without windows, this whitewashed …

Calais Hotel-de-Ville

  At the behest of one of them, a group of four friends decided to embark upon a historical tour. Given their shared fascination with the fantastic effort of the D-Day landings, the destination was predictable: Normandy. Precisely 75 years (and almost a month, but I won't tell if you won't) after the momentous event ...
Vienna City Center

  As this wasn’t my first encounter with the Austrian capital, I knew exactly the places I’d like to view again. Rest assured, they were exactly the ones any tourist would expect to see on a short visit. As it happens, Vienna’s essential attractions are relatively close to each other so checking them all is …

Ponte Vecchio

  When we booked the tickets to Italy, the goal was to utilise the four days at our disposal to the maximum. Thus, after the planned one and a half days in Rome — you can read more about that here —  Florence was to be the next destination. The mini-vacation would conclude with the …

Forum

  As Rome wasn’t built in a day, you sadly can’t expect to see all of it in two days. Even the area occupied by the ancient city is quite vast. Just to make an idea, the ancient city walls didn’t even include the Vatican area, which now can be considered quite central. If its …

avinguda del Litoral

It’s that time of the year, so here I am again in Barcelona. Given this was my first visit since I left back for London last year, I felt a pang of melancholy when I got off the plane. Luckily, the pleasant weather and the familiar sights acted as a balm as I set to …