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These are the food markets every traveller should visit

Every self-respecting ‘foodie destination’ likes to promote its food markets. It’s natural since much of what we eat are inspired by the ingredients around us. Invariably, when you visit these places on a gourmet-centric trip, you get dragged around them to marvel at how incredible they are. While some are indeed impressive, and form a…

Travel preparations: Becoming a packing pro

I will admit it: I am truly awful at packing. It’s the sort of thing that should take minutes but it just takes me hours. When I first started travelling and packing for myself, I would always forget something. Usually, it was my toothbrush and, at one point, I had four on the go because I…

Spring in Richmond Park

Stag silhouette, Richmond Park

Spring is one of the best times to visit Richmond Park, the largest of the royal parks in London. With any luck, we’ll have had some good weather in London, which means that the first green shoots are just beginning to garnish the trees while the fiddleheads are struggling their way through previous year’s fallen leaves….

A long weekend in Liguria

Coastline, Sestri Levante

It’s been a while since I was in Liguria. Almost a year in fact. But I still vividly remember its beautiful coastline and the rusticity and authenticity of its food. Yes, I think this part of Italy has a special sort of romanticism to it that’s difficult to describe with words. Maybe not even a…

48 hours in Bohuslän, West Sweden

Harbour in Grebbestad in Bohuslan, West Sweden

On a surprisingly warm weekend in October this year, I took my mother for a short break to Bohuslän in West Sweden. It’s a part of the country that I hadn’t visited before and the promise of good food and rugged coastline had long piqued my interest. But it was really the offer of a three-day break,…

August: Wine travel in Stuttgart

Vineyards outside Stuttgart, Wurttemberg, Germany

Despite being inside a well-known beer loving nation, it’s actually wine that dominates Stuttgart. This is thanks to a local count who banned the production of beer so he could sell the wine he produced centuries ago.

July: Sip tea in Chengdu’s parks

Playing mahjong in Cultural Park, Chengdu, China

For around RMB$20, you can spend a whole day nursing a constantly replenished cup of loose leaf tea, play mahjong or read under the cooling shade of the dense foliage overhead as the cicadas sing their brave song.