Reminiscing on British Landscapes

By | 22nd May 2018

My time in the UK is nearing the end and it means saying farewell to people and places that have contributed to a great deal of fond memories over the past two-and-a-half years. All of my previous posts have been about travels away from Britain, so I wanted this post to be about some of… Read More »

Art and Culture in Berlin – Part 2

By | 15th May 2018

Close to Potsdamer Platz and in the same cultural zone as Gemaldegalerie, is a large concert hall known as the Berliner Philharmonie. It is renowned as a venue not only for its architecture but its exceptional acoustics and the uninterrupted line of sight one gets from every seat. One evening on a whim, I attended… Read More »

Art and Culture in Berlin – Part 1

By | 14th May 2018

Berlin is a city recognised internationally as a global hub of culture and creative industry. It has an extensive and diverse range of art galleries, museums and centres for music and the performing arts. It is also home to a large number of film and television companies, media offices, architectural practices, design studios and fashion… Read More »

Potsdamer Platz

By | 11th May 2018

Often when visiting a new city I find it worthwhile and orientating to get some perspective on the city from a height. In Berlin, I headed to Kollhoff Tower, a 25-story office building located within the large public square and traffic intersection known as Potsdamer Platz. Getting to the tower involved a pleasant ride on… Read More »

Zizkov to Hansaviertel

By | 28th April 2018

It was a warm spring morning when I started packing my bags and cleaning up the apartment in Zizkov, Prague. I had it in my head that my train to Berlin was due to leave at 14:21, so around midday I walked to Zizkavarna, a cafe just around the corner, for lunch. At some point… Read More »

Prague

By | 20th April 2018

It was early on a cold and wet morning, almost in the middle of April, when I left Stansted Airport for Prague. It had been overcast and raining periodically in London for several days and everyone was wondering when on earth spring was going to start. In Prague, spring was well and truly underway. It… Read More »

One Last Stop in Delhi

By | 18th March 2018

After dropping our bags and passing through security, we were waiting in the departure hall of Goa Airport with what must have been several hundred other passengers. As I surveyed the space, I counted no less than thirteen different shops, only two of which had customers, and both of those were food outlets selling microwave-heated… Read More »

Goan Backyards and Beaches

By | 14th March 2018

On the day we arrived in Panjim, I was having lunch in a Portuguese restaurant when I met a couple from Cambridge in the UK. They had been in Goa for several weeks and I asked them if they could recommend any good places to stay. They talked enthusiastically about a place they’d been to… Read More »

A Taste of Portugal in India

By | 10th March 2018

The small state of Goa on India’s west coast was unlike anywhere else we had been in India. As we left Goa Airport, the most striking things were the abundance of coconut palms and the heat. It was 33 degrees and humid as we took a taxi towards the state capital, Panjim. There was immediately… Read More »

Agra and the Taj

By | 5th March 2018

The Taj Mahal is a white-marble mausoleum located in the city of Agra, about 200 kilometres south of Delhi. It was commissioned in 1631 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved and favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal who died while giving birth to their 14th child. When Shah Jahan died more than thirty… Read More »