Category: Places

  • Beautiful pictures as thousands of Thai monks put on incredible visual display for sacred full moon festival

    Beautiful pictures as thousands of Thai monks put on incredible visual display for sacred full moon festival

    These beautiful images show thousands of Thai Buddhist monks gathering to carry lanterns and venerate a statue of Buddha to mark one of the holiest days of the religious calender. Makha Bucha commemorates the full moon day which falls on the third lunar month of the year. Though sources differ slightly, it is generally believed […]

  • Athens holidays

    Athens holidays

    If the thought of exploring Greece’s ancient world makes your skin tingle with anticipation, you’ll struggle to contain your excitement on a holiday to Athens. The historical capital of Europe, Athens’ landmarks and old ruins are known the world over, attracting history buffs and all types of tourists eager to lose themselves in their imagination […]

  • Insider secrets of Rome

    Insider secrets of Rome

    Heaping plates of light-as-air pasta. Art by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini. Some of the most entertaining people-watching on the planet. Rome is a city like no other. But as welcoming as it can be, to the first-time visitor Rome can also feel a little like an upscale hazing ritual, with winding ticket lines, expensive meals, […]

  • Autumn in Venice

    Autumn in Venice

    Although there are days when tourists outnumber locals by two to one, Venice never loses its capacity to enchant. Summer brings some of the most daunting crowds, but there’s a reason why they come: the sheer loveliness of an exquisite city that seems miraculously built on water. It’s important to remember that, even at peak […]

  • Walking in Moscow’s winter wonderland

    Walking in Moscow’s winter wonderland

    The best way to discover Moscow is on foot. It may seem unrelentingly urban, dominated by cars and towering skyscrapers, but to find the flowering courtyards, icon-filled churches and house-museums, you need to walk through the back streets and pathways. I spent nearly five years doing that, writing weekly walks and features for the local […]

  • Singapore finds its cultural feet with culinary renaissance

    Singapore finds its cultural feet with culinary renaissance

    It is often derided as a cultural desert, but a younger generation of Singapore’s residents and expats is determined to bring an edgier side to the city. They are leading an improvisation drive, chiefly culinary, and the results are rarely dull. Borrowing from ideas hatched in New York and Hong Kong, secret dinner clubs are […]

  • London travel tips

    London travel tips

    The English writer Samuel Johnson famously said, “You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” More than two centuries have passed since Johnson’s era, but his […]

  • Romantic Paris: fashion and lights

    Romantic Paris: fashion and lights

    The City of Light draws millions of visitors every year with its unforgettable ambiance. Of course, the divine cuisine and vast art collections deserve some of the credit as well. The gentle River Seine rambles through the city, flanked by stately museums, centuries-old churches, and blocks of Rococo- and Neoclassic-design architecture, further enhanced by charming […]

  • Discover Rio’s arty side

    Discover Rio’s arty side

    It’s a balmy Saturday morning in Rio de Janeiro and, unlike everyone else in town, I’m heading away from the beach. Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon may be among the city’s most loved attractions, but Santa Teresa, a small district in the hills, is the most exciting place to be. In a city whose reputation was […]

  • Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    Constructed between 1996 and 2007 at the request of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is by far the most popular of Abu Dhabi’s sights, and it’s easy to see why. One of the largest mosques in the world, this house […]

  • Valencia and beyond

    Valencia and beyond

    Eating out The most exciting new restaurant in Valencia is the Arrop Ricard Camarena, set in the spectacularHotel Palacio Marqués de Caro. The owners, Santiago Máñez and Luis Bellvís (the latter a descendant of the last Moorish King of Valencia, Abu Zayd), discovered a large section of the old Almohad city wall when they were […]

  • How to experience NYC in 24 hours

    How to experience NYC in 24 hours

    So, you’re stuck with a long layover in New York City? Before you start making big plans to spend the next 24 hours in the terminal trying to beat your “Angry Birds” high score, consider venturing outside the airport. All three of the city’s nearby airports—LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International, and Newark Liberty International—provide ground […]

  • Touring London landmarks

    Touring London landmarks

    My first memory of London was my grandmother singing me the nursery rhyme, “London Bridge is Falling Down.” I had no idea what it meant or where it was, but all my childhood I knew there was a London Bridge out there somewhere. Over the years I learned about the history of England—not only in […]

  • What to discover in Berlin

    What to discover in Berlin

    Berlin, in Germany, was one of the best travel destination surprises I’ve had in a really long time. I fell so in love with the city during a recent visit that I actually didn’t want to leave. In general, Berlin is a cosmopolitan city, full of energy and life—festive, creative, and smart. It also prides […]

  • Top tips for a Rio de Janeiro trip

    Top tips for a Rio de Janeiro trip

    On Corcovado Mountain, the statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio de Janeiro, “the Marvelous City.” Choro beats pulsate along the coastline, as volleyballs fly over beach nets and the sweet smell of caramelized popcorn lingers around food carts. As Brazil’s second-largest city, this vivacious seaside spot is bursting with energy and is waiting for […]

  • Romantic Barcelona

    Romantic Barcelona

    How do you say, “Barcelona?” If you say it in the romance language known as Catalan, it’s actually pronounced “Barthelona.” Barcelona is the capital of the Spanish region of Catalonia, where the Catalan language was born. From the works of Antoni Gaudí to the lively walking street of La Rambla, there’s plenty to see and […]

  • The best shows in Las Vegas

    The best shows in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is a great place to catch a show. Why? In addition to a fantastic range of entertainment offerings, most of thehotels’ venues are small and audience-friendly. With well-designed, modern showrooms, there aren’t many bad seats in Vegas. This makes the “best seats” a real treat and the “cheap seats” a much better value […]

  • Best ways to spend 24 hours in Miami

    Best ways to spend 24 hours in Miami

    For some, a long layover in Miami, Florida, could mean sitting in the terminal counting down the minutes until their next flight, but for others, it’s just enough time to hit the beach! The next time you find yourself with a flight to Miami and an extended stop, embrace your adventurous side and soak up […]

  • Top hotels in Cancun

    Top hotels in Cancun

    White sand beaches and crystal blue waters await sun lovers in Cancun and nearby Playa Mujeres, Mexico. These top five Cancun area hotels rank among the best in Expedia’s2013 Insiders’ Select™ List of The World’s Best-Reviewed Hotels. The ranking includes a short list of 650 hotels out of more than 150,000 hotel properties and factors […]

  • Bangkok – Venice of the East

    Bangkok – Venice of the East

    Known as the “Venice of the East,” Bangkok is a city that truly beats to the rhythm of the Chao Phraya River. Named by King Rama I as “The River of Kings,” the Chao Phraya River cuts through the heart of Bangkok. It is here that you can visit some of the most extraordinary temples […]

  • Sightseeing tips for a long Singapore layover

    Sightseeing tips for a long Singapore layover

    Did you know Singapore is home to the tallest man-made waterfall? Or that its national anthem is printed in tiny text on the back of country’s $1,000 note? Well, now’s your chance to see these wonders and more for yourself during your next layover in Singapore. Don’t just stand there waiting for your connecting flight—head […]

  • Guide to European river cruising

    Guide to European river cruising

    So you’ve planned your dream cruise to Europe to experience some of the most iconic cities on the planet. River cruising is hot right now and new routes and cruise lines are opening up each year. It’s an excellent way to travel from one destination to another without the hassle of having to pack and […]