Tag: 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 […]

  • Classic post type 4

    Classic post type 4

    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 […]