Cardiff: A Different Man

March 12 1983 is the date I left New Zealand to return to the UK and Wales so this date has historical significance. Time and resources dictate swift action so London is lost, exchanged for the M4. Three decades later, ten years after leaving, seven years since my last visit and five years in China […]

Barcelona: Garden Recalled

The clock ticks forward; complex and constant, friend and foe. Andorra is caught between two countries and two towns. France and Spain, Toulouse and Barcelona. As the latter is my first international city I swing round for my third visit and after my night of purgatory at El Prat’s T2, knew just where to go. […]

Bratislava: Red Trams, Red Lanterns

Red is the colour of Wales, and of many other countries including that of my now former home China. I suppose the adage ‘you can take the boy out of China but you can’t take China out of the boy’ seems correct and I continue to be intrigued by Europe’s Chinese diaspora. What led them to […]

Budapest: Subway Glances

BERNINA, BERNINA… If you can remember that jingle then you’ll remember the seventies and it’s that which instantly came to mind on my recent visit to Budapest. In my last blog I mentioned the nostalgic beauty of the Budapest Metro; primary coloured plastic seats fit for Miffy and friends. I am mid-travels at the moment […]

Tallinn: The Curse of the Terrible T’s Continues…

Today’s workshop is brought to you by the letter T, which as you will see is not good luck for me… On a map, any given feature looks the same in 2D, however seeing it in reality from either a plane or in this case a large sailing vessel is all very different. Do ships […]

Guangzhou: Pictures from the Park Hyatt

Went for a wander to the Park Hyatt recently. I have been to the adjacent Four Seasons (in the IFC building) a few times but this was my first visit to the Park Hyatt and its Sky Lounge. Usual wow factor included as well as a partial sunset. *As always, my thanks to the staff […]

Dongguan: Tomorrowland

Disneyland for adults: What kind of imagery does that conjure up? A while ago Dongguan was officially busted for its sex dens and the poor women (whether they chose to work in the sex industry or not) humiliated before the media. So does the city deserve its reputation as nothing more than a seedy halfway […]