Vilnius: Scene of a Hundred Churches, Scent of a Thousand Women

I’ve been fascinated by Vilnius for years mostly because it sounds like some sort of futuristic domed city on some distant planet only the Starship Enterprise would visit, or failing that, The Jetsons. The reality is despite the clutch of gleaming modernist new builds over in Snipiskes and the TV tower everything is much more […]

Riga: Baltic River Town

At 10am on the 10th of July I pull out of Tallinn bound for the next Baltic capital Riga. In the row before me is an American family and opposite a Lithuanian tour guide. Like Helsinki and Tallinn it will be my first time there and again there are wrangles with Hotels who want firm […]

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 […]

Helsinki: A Correlation of Worlds (between Finlandia and the Antipodes)

There is no doubt there is a clear delineation between my formative years in New Zealand and Finland. Both are known as clean, green destinations. Both are sparsely populated, both have risen from relative global slumber to be desired liveable countries and both now command a good degree of personal wealth to be able to […]

Guangzhou: The Psychogeography of West Haizhu

Earlier this year during the winter vacation, I took to exploring the lesson known nooks and crannies of my island home of Haizhu, these pictures illustrate what I found. The walk: Alighting the metro at Baogang Dadao, I made my way to Zhuangtou Park. At its western end I turned left onto Nanbian Lu, then […]

Guilin: Postcard from the Present Past

Have you ever planned to go somewhere for a while and it kept being put off and then you finally get round to booking it and then you wait another week and when the day comes you have to pinch yourself it really is the date on your ticket and this is it. Next comes the […]