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: 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 […]

Guangzhou: Coffee by Design

SIGNLESS COFFEE Nanchao Xin Jie, Qiyi Lu, Yuexiu District. Coffee: Latte Guangzhou is really embracing the concept of the cool cafe with great flair and equally cool design. Here are a few that I’ve come across, some which are – at the time of writing – brand new. How anyone stumbles across this one is […]

Guangzhou: Bread and Bakery

QIU JI CAKE Wushan Lu, Tianhe District. When travelling you have several friends in this world: the internet, a translation app, a plug or adaptor, the library and last but certainly not least the bakery. In the latter instance it can be tricky to find a really good loaf especially in a country like China […]