Off the Tourist Trail: A Dispatch from Amsterdam

Amsterdam. A city of gable roof houses and nearly a million bicycles. There are over 65 miles of canals and more bridges than Venice. It’s the city of Rembrandt, Johan Cruyff and Anne Frank. Possibly the most cosmopolitan small city you’re ever likely to visit, it has the cultural clout of a city triple the size. The city of Amsterdam is maybe more famous for … Continue reading Off the Tourist Trail: A Dispatch from Amsterdam

A Day in Historic Yafo: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv-Yafo

Tel Aviv is an anachronism. In a country filled with so much history, the city feels somewhat out of place. In Israel, it’s known as “the bubble”; its self-contained nature leads it to feeling a million miles away from the rest of the country. With less religious tension, a skyline littered with skyscrapers, a laid back attitude towards homosexuality, and Judaism, and a hedonistic nature: … Continue reading A Day in Historic Yafo: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv-Yafo

Johnny’s Falafel: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv

Whenever I visit somewhere new, I like to seek out the “institutions”. Those historic food and drink venues that are as a much a part of the fabric of a city as a Cathedral or a Museum. Often, they even have their own cultural identity. Whether it’s a historic fin-de-siècle café or a famous 24-hour restaurant, most cities have them. London has the Beigel Bake … Continue reading Johnny’s Falafel: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv

Masada, Ein Gedi & The Dead Sea: A Dispatch from Israel

The majority of visitors to Israel will spend most of their time enjoying the beaches and nightlife of the hedonistic Tel Aviv or immersing themselves in Jerusalem’s immense history but there’s a lot more to the Holy Land than these two diametrically opposed cities. There’s a fun excursion available that shows some of Israel’s highlights on a 12-hour, well arranged itinerary, which takes in the … Continue reading Masada, Ein Gedi & The Dead Sea: A Dispatch from Israel

A Surprise Sojourn: A Dispatch From Brussels

I’d always wanted to go to Brussels, I’m not sure why, but it was always somewhere that appealed. On a recent trip back from Amsterdam, we arrived here only for Eurostar to cancel our train. Bad news aside, it was the perfect opportunity to explore Belgium’s capital. Best of all, Eurostar is footing the bill. With only 2 nights and a day here, these are … Continue reading A Surprise Sojourn: A Dispatch From Brussels

A Winning Gamble: A Dispatch From Bucharest

Bucharest wouldn’t have been my first choice holiday destination, in fact, I hadn’t ever considered going there at all, but after several beers in a pub on a cold January evening with my friend, we got to talking about how we hadn’t been away together for a couple of years and how we needed to remedy that. We started flicking through the Ryanair and Easyjet … Continue reading A Winning Gamble: A Dispatch From Bucharest