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

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

Maze-like streets and rain-drenched plazas: A Dispatch From Seville

Sevilla, the capital of Andalucía. The city of sunshine, flamenco, and orange trees. Possibly the most Spanish of Spanish cities and the most exotic of European cities; the bullfighter is still adored and the multi-coloured streets lend an air of colonial Cartagena. The very name conjures images of sultry evenings spent picking at tapas and drinking vino tinto elbow-to-elbow in a packed bar down a … Continue reading Maze-like streets and rain-drenched plazas: A Dispatch From Seville

London from Above: A Dispatch from The Shard.

Despite being open for over 5 years now, I’d never made it up The Shard. You don’t often get a chance to be a tourist in your own city, what with life and work getting in the way. However, it’s been on my must-visit list since it opened; mostly because you cannot travel anywhere in London without its looming presence casting a shadow over the … Continue reading London from Above: A Dispatch from The Shard.