The Voice of the People: Using Foreign Languages When We Travel

As a native English speaker who loves to travel, I’m very lucky. There are countless languages spoken in countries right on my doorstep and unlike some English-speaking nations we know, there are no plans for a wall to separate us and them. But I have yet to travel anywhere where the majority of people who … More The Voice of the People: Using Foreign Languages When We Travel

What do you call more than one octopus? – Spain’s Northwest Corner. Part 3

One of the greatest pleasures of travelling to a foreign country, especially in Europe, is eating (and drinking) out. Of course the new cuisines begging to be sampled are a big attraction and often part of the fame of a city or region. But for me, taking part in the “terrace” culture that seems to … More What do you call more than one octopus? – Spain’s Northwest Corner. Part 3

All Roads Lead to the Cathedral. Spain’s Northwest Corner. Part 2

Religion is the tourism industry’s cash cow. Whether you’re a hardcore religous pilgrim venturing to bow to St Peter at the Vatican, a Hugo/Disney fan searching  for a hunchback at Notre Dame or just simply paying an entrance fee to bask in the splendour of Europe’s countless churches, chapels and cathedrals from a purely artistic … More All Roads Lead to the Cathedral. Spain’s Northwest Corner. Part 2

Clams and Catholics: Spain’s Northwest Corner: Part 1

The Kingdom of Spain is a country of stereotypes. Ignoring the sun-kissed costas frequented by Northern Europeans, even the most culture-inclined travelers still think of Spain as the land of flamenco, tapas, bullfighting and invariably nice weather. Certainly the latter is why so many people visit this country. While these stereotypes do ring true in some … More Clams and Catholics: Spain’s Northwest Corner: Part 1

Royal Real Estate: On the Hunt for the Perfect Palace

Europe is full of palaces, but which is the right one for me? It shouldn’t shock you that I enjoy a palace. It’s true that whenever I’m planning a trip, the presence of a palace at a destination quite often tips the scales. A palace is often the landmark of a European city. It can be the … More Royal Real Estate: On the Hunt for the Perfect Palace

Palaces to Pan-Asian. London: A tale of 2 cities. Part 2.

Part 2: Food and Frozen Beer Walking through central London, you’d have to be blind not to notice how embedded multiculturalism is in this city. I once read somewhere that London is the only city where you can find at least one person born in every other country. And what do we get when we’re surrounded by … More Palaces to Pan-Asian. London: A tale of 2 cities. Part 2.