N A visit to Northern Vietnam is incomplete without a voyage to Halong Bay, one of the wonders of this planet. Listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, it hosts a constant stream of visitors from all over the world and yet maintains its mystery and tranquillity. The legend of Halong, a word which… Read More Mysterious Halong Bay: Here Be Dragons
As I travel around this beautiful and ancient country of France, I cant help thinking about the many peoples of the past who contributed 6o creating its rich civilisation. That illustrious Roman General, Julius Caesar, attempted to define and distinguish Gaul thus: All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit,… Read More Celt, Roman or Gaul?
The name of the fifth largest city in France aptly expresses its relationship to the landscape. Its a place which has been occupied for millenia given its position on the Garonne river and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The Romans called it Burdigala and were responsible for introducing that other important flowing liquid, wine, to… Read More Bordeaux: City of Water and Wine
I’d visited the medieval city of Bouges betore and this time returned to stay for a while and experience the “Illuminated nights”, a specactle of light, sound and colour which literally reveasl the city in a new light. At dusk, starting with the Cathedrale de Saint Etienne, different couloured lighting displayed the gothic magnificence of… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Bourges by Night
Vierzon is a town composed of different “quartiers” or sections, as different from each other as the city is to the country. I’m staying in the medieval quartier, and when I walk through “Le Beffroi” the belfrey of the twelfth century church of Notre Dame, I can feel a residue of the sorcery that the… Read More Vierzon: Medieval Town and Modern City
By chance while exploring (getting lost) in Paris earlier this week, I was stopped from crossing the road by a passing military cavalcade. The golden helmets and silver swords of the soldiers on horseback shone as the weak sun broke through the clouds. How lucky was I to have this dazzling cavalcade of magnificent horses… Read More A Parisian Parade
M is for Markets,Metro, Madame and Memories The markets of Paris are absolutely delightful. It feels like anything can be traded here and not just in goods and money. These are places for connecting and sharing with others. Without fully understanding the words which can be said quickly and in many different accents, body language… Read More M is for Markets, Metro, Madame and Memories