Our Guide to the Arts and Architecture in Battambang in Cambodia

2018-11-27T18:29:32+07:00By |

There’s much to experience when it comes to the arts and architecture in Battambang in Cambodia. In recent years the charming colonial city has blossomed into an arts hub as graduates from its excellent arts school have collaborated to establish galleries and collectives and organise group shows and arts events. Battambang's impressive architecture is everywhere. Boasting [...]

Exploring the Lost City of Mahendraparvata at Mount Kulen Cambodia

2018-05-10T17:46:29+07:00By |

Exploring the Lost City of Mahendraparvata at Mount Kulen or the 'mountain of the lychees' in northern Cambodia has so far been one of the highlights of our time here as travellers in Cambodia as well as a writer and photographer fortunate to be able to report on groundbreaking new archaeological discoveries. We've been fielding [...]

Lessons on the Road, Educational Travel and Learning Holidays

2019-04-23T19:20:12+07:00By |

I travel to learn. I think I’ve always travelled to learn — to learn about places and about people, to learn about the past and the present, to learn about the world. For me, learning holidays and educational travel are the most enriching forms of travel. They are what motivate me to move and represent the [...]

Absorbing Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW

2019-01-29T13:14:02+07:00By |

Last week the winners of Australia’s most important and most talked-about annual art contest, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, were announced and the exhibition of finalists opened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney’s and Australia’s premiere art museum. During the final days of last year's exhibition, we met Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head of [...]

A Local Guide to Sydney Architecture

2019-01-29T14:03:38+07:00By |

The Sydney Opera House is Sydney’s most recognisable asset and a cornerstone of Sydney architecture. Every time we return to Sydney and we see it, we’re home. The story behind the commissioning and construction of the Sydney Opera House is a narrative that leaves few participants with any honour in the creation of one of [...]

A Grantourismo Guide to Love, Romance and Local Travel

2019-06-06T17:17:03+07:00By |

I was asked to craft a Grantourismo-style romantic city escape or luxury honeymoon holiday, a break focused firmly on love and romance but one involving a slow, local and experiential travel, and a lot of food and wine. Grantourismo's romantic city escapes and luxury honeymoon holidays Barcelona, Spain Stay The intimate ABaC Hotel, designed by architect Antoni de [...]

Spa Break, Bootcamp, Massage School — Blissing Out, Skilling Up

2018-11-26T16:37:33+07:00By |

Spa break, bootcamp, massage school... as I’ve been doing research online to see if there are any mass alms-giving ceremonies coming up in Thailand over the next two months that will give me the opportunity to re-shoot the photo on that holiday that you helped us win, I've also been thinking about the kind of [...]

Coffee Cupping at Market Lane Café in Melbourne

2019-01-28T12:41:52+07:00By |

Coffee cupping at Market Lane café in Melbourne had been recommended to us by a guide on one of the market tours we did. Melburnians are obsessed with their coffee and cafés and see Melbourne as a global coffee-making capital. Does Melbourne make the world’s best coffee? We were about to find out. The best coffee we’d had was at Market Lane’s [...]

Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Windsor, a Melbourne Tradition

2019-01-28T12:48:27+07:00By |

Afternoon tea at The Hotel Windsor is a quintessential Melbourne experience for many, and for locals as much as tourists. While afternoon tea may currently be in vogue — it was inevitable it would follow on from the cupcake fad — the Hotel Windsor has been serving its traditional afternoon tea continuously since 1883, and it’s as [...]

Lao Cooking Course on an Organic Farm in the Luang Prabang Countryside

2018-10-09T09:59:36+07:00By |

We’re doing a morning market walk, followed by a Lao cooking course on an organic farm in the Luang Prabang countryside, with sous-chef Anousith from the beautiful Amantaka resort. When I ask Anousith where he’s from, he responds “Luang Prabang," and grins. "But my home is the morning market.” It’s early morning in Luang Prabang and while the [...]

Tamarind Lao Cooking Course in Luang Prabang, Laos

2016-11-08T18:39:56+07:00By |

After our Phousi Market walk with Joy Ngeuamboupha, the owner and chef of Luang Prabang restaurant Tamarind, we drive to Joy’s cooking school in the countryside to begin our Lao Cooking Course. The Tamarind Cooking School is in a fantastic, airy, open-sided bamboo and palm frond pavilion by a lotus pond. There's plenty of bench space and [...]

Learning About Lao Cuisine on a Market Walk in Luang Prabang

2015-08-14T13:13:45+07:00By |

It’s safe to say that Lao cuisine is not known very well outside Southeast Asia — unlike Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. Lao food hasn’t reached the level of popularity — and ubiquity — that other Southeast Asian cuisines have in the West. Laos cuisine has stayed as mysterious as the country itself — which is exactly why [...]

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