Google PlusFacebookTwitter

A roll of the dice in Monte Carlo, Monaco {Photo Junket}

By on Jan 4, 2013 in Monaco | 0 comments

Monaco is the second smallest country in the world after The Vatican City, and is a tax free paradise where the rich and famous live and the rest of us only dream about. Situated in the French Riviera this tiny country entices tourists with its white sandy beaches, the warm Mediterranean Sea,  the famous Monte Carlo Grand Prix and luxurious shopping. I only spent a day here (thankfully for my budget), however everywhere you looked the streets oozed with money and style. One of my favourite attractions was the Monaco Cathedral where American film star Grace Kelly famously married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Whilst hard going for the budget travellers out there, Monaco is well worth a roll of the dice…...

Dubai – Past and Present {Photo Junket}

By on Sep 23, 2012 in United Arab Emirates | 2 comments

Throw away everything you think you know about Dubai, as its more than big buildings, bold visions and cashed up Arab families. Dubai is a fusion of old meets new, a cross road of a vibrant Islamic society deciding on what western values to allow and ultimately, a dynamic story of an old world trading port meeting the robust new world of capitalism. The largest city in the United Arab Emirates is nothing like you imagine and everything that you never knew you wanted. Think Singapore fifteen years ago fused with Shanghai today, and nothing encapsulates this more then by traveling along the Creek in a traditional Abra and in the distance seeing the shinning Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Dubai is a true melting pot of past and present. Yes the city is largely about wealth and if you want to shop til you drop you will be at home. From perusing through souqs of spices and gold, before buying Prada at the massive Dubai Mall. Yet, and to my greatest discovery, you’re merely ten minutes away from Bur Dubai; the rustic, charming and quiet heart of Dubai. Where winding alleyways crowded with spices and goods, meets the old world opulence of the Creek. All encased within the steamy hot weather of the Middle East, which for your perseverance, you will be generously rewarded with cool lime tea and not to mention the best kebab of your life. To me, Dubai is a juxtaposition in my mind and well worth a visit in its own right, rather than a two night stop over that it is often advertised as.                 Have you travelled to the UAE? Let us know your thoughts below. I cant wait to go back and visit more of the Middle East – thinking maybe Oman next...

Borough Market in London {Photo Junket}

By on Aug 5, 2012 in United Kingdom | 0 comments

“Oh food, Magical food, Wonderful food, Marvellous food, Fabulous food, Glorious fooooooood!” was the joyous tune on rerun through my mind as I wandered through the tasty Borough Food Market in London. The Borough Market is a favourite amongst celebrity chefs and locals alike, with a massive selection of local produce and tantalizing gourmet delicacies. Found under the London Bridge Rail Bridges, this market is a short walk south of the Thames in the Bermondsey area and only a few minutes walk from London Bridge Station. From organic sausages to the worlds best brownies, from that perfect bit of lamb for your Sunday roast to blow your socks off cider, as well as everything in between. London Borough Market is easily the best place to spend a Saturday morning, drinking a long coffee and finding those perfect ingredients for a picnic by the Thames. A few highlights of mine: Monmouth coffee is arguably the best in London and not to mention the longest queue; there’s some excellent gluten free options towards the back of the market and the meringue towers will leave you wishing you were in Charlies Candy Mountain. I hope you enjoy these photos and if you’re in London don’t forget to gorge yourself silly because it will leave you wanting “more”…                   Have you been to London Borough Markets? If so, we’d love to hear below what your favorite food was. Mine was easily the huge meringues and the yummy creme caramel pots for...

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic {Photo Junket}

By on Jan 18, 2012 in Sri Lanka | 0 comments

Boom!         Boom!         Boom!         This was no enticing drum sound to woo me deep into the bowel of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic; no, this was a command to follow the many pilgrims into the darkness of the night into the most important Buddhist site in all of Sri Lanka. The site that, as legend would have you believe, contains a tooth from Buddha himself. Smuggled to Sri Lanka by an Indian Princess, the sacred tooth has been at the center of many conquests as for it is popularly believed that whoever holds the Tooth holds the power and the right to rule over the diverse island of Sri Lanka. After stripping your feet from your earth worn shoes and passing over the deep moat, you enter an ornate and spiritual world filled with intricately decorated arched corridors, hypnotic sounds of drums and prayers, the intense aromas of burning incense and the throngs of the pilgrims dressed in white holding offerings to Buddha. On entering the final chamber, waiting patiently for the door that houses the relic itself to be opened by one of the many monks that form part of an elite sentinel for the temple, you will glimpse a priceless golden vessel. No words can adequately describe its immense beauty, elegance and sense of spiritual power that it holds over so many Buddhists around the world, for the vessel houses the Sacred Tooth of Buddha himself.  Draped in exquisite jewels and gems, surrounded by a room of golden light and lush red velvet drapes, you can’t help but be overwhelmed by the sight of people praying, placing offerings and crying, as for some, this is a once in a lifetime experience. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a must see in the city of Kandy in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka and will leave an impression on you for many years to come.               This post is part of the India and Sri Lanka: The Search for the Forgotten Tree blog series. Previous Post Bathing with Elephants in Sigiriya Next Post The Place Where Butterflies Come to...

The Lion Fortress of Sigiriya {Photo Junket}

By on Dec 13, 2011 in Sri Lanka | 0 comments

  If you squint you will see a giant lion entangled in the encroaching jungle, overlooking the Hill Country to the south and protecting the central table of Sri Lanka. If you open your eyes fully, you will see the ruins of an ancient fortress or Sigiriya Rock as the locals call it, resting upon the top of a megalithic rock in a sparse plateau that would once have been a glorious residence for those who dared climbed upon the lion’s back. Photographing Sigiriya Rock is a wonderful challenge as there are so many aspects to shoot. From the rock paintings concealed within the overhanging caves, to the decaying ruins, to the 360 degree views from the top and of course, the mesmerizing rock itself. Lion Fortress is well worth the three hours travel from Colombo and is best experienced in the early morning as the sun rises over Sri Lanka.                     This post is part of the India and Sri Lanka: The Search for the Forgotten Tree blog series. Previous Post Pawing Lion Fortress Next Post Bathing the Elephants in Sri...