Brisbane Part 2: Healing Greens

MAY 2014… Brisbane might have a reputation as an art lover’s haven, but it is also a tree lover’s haven. Green spaces in Brisbane are not just your run-of-the-mill park with a few trees and bushes; they are entire destinations on their own. Escape the downtown crowds at Roma Street Parkland. Unwind your day at… Continue reading Brisbane Part 2: Healing Greens

Brisbane Part 1: An Art Lover’s Haven

MAY 2014… Brisbane is the third-most populous city in Australia. It sits on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, its name which it takes after. Brisbane is an art lover’s dream, with world-class museums and art galleries (most are free admission), lovely bridges and weekend craft markets. A perennial cool breeze blows throughout the… Continue reading Brisbane Part 1: An Art Lover’s Haven

The Great Ocean Road

JULY 2011… There is a reason why coastal drives are so popular: the views are simply amazing. From sheer cliffs to rock formations to gorgeous sunset views, there is never a dull moment. And one of the world’s best coastal drives is right here in Australia. The Great Ocean Road is a 400-km scenic drive… Continue reading The Great Ocean Road

Melbourne: Coffee & Cultural Capital

JULY 2011… Over the years, my appetite and taste for holiday destinations changed. When I was in my 20s, I was more adventurous and willing to go along with some crazy things my travel companions suggested. Now that I’m in my 30s, I look forward to a more relaxing vacation, somewhere that is closer to… Continue reading Melbourne: Coffee & Cultural Capital

Lucerne: Small Town Charm

JUNE 2011… For my next excursion, I went to Lucerne, a popular city 52 km southwest of Zurich. Sitting on the edge of yet another river-lake (this time Lake Lucerne and River Reuss), Lucerne was just the right size for a day trip. The scenery en route from Zurich to Lucerne. The experience started right… Continue reading Lucerne: Small Town Charm

Zurich: A Pleasant Surprise

JUNE 2011… Zurich is one of the largest financial centres in the world. Most travellers enter Zurich to conduct business rather than sightseeing. Tourists to Switzerland typically head to the Alps or the more scenic cities of Geneva and Bern. I was also more interested in using Zurich as a base to hop to other… Continue reading Zurich: A Pleasant Surprise

London Part 2: River Thames & Hyde Park

NOVEMBER 2008… London is a city built on the banks of the River Thames. As such, many bridges traverse the waters. The most attention-grabbing of them all is the Tower Bridge, with it looking like a replica out of a Disney movie. Many people mistake Tower Bridge for the London Bridge in the childhood nursery… Continue reading London Part 2: River Thames & Hyde Park

London Part 1: Old Favourites

NOVEMBER 2008… London was second on my list of European destinations to visit. But in fact, I had wanted to visit London as much as I did Paris. As luck would have it, these two cities are a mere 2-hours-odd train ride away from each other, so I happily bundled them together into the same… Continue reading London Part 1: Old Favourites

French Riviera Part 3: Monaco

JANUARY 2008… Our last stop was none other than Monaco, the next major destination on the French Riviera after Nice. Monaco is an independent city-state bordered by France, but there are no border formalities between them. At just 200 hectares, Monaco is the second-smallest country in the world (after the Vatican City) and the most… Continue reading French Riviera Part 3: Monaco