Reykjavik, you little charmer!

So you just landed in Iceland ready to discover its spouting geysers, threatening volcanoes and thundering waterfalls? Great idea! But wait, what’s the rush? Spend a day or two in Reykjavik, one of the smallest European capitals and a city that might hide a lot more than you expect! Discover these top things to do in Reykjavik: 1. Cool cafés If you are looking for a cosy atmosphere while enjoying your brew, then Reykjavik has got you covered! Take “Café Babalú” for example, it’s like Continue Reading

The most stunning palaces of Marrakech

Marrakech means visiting the famous Djemaa el Fna square over and over again. It also means haggling your way around the souks, but did you know that Marrakech is home to some of the most beautiful historical palaces and religious buildings of Morocco? Follow me as I discover the most stunning palaces in Marrakech! Medersa Ali Ben Youssef Situated in the middle of the medina, this will be one of the first historical buildings you’ll come across. The medersa Ali Ben Youssef is a theological Continue Reading

10 FREE things to do in Belfast

Belfast is slowly rising from its dark past. Wounds are starting to heal and over the last few years, more and more international travellers discover the charms of this often misunderstood Northern Irish city. Less crowded and definitely cheaper than Dublin, you can find just as much ‘craic’ in its famous pubs, just as many historic buildings in the streets and just as much rain… But the best thing about Belfast is that it doesn’t have to cost you a lot! Check out this list of Continue Reading

The diversity of Tirana: from colourful façades to ancient history

“Mëngjes?” I stutter.  The old man at “Freddy’s hostel” looks at me, surprised. “Breakfast? No, we don’t do that here, but you can get a cup of coffee if you want…” At least that’s what I think he says. Between my non-existent Albanian and his non-existent English, it’s anybody’s guess… I am in Tirana, the capital of Albania.  When I got off the bus from the airport last night, the main square was heaving with Continue Reading

The various faces of Mexico City

I have a thing for big cities; a thing for organised chaos and for places that might seem daunting at first. “Cairo? Loved it! Los Angeles? Much better than San Francisco!” So it’s no wonder that the huge metropolis of Mexico City and I hit it off! From the moment I surfaced from the metro station onto the Zócalo, I felt “yep, this is going to be my kind of place!” But the city is big: you’ve got the historic centre, the skyscrapers, the village neighbourhoods, … So where should Continue Reading

The traditional side of Hong Kong

Hong Kong: a city of skyscrapers and endless shopping possibilities. A place where every square metre comes at an exorbitant price and where a constant stream of pedestrians is battling to cross the road 24 hours a day. People looking for Asian mystic and traditions have no place in Hong Kong. Or do they? I wanted to know if there were still any traditional remains left in what is known as one of the most modern Asian metropolises. I’m glad to say, there are. Welcome to traditional Hong Continue Reading

Along the canals of Copenhagen

Stuck on a small motorboat surrounded by other tourists, listening to a guide who’d much rather be somewhere else, could be qualified as one of my worst nightmares as a traveller. The endless picture-snapping, the guide’s lousy attempt at humour, not to mention the selfie-sticks, I hate it all! So why is it then that I find myself at 9.30am on the quay of Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s most popular canal, standing in line for the next departure?… I blame my Danish friends! “You have to do a Continue Reading

The best day hikes in Hong Kong

Forget the steel skyscrapers, the huge crowds and endless shopping centres. The outdoors is where it’s at in Hong Kong! There are endless hiking opportunities around the city that’ll give you the impression of being in a totally different place! The best time for hiking is October through to May.  Trust me, you don’t want to be huffing and puffing in the heat and humidity of the summer months! So put on your hiking boots and off we go for some of the best hikes in Hong Kong! 1. Continue Reading

Eating my way around Hong Kong

“I promise, if you are still hungry after this food tour, you can ask my boss for a refund” says Jacky. Together with 8 other food enthusiasts, I have decided to join a Hong Kong Food Tour with Eating Adventures.  I could do with some insight to be honest, so far I haven’t ventured further than wonton noodles and dumplings and as tasty as they might be, I am looking forward to having a real local Hongkonger show me around the vast array of possibilities and cuisines. So off I go on what Continue Reading

Tel Aviv: from ancient ports to hipster districts

Tel Aviv: to some people the name is synonym with wild nightlife and trendy clubs. Others still associate the place with the conflict of the Middle East… To me, it’s a place I had been dying to see for a very long time! I stayed one week in what is known as the most modern metropolis of the Middle East. It allowed me to discover the markets, neighbourhoods and people of the city.  I learnt that Tel Aviv is difficult to pin down: from ancient ports to hipster districts, this Continue Reading