A Norwegian Christmas

The docking areas are deserted and there’s nobody on the wooden piers, the spot where in summer beer-drinkers and ice-cream-eaters would crowd. The cold wind feels sharp on the cheeks – thankfully, the only exposed part of my body – but other than the humming of the air as it snakes through the brightly-coloured buildings,…

Discovering Baku

Baku had been on my destinations list for quite a while now. From the moment the city opened up to the world’s attention, I had wanted to go there and yet, time after time, some reason would come up preventing the trip from happening. Azerbaijan is just outside the “short weekend” range, so making a…

An Espresso guide to Milan

Travelling far and wide and tasting all kinds of food and drink, we’re quite used to trying stuff of varying quality. It’s part of the adventure, and sometimes unfortunate tastes are what makes a place stick in our memory. As a Norwegian-Italian couple, however, there is ONE drink where we will accept nothing less than…

Monaco, baby!

The sun glistening on the calm surface of the Mediterranean, the sloshing of the water on the piers and the background chatter of patrons in the ubiquitous al fresco restaurants – the scene could be taken straight out of a travel brochure. Except that this is Monaco, a place that requires little introduction, and whose job…

Doha, the Gulf’s overlooked capital

As I step off the plane and into the terminal at Qatar’s glistening new Hamad International Airport, the crowd of fellow passengers chattering around me would give credit to the statistics indicating the Middle East as one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world. The reality, in this case, is starkly different. No sooner…