As the year turns…

Dates don’t mean much to us. As the days, then the hours and finally the seconds flow past and mark the end of 2017, we are not ones who would expect to wake up in 2018 feeling renewed, nor even a little changed. The “New Year, New You” wave of enthusiasm that every TV programme,…

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…

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…

Musings on travelling solo

For a blog that is purportedly about a couple travelling, a lot of the stories that appear on these pages are, somewhat confusingly, about going solo. I travel a lot for work. Whether it’s in a cool and trendy European destination or slightly far off the beaten path, I have the privilege/curse of being shipped, with…

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…

A street food London hike

The slight uphill gradient as you walk up Greville Street, away from Farringdon station, is not very steep, but on a warm day, walking at a good pace, it elicits a bead of sweat from my forehead. It’s not exactly how many would imagine “relaxing on a day off” to be, but we are on…