In Dublin’s fair city

“In Dublin’s fair city Where the girls are so pretty I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone As she wheeled her wheelbarrow Through the streets broad and narrow Crying “cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh” Alive, alive, oh Alive, alive, oh Crying “cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh” – “Molly Malone” In Dublin’s…

No rest for the weary. Not on my watch.

London Redux – 1 week in the capital – An assortment of things, part 2 One afternoon, I dragged Mum and my sister from Westminster Station to the Southbank to walk along the Thames and take pictures of iconic sites. We got to the Waterloo Bridge, not quite getting to St. Paul’s as I had planned,…

Gaudí and the Gothic

Un viaje en España – Day 10 – Barcelona After a visit again to Parc Güell, this time to actually enter into the park and the monument, we spied the famous Gaudí salamander sculpture and the undulating, not god-less lines of the monument’s seating arrangement overlooking Parc Güell’s architecture. The rainbow-coloured broken ceramic tiles shunted sunlight around…

The narrow perils of driving in Spain

Un viaje en España – Day 1 – Arriving in Madrid Summer break. There are no two sweeter words to a teacher. I wasted no time. By the next morning after school was out, bright and so not cheerful at 4 AM, the taxi driver arrived to pick me and my friend/comrade-in-crime and take us to…

Then I paint my dreams

Will travel for tulips – Days 4 & 7 combined – SO. Much. Art. I dream of painting, and then I paint my dreams – Van Gogh The Rijksmuseum and Museumplein were so easily accessible by tram. In fact, you could stay most places in the city and be within reach of a tram line. Many…

When you need a little (or a lotta) Christmas

A German Christmas story – Berlin – Christmas markets It is difficult to explain how a German Christmas market smells. A bit of a heady combination of spiced red wine, cinnamon, cookie batter, sizzling sausages, damp earth from a recent rain, and baking bread – it is all of these things and more. My first market…

Apfelstrudel and outdoor art on the Wall

A German Christmas story – Berlin, Day 3 – East Side Gallery (morning) My morning breakfast so far had consisted of a cappuccino and some kind of sandwich at Starbucks. I mixed it up a bit and went across the street to a different coffeeshop. Shocker! I had my usual cappuccino but ordered apfelstrudel instead for…

What to do on Jeju

Diary of an Autumn Leafer – Jeju, South Korea  About a three hour flight from Hong Kong is a small Korean island called Jeju. The island made its living from seafood, and now, tourism – mostly of from China at about 85% of the usual tourist trade. October holiday, a blessed week that we get…

Hearts of glass and oyster shells

Notes from a Pacific Northwest road trip – Chihuly Glass Museum, Space Needle, oysters  Of all the things to see in Seattle – including the famous Pike Place Market – the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum is an absolute, absolute must-visit location. Situated right below the Space Needle, the museum was a gorgeous, bursting-full garden…

Pike Place roast, skim milk, extra hot

Notes from a Pacific Northwest road trip – Pike Place Market & a harbor tour After leaving Vancouver on a particularly grey, rainy morning, we headed back over the border. This time, we had about an hour’s wait at the border crossing, so we chilled in the car with Spotify on and snacking on macaroons…

Granville Market Rapsody

Notes from a Pacific Northwest road trip – Up to Vancouver and Granville Market A morning spent on the boardwalk at Long Beach was a great refresher before the epic journey ahead. Even though it was the end of July, the beach was delightfully quiet, with only a few runners coming along the boardwalk. The…