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…

Diving into Borough Market

Anglotopia Day 17 – London, Borough Market  Victoria Station teemed with people coming in from everywhere in the UK, and I had a lot of time to kill before I could “check in” to the apartment where I was staying in Pimlico. I wove through the crowds and hopped aboard the Tube, wanting to visit the…

Art and an American diner in London

London Day 2 – Afternoon – V & A Museum Travel Tip #4 – The Victoria and Albert Museum is another great free museum in London. Reserve about 3 hours or more to visit a lot of its rich exhibits and get a feel for its collection. Special exhibits are paid, so if something catches…

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen …

Well, this is how one of them ended up in my burger. My plan for the day was simple: Take the airport shuttle back from the hotel, store my bags, get on the city train, walk from the train station to the Suomenlinna ferry, and take the ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. Despite a hiccup in…

Cafes and cakes and coffees

There is no better place in Vienna to relax and refuel from a long day of being a tourist than in one of the ubiquitous Viennese cafes. Whilst I’m as much a fan of Starbucks as the next person, it seemed almost sinful to choose the ‘Bucks over a local café. A good local café should…