Travel Blog: Vietnam: a country in flux

Motorcycle Mania Arriving in Hanoi and stepping out on to the city’s streets is to experience a sensual assault which is unlike anything comparable in Europe. The most obvious difference is the overwhelming number of motorcycles. It is estimated that between them, Vietnam’s two major cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, have approxiamtely 12 million … More Travel Blog: Vietnam: a country in flux

Travel blog: Poland – a troubled history

During our recent trip to Poland, we visited four of its largest cties: Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw and Poznan. It quickly became apparent that Poland is a rapidly evolving country, both economically and culturally, but also a country whose recent turbulent and tragic history is all too evident. The changing urban landscape The image below features … More Travel blog: Poland – a troubled history

Travel Blog: Puglia – Italy’s seductive stiletto

Occupying the southern ‘stiletto’ or ‘heel’ of Italy, Puglia is a long way physically, but more notably culturally, from  the sophisticated modernity of Italy’s northern cities like Milan. Whilst tourists are attracted to its beautiful coastline, the quaint trullis (dry stone conical buildings) in the towns of the Itrian valley, and not least the area’s … More Travel Blog: Puglia – Italy’s seductive stiletto

Travel Blog: Summer in the city – Lisbon

  Fortified every so often with a bica (espresso) and pastel nata (egg custard) Lisbon is a great city to explore. It has overtaken Barcelona (which shares many similar characteristics)  in our affections partly because of its more manageable scale, but mainly because it seems more at ease with tourism and the transition from tradition to … More Travel Blog: Summer in the city – Lisbon

Travel Blog: Bologna – porticos and pasta

Bologna is known in Italy as ‘La Dotta, La Rossa, La Grassa’ which roughly translated  means ‘educated, red and fat’. Educated, because it has Europe’s oldest university (1088) and currently numbers 85000 students across its several campuses. Red, because of both the colour of its buildings and its socialist political allegiance, and fat because it … More Travel Blog: Bologna – porticos and pasta