Archive for the 'Travel' Category

Egypt – As seen from the road

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

With Egypt dead centred on the tourist trail this was always a place I thought I’d never say much about, but there was one thing about this country that really was a new one for me: Road culture. On the road in Egypt There is some irony that myself, ever the disliker of motor vehicle [...]

 

A functional old town

Monday, January 9th, 2012

As my plane descended into Marrakesh, I wondered if this would be a place I’d be able to write anything about. At the time I suspected, probably not. This was likely because all my limited imagination had managed to conjure up was an Arabic Bruges, a city which despite being a famous tourist attraction and a great [...]

 

Europe’s hidden middle men

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Lately I’ve been taking a closer look at a curious citizen (or often not) of the European landscape: The street hawker. My first encounter with them was some years ago in Paris. Many many hawkers could be found around the Eiffel tower, selling small plastic LED-lit models of the tower. But here’s the interesting thing: [...]

 

My first 5-star experience, Beauty contest complementary

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

A good number of people I know have stayed 5-star at some point in their lives, Even if only in a very poor country, where 5-star can be had for 2-star prices. I hadn’t even done that. Every now and then I stay in a reasonable hotel, especially when I know the place I’m going [...]

 

Helsinki

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

My recent trip to Helsinki completed my set of passing visits to the Scandinavian foursome. I hadn’t heard a lot of good things about Helsinki before I left, yet, there I was. I’m never put off by people telling me a place isn’t worth visiting, because I always manage to find something interesting which justifies [...]

 

A trully Spanish hole in the ground

Monday, September 12th, 2011

If you’ve spent a lot of time outside of Spain’s main cities (Which I haven’t) you might have observed something I saw when descending on my first flight in: Holes in the ground. Not natural holes, but holes of the man-made kind. Most of these holes were accompanied by work sites and construction machinery, not [...]

 

Zurich

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

One of the things I’ve repeatedly heard about Zurich is how clean and tidy it is. Nothing else really, just cleanliness and tidiness. Well I guess, for a city, that’s a pretty good place to start. So having visited now, What’s my honest take on this? It’s pretty tidy. I mean, I can’t really sit here and say [...]

 

Prague: The perfect antidote to modern urbanism

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Now, if you think I’m about to write a lengthy blog post about the beauty of Prague, think again. Doing so would be akin to writing about the roundness of the wheel, the greenness of grass, or perhaps even the wetness of water. I know you’ve already been to Prague, and I know you’ve also [...]

 

Salzburg

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

I wedged a day’s visit to Salzburg within my Munich trip. There’s not really a whole heap I can say about this place. It’s a small, beautiful city whose main attraction is its’ self. You don’t need more than a day to see this place, unless there’s something specific you’re there for. That said, it [...]

 

Munich

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

After my trip to Turkey I had 4 days in Munich. Munich its self isn’t hugely interesting but there sure is a lot of interesting stuff to see in Munich. It doesn’t need to be said: I’m an engineer first and foremost so of course my most enjoyable experience was the Deutsches Museum. This Museum [...]