If you have friends who live interstate or overseas, it’s inevitable they’ll travel to your town to visit. They’ll be bright-eyed and bushytailed, ready for an adventure seeped in secret spots only you know about. They’ll also hit you up for your tips – your must-do’s and must-see’s. But what if your roaming friends are […]
Varkala is a sleepy beach town, located about an hour from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of India’s southern state Kerala. In the Malayalam language, spoken in this part of India, Kerala is ‘ker’ meaning ‘coconut’ and ‘ala’ meaning ‘land’. It’s where coconut trees hug the jagged cliffs and coastline while shops line a dirt road for
Soggy clouds blanket Melbourne’s skyline and I trudge along Swanston Street looking for an afternoon espresso. Beyond the boutique bistros, flanked by Bourke and Crossley Streets, is my destination – Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar. It’s at this very spot that Pellegrini’s, Melbourne’s coffee-drinking institution, made its debut by serving shots from freshly ground coffee in 1954.
Bhavna Singh’s haveli, Indrashan, is a sea of white-washed walls. After we pass over the threshold, she receives us in her living room. The room is adorned with trinkets and paintings, as well as photos of relatives and framed moments from special, family occasions. Warm, happy memories smile down upon us, reminding me of visits
Stepping out from residential streets and through a pagoda-styled gateway, a flurry of pedestrians converges on a bustling hub. This is the ancient water town of Qibao, only a 20-minute train ride from Shanghai’s central business area. While Shanghai’s business district is more famous for corporate skyscrapers and remnants of British settlement, Qibao, located in
I disembark from my creaky, old bus. Trucks and bikes groan past, lumbering the steep incline into Daunne. Brakes and horns pump away wildly. Dust clouds around my head. My bus driver has been tearing around hairpin turns along his highway, ferrying travellers through the jungle terrain of Chitwan in an attempt to deliver us
We were lucky enough to spend a weekend away in Creswick last month. We had actually travelled to Creswick last year, but we spent most of our time in the surrounding towns. This time, we spent a day getting intimate with Creswick so I could research for a new article and snap loads of photos.