Last look

Brace yourself for the last photo dump of the magical Portmeirion! A riot of colour and architectural whimsy. This magical little place is well worth spending a few hours in. In fact you can easily while away a whole day if you try hard enough! As well as the village itself there are extensive gardensContinue reading “Last look”

Colour continues

Yeap, this is indeed the third post about Portmeirion! I’m afraid if whimsical, colourful architecture offends you then look away now! Like a little hobbit town, or child’s plaything, this compact little village sprawls across several levels, never quite displaying all its wares at once. You have to climb stairs, peer around corners, crane yourContinue reading “Colour continues”

More Hanoi MORE!

There’s an architectural oddity in Hanoi that doesn’t seem to fit in with the local style – St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Vietnamese: Nhà thờ Lớn Hà Nội, Nhà thờ Chính tòa Thánh Giuse) It’s a late 19th-century Gothic Revival that serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million CatholicsContinue reading “More Hanoi MORE!”

Various vegetables

Moving swiftly away from the grisly meat end of the market, I’m back on more palatable ground in the colourful vegetable section of Bac Ha market. Mountains of jewel bright carrots, onions, courgettes and bitter gourds tumble to the ground wherever you look. Tiny, scorching chillies, quail eggs and all the fresh herbs you couldContinue reading “Various vegetables”

Bustling Bac Ha

Bac Ha is one of the most colorful ethnic markets of all Northwest Vietnam. It is a fusion of the many different hill tribes that inhabit the Bac Ha mountain district and here you can easily distinguish them by their different colourful traditional clothing. I was in seventh heaven surrounded by the colourful typical traditionalContinue reading “Bustling Bac Ha”

Fantastic fabrics

Established in 1889, Dong Xuan Market is Hanoi’s largest indoor market and is crammed to the rafters with a bewildering array of goods from fresh produce, plastic hair accessories and makeup to electronics and household appliances. Let’s explore just a small section of it below – the fabric floor! Being the daughter of an immenselyContinue reading “Fantastic fabrics”

Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple dates back to 1827 and is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Beneath the imposing gopura are huge wooden doors. Their massive size is quite deliberate, designed to remind the worshippers of their insignificance in comparison to the divine. Devotees believe that ringing the bells on the doors will bring good luck.Continue reading “Sri Mariamman Temple”