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Damien Hirst inspired street vendor

I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man. (Zhuangzi) I found this street vendor selling butterflies in Trastevere, Rome. It reminded me of Hirst’s recent exhibition at the Tate Modern. If…

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Swedish tapas anyone?

A few weeks back I visited my best friend in Stockholm and posted about summer weekend hotspots in the Swedish capital. On my way back to London, because of bad weather in the UK and a security alert in Stockholm airport, my BA flight was delayed by a couple of…

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Good morning Trastevere!

When I am in Rome I fast as the Romans do, when I am in Milan I do not. So likewise you, whatever church you come to, observe the custom of the place. (St Ambrose) In Rome for a friend’s wedding, we stayed in Trastevere for the night. This morning,…

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Postcard from Isola Bella

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in the mirror (Khalil Gibran) Isola Bella is one of the Borromean islands of the Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy. Caroline of Brunswick, princess of Wales visited the island in the 18th century and was so impressed by its beauty that attempted to buy…

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Postcard from Bali

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” –- Henry Miller

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Dim Sum challenge: Pearl Liang (London) vs Tim’s Kitchen (Macau)

I love Dim Sum! I could probably eat them every day! When I am in London I tend to eat them at the same restaurants (Pearl Liang, Royal China and Yauatcha). Since I was lucky enough to be in Asia for a few weeks, I was excited to see if…

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Novels for your travels: Singapore

Browsing the shelves of a bookstore at Singapore airport I found Tanamera, a novel by British writer Noel Barber; and I am so glad I did! This book was so addictive, that I wasn’t literally able to put it down, and I read it on the plane on my way…

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Stockholm summer weekend hotspots

A couple of months ago, my best friend moved to Stockholm to start a new job, and last weekend I was finally able to visit her. Just after work, I jumped on a taxi to Heatrow and flew in Stockholm Arlanda with SAS (I also discovered a brand new Zara…

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