The Great Wall. The Forbidden City. Ancient City of Ping Yao. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Historic Monuments of Dengfeng. Yes, indeed, China has a laundry list of ancient architectural icons. The new architectural landscape of the People’s Republic, however, may yet produce more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than the Ming Dynasty. And this ... More
Rum was once the tipple of choice in Australia (and, moreover, a form of currency) and wine is all the rage today. But beer, sweet beer, has a special place in Oz. Here’s a rundown of joints where atmosphere and taste collide.
The United Kingdom is known as a sanctuary for ramblers, traipsers and trampers but some destinations do better than others. With that, discover ten of our favourite pedestrian friendly towns in the UK.
The term “small town America” invokes specific imagery that transcends place (is it Connecticut, Alabama, or North Dakota) but seems set in a particular time. As much as we adore the seductive urban joys of a Los Angeles or Manhattan, we do concede that to discover the real U.S.A., you have to get beyond the ... More
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You’ll love every second of Sydney in Winter. From the blue skies to golden sunsets, sunny days and vibrant nights. There’s something exciting happening every second of every day. Sydney comes alive during Winter with big-city shopping and some of Australia’s best dining experiences. Shop clique or pick up something vintage. Taste traditional, go cultural … More
Japan is recognised worldwide as a tech-savvy, fastidious, on-the-go civilisation with a deep reverence for tradition. Somehow, the country manages to balance the two. Enter the ryokan, a singular style of accommodation with inherent customs and mores that harken back to the early Edo period and well beyond. Typical ryokan breakfast – Photo credit Ryokan, … More
As a scatter of paradisal island goodness and paramount springboard to the mother of all reef systems, the Whitsundays simply rule. The loose archipelago off the central coast of Queensland lures over 700,000 annual visitors – a modest total, in all honesty, which keeps the prestige factor intact and saves the pristine chain from overt … More
Though the once-powerful Duchy of Normandy is no more, you can still patrol the north of France and take in venerable Norman culture. The modern regions of Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) and Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy), smack between a Bretagne (Brittany) and Picardie (Picardy) baguette sandwich, roughly correspond to the traditional area of yore and command a … More
Las Vegas is all about hotels. No question about it, Sin City is a petri dish of urban hotel resort R&D, where moguls drop major coin to lure the best starchitects, celeb chefs, designers, publicists and promoters. Sure, slots and table games still beget filthy lucre but face it – for the new breed of … More
In the thick of the best time for surf in the Southern Hemisphere, we thought it high time to catch up with the ASP World Tour. The most recent event was in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, a stellar wave hub outside of Port Elizabeth. Durban-born Jordy Smith won over the crowd and took home first … More
France is not one big crÃªpe, lobe of foie gras, baguette, croissant or dollop of mayonnaise. Moreover, even that foremost Bible of Gallic cookery, the Larousse Gastronomique, has some holes in it. It pays dividends – huge, delicious dividends – to get out of Paris, Lyon and the CÃ´te d’Azur to mine culinary gold in … More