Snapshot: Berlin

The two young visitors walked beside the concrete wall, taking a close look at the fading graffiti from an era before their time. Beyond were more modern and colourful buildings and the hum of traffic and the dinging of trams and bicycle bells. But on this side they looked incredulous as they tried to imagine living behind this relic. Advertisements

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Down by the river in Budapest

In Budapest, on the banks of the Danube, you get two cities in one: the hilly Buda on the west of the river, and Pest to the east.  Of course, there is plenty on both sides to keep the traveller occupied, from Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion up in the Buda hills over looking the city, to the […]

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Fog and sunshine in rural Laos

The fog rolls in and covers the northern Laos riverside town of Nong Khiaw each morning during winter. You awake to the early morning sound of the first motorised fishing boat puttering its way down the Nam Ou river, and see it disappearing into the pea-soup thick mist. Somewhere out there are spectacular karst hills and cliffs, but they won’t appear again […]

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Feeding frenzy in Luang Prabang

It is one of the quintessential sights in all of Asia, yet the early morning tak bat ceremony in Luang Prabang, Laos, in which Buddhist monks collect their daily alms, has become more a feeding frenzy for the hungry 21st century tourism industry. Despite the annoyance of a throng of iPhone and iPad-wielding tourists intent on grabbing their photo no […]

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Luang Prabang’s secret monk catwalk

Monks are the celebrities of Asia. Nothing completes a photograph that speaks of Asia like a monk or group of monks, either striding past a monument, walking down a street or serenely sitting in meditation in a wat, or under a tree, or by a Buddhist statue, incense sticks burning in the corner. With their bright orange, or safron robes, […]

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