Geisha, shrines and cherry blossoms in Kyoto

We wanted to stay in Kyoto but everything was way out of our price range so we ended up in a cheap hotel in Osaka where 5 nights cost the same as one in Kyoto. They managed to offer the rooms so cheaply by not cleaning the bedding. I was furious. It looked like a…

Exploring Hong Kong

The famous star ferry took us across the calm waters to the main Hong Kong island. We were now in the much swankier area and a pedestrianised causeway led us over the city without having to cross a single road. We then got slowly carried up the worlds longest travelator. It had pavement sections scattered…

First impressions of Hong Kong

So after 30 wonderful days spent in China we crossed the border to its very modern neighbour, Hong Kong.  We headed directly to Kowloon where our hotel was booked. We didn’t want to risk turning up in a very expensive city a couple days away from Chinese New Year without a booking. £23 got us…

Exploring Shanghai

We started our day with a delicious coffee at our hostel with the zen garden and trickling pond in front of us and then headed onto the very easy to follow metro line to East Nanjing Road. It’s a huge pedestrianised road with a variety of shops and eateries. We followed it down to The…

First impressions of China

It’s been a whole year since we were last travelling and that was our road trip through Europe – it’s been nearly 3 years since we were backpacking, so understandably we feel a bit behind the times and like a couple of retirees trying to fit in with the youngsters. We’re planning on exploring Eastern…

Tapas, Churros and Crazy Bulls

Pamplona is home to the San Fermin festival, otherwise known as ‘The Running Of The Bulls’. It all takes place in summer, along with the animal rights version of ‘Running Of The Nudes’. It’s December, so clearly we missed that boat, but it sounded like a nice city to visit and I fancied doing some…

The walled city of Dubrovnik

Arriving in Croatia from Italy, was like leaving Delhi for the Himalayas. Even the ferry was organised and calm; as we arrived in Dubrovnik everyone waited patiently in line and a staff member directed us out. As opposed to arriving in Italy with no staff so everyone honked and used aggression to overtake people. We…

Tantalising Transylvania

Transylvania conjures up the thought of mythical creatures, misty mountains and creepy castles. It’s somewhere I’ve ways wanted to go, a bit like Timbuktu, it has such a nice ring to it and sounds like a place that doesn’t actually exist. But indeed they both do and now it’s time to explore the land of…

From Krakow to The Tatra Mountains

Krakow is Poland’s second largest city and it’s top tourist attraction. Inevitably it’s very busy, so we parked on the outskirts. We had to get a tram into the centre but couldn’t work out what number we needed. A lady of about 60 saw us struggling and pointed to a tram schedule. She didn’t speak…

Exploring Riga and Jurmala, Latvia

We drove south to Riga, Latvia’s capital. It had a beautiful old town full of art nouveau buildings; the finest and largest collection in Europe infact. Faces followed us around the city on the edges of buildings and carved into walls. The old town was a maze of tall pastel buildings, all so well preserved…

From modern Helsinki to medieval Tallinn

We managed to get a free IKEA bus into Helsinki city centre, and repaid them by eating 5 hot dogs, 2 calzones, 1 ice cream and 1 drink for a romantic dinner. I enjoyed walking through the Tori Quarter with its little lane ways and hidden cafés. It reminded me of the lanes back home…

Beautiful Bergen and a taste of whale

We got pretty shit weather for the whole of the Hardangerfjord drive, but it still looked beautiful and the rain only made the valley of waterfalls more impressive. The driving has been a bit stressful as the roads are so narrow and the Norwegians like to leave a huge gap between them and the wall….