Ten more minutes

Ramblings from London - and elsewhere.

Kensington Gardens and why being British isn’t all bad teeth.

Apparently, Britishness is about having bad teeth. Who knew? Not I – until a conversation with an American friend enlightened me to…

Lovely Lisbon: in photos

I was really looking forward to seeing Lisbon in winter time. After visiting at the beginning of September 2012 –…

Ek Balam: The tuk tuk, the sub-woofer speakers, the torrential rain … and the ruins.

We hadn’t properly thought through the logistics of the day ahead. There was some basic logic: we were at point A…

Brasserie Zedel is Paris in London

It turns out that you don’t have to hop on the Eurostar for something Parisian, because there is a spot…

Rio Lagartos: A spot of flamingo country

I had read – briefly – about the coastal town Rio Lagartos and its “hundreds” of flamingos (“if you are…

Exploring Tate Britain: Unusual finds

I’ve never professed to being a big art gallery buff, but there is sometimes nothing better on a Sunday afternoon than exploring…

The worst breakfast ever and why ketchup etiquette is important

It’s time to briefly sidetrack from London and travel talk for a quick moan. Because I had the worst breakfast…

Chichen Itza, and the Chichen Itza-grams

There seems to be a lot of negativity surrounding Chichen Itza amongst traveller circles in Mexico. I sympathise. The combination…

Walkie Talkie: Dinner in Britain’s ugliest building

A wise* man once said: “I’d rather live in a cave with a view of a palace than live in…

Casa de los venedos: the dream house

When you were a kid, were you ever asked to describe your dream house? I remember hearing this question several…

Valladolid, Mexico: All about that base?

“Valladolid is a great base for exploring Chichen Itza and other nearby Mayan ruins.” I’ve written before that there is…

Isla Mujeres – and back again

It was my third day in Mexico. I’d arrived to the country late in the evening (day zero), alone, still…

In brief: Garden Y

Are adorable tea shops becoming a theme? If so, apologies. But in the age of Instagram, it’s difficult to spend an…

Inside Banksy’s Dismaland (Photos)

Money can’t buy you happiness – except at the happiest place on Earth. And at its British seaside antithesis? Thanks…

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

I remember the first time I was subjected to reading a Shakespeare play. At 13, I pretty much thought it…

Peggy Porschen tea shop, Belgravia

The best way to find a good tea shop is to stumble upon it. And the best way to stumble…

Portobello Road and time travel

Admittedly, I’m not normally into retro, but Portobello Market is a place that makes me wish that I was born…

Cactus shopping at Columbia Road flower market

Unlike most Sundays, last Sunday I woke up without a hangover – even feeling pretty fresh. To top it off,…

In photos: A walk through Narnia

Last week, we found ourselves on the Narnia trail – built on the same plot of land that is said…

Visiting Amritsar: Golden Temple, border closing and Jallianwala Bagh

Amritsar was the first stop of our India trip that I’d done very little research or planning for. I think…

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