the stunning staircase of an aiirbnb we stayed in belgrade

how to nail a great airbnb

Airbnb… the best or the worst?  Personally, I love them! A great way to have a different experience, save some money and feel like a local. But there are horror stories. Filthy bathrooms, bad location, or places that don’t even…

one of magnificent new kingdom statues at the egyptian museum

5 things to do in cairo that aren’t the pyramids

Cairo is big. The largest city in the middle east. 10 - 20 million people depending on who you ask. Yet most tourists only stay here 2 days. 3 days tops. Huge mistake. Cairo is like an onion. Once you…

beirut

beirut baby!

“Hi, kifak, ca va?” One phrase says it all. English, Arabic and French. Hi! How are you? Fine!…. the quintessential Beirut expression. The perfect symbol of this multi-cultural city. The Paris of the Middle East has had some pretty major…

feeling glam atop the albergo in beirut

my favourite things: BEIRUT

Crazy, wild wonderful Beirut. This glamorous city has it all. Dance all night, smoke shisha with someones grandmother; shop in the chic-est of boutiques. Current and ancient history collide on every corner, sculptures of modern poets and politicians vie for…

detail of the large temple at abu simbel

getting lucky with the pharaoh

There are moments in life when you just get lucky. The universe offers an unexpected wonderful gift. Today was one such day for me. By some unlikely stroke of good fortune, Jack and I had Abu Simbel to ourselves for…

the entrance to the saratoga hotel

my favourite things: HAVANA

 Hop in a ragtop, turn up the music and party like its 1959. Havana is the place to be. Classic candy-coloured cars still ply the streets but the awful restaurants and dodgy hotels of old are rapidly being replaced. The…