The Green Citadel of Magdeburg

The Green Citadel of Magdeburg

I’m a fan of the Austrian artist and architect Hundertwasser. Whenever I find myself in Austria or Germany (where most of his work is) I make a diversion to visit one. In the case of the Green Citadel of Magdeburg I was on my way from Hamburg to Leipzig, and I saw I could go […]

The Speicherstadt, the watery warehouse district in Hamburg

The Speicherstadt, Hamburg - Germany

What’s better than an industrial brick-warehouse district? An industrial brick-warehouse district with canals. The Speicherstadt (city of warehouses in German) is the largest warehouse district in the world built on timber-pile foundations. Knowing how much of Hamburg was destroyed in the war it’s amazing to see so much pre-war industrial architecture that survived (around half […]

A bit of modernism in medieval Zwolle

Museum de Fundatie

I had never heard of Zwolle until the day before I visited. When planning my trip from Amsterdam to Groningen I saw I had to change train there. I looked it up and read that it has a medieval centre set inside a defensive canal. Sold! The old town area is a ten minute walk […]

727 Tran Hung Dao, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

727 Tran Hung Dao

The Saigon city skyline as viewed from an apartment tower in District 5, looking towards the office towers of District 1. The big concrete block that stands out in the middle of the photo is 727 Tran Hung Dao, which is said to be haunted. Looking at it from this viewpoint I wouldn’t say it […]

ArtScience Museum, Singapore

ArtScience Museum

The ArtScience Museum in Singapore is the world’s first ArtScience museum. It exhibits a combination of permanent and touring exhibitions from other museums. The building is built to resemble a a lotus flower and it is next to the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Singapore Travel Resources Singapore travel guide Singapore hotels Singapore photo gallery

Saigon Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Post Office Saigon

Saigon Central Post Office was designed and constructed by Gustave Eiffel (of the tower fame) and was opened in 1891. The building recently got a fresh coat of paint from and under-stated pastel creme colour to this electric yellow. There has been an uproar with this new coat of paint, but it looks closer to […]

The changing face of Saigon

Old and new Saigon

[Old and new Saigon: Bitexco Financial Tower and a French colonial-era building.] I’ve been basing myself in Saigon off-and-on for the past two years, and my first visit here was in 2005. In this time I’ve been watching the city transform as it catches up from decades of underinvestment. It’s an interesting time to be […]

Vietnam Railways Building, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Vietnam Railways Building

I’ve been wandering around Saigon taking photos of old buildings that are fast disappearing. The latest building that is marked for demolition is the Vietnam Railways Building at the Ben Thanh roundabout. My previous featured photo in Saigon was of the Tax Trade Centre which is also due to be demolished. Travel Photos: Ho Chi […]

In Pictures: Beautiful buildings of Detroit

Michigan Central Station - Detroit

Detroit?! You’re going to Detroit?! Why? This was the most common reaction I heard when detailing my US travel plans to Americans. Occasionally I would meet someone more curious who thought it was a good idea, but they were few and far between. They wanted to go for the same reason I did: ruin porn […]

CN Tower, Toronto – Canada

CN Tower - Toronto

This was my second visit to Toronto, and both times I was here for a conference. In fact I have now been to Canada three times, and every time for a conference. I wanted to see more of Toronto this time, so I gave myself a week to do some wandering. Even with the extra […]