Cholon Wanders – Visiting Saigon’s historic Chinatown district

For visitors to Saigon the most popular sites are in a compact area around District 1 and 3. If you have time though I recommend making a visit to Cholon, which is the old Chinatown area, most of which lies in District 5. Cholon used to be a city in itself until it was merged […]

In Pictures: Fairy chimneys and churches of Cappadocia – Turkey

After driving across the dusty Anatolian plateau the entry into the region of Cappadocia is marked by a landscape like no other. It starts off with one or two fairy chimneys, then a whole valley will open up to these remarkable rock formations. [Fairy Chimneys] [Monks Valley – Pasabag] In addition to the draw of […]

Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast

The Black sea Coast of Bulgaria has been a budget holiday favourite for decades. First with the countries behind the Iron Curtain, and now with the countries from the cold north. Along this stretch of coast is a good cross section of Europe with styling urban cities, cheapo package holiday resorts, old fishing villages and […]

Apocalypse Wow! Judgement day frescoes at the Rila Monastery – Bulgaria

The Rila Monastery in Bulgaria is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and perhaps the most well known structure in the country. When you enter the monastery it just looks like an old fort and it doesn’t prepare you for the view that is inside. The monastery is famous for its frescoes by Bulgarian artist Zahari […]

The Tomb of Sir Richard Burton

In the leafy suburbs of Southwest London is a small parish church cemetery that has one of London’s most remarkable tombs. The tomb is of Sir Richard Burton and his wife Isabel. [Burton Mausoleum – St Mary Magdalens Mortlake] Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821 – 1890) was a remarkable man in an age of […]