Philippines – hunting rice fields in the land of headhunters

View of Batad in Banaue

For a long time I wanted to get amongst the famous rice terraces of Banaue in the north of the Philippines. During the month of November I finally made the long drive (8 hours from Clark Airport and 10 from Manila Airport …. ) to this beautiful area. Without the kids in tow we were […]

Adventure in the Sacred Mountains of Chinese Tibet : the Meili Snow Mountains

mdili snow moutain from songtsam lodge

The Meili Snow Mountains are a sacred range of mountains lying partly within the Yunnan Province of China and on the border with Tibet. This range boasts six peaks of more than 6,000 meters and reach up to 6,740 meters. Kawagarbo, the tallest, is also the most sacred to the Tibetans. In the past, numerous […]

Amongst the Dunes in the Namibian Desert

namibie

The Namibian Desert was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites in 2013. The announcement brought back many wonderful memories for me as the desert was one of the highlights of our Namibian honeymoon: the majesty and beauty of the place, coupled with (several) glasses of champagne amongst the dunes, and topped off with […]

A weekend with the Hakka people of Fujian

Fujian Tulou house

They are made of earth, bamboo and wood, can be round or square shaped, the oldest ones are 1,200 years old and they can be 100 meters in diameter. They are found in China’s Fujian province and Americans satellites thought they were nuclear power stations…What are they? The Tulou houses of Fujian.  They were built […]

Kyoto and the Torii tunnels of Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari

What is a tori? The tori is a traditional and spiritual Japanese gate. [Wikipedia definition] Fushimi Inari is THE temple of toriis in Japan. The red gates are everywhere in the temple grounds – there are alleys of toriis, gatherings of toriis, solitary toriis and so on. Fushimi Inari is also a temple that is […]

Mexico – The Pirates of Campeche

streets of campeche

It has been a long time since pirates threatened the fortified walls of Campeche but you can still experience this époque through the town’s well preserved architecture of the period. The streets of Campeche are lined by brightly colored houses of the period accompanied by their owner’s humbug volkswagens of every hue. For us, Campeche is also a […]

In Yunnan, Lijiang a chinese tourist paradise?

Lijang roofs

Domestic Chinese tourists are madly in love with Lijiang. Thanks to a local airport opened a few years ago there is now a daily torrent of tourists flowing through the pretty streets of the old town. Watching this performance is actually a tourist attraction in itself – everywhere there are groups struggling to keep up with their […]

Switzerland- Lavaux, between the grapes and the lake

lavaux vineyards in Switzerland

Last summer, as we were driving along the Lake Geneva highway, I had a glimpse of the Lavaux area from our car. This brief introduction was enough to excite my (chronic) travel bug and put the Lavaux vineyards firmly on my to-visit-list (it’s always the same when I travel …I meet new people, I see […]