Category: Travel

The Pisco King

Meet Johnny Schuler, Peruvian restaurateur, celebrity chef, tv personality, master distiller and Medal of Honour winner for his work in promoting the uniquely Latin American spirit, Pisco. We bumped into Johnny one freezing Friday over lunch in The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English when we stepped in from the cold to enter the Plaza Hotel in our dining ‘brag book’. We’d…

a view of downtown LA at dusk from Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Muddle

I’m not a big fan of Los Angeles. To me, the conurbation is a large collection of villages connected by a lacework of freeways with very little attractiveness or  interest in between. This often presents a dilemma as sometimes we’re in LA on a stopover with time to explore the Greater LA area, but no hire car. Other times we…

A few days in Vietnam

Frankly, I’d been too busy to really consider  a holiday, but when Michelle suggested a fortnight in Vietnam, I thought I’d give it a go. Armed with the latest Lonely Planet we came up with suggestions for ground content which I sent to Anne at Travel Indochina to develop a full itinerary. Three weeks later, following vaccinations and visa photographs,…

Oman

My introduction to Doha was a half-day guided city tour showcasing the sea-front Corniche,  Dhow Harbour , The Old Souq (Market),  Equestrian Club,  Falcon Market, Fruit and Vegetable Market, Fish Market, Traditional Market and the city Centre Mall. Thoughts of Doha were overall positive, but qualified. I concluded that Doha is a “Work in Progress”; clean, but a little sterile, and…

Saigon

Sipping a chilled 333 in the window of a buzzy bar on Saigon’s renowned Dong Khoi Street I was taken by the faith and trust complete strangers place in others. The spark of this reverie was the nonchalant way many visitors stepped off the footpath into the path of a tsunami of motorbikes and purposefully strode across the road as…

Beijing

A chilly, foggy Friday morning and we made the 2 hour flight to Beijing. I know it’s 2 hours because we made that flight twice. Turned back just prior to landing in Beijing we returned to Xian airport for a long and frustrating wait in the terminal where we made deletions to our Beijing itinerary to compensate for the lost time.…

Xi’an

The first experience of Xian is an airport very similar in design to Pudong International, if not quite the same scale. We’re collected by our local guide Cynthia, and led to our people mover for the hour-long drive into Xian. On a vast plain, bisected by a number of lowflowing rivers, Xian presents as an unremarkable and quite unattractive metropolis…

Shanghai

The first-time visitor to Shanghai can be overwhelmed by the sheer scale and energy of China’s largest city, also one of the world’s ten largest. With a population touching 14 million occupying an area roughly twice the size of greater Melbourne, the inner urban core is a network of highrise apartments, shopping malls and parks inter-connected by a labyrinth of…

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