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Halen Môn – A Real Salty Sea Blog

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I like my food, but I’m no scientist. So when I’m invited to learn how the UK’s most famous sea salt is hand-made on the Straits of Menai I’m intrigued, but wonder if I’ll actually understand the process behind it all. It turns out I’ve got nothing to worry about, as Halen Môn co-founder Alison Lea-Wilson […]

3 Amazing Places To Eat In Anglesey

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The island of Anglesey is most famous for its previous royal residents Prince William and Kate Middleton, but as this list of my favourite 3 places to eat in Anglesey shows, Ynys Môn really deserves to make a few headlines of its own. There’s plenty of locally-sourced seafood and the island is home to award-winning Halen Môn sea salt – […]

The Cheesiest Blog Post I’ve Ever Written – My Parmesan Factory Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Remember the bad old days when our idea of Parmesan was that powdery substance we’d sprinkle on spaghetti through tiny holes in the top of a cardboard shaker? Little did I know that decades later this condiment would make way for the real deal when something called a rocket and parmesan salad would become de […]

How To Be A Free Range Human – Meet Marianne Cantwell

Written by Jaillan Yehia

‘I never imagined I could travel the world as a lifestyle – I just thought I wanted longer holidays.’ This is the first thing career change guru Marianne Cantwell says to me as I interview her at a leafy London café. From here we cover life, travel, work, relationships and the perfect pair of portable […]

A 10 Second Guide To Doing It ‘Dampa Style’ In The Philipines

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Welcome to the best thing I discovered during my time in The Philippines –  doing it ‘dampa style’. Do it once and you’ll just want to do it all over again the next night. And the next. Be warned the pictures are just blurry iphone images because when you’re doing it dampa style you don’t […]

The Bologna Bicycle Diaries

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I always seek out cycling opportunities wherever I go, but rarely have I found a city as cycle-friendly and indeed as cycle-photo-friendly as Bologna. Beautiful bikes became synonymous with my time in Emilia Romagna’s university city – here are my favourite Bologna photos which showcase the beauty of the bike… 

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Balsamic Vinegar

Written by Jaillan Yehia

What’s your worst culinary habit? Mine’s pouring copious amounts of balsamic vinegar over anything and everything, so I was interested to find out a bit more about the stuff I’ve been practically drinking out the bottle for most of my adult life. But despite all my conspicuous consumption of aceto balsamico I didn’t know any […]

The Perfect Place To Stay In Lake Louise – The Post

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s not often I want to italicise the word perfect, and even less often that a globe wanderer like me wants to return to the same hotel over and over again, but after experiencing The Post, nestled in the Bow River Valley amongst the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies I’m fighting the urge to […]

Pasta Non-Basta – My Day At A Pasta Making Class In Bologna

Written by Jaillan Yehia

‘It’s marvellous this tortellini with ricotta cheese’ exclaims Daniela, whose traditional family pasta shop has been here in Bologna’s Mercato della Erbe for 70 years. It’s where she and sister Monica hand make lasagna, tortellini and tortelloni for the people of  Emilia Romagna, helped by their mother Renata. ‘Is this one your favourite?’ I ask. ‘Everything here is […]

7 Canadian Words I Just Can’t Seem To Kick

Written by Jaillan Yehia

International linguistic differences, eh? Just how much fun are they? Lately I’ve been chatting to some Canucks on patios around Vancouver with a cold beer, discussing just how many Canadian words seem humorous to a foreigner like me. These have gotta be the top 7, right?

3 Perfect Places To Stay in Vancouver

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Looking for the perfect place to stay in Vancouver? Look no further than these 3 properties that work for luxury seekers, budget travellers and trendy young things in Canada’s West Coast capital.

How I Ate & Drank My Way Around Western Canada (And You Should Too)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

When I made a mental checklist of all the things I was looking forward to about visiting Canada, stunning scenery was up there, epic train rides too – and exploring cool cities. I just didn’t realise that the food in Vancouver and the surrounding area was to be one of the ultimate highlights of my time […]

How To Watch A Football Match In Vancouver (Hint: It’s not like England)

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In a nation obsessed with hockey, it pays to be a football fan: here are the 5 phenomenally easy stages to finding yourself cheering on Vancouver’s home soccer team…

Rocky Mountaineer Reflections

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m on the Rocky Mountaineer Train – the rail journey of  a lifetime through the Canadian stretch of the Rockies – and as four days of jaw dropping views rhythmically float past me, I become obsessed with capturing the immense skies and screen-saver scenery as reflected with the glint of the sun in the side of […]

This Could Be Rotterdam – Via Instagram: 5 Things To Do in Rotterdam

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In which I use my favourite arty little Instagrams as a guide to the lesser-known unsung Dutch ‘Dam – I’m talking of course about the port city of Rotterdam. Here are 5 Things to do in Rotterdam…

The Top 10 Stylish Places To Stay In Siem Reap

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From budget boutique bolt-holes to blow-the-budget palaces Siem Reap has it all – in fact it’s hard to imagine a single town in the world with a better selection of stylish places to stay. Here are my top 10 Siem Reap hotels for style on every budget…

In Photos – A Portrait of The Gambia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Of all the places in which I’ve travelled no destination has made me wish harder for the invention of the eyeball-implanted camera as The Gambia. Nearly every street scene, vendor, vehicle, market stall and school child has you reaching excitedly for your lens. Here are a selection of my favourite portraits of the Gambian people I encountered […]

How I Became A Forest Chump

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m at Mandina Lodges, an exclusive forest retreat nestled in the tranquil riverside mangrove reserves which run the length of this riverine nation, and my friend and I rock up to find we’re the only female guests amongst a large party of British tree surgeons, here to scope out the surrounding forest as a potential […]

The Day My Flight Karma Turned Chameleon On Me

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As a frequent traveller I do come and go a lot (you could say I’m a member of a cultured club). But I usually don’t miss a flight, even when I’m so laid back about getting to their airport that I probably deserve to. Let’s just say I usually have good flight karma. But there have been […]

The Perfect Place To Stay in Brighton – Vine Street Studios

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I often evangelise about the saving grace of apartment rental as opposed to hotel stays for a certain type of trip. Usually I’m preaching to the converted but some people would need a miracle of water-to-wine proportions before they’d give up 24-hour room service, the breakfast buffet and a decent concierge (though perhaps not the in-room […]

Where To Have (And To Hold) Tarantulas In Phnom Penh – Romdeng Restaurant

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I arrive at Romdeng restaurant ten minutes late as is my wont, but on this occasion I can’t blame the Northern Line. Rushing through the streets of Phnom Penh on foot has left me a lot more sweaty than my usual subterranean dashes to London restaurants and I’ve never found my dining companion to have taken the liberty of […]

How To Do A 10 Point End Of Tax Year Assessment – Travel Blogger Style

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This week a brand new tax year started, and those in traditional jobs have been running year-end assessments and shuffling spreadsheets left, right and centre. So I thought I’d do some rather taxing assessments of my own and calculate the 10 best things I’ve done this financial year, and their real value – monetarily and of course in […]

Would You Take Your Shoes Off At Pol Pot’s House?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Like everyone else, I take my shoes off and leave them in the pile before entering the last place Pol Pot ever lived, out here in the Northern Cambodian district of Anlong Veng, nestled against the Thai border. But this small and typically Asian behavioral detail, usually meant as a form of respect, is going against every fibre […]

Antwerp Photography: A Visual Essay On Belgium’s Capital of Cool

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I make no secret of my somewhat controversial love affair with Belgium. Where others see Belgium as an ugly sister to France’s more deserving glass-slippered mademoiselle I see the destination as the unsung heroine; rather cute and easy-on-the-eye but distinctly self-aware and modest to a fault. But outside the classic fairytale looks of Ghent, Bruges and any […]

The Travel Tipping Point: Burma

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Recently, while travelling without a set plan around Asia, one destination kept coming up time and time again – if there is such a thing as a tipping point, then for me, Burma has just tipped. Everyone I talked to who’d been couldn’t say enough positive things about it and I began to formulate a plan in […]

A Hong Kong Photo Tour

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East meets West, British order overlaid on Chinese culture, perpetually expanding upwards into the sky and outwards into the ocean. Grab an eyeful of the confluence of capitalism, colonialism and communism on this photo tour to one of the most densely populated corners of the planet, the Cantonese for ‘fragrant harbour’ – Hong Kong…

Top Ten Things To Do In Belfast

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’d call Belfast Ireland’s underdog city. But let’s not forget that it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, rather the size of the fight in the dog. And while Belfast’s history is all about that fight, it’s the city’s present on which I’d rather shine a light – with this list of […]

The Perfect Place To Stay in Hong Kong – The Cosmopolitan & The Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong

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I say The Cosmo is the perfect place to stay in Hong Kong but frankly my dears I’ve never actually stayed anywhere else. Once I found The Cosmo with its boutique concept, ice-cream sundae colour-pop rooms, super-efficient shuttle service about town, and 24 hour check-in policy I simply never bothered to look elsewhere.

Where To Get a Soya Latte In Berlin – The Michelberger Hotel

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If you want a cosy cafe-bar in a super-cool hotel whose complete hipsterness shouts ‘we stock soya’, this is your place. And if you want to take some nice photos over coffee like I did while I was there, it’s even more perfect.

A Snowy Street Photography Walk In Berlin

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Can you think of a single city as synonymous with über-cool street life as Berlin? On my recent trip to the erstwhile divided capital this coolness extended its grip to the elements, with a sub-zero snow-covering lending an extra dimension to the urban landscape. Shooting in the snow with frozen toes kicking fresh drifts and tingly […]

In Photos – A Day Trip To Brunei

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I’d always wanted to visit The Sultanate of Brunei but somehow it had never happened – until circumstances brought me to the Brunei capital Bendar Seri Begawan on a great value Royal Brunei Airlines flight from Bangkok to London ‘via’ Brunei. Of course it’s hardly on the way, in fact it’s just over two hours in the wrong […]

History & Lessons: Manila’s American Cemetery & Memorial

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If you have only a short time in which to experience Manila you might think that a visit to a cemetery shouldn’t be at the top of your must-do list? But a trip to the sobering and thought-provoking American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila will pull The Philippines’ part in world history sharply into focus and underline how privileged we are to be […]

In Photos: The Chocolate Hills of Bohol, The Philippines

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Filipino Island of Bohol is best known for two things: tarsiers and what I came to think of as an exaggerated teletubby land known as The Chocolate Hills, a strange landscape of 1,268 eerie and bizarre conical mounds dotted a round the centre of the island…

3 Great Places For Filipino Food In Manila

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The Philippines’ sprawling capital may not be the first place that springs to mind for a gastronomic city break – understandably most tourists who fly to The Philippines are headed for one or more of the 7107 islands and islets to kick back on an idyllic white sand beach. But it’s a big mistake to overlook […]

Midnight Mercato – The Place For Street Food In Manila

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Think Asian street food and you’ll probably think of stalls selling delicious and mysterious local delicacies cooked up by a smiling old lady on a dirty street corner. Street food can make us feel excited about the thrill to our taste buds and apprehensive about the danger to our tummies in equal measure, but they’ve […]

Angkor Not: A Photo Journey To Preah Vihear Temple

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The huge unspoiled Cambodian temple complex at Preah Vihear has long been the scene of animosity and fighting between Thai and Cambodian forces, but happily for those seeking an unspoiled temple experience it’s currently safe to visit. And due to the contentious history of this site there’s just a tiny sprinkling of tourists here even today, […]

I Didn’t Kiss A Girl, But I Still Liked It – My Stay At A Gay Resort

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I don’t mean to pry but are you gay or are you straight? And how would you feel about staying in a gay-friendly resort if you’re the latter? I’m a straight gal, so why have I been feeling completely at home at a self-proclaimed gay hotel? In true Carrie Bradshaw style I got to thinking…

An Honest Review Of Sterna Winery, Kathikas, Cyprus

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Warning: negative post! If being given shot glasses of paint-stripper by a grumpy man then being yelled at and chased away for not buying bottles (of the worst wine you’ve ever tasted) is your idea of a wine tasting then do visit Sterna Winery. If not, I recommend you try one of Cyprus’ many other boutique […]

The Perfect Place To Stay On Mactan Island – The Crimson Resort Cebu

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you’re looking for the perfect luxury beach resort on Cebu’s Mactan Island, it has to be The Crimson Resort Cebu. With stunning Asian-inspired decor and manicured grounds it makes a great retreat after exploring The Philippines’ bustling second city.

Top 5 Pictures of Random Tourists At Angkor Wat

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I love Cambodia, I love Siem Reap and I love Angkor Wat. But as well as playing the same game as everyone else and trying to get pictures of the famous temples sans tourists, I decided to embrace the scenes created by my armies of fellow snappers. Here are my top 5 photos of random […]

They’re Changing The Guard At Gyeongbokgung Palace

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But Christopher Robin is nowhere to be seen. And instead of bearskins you can witness the guards or Sumungun (meaning gatekeepers) dressed in their own traditional brightly coloured costumes and armour as they perform a ceremonial re-enactment of the changing of the royal guard.

In Photos: A Food Tour Of Seoul

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How much food can one girl eat (and photograph) during a single day on a food tour of Seoul? Let’s find out…

The Perfect Place to Stay in Manila – The Fairmont Makati

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I’m just going to come right out and say it, Manila’s Fairmont Makati is my new favourite hotel in the world. In fact it isn’t really a hotel, it feels like a destination in and of itself. Manila may not be the first place that springs to mind for a relaxing break, but after a stay […]

The Perfect Place to Stay in Seoul – IP Seoul Boutique Hotel

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For a city of 22 million people, 10 million cars and seemingly a million coffee shops (plus a million and one Gangnam Style souvenirs) Seoul is pretty short on boutique hotels – but Seoul’s original boutique hotel, the IP, is just what you need for a short stop in the city.

Politics, Pride & Paintwork – a Photo Essay of The Belfast Murals

Written by Jaillan Yehia

* Disclaimer* This post tackles a sensitive subject so I want to be clear about the fact that I’m not on the side of anything here, except peace.* I went to Belfast to enjoy the city, to shop at the Christmas Market, drink in the bars, see the Titanic exhibition and explore the Antrim Coast – […]

5 Must-Visit Modern Art Galleries In Turin

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Turin might be best-known for Winter Olympics, Fiat and Lancia factories and that eponymous Shroud but it turns out that the once-industrial hub is hiding an artistic secret, for nestled in the Alps of Northern Italy is a contemporary art epicentre bursting with challenging and inspiring contemporary art. Here are the top 5 modern art galleries in […]

The One Where I Get A Kitsch Kawaii Manicure In Korea

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m in Seoul for just 36 short hours and with an 11 hour overnight flight direct from London and a 9 hour time difference, I know I’m going to be pretty jet lagged the entire time. There’s no way I can even begin to skim the surface of Asia’s 24 hour mega-city in such a […]

How To Hula Your Way Around Hawaii Without Leaving London

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Hawaii might be all about sunshine and fresh air in the warm waters of the Pacific, while London is more drizzle and dirty air alongside the polluted waters of the Thames – but you can say aloha to an entire day of island life in the capital, here’s how to do it…

In Pictures – County Antrim’s Stunning Causeway Coastal Route

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Think of Ireland and you’ll probably think of Guinness, green scenery –  and the Giant’s Causeway. But the famous Unesco World Heritage Site isn’t the only natural wonder this stretch of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast has to offer. So come along on a scenic Winter drive through County Antrim’s stunning sights, from frozen vanishing lakes […]

How To Do Christmas, Belfast Style

Written by Jaillan Yehia

When I booked my flight to Belfast I was looking forward to a pre-Christmas weekend of shopping at the Continental Market and drinking Gluhwein and Guinness in equal measure whilst discovering the Yuletide side of the Northern Irish Capital. I had no idea that my trip would fall on the most contentious weekend Belfast has […]

6 Stylish Things To Do Near Paphos, Cyprus

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You’ve probably written off Cyprus as a pure sun, sea and sand destination – full of Brits wanting to see the view from a sun lounger, the inside of a few bars and little else. That’s what I imagined  – and why despite being a short flight away from its year-round sun I’d eschewed Cyprus […]

Turin’s Light Bulb Moment

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Paris may be known as the City of Light, but Turin is making a bid to be the City of Lights, as its avenues and squares, its Roman walls, and even its public bicycles are adorned with light installations for the Winter. But these are no mere gaudy Christmas baubles, they’re an all-encompassing city-wide endeavour to make […]

10 Things To Do In King’s Cross

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These days there’s far more to the King’s Cross than Eurostar and Champagne Bars of the station complex, so dip your toe into the coolest canalside area in London with this list of 10 things to do in King’s Cross – try them out one by one or join them all up to make a […]

The View From The Shard (and the secret view from the Shard)

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It’s been nearly four years in the making, is nearly twice as high as any other London viewpoint, and allows you to see the greatest city on earth in all its 360-degree glory. Here’s my report on The View From The Shard – plus I’ll show you the secret viewpoint that paying visitors will never get to […]

Snorkeling In Sharm El Sheikh – Choosing The Right Trip For You

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I’m the first to be picked up for today’s boat trip to go snorkeling in Sharm el Sheikh, so I get chatting to the rep as we take the minibus to the next hotel. Like the rest of the staff at Emperor Divers – and as I soon realise the clients too – my guide is a Brit. I ask […]

How To Clone The Killing in Copenhagen

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The third series of cult Danish crime drama The Killing has just hit British TV screens – complete with yet another cosy knit for the heroine. As she chases down more murderous Scandinavians, the main line of questioning I’d like to pursue is whether we should all be donning our woollens and heading to Denmark’s capital? Read […]

Discover Portugal’s Answer To Stonehenge – The Almendres stone circle

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Just outside the UNESCO World Heritage City of Evora in Portugal’s sleepy Alentejo region lies the Iberian Peninsula’s largest Megalithic monument, the mysterious and enigmatic Almendres stone circle. Built 7,000 years ago – and  2,000 years before Stonehenge  – it’s still attracting visitors, if you can find it down a quiet dusty road that is… I’m in Evora and I’ve just […]

Confession: How I Stalked The Shard

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Imagine a building so tall the view from the window is like looking out of an aircraft. Imagine standing on a floor so high that helicopters are below you. And imagine 40 miles of London views, from the Olympic to Wembley Stadiums, all laid out before you. Imagine no more: the EU’s highest building, The Shard […]

In Pictures: Corto Maltese, From Voyage To Adventure

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I’d never heard of either the comic-book anti-hero Corto Maltese nor his creator, graphic novelist Hugo Pratt when I walked into the latest exhibition of drawings of this traveller-extraordinaire in Portugal, and I’m guessing perhaps neither have you? But once you realise this is a character on a quest for excitement and diversity, choosing worldwide adventures, freedom and imagination […]

The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein – European Art at Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace’s Queen’s gallery unveils more artistic treasures this week with the opening of The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein exhibition, a collection of Northern European art which includes the painting that defines the world’s image of Henry VIII, plus a painting freshly unveiled after a two-year-long conservation project and a collection of prints by the art world’s original […]