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Lisbon Photography: A Photo Journey Through Lisbon’s Street Life

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A selection of my favourite examples of Lisbon photography from my time in the city, with images of Lisbon street life from a variety of angles.  p.s. I left my camera on the wrong setting for some of my favourite shots (don’t you hate it when that happens!) so I had to get creative with […]

How To Eat (& Drink) Your Way Around Portugal

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve been to Portugal twice before and both times the food was a major sticking point for me, so I knew my recent trip round the country would be make or break for my relationship with Portuguese cuisine. I’m happy to report that from green wine to roast chicken, Port to quince jam, via fresh […]

The 5 Simple Reasons I Love Belgium (& You Should Too)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Olympic President Jacques Rogge hasn’t been the only Belgian in town over the last few weeks. I’ve been busy showing some Belgian friends round my home city of London recently, so today I’m going Team Belgian on you with a brief but impassioned 5 point guide to why I Love Belgium – and why Belgium, […]

The Perfect Place To Stay In Genoa: The Melia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Italy obsessives seeking-out their next Mediterranean weekend away should look no further than Genoa, where the palatial Melia Genoa hotel provides the perfect refined and romantic base from which to explore this port town‘s twisting caruggi, waterside attractions and enticing culinary delights.

The Best Place to Shop in Gran Canaria – the Fedac Market

Written by Jaillan Yehia

No-one goes to the Canary islands just to shop but come evening a consumer fanatic such as myself has only one thing on her mind. Hot country equals shopping opportunities after 9pm. It’s the only thing guaranteed to get me away from the buffet…

The Perfect Place To Stay in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria – The Palm Beach

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Looking for a 5 star resort hotel with real design flair to set it apart from the droves of other properties lined up along the same stretch of beach? The Seaside Palm Beach Hotel at Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas has all the facilities you’d expect from an upmarket resort property, with a dash of South Beach […]

My Top 10 London 2012 Pictures

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s hard to capture the brilliance, exhilaration and atmosphere of London 2012 in words. So here are my favourite London 2012 pictures – 10 images of London’s Olympics all taken with my own camera or iphone and all making me brim with pride at the amazing show London is putting on…

The Perfect Place To Stay in South Africa’s Madikwe Park – Thakadu River Camp

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A safari really is the holiday of a lifetime, so that means staying in just the right spot; and having the perfect safari guide makes that trip into the bush even more memorable. I stayed at Thakadu River Camp, one of the area’s most exclusive lodges.

A New Forest Weekend Break

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Want to feel virtuous and enjoy walks in the outdoors one minute – then devour entire home-made lemon cakes from a quaint tea room the next? Here’s my guide to the perfect New Forest weekend break…

Happy Mandela Day!

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Today is Mandela Day – the 94th birthday of the man himself, and a symbolic day when everyone around the world should stop and remember what has been achieved in South Africa – as well as what is yet to be achieved. All over South Africa in honour of Mandela Day people are donating their […]

Top 10 Japanese Restaurants in London

Written by Jaillan Yehia

London has more global cuisine than anyone could hope to eat in a lifetime including a bewildering array of around 450 Japanese restaurants, but how can you find the most authentic Japanese restaurants in the capital if you don’t know your sushi from your sashimi? In this guest post Japanophile and Japan Journeys expert James […]

Going on A Big 5 Safari? Well Meet The Little 5

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You’ve heard of the Big 5 now meet the unsung heroes of the bush – The Little 5…

Top 10 Travel Tips: 10 Lessons I Learnt From Moving Overseas

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Miranda Glasser decided to leave her London life behind and embark on a year-long stint as a teacher in Vietnam – after entering her second year as a resident of Siem Reap, Cambodia where she’s about to become a correspondent for the Phnom Penh Post. Here she shares the 10 most important lessons she learnt […]

Can You Name These 5 Famous Things From Genoa?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

. Genoa, Genova, Genes  – whatever you call the city you may not realise it gave the world these 5 super-famous things. How many have you heard of?…

Get Ideas Above Your Station with ‘Diamonds A Jubilee Celebration’

Written by Jaillan Yehia

‘The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury’ said Charlie Chaplin. Well you get used to luxury pretty quickly on a visit to Buckingham Palace. Get ideas above your station with a visit to the Palace’s Summer Opening and Diamonds A Jubilee Celebration Exhibition…(read on for my tips on getting the most out of […]

10 Things To Do In Taipei In A Day

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Taiwanese capital is chaotic and cute in equal measure. Here’s some inspiration for ten things to do in Taipei in a day – and on a shoestring budget.

A Weekend in Genoa, The City of Hopes and Jeans

Written by Jaillan Yehia

‘There are over 100 Ferraris parked in the underground garages of the city’ reveals Stefania, my host at the Melia Hotel in the heart of the Northern Italian city of Genoa. ‘But,’ she leans in conspiratorially to explain ‘you never see them driving through the streets. That’s because the Genoese people aren’t ostentatious, they are […]

Where To Get A Soya Latte in Antwerp – Cafe Revista

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Antwerp is a very cool, very hip and very happening European city, so I was surprised at how difficult it was to find a soya latte on my recent weekend break to Belgium’s trend-setting capital – until I found Revista, and with it my spiritual home in Antwerpen.

Postcards From Sunny Bognor Regis

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Bognor Regis. The name may conjur up images of faded seaside grandeur and have connotations of titter-worthyness, sticks of rock, Butlins holiday camps and end-of-the-pier shows, but let’s face it this place is up there in Britain’s collective consciousness, so if you’ve got a spare sunny day off here in Blighty the surprisingly photogenic seaside town is well […]

Italy Is Eataly

Written by Jaillan Yehia

What’s in a name? Well as it turns out rather a lot. The right name can really take you places and be the catalyst for a whole lot of income. A culinary example of how to turn a clever moniker into cold hard cash is high-class, high-concept and rather high-cost Italian deli-come-eatery chain Eataly, which […]

The Travel Tipping Point: Walking The High Line in New York

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Every once in a while a city, country, activity or some other flavour of enticing worldwide experience creeps into your consciousness for the first time and promptly proceeds to pop up everywhere – in your Sunday paper or the magazine you pick up at the dentist, on your friend’s Facebook page or on an obscure TV documentary you […]

What Is A Boutique Hotel Anyway?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I love hotels, but I get even more excited about quirky and interesting accommodation which means I really love boutique hotels. I seek out, write about, blog about and recommend boutique properties, yet the question I am most often asked is simply ‘What makes a hotel a boutique hotel?’ so I went along to the Boutique Hotel Summit […]

The Perfect Place To Stay in Perugia – Hotel Gio

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you’re looking for a the perfect place to stay in Perugia Hotel Gio just outside the city’s centro storico offers you two hotels rolled into one, with a choice of distinctive themes  – one will jazz up your stay and the other will have you clinking glasses and popping corks. Sound enticing?…

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Lost Bodies

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You probably already know that Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest artists to have ever lived, but the Italian inventor also made some startling discoveries about the human body which were light years ahead of their time – and subsequently lost to the world for nearly 400 years.  The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham […]

Chronicles Of A Medieval Day In The Real Narnia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

How often have you looked at places on a map and drifted off into a reverie, imagining what each destination must be like in real life? We travel lovers tend to be incorrigible cartophiles too, stroking our fingers over the exotic-sounding place-names written in a strange tongue, making our hearts beat that little bit faster, causing our minds to […]

Italy, What Have You Done For Me Lakely?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Stick a pin in a map where you imagine the very centre of Italy to be and you’ll probably hit Lago Trasimeno – the oldest lake in Italy. Overshadowed by well-publicised show-stoppers like Lake Como nudging the Swiss border up in the North, the fourth-largest lake in the country boasts an all together more laid-back […]

On A Quest For Chocolate Perfection

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A group of travel bloggers are challenged to hand-make a perfect batch of chocolates at the Perugina chocolate factory just outside Perugia in Umbria, Italy. Watch the video to see what happened next…

How To See Rome In 4 Hours (And Buy 3 Pairs of Shoes)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

They said it couldn’t be done, but they hadn’t counted on my determination…or my love of Italian footwear. I had just 4 precious hours in Rome – enough time to swing by the Colosseum, snap the Spanish Steps, try out the Trevi fountain, and buy 3 pairs of shoes! Here’s how to tackle a short layover in Rome…

How My Egyptian Childhood Memories Inspired My Love of Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This is the most personal post I have ever written. It’s about how Egypt was the original inspiration for my love of travel. That’s because Egypt is in my blood but also as the first foreign destination I can ever remember journeying to, it’s ingrained in my memories. As a child I can remember drinking Coca-Cola from […]

The New Battle of Hastings: The Jerwood Gallery

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A shiny new and exciting modern art gallery surrounded on all sides by signs and graffiti deploring its very existence? Who knew a gallery could cause such a furore? See what all the fuss is about and take in the East Sussex sea air with a visit to Hastings’ Jerwood Gallery. I’m going to do something I […]

Bluffer’s Guide to Franschhoek, South Africa’s Winelands Capital

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Franschhoek is synonymous the world over with fine wines and high-class dining, but the area is not strictly the preserve of bon vivants…

The Truth About Travelling To Post-Tsunami Japan

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One year on from the Japanese earthquake and ensuing tsunami and nuclear disaster, what are the issues surrounding travelling to post-tsunami Japan? In this guest post Japanese-born and London-based lecturer Kaori Homma gives her views.

24 Hours in Copenhagen: Culture and Counterculture

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Pulling up next to a typically Scandinavian white sandy beach backed by fir trees, something moves in the boot of the car, making a thudding metallic sound. “Don’t worry it’s just a box of hand grenades,” says my brother.

Cape Town: The Mother Of All Film Locations

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Having gone undercover for years as one of the world’s top 10 movie locations, Cape Town’s alter ego as the film industry’s best-kept secret has now been uncloaked by none other than James Bond himself after recent rumours…

55 Things To Do In Franschhoek Which Don’t Require Wine

Written by Jaillan Yehia

There’s more to the South African Winelands than the name suggests. But you can’t fit 55 different activities into a place name now can you?

How To Negotiate Cape Town’s Nightlife By The Producer Of Kidnap & Ransom

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Just back from three months in Cape Town where she filmed the current high-octane ITV thriller Kidnap and Ransom, Executive Producer Rachel Gesua picks her favourite places to take on the legendary Cape Town nightlife, and shows how to become a bona fide child of the Mother City. At one point during the on-location filming of […]

Southwold – A Photo Journey

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A photographic journey around Southwold, one of England’s favourite seaside towns.

The Perfect Place to Stay in Cape Town – The Adderley Hotel

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Want to feel the beating heart of southern Africa’s most-visited and most-loved city? You can’t get more urban cool than the The Adderley, a contemporary boutique hotel located in the centre of Cape Town’s City Bowl. 

The Jam Tarts – The Perfect Pitstop on South Africa’s Route 62

Written by Jaillan Yehia

We expected it to be breathtaking, but Route 62 still turned out to be the most under-rated journey we took during our three weeks in South Africa. A tight schedule meant that we drove virtually the entire length of this celebrated back-road through South Africa’s Klein Karoo in single unforgettable day, and our final stop-off […]

3 Great Places to Get a Soya Latte in Cape Town

Written by Jaillan Yehia

First I should point out that you don’t have to have soya milk – but each of these three places does great coffee and superior snacks and has a lovely ethos –  plus happily for me and other soya fans, they can all offer you a non-dairy latte without blinking an eye. Here are my […]

A Dassie a Day

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Despite South Africa being full of world class wildlife and impressive Big 5 game, there’s one little animal that really wins your heart against the odds: the dassie. They look like a guinea pig, their name means little badger, and improbably, they are the closest living relative of the elephant,  but these funny, furry little creatures pop […]

South African Gumboot Dancing in Soweto

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Gumboot dancing started in the dank and dark gold mine tunnels of South Africa more than a century ago as a codified tap used by oppressed black miners as a form of communication. But not everyone knows the hidden meaning and history of this dance tradition.

6 South African Sayings That I Just Can’t Seem to Shake!

Written by Jaillan Yehia

There seems to be some South African terminology that has taken on a life of its own, and whose fame seems to have spread overseas to folks who’ve never even set foot in South Africa. For me though, there are 6 words which define my time in the country. They are:

I Heart Soweto – A Photo Tour

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The Soweto tour was the highlight of my trip to Johannesburg – interesting, educational, vibrant, eye-opening, and most of all, fun. Here I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves…

The Perfect Place to Stay in Johannesburg – Motel Mi Pi CHi

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Finding the right place to stay in any sprawling metropolis can make the difference between a great time and a terrible experience, but in Johannesburg choosing the right suburb, and the perfect bolthole is essential if you want to buck the trend and fall in love with the city that everyone loves to bash. When […]

I went to Joburg & drove around at night with my doors unlocked & all I got was this lousy blog post

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Be careful. That’s all I heard when I told people I was heading to Johannesburg. Please be careful. Don’t carry any valuables. Don’t stop at red lights. Lock your doors. Don’t go into the CBD. Don’t go out at night. Don’t go into the townships. In fact don’t go into Joburg at all, just land […]

The Beauty of the Perito Moreno Glacier

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Outside the charming town of  El Calafate on the Lago Argentina, lies one of Patagonia’s most famous sites: the Perito Moreno Glacier. 

24 Hours in Hong Kong

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Recently I was asked if it was possible to see Hong Kong in a single day. The answer is yes – and here’s what I managed to cram into my 24 hours in Hong Kong.

Nicaragua – It’s All About the Hammock

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Never have I been to a more hammock-friendly country than Nicaragua. Here, hammocks are omnipresent. Every hotel, home, café and market flaunts their hammocks in front of me; ‘Come’, they seem to whisper, ‘get in, bring your book. Whatever it is you think you have to do, or wherever it is you think you have […]

Top 3 European Christmas Markets

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you don’t fancy elbowing your way around your local high street this Christmas to stock up on the usual gifts, you still have time to take in one of the best of the European Christmas markets, to combine your Christmas shopping with a festive mini-break.

Why We All Need Bad Holidays

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I love it when a plan comes together as a well-known member of the A-Team might say. If the makers of the film Chalet Girl planned to inspire me to think about the correlation between bad films and bad holidays, then their plan really has come together perfectly…

Soho’s Secret Tea Room

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Soho’s Secret Tea Room Update: November 2018 This review of Soho’s Secret Tea Room is one of the oldest posts on this site, but looking through the latest reviews from 2018 the experience I had at this Tea Room above the Coach & Horses is absolutely consistent with the way it is today, so I […]

How to Shop For Designer Bargains in Milan

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Can you shop ‘til you drop in the Italian fashion capital, and still come home feeling virtuous? It turns out you can thanks to the city’s amazing outlet shopping. So here’s how to shop for amazing designer bargains in Milan on a high street budget… Think of Milan and let’s face it, high fashion is what […]

Where to shop in Spain if you like Zara

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you like Zara you might want to try out a bit of bargain hunting in other Spanish stores whenever you hit Mainland Spain or other Spanish territories. So where should you shop in Spain if you like Zara, and want some chain stores which haven’t made their mark on the UK but have similar quality, prices […]