Jaillen Yehia

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Discover Scottish Munro Bagging + WIN A SCOTLAND SCRATCH PRINT

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Think you’ve heard of every travel trend going? Well think again. Because there’s a niche new travel trend for keen walkers and hikers who love exploring north of the border: and it’s called Munro bagging. For the uninitiated, Scotland’s Munros are mini-mountains and high hills (3,000 ft or taller) with amazing views of the lochs […]

In Photos: Brunei’s Beautiful Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Written by Jaillan Yehia

On a day trip to the Brunei capital I was wowed by a selection of Bandar Seri Begawan’s highlights, from mosques and floating villages to food markets and museums. But the country’s largest mosque, which was built by the current Sultan was undoubtedly the most impressive thing I saw during my short visit to the tiny […]

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend Of Culture & Consumerism In Cardiff

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Weekend Shortcuts are complete guides to weekends away, written to help you enjoy a perfect short break without needing to do any additional research.  If a weekend in Wales isn’t for you, gorge yourself on my weekend guide to Devon for foodies or slope off to read Cortina, Italy for non-skiers – or simply scroll down for a in-depth weekend guide […]

Calling All Carat Collectors: 3 Diamond Destinations For Geezers & Gals

Written by Jaillan Yehia

They’re a girl’s best friend, they’re forever, and they’re timeless. You find diamonds appearing everywhere in our language as well as our jewellery boxes; they’re ‘in the rough’ as well as on the soles of your shoes. They’re the only precious stones which have had world famous slogans invented about them and to which countless well-known terms […]

Let Me Tell You About Tel Aviv (especially if you’re vegan)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This guide to Tel Aviv comes from fellow freelance travel writer Rachel Rigby, who explored the vegan cafes, diamond exchanges and biblical connections of the Tel Aviv area of Israel…

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend In Devon For Foodies

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Weekend Shortcuts are posts written to help you put together a perfect weekend away without tearing your hair out during the research phase. This weekend shortcut covers everything you need to know for a food-filled 2- day break in Devon, a truly delightful part of South West England that’s simultaneously easily accessible yet somehow feels unhurried and […]

Travel To The Home Of The First Christmas Card

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Christmas crackers, the Queen’s speech, mince pies, Boxing Day, Christmas pudding – England has plenty of festive traditions which are regarded with complete puzzlement by the rest of the world. England also has an even bigger Christmas claim to fame – one that is somewhat of a secret. The first Christmas card was invented right here, conceived and designed in the English county of Devon. […]

Find Your Sea Legs With These 4 Marvellous Maritime Museums

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Let’s face it the idea of visiting maritime museums on your travels could make you feel a little bit sea sick. I love all kinds of museums and galleries, and have been to plenty with nautical themes, but I have to admit that while some are leagues ahead of the competition and give you a fantastic insight […]

3 Things I Learned On A Luxury London Dessert Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I turn tourist for the day and try out one of Urban Adventures’ London day tours. And despite covering some well-trodden West End ground, I learn 3 things that even as a native Londoner I had NO idea about – until now – all while munching on lovely Ladurée macaroons along the way. Read on to see […]

Pretty Ballerinas Make Girls Holidays To Menorca A Shoe-In

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The very first thing I spy after landing in Menorca, and exiting those double-doors that spit you out of security and into your holiday destination, is a tall pink leaflet dispenser advertising Pretty Ballerinas shoes. Of course like any self-respecting girl, the idea of shoe shopping while on holiday – possibly at a discount – […]

10 Cool Things To Do In Menorca Beyond The Beach

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The island of Menorca is sleepier and more tranquil than its big hitting Balearic neighbours, with a reputation for impeccable unspoiled coastlines and eco tourism which is a world away from the hedonistic holidays and resorts often associated with neighbouring Ibiza and Majorca. Best known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and Caribbean-worthy coves (known […]

In Photos: Queen Of Fallas For A Day

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This isn’t exactly a news flash, but we girls like getting dressed up. And from the moment I arrived in Valencia I was determined to do one thing (besides eat paella): dress up in the famous Fallas festival costume, and become a Spanish Queen for the day. And here’s another thing about girls; we already think […]

Hide Your face With Spanish Lace: The Story Of The Valencia Fan

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Despite the Brits’ well-documented love affair with the Spanish coast, I never went on a family holiday to Spain as a child. Yet one of my most treasured possessions as a little girl was a delicate handheld Spanish lace fan.  So when I was given the opportunity to meet a traditional Valencia fan maker in […]

Diamond *Experts* Are A Girl’s Best Friend: A 7 Step Guide To Diamond Buying

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s like a dream come true for a girl to visit not just one but 12 Italian jewellery stores and learn about gem stones, design and precious metals from classically trained Roman jewellers. It’s even more perfect when these happen to be Rome’s best hand-crafted jewellery boutiques, all on the official list of the 28 best shops in Rome. […]

Hidden Artisans Of Rome: Dante’s Celebrity Inferno

Written by Jaillan Yehia

He’s shaken the hands of every celebrity you can think of from Quentin Tarantino, Robert De Niro and Angelica Houston to Kirk Douglas, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Samuel L. Jackson – the list goes on. But unlike the average fan, Dante Mortet has gone on to make bronze sculptures of those very hands, becoming one […]

10 Travel Lessons To Transform Your 2016 Trips

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve picked my own top 10 travel highlights from the last year and reverse engineered them to calculate just what made them so memorable and share my ultimate list of travel lessons to keep in mind while you plan your 2016 trips. As travel addicts we want it all and we want it everywhere – but these 10 travel […]

24 Hours In Calgary – A Day Horsing Around Cowtown

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Of all the clothes I own (in case you’re wondering, it’s a lot) those I buy on impulse, in a supermarket-sweep stylee, are the things I end up, if I can employ some Southeast Asian parlance here, loving longtime. Maybe it’s the fact that when you’re in a hurry pure instinct takes over, but I’ve […]

Snow, Sculptures & Sunshine At Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur

Written by Jaillan Yehia

‘Winnipegans just get on with it!’ I’m told as I travel with a group of fellow writers to Winnipeg’s famous February festival, Festival du Voyageur, in temperatures of -20. And that’s practically a heat wave for the Manitoban winter. At that moment we overtake a committed cyclist; we’re all bundled up in our woollens despite […]

Why I Love Turin – Italy’s Underdog Artistic City

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Recently I was asked by travel company Inghams to write a few paragraphs explaining why Italy is one of my favourite countries in the world. I set about describing my love for Bella Italia – for the Riviera and the beaches, the Mediterranean culture and the unparalleled cuisine, but I realised in doing so that the […]

Sneak Peek: Inside The Costume Closet At The Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s every little girl’s dream to play among the piles of colourful and intricate tutus and pink satin dance shoes hidden inside a ballet company’s closet – and as I discovered on a behind the scenes tour of  the Royal Winnipeg Ballet all that silk and tulle can reduce even a big girl to an excited […]

Chihuly In The Garden: Glass Sculpture Amidst The Arizona Desert

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona would be a lovely place to spend a day at any time of year, but on my visit I also had a chance to enjoy an amazing exhibition of glass installation art by renowned American sculptor Dale Chihuly set amongst the plants and cacti of this 55 acre […]

Megan’s Fairytale: Travel and Blogging, But Not As You Know It

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The first time I meet Megan Williams is over refined cocktails at Vancouver’s Wedgwood Hotel. She’s blonde and beautiful, poised and personable and when I’m told she’s a blogger I naively assume she writes about fashion, food or culture. When Megan asks me about my work I launch into an explanation of my travel blog, we talk […]

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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…

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Top 5 Pictures of Random Tourists At Angkor Wat

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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.

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

Turin’s Light Bulb Moment

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

There’s far more to the regeneration of King’s Cross than Eurostars and Champagne Bars – the station complex is just the tip of the renovation iceberg. Dip your metaphorical 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 […]

In Pictures: Corto Maltese, From Voyage To Adventure

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

After the Whitewash: Tahrir Square In Photos, October 2012

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Think of Cairo and you’ll imagine Tahrir Square, mob rule and flag-carrying protesters. But Cairo and Tahrir Square has changed in the last 20 months – at the end of September the Egyptian authorities pushed forward with a major clean-up of the city’s revolutionary hub. Having turfed the square they made the controversial decision to whitewash the political graffiti which adorns […]

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 […]

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.

Women Of The World: The Pop-Up Photo Gallerists

Written by Jaillan Yehia

  When is an art gallery not quite an art gallery? When it’s a pop-up gallery.  Meet the ladies behind the art world’s only pop-up fine art photography gallery, taking inspiring international images from London to Paris, Singapore to Madrid, because, well ‘being in one place all the time is boring’. 

The Bigger Picture: An Exhibition of Words by A.A. Gill & Images by Tom Craig

Written by Jaillan Yehia

“The one thing words and pictures have in common is that their craft is all in the editing. Out of the streaming confusion of information and images, we have to sift and select the things that make a cogent, coherent, engaging plot…..what is happening just outside the picture are the words. And when we get […]

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.

Women of the World: The Artist & Tsunami Fundraiser

Written by Jaillan Yehia

After hearing about the suffering of students in her native Japan following last year’s disaster, Kaori Homma decided she had to do something to help. She gathered together fellow artists from the University of Arts London where she is a lecturer, and started putting together an art auction with a difference – here she explains […]

14 Shortcuts To Better Travel Photography

Written by Jaillan Yehia

In this guest post by award-winning travel and documentary photographer Katrina James, you’ll learn  14 simple techniques to bring your travel images to life.

Salisbury Cathedral Sculpture Exhibition by Sean Henry

Written by Jaillan Yehia

On a trip to Salisbury Cathedral, I found the following exhibition of sculpture on display, by the artist Sean Henry. The modern figures, with their briefcases and lattes were startlingly incongruous in the classical setting of one of Britain’s most famous cathedrals.