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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Belgium, Continents, Europe, Photo Journeys

Antwerp bicycles

Antwerp’s omnipresent bicycles

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 number of smaller Belgian towns, the city of Antwerp sparkles beyond just its diamond trade, and does the trendy urban thing like there’s no tomorrow. Take a photographic walk through the streets of Belgium’s ultimate too cool for school city with this selection of Antwerp photography…

My Five Favourite Places In Lanzarote

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Canary Islands, Continents, Europe, Lanzarote

Lanzarote

Lanzarote’s Playa Blanca

Let’s be honest, most of us Brits think of Lanzarote – and the Canary Islands as a whole – as a fly and flop destination, full of sun loungers and cheap beer and not much else.

But the stark volcanic landscape of Lanzarote is peppered with jaw-dropping viewpoints, black beaches perfect for surfing and alien-looking national parkland plus Bond-esque lairs designed by local architect and artist Cesar Manrique. Find out why there’s more to the island than meets the eye with this list of my favourite places in Lanzarote

The Burma Tipping Point

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Worldwide Vacation

Burmese Flag

Burmese Flag on the Irrawaddy River by www.anothertraveler.com

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 my mind to go, but somehow it didn’t quite happen for me on this trip, and honestly, I’m rather gutted. 

A Hong Kong Photo Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Hong Kong, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Hong Kong photo

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. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Northern Ireland, Worldwide Vacation

Top ten things to to in Belfast

Have a pint of Guinness – surely one of the top ten things to do in Belfast?

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 top ten things to do in Belfast in 2013.

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Hong Kong, Perfect Places To Stay, Worldwide Vacation

Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong

View from the Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong

I say the Cosmo is the perfect place to stay in Hong Kong but frankly my dears I’ve never actually stayed anywhere else. Because 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.