The Perfect Place to Stay in Manila – The Fairmont Makati

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

The pool at The Fairmont Hotel, Makati

The pool at The Fairmont Hotel, Makati

I’m just going to come right out and say it, The Fairmont is my new favourite hotel in the world. In fact it isn’t really a hotel, it’s 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 at The Fairmont Makati you can’t help but feel serene, and in an Asian mega city with this much traffic and pollution, that’s no mean feat.

The Stylish Way To Brave Blackpool

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, England, Europe, UK Staycation

Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay

A weekend break to Blackpool probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when you think of a stylish staycation, but by combining a visit to the stunning Lancashire countryside with a trip to the kitsch and cheesy seaside town made famous by ballroom dancing and bright lights, you can get the best of both worlds. Here’s how to do a weekend in Blackpool the cool way… 

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Northern Ireland, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Comment on the Belfast Peace wall

Comment on the Belfast Peace wall

* 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 – not just to dwell on The Troubles. But I don’t want to be ignorant of the truth behind any city, so just as I couldn’t visit Johannesburg without seeing Soweto I wasn’t spending time in Belfast without taking a Black Taxi tour of the Belfast murals, memorials and peace lines.

5 Must-Visit Modern Art Galleries In Turin

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, Worldwide Vacation

Fibonacci sequence at the Merz Foundation

Fibonacci sequence at the Merz Foundation

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…