Jaillan Yehia

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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 […]

Where To Shop In Cairo: City Stars

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Real Egyptians don’t spent their time hanging out at the pyramids or shopping in Khan el-Khalili, obviously. So where should a girl head to on a Saturday afternoon for a spot of retail therapy and a gossip with friends, as well as a soya latte to keep up the shopping spirits? If you want to know where to shop […]

Hidden Portugal In Photos: Postcards From The Alentejo

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You’ve heard of Lisbon and the Algarve but what about the sleepy swathe of Portugal which lies between these two areas? The road joining Portugal’s main tourist hubs may be well-travelled, but not so the towns, beaches and farmlands of the Alentejo region itself. Here we explore Portugal’s best kept secret in photographs… I hope these photographs will inspire you to […]

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Lisbon

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I had last visited Lisbon in 2005. Back then I did the usual touristy stuff, walked around the right neighbourhoods, rode the 28 tram and visited the flea market. I hired a car to see Sintra and some of the beaches outside town, I adored the tile-fronted houses and shabby chic neighbourhoods and ate my fair share […]

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

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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

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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)

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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 Best Place to Shop in Gran Canaria – the Fedac Market

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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 South Africa’s Madikwe Park – Thakadu River Camp

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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.

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

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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 […]

A Weekend in Genoa, The City of Hopes and Jeans

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‘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 […]

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

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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 procedes 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 […]

The Perfect Place To Stay in Perugia – Hotel Gio

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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?…

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?

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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

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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)

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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

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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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

The Important Travel Lesson You Can Learn from Russell Brand

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A couple of years ago I read My Booky Wook. It led to the most profound sense of travel enlightenment I’ve had since the day I discovered a little something called ‘online hotel booking’…

The Perfect Place to Stay in Zürich – Hotel Helvetia

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Large minimalist rooms with an art deco nod, a great on-site bistro and a central yet tranquil location overlooking the water, the Hotel Helvetia Zürich offers enough to earn your interest in Europe’s banking capital.

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

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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. 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Chocolate Holidays

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You can indulge your passion for chocolate in a far flung location such as Nicaragua but if you’d rather stay closer to home you can get a chocolate holiday feeling without leaving Blighty too. Here are three places to head to for a chocolate holiday…

How to Shop For Designer Bargains in Milan

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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 […]

Volcanic Ash Tags – The Icelandic Volcano in Images

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The Icelandic Ash Cloud first anniversary caused me to dig out some photography to share with you.  This time last year I was just back from a well-timed visit to Iceland, fresh from scooping up particles spewed out by Eyjafjallajokull that some enterprising souvenir shops in Reykjavik were actually selling for a princely sum. The Icelandic volcano […]