When in Madurai there are some culinary delights one has to try; Halwa and jalebi from the Nagapattanam Halwa shop still drawing the crowds 119 years later – Granted it’s an ideal location on the doorstep of the Meenakshi temple. The jalebi is a sweet fried spiral, tasting a little like baklava – but without […]Read More Tasty Madurai Treats
Goa is beautiful. Rich, layered cultures overlapping, beaches lapping at palm fringed shores, we lazing on the beach, eating fresh fresh fish to our hearts’ content, gazing about sleepily at spectacular sunsets.Read More Goan…Goan…Gone !
Our Intrepid Travellers have tea and biscuits with The Grande Dame of Chowringee! And so much more. Kolkata was for several decades the second city of the greatest empire of the modern age. It shows. Colonial grandeur was married to and laid on top of the culture of the most vibrant, passionate, creative people on […]Read More Putting on the Ritz…err Oberoi… in Kolkata
Bangkok has its own secret Café. There’s Billy in it above with the lovely Mancunian Rhiannon and her delightful pal Olga from Yekaterinaburg. But how to get there ? Think The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Get Smart. Go down the alley, past the barrels, stalls, garbage bins. Spot a tiny sign in front of a […]Read More The Secret Garden (Café)
Hanoi’s Hidden caffeine hits Our last loving look back at Hanoi. Sigh. What a Gal ! The war is over. Give Peace a chance. Everything old is new again and the young of Hanoi are creating a grungy hipster scene with a nod to the colours of Cuba, all styles of music, the furniture of […]Read More Cool Cats’ cafés Hanoi
Now Hanoi is just plain showing off, (and nobody is supposed to like a show off), but we L-O-V-E this bold, bitching, stylish, sophisticated city. A dreamy browse through an excellent second-hand bookshop, then a Phô Ga (chicken noodle soup with a Master’s Degree in exotic deliciousness). with chirping songbirds […]Read More Fiery Flamenco, Cool Jazz, Hot Hanoi.