A particularly magical part of the world this country Victoria. A whole generation of cashed up hippie musicians and artists from Melbourne and flotillas of gorgeous and immaculate gay guys from the hospitality sector in Sydney have met half way (so to speak) and created a joyous outburst of fine dining and sweet living. God […]Read More Benders to Beeches
Peace and love reigned on the ocean wave. Gorgeous folk posed. Exotic food abounded. Weird art was draped in the stairwells between decks, including this beguiling Javanese nose horn player. Boys and girls looked thoughtfully on. Tigers and peacocks also….what the….tigers and peacocks ? What could possibly go wrong there ? The whole animal Kingdom […]Read More The Love Boat
Well, not so much a coffee shop as a collection of crisps, biscuits, chocolates and sweets laid out on a tarp and/or pinned to a crumbling wall. The barista pours the powder into a plastic cup, tops it up with hot water from her pink thermos and voila ! Ye Gods above but Indonesian coffee […]Read More The coffee shop at the Pelni Boat Terminal Bataam
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)
Ca Phé, café, coffee. “Should I kill myself or have another cup of coffee” ? – Albert Camus (seen below beside himself with ennui and existential angst). . To which we dislocated hippies reply, ” Don’t be a silly goose Bert, have another coffee” ! The Vietnamese are serious coffee lovers – from hole-in-the-wall two-seat […]Read More Cà Phê Hooray !
We were lying in bed in Da Nang watching the neon sign of the Hotel Miami Beach flicker. It’s all strangely quiet and tourist free. We had expected a bigger badder Nha Trang but there’s not a growling, beetle-browed Russian bear in sight. No bears, but quite a Dragon. Da Nang is famous for it’s […]Read More Da Nang: Valley of the Coffee Dolls