Last, but not least, I’m now in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. And as expected, it’s all about colourful homes, waterside cafes, boats and canals, and of course the inimitable mermaid. It is, I’m soon to find out, also one of the more expensive destinations I have been to.  But first, I have to check in to, Read More

OMG! This cruise ship is awesome. Silja Symphony really knows how to spoil a passenger. The cabins are small but so comfortable, the food is great, the entertainment is fabulous and the views are stunning. The ship has 13 decks (I was on deck 11), 986 passenger cabins and over 2500 passengers.   After an overnight trip (almost 20 hours, Read More

Having left the Finlyandsky Railway Station (Finlandia Station) in St. Petersburg at 6:40 a.m., I arrive in Helsinki Finland by 10:07. At times, reaching a top speed of 220-kms per hour, this 300-km ride took me 3.5 hours on the Allegro.  What’s interesting about the Finlyandsky Railway Station is that it was famously known for the arrival of Vladimir Lenin by train from Germany on 3 April 1917, Read More

Finally, I’ve made it to Russia…a longtime item on my Bucket List and I’m super stoked to be in St. Petersburg! My first stop is to check in to the Melange Hotel, a not-so-easy-to-spot accommodation, but nonetheless, very comfortable, inexpensive and ideally located on St. Petersburg’s main street, Nevsky Prospekt.   The City of the Tsars, the Venice of, Read More

It’s 7 a.m. and too early to check in to my hotel. So, the next best thing is to walk down the street to the most famous Cathedral Square in Vilnius Lithuania. At the very centre is the stately and stunning Vilnius Cathedral in all its white neoclassical beauty.   Formally known as the Basilica of St. Stanislaus this is, Read More

The train ride on PolRail from Poznan to Warsaw took approximately four hours. The ride itself was comfortable with lots of snacking on board! I am staying at the IBIS Warszawa, a budget hotel chain located near the gateway to Warsaw’s Old Town.   It’s a cold and wet day in Warsaw with the outside temperature at 2C. The city is, Read More

Poznań in Poland is a gorgeous historical city. It is colourful, clean, and totally camera friendly. The Main Square in the Old Town is, in itself, packed with museums, monuments, and historical landmarks that tell a tale of Poland’s past, and definitely worth visiting. I have arrived in Poznań from Berlin. I am staying at Blooms Inn and Apartments, a charming, historical, Read More

It’s the start of my annual whirlwind trip across countries. My first stop is Berlin via Frankfurt on Qatar Airways. Within an hour after landing I’m on a DB ICE train bound for Berlin. Just over four hours later I’m at my destination, my first trip to Berlin and I check into the Allegra Hotel (located in East Berlin). , Read More

A visit to Jakarta, Indonesia is not complete without a visit to Jalan Surabaya, the street that has a small part of every part of Indonesia. Jalan Surabaya is a 500-yard stretch of road that is lined with all sorts of antiques, both real and fake. The pieces are an eclectic and sometimes kirsch, Read More

Back in the 80s (during my visits), Dubai was just sand, dust storms and not much to talk about. Almost four decades later, this emirate of the United Arab Emirates has transformed into an ultramodern, expensive, super luxurious, clean and choreographed, much admired and visited city in the Middle East. From the 830m-tall Burj Khalifa to the artificial offshore water, Read More