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Tales, adventures and photography from Asia.
shah cheragh mirrored mosque shiraz iran

SHIRAZ | Shah Cheragh, which is Persian for “King of the Light” is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Shiraz. It is home to the tombs of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of the 7th Shiite Imam Musa_al-Kadhim, who took refuge in the area during the

tomb of hafez shiraz

SHIRAZ | The Tomb of Hafez, and the memorial hall Hāfezieh in Shiraz is one of the most popular meeting places in the city for locals, and when you walk through the beautiful landscaped Musalla Gardens, which themselves featured extensively in Hafez’ poetry, it’s not hard to see why. Hafez, for

MACAU | Mention Macau to most people and the thoughts that come to mind are of glitz, casinos and the “Monte Carlo of the Orient”. There is, however, much more to Macau than just bright lights and money (although both are in abundance) as I discovered during my recent trip there

singapore geylang food walk guide

SINGAPORE | Geylang has a reputation for several things in Sinagpore. Many consider it to be representative of the “real” Singapore – an area that’s frequented by locals, has escaped much of the rapid gentrification that’s swept its way across Singapore and is still a bit rough around the edges.

singapore craft beer guide

SINGAPORE | Craft beer has taken the world by storm in recent years, as discerning drinkers turn towards brewers who put a focus on quality ingredients and most importantly, flavour. Beer is no longer synonymous with watered down lager and today there are so many different styles to choose from

where to eat in esfahan food guide isfahan

ESFAHAN | Esfahan (or Isfahan as it’s also known in English), is the 3rd largest city in Iran and has at various times in its past served as the capital of Iran – at one stage it was one of the biggest cities in the world. Evidence of this is obvious when walking

where to eat in shiraz food guide

SHRIAZ | What did I know about the city of Shiraz in Iran before I visited? Not much more than the ironic fact that one of the world’s most beloved styles of red wine shares the name of this city in a country where alcohol is illegal. While in Iran,

Iran Silk Road Caravanserai

IRAN | For thousands of years, the Silk Road was the most important cultural and trade route in the world. It spanned over 10,000 kilometres from China to the Mediterranean, linking East to West over several nations and empires. Chinese, Persians, Somalis, Greeks, Syrians, Romans, Armenians, Indians, and Bactrians were the main

iran dovecote pigeon tower varzaneh

VARZANEH | Pigeon Tower! Pigeon Tower! This was something that myself and my travel companions shouted repeatedly during our time in Iran but why? I’m not quite sure how it became “a thing”, but I can certainly educate you about what at pigeon tower actually is. Pigeon Towers, or Dovecoats

where to eat in macau food guide

MACAU | Recently I found myself in Macao as part of a week long trip to Hong Kong and Macau courtesy of Cathay Pacific. While my travel companions and I were in Macau, we were very kindly hosted by Macau Tourism. Due to its Portuguese roots, more recent Chinese influence and the prevalence of