Europe · France · Tips and Tricks

Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

I’m usually pretty good at doing my research prior to a trip, and getting my head around all the different planes, trains and automobiles involved – but Paris seemed unreasonably complicated. Personally, I would put it up there with Tokyo in terms of transport technicality. (Actually, I think Tokyo was easier). The cynic in me thinks… Continue reading Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

Europe · UK

Beechfield House, Wiltshire: A Beautifully British Country Escape

I recently had the good fortune to be staying at the lovely Beechfield House near Bath, on a dazzlingly gorgeous summer weekend. (We don’t get these too often in the UK, so just indulge me for a bit on this one). Having booked a hotel for a weekend getaway with a heated outdoor pool, I’d… Continue reading Beechfield House, Wiltshire: A Beautifully British Country Escape

Asia · Thailand

Ristr8to Lab, Chiang Mai: Possibly the Best Coffee Shop in the World?

Drop everything, and jump on the next flight to Chiang Mai. Why? Because surely one of the best coffee shops in the world can be found there. Whilst spending a few sunny days in Chiang Mai I’d put Ristr8to down on my ‘to-do’ list, mainly as something to do to fill the tail-end of an… Continue reading Ristr8to Lab, Chiang Mai: Possibly the Best Coffee Shop in the World?