Driving from Djerba airport, it doesn’t take long for a visitor to notice that palms dot the island. Sprouting from the dry, sandy earth, each plant is a star burst of tough spiky branches. For centuries artisans have been transforming palm leaves into baskets, mats and more. Continue reading The tree of luck: the art of basketry on Djerba
The tranquil island of Djerba is known for its beach resorts, traditional architecture, and culture and people distinct from the rest of Tunisia. It’s also famed for its souk, a shopping paradise for visitors. Here’s a guide to shopping in Djerba. Continue reading Shopping in Djerba
In 2014, one of the oldest villages in Tunisia became a canvas for 150 artists from 30 countries. A look in pictures at how the murals of the Djerbahood street art project have evolved, 3 years on.
Living in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands has its perks. The island chain nation, part of the British West Indies, is a dream vacation destination and I know I’m lucky to have its beaches at my doorstep. But ask me what’s my favourite spot on “Provo” and it’s not the main attraction Grace Bay, not Sapodilla Beach or any beach. It’s paddling Mangrove Cay. Continue reading Paddling Mangrove Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
It’s safe to say that I am in love. In three years I have travelled to Ernen and Mühlebach four times. These two small villages in the Upper Valais region of Switzerland have me bewitched I describe why I return again and again in my story published in The Australian. Continue reading Guide to Ernen and Mühlebach
Switzerland is famous as a winter playground but for ardent hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, summertime is when Switzerland really shines. Continue reading Hiking in Switzerland: the Binntal / Binn Valley
KON TUM, Vietnam— “Take a photo of this,” Huynh said as we sat in a simple wooden Mnam longhouse. “In 20 years, this way of life will be gone. Modern life is a tsunami.” Continue reading Ethnic minority villages in Kon Tum
I can’t quite believe I’m knee deep in s*** with Susan and having a blast. Susan seems indifferent – not that you’d expect much emotion from a water buffalo. She’s been teaching visitors to The Living Land Organic Farm in Luang Prabang how to plow rice fields for three years and today is just another day at the office. Continue reading The Living Land Organic Farm in Luang Prabang
In Laos, sticky rice is the main staple — but if sticky rice is the president of the Lao diet, then noodles are like its running mate. Fresh or dried, wide and flat or thin and round, morning, noon or night, noodles can be eaten as a meal in itself or as a side dish. Continue reading Noodles of northern Laos
When we inquired about touring the sites related to the Vietnam War, Mr Huynh paused, visibly perplexed.
“In my 15 years of doing this, no tourist has ever asked me to do a war tour. Only veterans or professors. Why do you want to do the tour?” Continue reading Kon Tum War Tour