Itineraries

Istanbul, a Paradise for Food Lovers

Istanbul, a Paradise for Food Lovers

Text & Photography | Stephanie Lagopoulos George Bernard Shaw said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” The people of Istanbul could not agree more. Spend even 24 hours in Turkey’s cultural center and you will enjoy mouthwatering Turkish delights in a variety of flavors, succulent kebab and a selection of mezes,(…)

Gallery: The Notre Dame Cathedral; Ben Thanh Market, HCMC

Gallery: The Notre Dame Cathedral; Ben Thanh Market, HCMC

Gallery: The Notre Dame Cathedral; Ben Thanh Market, HCMC Text: Anjeeta Nayer | Photography: Fiona M. King The Notre Dame Cathedral The Notre Dame Cathedral, which is located in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh, was built by the French in the late 19th century by procuring building materials from France like bricks from(…)

Gallery: Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

Gallery: Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

Photography by Fiona M. King The Reunification Palace is a building of historical importance in Ho Chi Minh City. This building which once served as the residence of Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem featured prominently in the fall of Saigon in April 1975. It was here that the North Vietnamese tanks arrived as the People’s(…)

Istanbul’s Best Views

Istanbul’s Best Views

From Rooftops to Ground Level Text & Photography | Stephanie Lagopoulos From unparalleled vistas of the city, the Bosphorus River and the Sea of Marmara, Istanbul is best enjoyed from the tops of buildings – and there are many. Views in Istanbul are almost always combined with the bellowing sound of the call to prayer(…)

Istanbul’s Top 3 Must-See Monuments

Istanbul’s Top 3 Must-See Monuments

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul A City Steeped in History, Culture and Religion It’s difficult to name only a few historical monuments when talking about Istanbul, since Turkey’s largest city is teeming with history. With a population of almost 14 million people, Istanbul is a transcontinental city with the majority of the city’s historical architecture based in(…)

Spa Village at Gaya Island Resort: A Photo Tour

Spa Village at Gaya Island Resort: A Photo Tour

We recently visited the Gaya Island Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. We are working on a review now but would like to share with you some photos of the resort’s beautiful Spa Village. Set amidst a lush Mangrove forest, the Spa Village offers a fascinating program based on the region’s ancient healing practices and was a(…)

Pulled in All Directions at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

Pulled in All Directions at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is home to over 5,000 shops spanning 60 streets, where you can buy anything from leather goods and carpets to pottery and jewelry and even visit a mosque You can’t just order one plate of food in Istanbul. So, when I was instructed by a local to make sure I was well hydrated(…)

Lush and Historical – Fort Canning Park

Lush and Historical – Fort Canning Park

Located right at the city center, lush Fort Canning Park provides an array of cultural, historical, and artistic activities Text and Photography by Sylvia Le Dung Perhaps it is not a coincidence that the National Museum of Singapore is located at Fort Canning Park, a place so rich in heritage and historical significance. Fort Canning(…)