Happy Valley skyline

My favourite Hong Kong skyline photos

The awe-inspiring Hong Kong skyline is the most exhilarating feature that makes this city so different than any other place I have been to. Over the years I have taken, and lost, many photos which is one of the reasons why I started my blog. Hong Kong has many amazing faces but here are my top […]

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

I could tell you how awesome and amazing the Tsukiji Fish Market is but in all honestly I was an itsy bitsy underwhelmed by the experience. Despite getting up at 5am we miscalculated the travel time from our hotel to the market so we missed the morning tuna trade. That was really unfortunate because that seemed to have been the […]

Mutianyu Valley in China

Mutianyu valley in China

You may not be familiar with the mountains of Mutianyu (慕田峪). It is a about 70 kilometres from Beijing or about  1.5 hours by car. Mutianyu is popular with tourists visiting one of the world wonders called the Great Wall of China. The Mutianyu section is the longest and best restored part of the Great […]

Tiananmen square celebration

There is something new at Tiananmen Square

I always thought that the Tiananmen Square was the largest square in China but I just figured out it is the 6th largest in the world. The largest square is the Xinghai Square in Dairen, China. But who cares. The square is big and boring. I don’t find it a particularly exciting square because it […]

People resting at the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City in Beijing

The Forbidden City is right in the middle of Beijing city. It is not randomly somewhere in the city but exactly in the centre. The rest of today’s metropolis was carefully built around it. Other UNESCO world heritage sites I visited such as the Great Wall, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, and Peta Borobudur are far away from the centre. Another fun fact […]

The big Buddha of Tsz Shan Monastery

Tsz Shan Monastery in Hong Kong

Tsz Shan is a Chinese Buddhist monastery that practices the Dharma preached by Sakyamuni Buddha. Mr. Li Ka-shing, the richest man in Asia, started the Tsz Shan Monastery project in 2003 and to date has donated over HK$1.7 billion to this institute of Buddhist studies. Completed in 2013, the centrepiece of the monastery is the 76 […]

Escalator heaven in Lee Theatre Plaze in Causeway Bay

Escalators in Hong Kong

Escalators in Hong Kong? For some it may not be the most exciting subject but my interest in escalators started when I moved to Hong Kong. People seem to love them here. Life in Hong Kong would be completely different and impossible without escalators. In fact, Hong Kong would be the fittest city on the planet if […]

Queen's Road Central Thin Building

The thinnest building on Queen’s Road Central

Where Queen’s Road Central bends towards Sheung Wan is one of the thinnest buildings in Hong Kong. Only recently I noticed how narrow this building really is. I haven not measured it but it is not wider than 3 meters, probably closer to 2 meters. I am talking about the dark building in the middle of this […]

Groningen at sunrise

Why Groningen is so special

Here is a Dutch tongue twister. The Groninger Reitdiep water flows into the larger Vanstarkenborghkanaal that ends in the Wadden Sea and IJsselmeer. Besides the fact that Groningen was the place I spent most of childhood what makes it so special? Groningen is the capital city of the province of Groningen. The city has a population of 200,000 with […]

Amber Fort

The palace of Amber Fort in Amer

Amber Fort in Jaipur is another UNESCO World Heritage site in India’s Golden Triangle. The palace of the Rajput rulers is also known as Amer Fort and Amber Palace. Along with Jaigarh Fort the palace is located immediately above on the Hill of Eagles. The Amber Fort is a vast complex with so many rooms and areas that I forgot the names of […]

The central pillar of Diwan-i-khas at Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri in Agra

Fatehpur Sikri in the Agra district was once the capital city of the Mughal empire (1571 to 1585) in India. The imperial complex is one of the best preserved collections of Indian Mughal architecture but after it was completed in 1585 the palace was abandoned because of the lack of water and the increased turmoil […]

Entrance Agra Fort

Agra Fort

Agra Fort is next to another UNESCO world heritage site, the Taj Mahal. When emperor Akbar arrived in Agra in 1558 he recognised the strategic importance of this fort but it was in a ruined condition. For eight years more than 4,000 builders worked daily to rebuilt and restore the fort with red sandstones from the Barauli […]

Alsisar Haveli Hotel

Alsisar Haveli Heritage Hotel

The Alsisar Haveli heritage hotel in the heart of the Pink City in Jaipur is grandiose. Alsisar is an exception to the boring corporate 5-star luxury hotels. Five star hotels are like Michelin stars in Hong Kong. Great for business but boring and uninteresting. Imagine waking up and not being able to tell where you are […]

Taj Mahal at sunrise

We have arrived at the Taj Mahal

The crown of palaces, or the Taj Mahal, is an extraordinary masterpiece of Persian and Mughal architecture. Describing a building of this grandeur is very difficult but I’ll give it a go. What I find most fascinating are the minarets on each corner. They aren’t very decorative and in fact very bland compared with the intricate […]

Tomb of Akbar the Great

Tomb of Akbar the Great

I didn’t realise the true significance of the tomb of Akbar the Great (1555–1605) until I visited Fatehpur Sikri in Agra. Akbar was the third Mughal emperor and according to Tartary tradition he planned his own tomb and selected this site in Jaipur. Unfortunately the Akbar was unable to finish it so his son Jahangir completed the […]

Western Street in Sai Ying Pun

Sunday at Western Street

What is happening at Western Street? Nothing much today, which makes it so great. As you can see from the photo it is ordinary day. In fact it will never make it on the front cover of a luxury travel magazine. Locals pushing garbage uphill, the Hong Kong skyline, panoramic peak views, the ding ding (tram), the hedonistic lifestyle […]

Olive tree at Episkopi Bay

The olive tree of Episkopi Bay

Episkopi Bay is a popular shore area southwest of Episkopi and west of Limassol. On top of this limestone promontory is the acropolis of Kourion, an ancient Greek city of considerable importance within Cyprus. If you do a quick online search there is an abundance of photos of the Kourion. What is less documented is the sea view next to the Kourion acropolis. When […]

The clearest blue sea water at Cape Greco in Cyprus

Cape Greco and the sea caves

According to local legend Cape Greco or Cavo Greco’s sea cave is the home of the Aiya Napa sea monster. Maybe, I did not see any monsters crawling around. One thing is certain. The sea has the clearest turquoise colour my eyes have ever seen. The Cape Greco area is a protected nature park at the southern end of Famagusta Bay near […]

Chapel of Ayia Thekla

Ayia Thekla chapel in Cyprus

A few kilometers west of Ayia Napa is Ayia Thekla or a 10min drive from Sotira, the village where my sister Nina lives. When I think of Cyprus this is the epitomy of the Mediterranean, the chapel at Ayia Thekla. I have seen this chapel many times and I admit it is not an architectural master piece. But what draws […]

Sotira sunrise in Cyprus

Sotira is waking up very slowly

Sotira wakes up to a beautiful array of soft gold and deep orange shades. The sunrise is an captivating sight, especially if you’re jet legged. I am visiting my sister Nina and her husband Tasos, owners of 4 weddings and a caricature, and their three kids Emilio, Julia, and Sofia. They live in a teeny municipal with a few houses on a […]

Admiralty skyline with the Conrad hotel at Pacific Place

The Admiralty skyline

The Admiralty skyline, or it is better to say the urban landscape of Hong Kong, is an ongoing source of inspiration. I posted skyline photos before but if you love perspective and grids as much as I do this city offers endless photogenic opportunities. Visit the rooftop of the Asia Society in Hong Kong, which has the […]

The fun begins at Ocean Park

Armageddon at Ocean Park

More than 10 years it has taken me to finally visit Ocean Park in Hong Kong. The prospect of large crowds and lines of people waiting have stopped me from going. I know. It is a bad excuse because I really love aquaria; for hours on end I can watch fish gliding around in an aquarium. Do not ask me […]

Bird's eye view over Hong Kong

Victoria Peak in Hong Kong

So far I refrained myself to post pictures of the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong because there are already so many photos available. Then again without the most famous landmark I would offer an incomplete picture of Hong Kong on this blog. Victoria Peak is slightly higher than the ICC skyscraper but it is not the highest peak, that is Tai Mo […]

The Peak Galleria Hong Kong

The Peak Galleria on Hong Kong island

The Peak Galleria in Hong Kong is an architectural disaster. If Hong Kong had not enough shops, the Peak Galleria offers more shopping opportunities for those who want to take it to another peak level. There is nothing wrong with commercialisation but there was really no need to put together such a monstrous complex on Hong Kong’s finest picturesque […]

Sunset at Lamma Island

The great escape to Lamma Island

Take a short ferry ride from Central in Hong Hong and you end up at Lamma Island, the third largest island with around 6,000+ villagers. To put that number in context. The Citibank Plaza building on Hong Kong island has a capacity of 10,000 office workers. What I love about Hong Kong is its colourful history. How Lamma got its name […]

Connaught Road Central footbridge

A new perspective of Connaught Road Central

The Connaught Road Central bridge to the IFC was never a place I considered as a significance place in Hong Kong. I use the bridge almost everyday but never stood still to admire it. I was on my way to a meeting in the IFC building. To avoid the crowd I decided to take the right […]

The dome of the Hong Kong Space Museum

Hong Kong Space Museum

The Hong Kong Space Museum is one of my favourite landmarks still standing in Hong Kong. This magnificent building is only a few minutes walk from the Star Ferry pier in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). The museum stands out because nowadays curved lines are a rarity and straight lines have taken over Hong Kong’s skyline. Most interestingly is […]

Hong Kong Museum Of Art Entrance

Who designed the Hong Kong Museum of Art?

The Hong Kong Museum of Art sits between the Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Tsim Tsa Tsui’s harbour front. I have visited the Hong Kong Museum of Art several times. To my surprise Hong Kong classic or contemporary art was completely missing. Ok, that was not entirely true. There were a few sticky-taped calligraphy pieces […]