Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Süleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Dominating the hill in Eminönü (on the European side of Istanbul) is the great Süleymaniye Mosque. Often overlooked by tourists in favour of it’s little brother the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (The Blue Mosque in the downtown tourist district), it is almost always quieter and every bit as impressive. Built in 1550 by the master architect […]

Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira, Morocco

Formally known as Mogodor, Essaouira is a walled medieval trading port on the Atlantic coast of Africa. It’s a charming little town with winding cobblestoned laneways and a gentle sea breeze that blows the stench of a thousand years’ worth of fish guts across the fortified ramparts. There’s half decent surf here too when the […]

Hedgehog!

Today we found this little fella swimming laps in the pool. We rescued him and he promptly rolled up and went to sleep. Naaaaawww, lookaddim….

Village Kids, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Dar Menebhi Palace, Marrakech, Morocco

Ben Youssef Madrasa and Dar Menebhi Palace, Marrakech, Morocco

Founded in the mid-14th century(!), the Ben Youssef Madrasa is the largest madrasa (Islamic college) in Morocco. Along with the Dar Menebhi Palace next door, it forms part of a sprawling historical complex in the old quarter of Marrakech.

Marrakech souk, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

We’re currently in Morocco for a yoga retreat with The Yoga Vine. I could show you the pics, but you probably don’t want to see fifteen people doing the Happy Baby, so here’s some pics of the crazy Marrakesh souks instead.

Akihabara, Japan

Akihabara, Japan

Akihabara Electric Town, otherwise known as Akiba, is mental. It’s like a cartoon porn version of Bladerunner. It grew from a post-war black market that sold illegal radio parts, but is now synonymous with otaku (geeks), gothic lolitas, anime and every video game ever…

Kamikochi, Japan

Kamikōchi, Japan

Situated in a picturesque valley in the Nagano prefecture of the Northern Japan Alps, Kamikōchi is designated as one of Japan’s National Cultural Assets, and is on the list of ‘Special Natural Monuments’ and ‘Special Places of Scenic Beauty’. There’s restricted access to cars, so it’s an incredibly peaceful place to spend a few days. […]

Takayama, Japan

Takayama, Japan

There’s only so much time you can spend in big cities before they all start to look the same, so we headed to the atmospheric Hida Takayama in the central Honshū alpine region. Situated on the banks of a picturesque river, the historic district of Sanmachi Suji is lined with wooden merchants’ houses dating to […]

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama, Japan

An easy train ride away on the outskirts of Kyoto lies the Arashiyama bamboo grove. It’s a photographers delight if you can get it without the crowds. We hit it at sunrise, catching an early morning train out of the city as the commuters made their way in the opposite direction. An eery light filters […]

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