Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent in Portugal – photograph

Published in: Discover World Culture, Portugal | December 25th, 2017
Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent

Photograph of Belem tower in Lisbon Belem tower is also known as the Tower of St. Vincent. It’s a fortified tower located in Lisbon and built in the early 16th Century. The tower played an important role during Portugal’s impressive maritime period during this time. The tower was a defensive building long the river Tagus.… Continue reading more »

Painting of Boudha Stupa in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | December 24th, 2017
Painting of a girl in front of Boudha Stupa in Nepal

A painting of the reconstructed Boudha stupa in Nepal It’s one of the iconic symbols of Nepal and Buddhism. The massive stupa known as Boudha was also damaged in the 2015 earthquake. In 2017 it was fully restored. While the initial damage did not seem like much, the upper part of the stupa sustained structural… Continue reading more »

Changing of the guard ceremony at Wagah border between Pakistan & India – photograph

Published in: India, Pakistan | December 23rd, 2017
Wagah Border changing of the guard

The Wagah Border ceremony between Pakistan and India It’s one of the last great official borders of the modern world. Close to both Lahore and Amritsar it’s easily reached. A full guide to the Wagah border ceremony is here. In todays dry boring borders of nothing but security checks and passport control watching the Wagah border… Continue reading more »

Painting of Siddhi Laxmi Temple in Thimi, Nepal

Published in: Nepal | December 22nd, 2017
Painting of the Siddhi Laxmi temple in Thimi, Nepal

A painting of the impressive Siddhi Laxmi Temple in Nepal Every year I try to include something light, enjoyable and photographic for the holidays. This year I’m including some art from Nepal and new photographs from around the world. The paintings are a different look on iconic and little know parts of the country. I… Continue reading more »

What to do in Nepal for Christmas & the New Year

Published in: Nepal | December 20th, 2017
Christmas tree in Pokhara

Spending Christmas & the New Year in Nepal I’ve spent many a Christmas and New Year in Nepal. There’s plenty to do, but it’s not always so easy to figure it out. Here’s a helping hand if you happen to be spending the holidays in Nepal! First things first, do realize that Nepal by virtue… Continue reading more »

The Mountain Shadow: book review

Published in: India, Reviews | December 5th, 2017
The Mountain Shadow Book Cover

The Mountain Shadow is the sequel to the epic Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts The Mountain Shadow: is a book I was looking forward to read for many years. If you’ve read my review for Shantaram then you’ll know I felt it was one of the best travel books I’ve ever come across. By proxy… Continue reading more »

The most common questions & mistakes people make when trekking in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | November 23rd, 2017
Trekkers on a trail in Nepal

From no money to no time, many trekkers are sacrificing their lives & holidays when they shouldn’t be Over the past 10 years I’ve received countless emails with questions about trekking in Nepal. Of the majority the following two questions are the most common: I don’t have enough money, can I go without a guide? I… Continue reading more »