Valencia – An Architectural Delight

0 [1] Valencia’s Nord Station (1917) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. It’s cream Modernista facade is covered in flowers, orange blossoms and trees. […]

Xátiva – A Day Trip From Valéncia

0 Xátiva is a 45 minute train journey. One of orange trees and dark green sierras. But I’m only just scratching the surface of this Spanish vista. Because after only […]

Piccadilly – Christmas Time Around Fortnum and Mason

0 In 1886, Mr. Heinz disembarks at an English port. He has, with him, 5 heavy cases. He lugs them all the way to Piccadilly. There, the grocers Fortnum and […]

New Bond Street (Part Two) – License To Shop

0 200 years separate them. But both live only a wall apart from each other. One stuck to his long German style wig, whilst all around him wore the fashionable […]

New Bond Street (Part One) – The Spy Who Loved Shopping

0 My simple disguise is complete. Sunglasses on, I hoist a large brown bag onto my shoulder, allowing me to blend in with the hundreds of shoppers around. I pat […]

Oxford Street – Shop Till You Drop

0 A staggering half a million people visit Oxford Street every day. Closer to Christmas, it jumps to two million, or so it seems to me! But during Shakespeare’s time, […]

Kuala Lumpur’s China Town (Part Three) – The Story Of Yap Ah Loy

0 The muddy torrent rises at a frightening pace. It’s not the first time that heavy monsoons have threatened this Chinese outpost. But these floods are more menacing than ever. […]

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown (Part Two) – Life In A Chinese Pioneer Town

0 Living in a pioneer town in the wild, wild east isn’t easy. Chinese migrants, mainly men, arrive here after long treacherous journeys across the South China Sea. Disembarking, they […]

Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown (Part One) – The Chans Arrive In Town

0 My Chinatown walk involves a lot of stripping on my part…. Skyscrapers are stripped right back down to the ground. The busy highways and flyovers around me are peeled […]