Our Latest Stories

Time-Traveling back to Paradise at Maulbronn Monastery, Germany
with 2 Comments

Mei parks our crimson crossover. Now what? I ask. Now we get out of the car. She says it with a smile. Clearly, she knows what’s waiting for us on the other side of the parapet walls topped with ruby … Read More

The Toledo Train Station – Or Where Time Stands Still
with 2 Comments

  Train stations. A passage. People come, people go. I never liked train stations when I was a kid. Crowded places, random faces, pickpockets, always gusty, too windy in winter, too sticky in summer, these huge halls used to make … Read More

Hiking the Dragon’s Backbone in Longsheng
with No Comments

  It’ll be raining again today, what a shame! It never rains in Longsheng around this time of year, says Ling. We rarely trust the weather forecast. But if a local guide says it’s going to rain, it will be raining. … Read More

Enchanting Gardens of the Grand Château d’Ansembourg
with No Comments

  When you have to wait for over a decade to marry the person you love, you owe it to yourself to find the perfect venue to celebrate your long-awaited union. As we were anxiously waiting for the law to … Read More

Remembering the Past at the 9/11 Memorial Pools in New York City
with No Comments

Moments that shape the world shape you too. 9/11 has shaped generations. And we all have our own story to tell…   On September 11, 2001, I was in Paris with Kerstin. It was her first time in the French … Read More

The Convento do Carmo in Lisbon, Portugal
with No Comments

Lisbon. 9 am. The air is crisp and clear. We walk down the Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo, and there it is: the ruins of the Convento do Carmo.   With naked arches and piers pointing loose to the sky, … Read More

Lantau Island: away from crowded Hong Kong
with 3 Comments

Not far from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon lies a green oasis: Lantau Island, one of the largest islands in Hong Kong.   We saw it from afar the day we landed. Through a misted … Read More

From Strongili to Santorini: A little gem among the Cyclades islands
with 2 Comments

As we docked at the ferry port of Santorini, we gazed at a 300m high steep cliff. The view is impressive from afar, but is even more remarkable when standing at the foot of the rock face, especially when you … Read More

The Mysterious Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
with No Comments

It was pouring as if the world was about to end. We had to cover half a mile to reach the Guilin pier to board a boat to Yangshuo. The whole place was flooded. With dripping pants and soaked shoes … Read More

Chris Duke: A Blues Musician and Window Glass Painter in San Francisco
with No Comments

If there was ever such thing as an artist’s bible, it should be Van Gogh’s Letters written to his brother Theo. – Chris Duke Life is full of surprises, and you just never know what happens. Not so long ago, we … Read More

The Bodleian Library in Oxford
with No Comments

Like curious schoolgirls, we sat under the armorial shields and dark oak bookcases of Duke Humfrey’s Library, and listened to our guide, a slim senior woman with shrewd blue eyes, as she revealed the bibliographical pilgrimages of the oldest collection … Read More

A Hidden Gem in Southern Luxembourg
with No Comments

Mother Marie-Joseph Max, a ninety-something Benedictine abbess was resplendent with joy. She shared her knowledge with us with extreme generosity, and made history come alive. The following material was gathered orally. Fleeing the Kulturkampf: from Germany to Luxembourg The Benedictine … Read More

More Travel Stories