Posted on 12 April 2017 by Martha Hales
Get to know Tashkent
As an ancient hub of the Silk Road, Tashkent has long been subject to outside influences and this is evident today. One of the defining moments in Tashkent’s modern history was the devastating earthquake of 1966, which struck right in the heart of the city with a magnitude of 5.1. Many of the ancient buildings of central Tashkent were levelled, several people died and around 300,000 were made homeless. When the rubble was cleared and rebuilding began in earnest, the new city was planned in the Soviet style, with many giant monumental buildings facing off across leafy public squares. The city today is the largest in Central Asia, and is by far the most appealing place in Uzbekistan for those in search of fine restaurants, breezy city parks and buzzing nightlife.
Posted on 10 April 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
A Taste of China
When thinking of the nations that boast the finest cuisines in the world, one might think of the sophisticated flavours of France and Italy; the aromatic and spicy dishes of India; or the vibrant flavours of Latin America. These nations all have signature cooking styles, ingredients and dishes that create a national identity through cuisine. There is, however, one nation that surpasses all in variety of cooking techniques and flavours, where it has not one food region, but eight. Guangdong, Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Fujian, Sichuan and Hunan regions make China a bucket-list destination for any food lover.
Posted on 20 March 2017 by Kati Taylor
In The Spotlight: Caroline Eden
One of the greatest pleasures of any travel experience is getting to know the local food scene. While some destinations are well known for their cuisines (step forward India and Vietnam), others remain hidden gems. Caroline Eden’s latest book surfaces just a few of these. Written with her co-worker Eleanor Ford, Samarkand throws a spotlight on Central Asia and the Caucasus. Heavily influenced by the nations that surround them, their flavours and cooking techniques are as varied as they are unique. From tabletop staples to culinary eccentricities, Samarkand offers a real insight into a relatively undiscovered food scene.
Posted on 15 March 2017 by Martha Hales
Marrakech with a Local
Exotic and alluring, Marrakech is steeped in history, commerce and romance. It may not be Morocco’s capital, but it is the major draw for most visitors to this intriguing country. There is no shortage of things to do in Marrakech, and many come to browse the souks, get lost in the medina and soak up the intoxicating atmosphere.
Posted on 01 March 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
San Jose with a Local
Costa Rica’s positioning between the North and South American continents has allowed for the migration of thousands of species, making it one of the most verdant and biologically diverse countries on the planet. The highlights of this wonderful nation, however, extend far beyond the abundant flora and fauna. The nation’s capital, San Jose, is a vibrant and modern city. Its sprawling streets are home to over 2 million people, a third of Costa Rica’s population. Many visitors to San Jose do not spend a great deal of time there, opting to use it as an overnight pit stop between landing and heading out to explore the tropical corners of the country. Here lies a missed opportunity to experience the rich culture and wonderful creativity of the Costa Rican people, as well as their abundant hospitality. For those wanting to get the most out of San Jose, here is our local guide to its charms and highlights…
Posted on 22 February 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Yangon with a Local
The night sky above Yangon is set a deep navy. It is in the dying hours of the day that it is best to see the towering jewel found in the heart of the city, the Shwedagon Paya. The foundations of this Buddhist temple date back over 2500 years, originally standing around 8 metres tall. Over many centuries the temple was continually built upon and now stands at nearly 110 metres tall, covered in hundreds of solid gold plates and around 4,000 diamonds and jewels. At night, Shwedagon Paya is illuminated, acting as a spectacular golden beacon that can be seen from across the city.
Posted on 17 February 2017 by Yettio Travel Magazine
Street Food around the World
Everyone knows the two best places to explore the culinary landscape of a destination - in someone’s home or on the streets. No matter what your taste or budget, there are always dishes to meet your culinary cravings. The rise of street food vans in the West is a testament to changing eating habits as people embrace local culinary specialities.
Posted on 08 February 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
A Taste of Indonesia
Jakarta hums in the midday sun. Cars crawl through crowded streets and its citizens hustle and bustle with all the usual hurry of a capital city. The air is dense with a chorus of roaring motorbikes, chatter, barking dogs, humidity and the intoxicating smells of Indonesian cuisine.
Posted on 18 January 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
The Best of Burma
Opening itself to the West relatively recently, Burma (also known as Myanmar) is a country still very much untouched by globalisation. This varied destination boasts culture and traditions which have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. From bustling local teahouses to the tranquil shores of Lake Inle, Burma is alive with colour and diversity.
Posted on 09 January 2017 by Martha Hales
Valentine’s Day: Romantic Getaway Inspiration
With Valentine’s Day a month away, and cold weather making us daydream of faraway places, there’s never been a better time to choose your next romantic getaway! If you’re in need of a little inspiration, check out these itinerary ideas put together by our local experts…
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