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through the lense of His Majesty King Bhumibol King Bhumibol, of Thailand, who sadly passed away last year, was a man of many talents. As well as being a musician, an inventor, and inspiration to the people of Thailand for 70 years, he was also a very talented photographer. For most of his adult life, whether visiting up country rural Thailand, or attending the most regal of royal events, he was rarely seen without carrying a camera. As part of the country’s many…

Temples of Kyoto and Osaka Kyoto is of course famous for it’s many temples, and the quieter ones with their beautiful gardens can provide moments of deep tranquility. In this film I’ve captured some of the experiences of visiting the temples, mainly in Kyoto, but also one or two from Osaka HERE ARE SOME OF THE TEMPLES FEATURED IN THE FILM Ryōan-ji (Shinjitai: 竜安寺, Kyūjitai: 龍安寺, The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. The…

Japan – a country of different faces. On the one hand, it’s a land of beautiful country side, scenic mountains, temples, and tranquil Zen gardens. On the other, it’s a country of the manic mega city, neon, densely populated with all the excitement and frustrations that urban cities bring. Here are two videos from our trip to Kyoto and Osaka, that capture both sides of this constantly evolving and fascinating country Manic Japan Tranquil Japan

Singapore, hot, noisy and crowded. Great place to live, but everyone needs to escape the metropolis every now and again, or risk going stir crazy. Luckily there are hundreds of beautiful places, many straight out of a picture postcard, within a couple of hours’ flight. LANGKAWI – PARADISE FOUND The archipelago of Langkawi lies in the Andaman sea, on the North-West coast of Malaysia, adjacent to Thailand. The main island is a popular destination, and with direct flights into the Island from Singapore…

We recently spent 3 days in Taiwan, mainly Taipei. It’s another place that’s been on the must visit list for ages, but there is so much to see in Asia that we’ve only just got round to doing it. From Singapore it’s a pretty easy direct flight, and from HK it’s a mere 2 hours. Watch our video (below) for highlights and recommendations Taipei is a medium sized 2m population city, and it feels delightfully small, especially after the mega cities of HK,…

For Tuscany in all it’s glory, look no further than this picturesque hilltop village. About an hour or so drive from Firenze, navigating the twists and turns of rural Italy, we reach Volpaia, our home for the next five days or so.  We booked on the strength of a recommendation, and we were unsure of what to expect. But from the moment our little hire car had made it up the long hill, and into the little village square, we were immediately captivated. Volapaia…

Rome on a Vespa If you’ve ever been to Rome, you’ll know that as well as being the Eternal City, full of amazing classical buildings and history at every turn, it can also be a pretty frantic place, with tourists swarming almost every major attraction.  Visiting a new City, it can also be difficult to discover the secret neighbourhoods, views and restaurants that the locals frequent, and escape the more obvious hotspots. For the perfect antidote to this, we discovered these guys – Scooteroma -…

Singapore is not particularly known for it’s wildlife. There is some of course, but mainly of the reptilian variety, plus a few monkeys and assorted rather noisy birds. I’m doing the country a slight disservice here, but I can’t see David Attenborough beating a path here anytime soon. The newish Gardens by the Bay has been open for a couple of years now, and it is situated on either side of the Marina bay barrage area, with the rather more interesting Wyndham triffid…

Stunning Sri Lanka This place has been on my list of ‘most wanted’ travel destinations for a few years now, and it does not disappoint. It’s like an easier going, more laid back version of India. It’s still crazy, and chaotic, especially on the roads, but it does not have the full on assault to the senses that it’s bigger nearby sibling has. We land in Columbo, but give it a swerve (after living in metropolitan Singapore for over four years, I…

Bath is one of my favourite cities, with its Georgian architecture and elegant city planning, it remains largely un-touched by the passage of time or by the often bizarre planning choices that have blighted many other English cities. On my latest visit, over the New Year period, it rained for most of the time, with the sun only managing to make an appearance for two or three days.  But on those rare occasions, I managed to get out and about early in the morning,…