Nov 082014
Apple Cross, Scotland – a difficult journey all for the love of the best Scottish seafood

21 0The ultimate gourmet pilgrimage to Apple Cross, a village resided by only around 200 people on the west coast of Scotland is not particularly easy. But adopting Michelin Guide’s philisophy of “making a special visit” to restaurants that are good, I am confident that foodies will find the journey to Apple Cross worth all […]

Jul 172011
What is French cuisine?

22 0What is French cuisine? I have asked this question to many people and to myself. To get an answer is harder than you think. For example, when you think of Italian cuisine, you will say immediately pizza, pasta. For Indian, it’s curry. For British, fish and chips. For Chinese, sweet and sour. But for […]

Jul 022011
Morzine on the French Alps in summer and Chalet in Morzine

37 0The dream started with a Japanese anime series from the 70s  called Heidi, Girl of the Alps (飄零燕) about an orphan Heidi who lived on the Alps. It is based on the Swiss novel “Heidi’s Years of Wandering and Learning” by Johanna Spyri (1880). Ever since watching the cartoon series, I always idealised that […]

Aug 042010
Romantic Luxury Hotels in Spain – The Paradores

13 0 If you are looking for romantic luxury hotels for your holidays, I have a recommendation for you – the Paradores in Spain. My best travel experience in Spain was not Barcelona, which of course is always fascinating to visit when you are surrounded by Gaudi’s architecture and Picasso/Dali’s paintings. But my most romantic […]

Jul 112010

10 6Picking France as a holiday destination can be expensive. From my experience, the best value you can get without sacrifising quality too much is to stay in Logis (pronounciation similar to “lo shi” in French), an independently run lodging promoted and structured under an organisation called Logis de France in the beginning. The brand […]

Jul 022010

25 3I just came back from a trip to Provence and had the most wonderful steak tartare I’ve ever had. Curious as usual, I was very eager to find out how did the name tartare come from. What does it mean? Is steak tartare originated from France? Is tartare a French word? First, the meaning […]

May 292010
Lexiaguo (Luoxiagou) – where is it in China?

19 44Below is the information forwarded to me recently. It’s about a very beautiful place in China. It’s called Lexiaguo. Does Lexiaguo exist? The pictures look stunning. Since I used to travel to China a lot and  have never heard of this place, I did some research myself. Original text from the forwarded email: Lexiaguo […]

Jun 142009

23 0When I was working in China, I often asked the people I met there where are the most beautiful places in China. I always got these 2 answers: Li Jiang (丽江) in Yunnan and Jiu Zhai Gou (九寨沟) in Sichuan. [singlepic id=14 w=280 h=200 float=center] [singlepic id=44 w=280 h=200 float=center] Li Jiang literally means […]