My 5: Pamplona Cathedral, Spain.

Pamplona Cathedral Calle de la Curia Pamplona Navarre Province

1. September 2015. It was mid-afternoon in Pamplona during siesta time as I made my way down the deserted Calle de la Curia for a truly picture perfect approach to the neoclassical façade of Pamplona Cathedral. All the shops were shuttered up, there were no people blocking my view and not so much as a […]

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My 5: Café Iruña – Pamplona, Spain.

Cafe Iruna Plaza del Castillo Pamplona Spain

1. September 2015. For fans of the iconic American novelist Ernest Hemingway, there is perhaps no greater tribute to the great man than a visit to the Spanish city of Pamplona. An exceptionally well-travelled man, Hemingway fell head over heels for Pamplona and would return here again and again throughout his troubled life to watch […]

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My 5: Rick’s Cafe, Casablanca.

Exterior Rick's Cafe Casablanca Morocco

Reading from China? This My 5 contains a YouTube video, which can only be viewed with a VPN! 1. October 2008. I often get asked what my favorite dishes are from around the world. Well, I love Mexican (Chimichanga!), adore Lebanese (Kafta!), can’t get enough of an authentic oven-cooked pizza (cheese cheese, cheese!) and there […]

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My 5: Erawan Falls – Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

Erawan Falls Erawan National Park Kanchanaburi Thailand

1. April 2015. Kanchanaburi’s collection of world war two sights is undeniably fascinating, but also pretty heavy and at times hugely depressing. So after a day walking the Death Railway Bridge, the War Cemetery and the Death Railway Museum, I was eager to treat myself to some beautiful National Park scenery to clear my mind […]

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My 5: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery Thailand

1. April 2015. A visit to the town of Kanchanaburi is like stepping into a giant, breathing memorial to one of Thailand’s darkest historical chapters. For it was here that so many prisoners of war toiled away on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway, also known as The Death Railway, back in the early 1940s. Over one […]

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My 5: Death Railway Bridge – Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

Death Railway Bridge Kanchanaburi Thailand

1. April 2015. Even if you’ve never seen the Oscar-winning movie, chances are you’ve heard of the bridge on the River Kwai, a key component of Japan’s so-called Thailand-Burma ‘Death Railway’ line during World War II. A truly horrific chapter of Thai history, over one hundred thousand slaves and prisoners of war were forced to […]

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My 5: Cool Spots Around Washington DC.

Meridian Hill Park Malcolm X Park Washington DC

1. May 2007. Washington DC is a pleasingly green experience, with a bunch of beautiful parks and gardens scattered around town. Some say there are few cities in the US to rival DC on this front, thanks to stunning green spaces like Rock Green Park (featuring the civil war era Fort Stevens), The U.S. Arboretum, (boasting […]

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