Bath in Winter

I love Bath in winter. The shops always look so enticing and the golden glow of the stone buildings seems to warm the coldest air. Wintertime is the perfect occasion to visit this beautiful English city and simply explore the historic streets, discover something new, and look for Christmas gifts. Bath Christmas Market is a…

Captivating Cartagena

When I first set eyes on Cartagena the vibrant colourful buildings and hot tropical air first captured my senses. This was one of the most beautiful places I had ever visited and I was instantly smitten. Walking around Cartagena and its historic streets is a must for any visitor to Colombia. The old houses with…

Meeting the Locals in Medellin

Santiago is 17 years old and taking me on a tour of his neighbourhood in Medellin. St Javier or Comuna 13 was once the most dangerous district in Medellin where violence was the norm and no tourist in their right mind would visit. 10 per cent of all murders took place here and the area…

Zen in Medellin

I had always imagined Medellin to be a dangerous city on the edge but first impressions changed all that. Right in the city centre is Barefoot Park- a public space for people to de-stress. How could I resist an hour exploring and how would this change my perception of Medellin? Built 14 years ago by…

On the Road to Santa Fe De Antioquia

I rose at dawn in Santa Fe de Antioquia, restless from the heat but enchanted by the beauty of this town. As I crept through the streets taking pictures of colourful houses immaculately painted, a few locals sat nonchalantly in the park under the shade of a tamarind tree. A tuk tuk stood on a…

Coffee Picking in Colombia

“There is only one way to ride these jeeps,” said my guide,” and that’s standing up!” How could I resist an offer like that- and so the journey to the coffee plantation commenced. It was a misty morning as I left Salento in the centre of Colombia’s coffee producing region. The jeep raced up and…

An Explosive Evening in Salento

  There are two things that strike a newcomer to Salento in Colombia’s Armenian coffee growing district. The brightly coloured buildings resplendent with their contrasting shaded balconies and shutters give the town an air of fun. The second noticeable thing is the steepness of the streets as Salento was built on hills. The third thing…