Category Archives for Places


Photo Essay: Bau Nyale in Lombok, Indonesia

Actors perform the story of Princess Mandalika.

Once a year in Kuta, Lombok, Indonesia, the palolo worms that live in the reef come out to spawn, and locals celebrate with the Bau Nyale festival. Child jockeys come from Sumbawa and East Lombok to race horses on the strand. Like Firman, 7, from Bima in Sumbawa. Who fell, horrifically, yet cried not from […]


Our Big Australian Road Trip in Pictures

View from the headland at Byron Bay.

For the tightwad with a loose schedule, a relocation camper is the perfect way to travel Australia. This is the behemoth that brought us from Brisvegas to Sydney – not bad for a dollar a day, right? I can’t speak highly enough of Byron Bay, the hippie-divey-weedy-yogaish surf town that feels like anywhere other than […]


10 Things You Should Do in Rome (With Kids or Without)

Last Judgement by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, Rome.

Headed to La Bella Italia? Here’s a few things you should do in Rome. Get a Seat in the Sistine Chapel As befits the headquarters of a wealthy and ancient global institution, the Vatican museum is full of good stuff, from Ancient Egyptian sculpture through to contemporary art. And the Sistine Chapel is one of […]


The Unknown Artists of Ravenna

Apostles on the domed ceiling of the Baptistery in Ravenna.

I’ve not always liked my name — one of my first acts on hitting puberty was to rebrand myself from “Theodora” to “Theo”, an innovation I’ve failed to reverse ever since – but I have always liked the story behind it. Why? Because I’m named for a woman who grew up among the bears of […]


Sun, Sea, Sand, Scuba – Sinai! In Association with HolidayGems

Ein Khodra Oasis, Sinai Desert.

South Sinai is like nowhere else in Egypt: a stark landscape of desert and mountains, lapped by the clear blue waters of the Red Sea. The Sinai is the place where Moses supposedly received the Ten Commandments, home of the Bedouin since time immemorial – and a world away from the chaos of Cairo and […]


Best Things to Do in Amsterdam with Kids

Fountains at Rijksmuseum

The great cliches of travel to Amsterdam, The Netherlands’ first city, are firmly adult-oriented: coffee shops, populated almost entirely by bored-looking tourists, and the Red Light District, a mecca for stag nights. Yet, with its canals, trams, bicycles and easy walkability, Amsterdam has plenty to offer families, particularly those with older children. Here’s a few […]


The Van Gogh Museum: Totally Worth It…

Detail of Van Gogh's Irises.

You don’t think of Vincent Van Gogh – well, I don’t, anyway – as the type of chap to make art for a nursery. But he did. And that pretty, delicate pastel painting of almond blossoms is just one of many reasons the Van Gogh Museum, on its own, is totally worth the ferry or […]


10 Reasons Turkey Rocks – in Association with Cosmos

Turkey - Bluework

On the boundary between Europe and Asia, on the cusp between the Middle East and the West, Turkey is a stellar place to spend a holiday – not least for the weather. Here’s ten reasons, brought to you with the support of bargain holiday specialists Cosmos, why you might want to book Turkey holidays now. […]


Top Ten Things to Do in Hong Kong with Kids

Top Ten Things to Do in Hong Kong With Kids

We’ve spent quite a bit of time in Hong Kong by now – it’s actually a great place to visit with kids — and yet I’ve barely written about it. So, in the spirit of public service, here are my top picks for things to do in Hong Kong with kids. Go to Ocean Park […]


12 Reasons I Love Mongolia

Clouds reflected in Khovsgol Nuur, Mongolia.

Isolation In the least densely populated country on earth, expect big, empty, silent landscapes, huge skies and a sense of incredible space. Off the beaten track in Mongolia, you can travel for days without seeing a single soul – not (necessarily) because the landscape is uninhabitable, but just because it’s empty. Horses Mongolians descend from […]