All the ‘Men’ We Ate in Kyushu

Can’t last a day without Men (麺) When in Japan, you can’t not eat ‘men’. There are all kinds of men in Japan. Ramen. Soba. Udon. Instant. Bespoke. Have them hot, in boiled savoury soup, or eat them cold/dry, dipping them in sauce/soup. Or fried – with vegetables/meat/seafood. Recently, […]

Hike Montenvers

First, to the Blue Lake From inside the cable car, Lac Bleu looked like a deep, sapphire-blue oval nestled by the side of the snow-white slope. It appeared big, yet close-up, it was tiny, more like a pond.  By itself, it didn’t warant the 15-minute detour from the Plan de […]

Mont Blanc – from Aiguille du Midi

When I read tripadvisor posts complaining about the long queues for tickets, hours-long wait to get up the cable car to Aiguille du Midi station (3777m), overpriced tickets, how bad weather foiled the best of plans etc etc, I realised those comments were true. Many moons later, when […]

Hike Cinque Terre

One day, all it takes to appreciate Cinque Terre  Monterosso was sleepy quiet when we walked out from the train carriage at 0820. Within a minute and we were already standing next to the coast facing a swath of blue, feeling the sea breeze on our face. Refreshed, […]

Hike Courmayeur

The path to Bertone, is a boring paved road 8am. All was quiet. There’s nobody but us. Mr Croux told us to head to the church in the centre of the town then look for Strada Villair. We were told to walk along Strada Villair. Strada Villair was […]