The falaj of Misfat, one of the most charming villages of Oman

Many traditional villages in Oman got abandoned to build modern houses close by: mud houses were getting too small, needed too much maintenance and above all could not beat modern life! Thanks to tourism, some of these old villages are rehabilitated such as the charming Misfat al-Abriyeen famous for its ancient irrigation system or falaj.

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The mud villages of Oman [Al Hamra]

“Al Hamra” it says on the dusty road sign along the way towards the majestic Jebel Shams in the Western Hajar Mountains of Oman. In a last-minute decision I turn the wheel of our rental car and notice a large date plantation irrigated by a traditional falaj. I park the car and we cautiously venture in the desolated streets lined by ruined mud houses to explore the old village. Keep travelling!

A night out in Barcelona? Know where to go!

In 2016, about 30 million tourists visited Barcelona, a city of 1.6 million inhabitants. The vibrant capital of Catalonya is victim of its own success: the once atmospheric Las Ramblas have turned into a main tourist drag, La Boqueria market into a trap to be avoided, the narrow medieval streets of El Born have been invaded by a crowd armed with selfie sticks and walking on colourful sneakers, skyrocketing prices of hotel rooms and flat rentals have driven locals out of the city, even the paella has turned yellow (with cheap turmeric thrown on a hardly cooked rice replacing the expensive saffron evenly spread on a slowly caramelized rice)! It matters all the more to know where to go Keep travelling!

Discovering world’s oldest tea trees in Northern Laos

A roughly 20-kilometre long bumpy dirt road leads towards surprisingly well maintained trees on the steep slopes of Laos’ most remote mountains bordering China. Wooden houses are lined up along the road, leafs are drying in the sun, people are working on their doorstep, chickens roam around and some lazy dogs nap in the sun.  Keep reading

Japan’s saviours: women or robots?

JR train from Tokyo to Sapporo: the little cart approaches, loaded with coffee makers, soft drinks, bento‘s and sweets. The young Japanese female train attendant asks us what we would like in a perfect English with an American accent. We are puzzled! Keep reading

Dyeing to weave your way through Vientiane, Laos!

The water has been boiling for a while now and a woody scent enters my nose. I pour the hot water full of shavings through a piece of cloth to filter the pulp out. I bring the water to the boil again before adding the main ingredients. No, I am not preparing a meal, I am making yellow! Keep reading

Photo of the day: portrait of an Akha woman, Northern Laos

Laos is a patchwork of ethnic groups. The remote mountains of Northern Laos are home to the Akha tribes who live according to their ancient traditions and customs. Keep reading

Photo of the day: The traditional “pointu”, French Riviera

Far from the luxurious yatchs that can be spotted all along the French Riviera, the colourful pointus are the traditional fishing boats. The captains of these robust Keep reading

Photo of the day: Colourful sardine cans, French Riviera

Mediterranean goods are sold in many shops scattered along the medieval streets of Keep reading

Photo of the day: Mediterranean market, Hyères, French Riviera

The medieval streets of Hyères are home to many shops selling Mediterranean goods: Keep reading

Photo of the day: Why are Scandinavian cottages red?

The traditional red cottage is the typical postcard of rural Scandinavia. The red colour was not chosen for aesthetic reasons: Keep reading

A craft turned into art: ceramics of San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua

San Juan de Oriente, close to the Laguna de Apoyo in Nicaragua seems like a small sleepy village. Turning a street corner by the church, we see a display of pots by a house prompting us to give it a closer look. Keep reading

Photo of the day: Cigar making in Esteli

Esteli is the heart of the tobacco industry in Nicaragua that offers reknown cigars which are exported worlwide. More than just making, it is really a craft. Learn more about it visiting one of the factories with us. Keep traveling!

The rebirth of cigars, Esteli, Nicaragua

Comfortably seated in a cosy room, I am overlooking the Esteli River running through the sunbathed valley circled by green mountains, in what used to be the dodgy area of Estelí, Nicaragua. Contemplating my surroundings, I enjoy looking at the graffiti art hanging on the walls: the Manhattan bridge, the shadow of a motorbiker, rats dressed up in suits… A sweet aftertaste fills my mouth. Licking my lips, I prolong that delicious taste that makes me think I am enjoying a dessert. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Street scene on New Year’s day, Guatemala

Walking home after attending mass at church on New Year’s day, these women dressed in traditional Guatemalan clothes pass by a lonely woman brooming her doorstep. She is trying to  Keep travelling

Thrilling river crossing: vine bridges, Shikoku, Japan

When the Heike clan lost the Shido-no-Ura battle in the 13th century, they were forced to Keep traveling!

Spectacular festivals of Japan: The Hakata Gion Yamakasa, Fukuoka

Festivals are very important in Japan, keeping ancient traditions alive and passing them on to younger generations. They occur all through the year, and more specifically in the summer. Some are extremely popular making it hard to travel and stay in the hosting cities during these days. As such, the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is said to be one of the most impressive ones of Japan. Keep traveling!