In Pictures: Trpejca, Macedonia

A small fishing village on the shores of Lake Ohrid, Trpejca is accessible by road but better approached by boat. A shallow bay is backed by only a few rows of houses that sport wide wooden balconies. They probably provide one of the most UNESCO-protected views in the world. I spent barely an hour there,…

An Introduction To Ohrid, Macedonia

As I looked down from Samuel’s Fortress, I marvelled that its 11th century guards would have taken in a similar view. Misty mountainous slopes, seasonally snow-capped, plunge towards slithers of shoreline that border the city of Ohrid’s ancient lake. Estimated to be over five million years old, Lake Ohrid more closely resembles a vast sea…

A New Discovery At Ancient Angkor, Cambodia

Well before sunrise Angkor Wat is bustling. Loaded tuk-tuks pull up in front of the iconic facade of Cambodia’s largest temple and immediately cameras start clicking. This is always how another day begins at the famous complex.  In recent months, the discovery of new ruins beneath Angkor’s already extensive network of buildings has proven that…

London’s Shortest Season: Green Spaces In The East

Better late than never. It seems that proper summer, as opposed to ‘that warm week we always get in May’ has finally hit England’s capital. Temperatures have inched over 25 for the first time this year, and the infamous Central Line has inevitably become a sauna. More seriously, most people imagine a sprawling metropolis when…

Pleasure: Travel To A Happy Place

We all have one. Some of us have more. Those places, those moments that we take ourselves to, that instil a sense of complete calm. Whether we’re at a bus stop in the pouring rain, or in yet another stressful meeting, travel to a happy place is sometimes, the only thing that keeps us sane.…