Seven Days at Sea

A culinary and culturally-rich programme, complete with caviar and champagne on tap, makes touring Vietnam via the South China Sea all the more charming on board Seabourn’s Sojourn, writes Kerry Spencer.

Leaving Hong Kong’s hazy skyline behind is never easy. But as I sipped on a champagne cocktail, topped with a lemon twist, it didn’t feel all that difficult, either. I was sitting in Seabourn Sojourn’s Observation Lounge embarking on my first sailing experience.  My journey would take me down the coast of Vietnam, calling at Da Nang, Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh City. The voyage continued for most passengers to Cambodia and Thailand, before ...

February 2, 2017

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Nature’s land

With the northern lights becoming an increasingly popular travel destination, now is the perfect time for Aurora-gazers to visit Iceland, writes Kerry Spencer

Iceland is one of those mystical places that I’ve felt inspired to visit for years. Finally, 2013 was my year. A good year, too, as the Aurora Borealis—commonly known as the northern lights—often seen dancing in bright shades of green and pink across the Arctic sky, are supposedly going to be at their most visible in 11 years, from September through to March 2014. Iceland might be a small country, but its diverse landscape is unrivalled. From glaciers to ...

January 31, 2017

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Fat of the Land | Humble Roots

Sybil Kapoor explores the Kochi Prefecture in Japan in search of the yuzu - a citrus fruit and Asian cooking staple that's growing in international stature.

As I wandered through the crowded Farmers’ Market on Sunday morning in Kochi in Shikoku, admiring the persimmons and queuing up for the fluffiest sweet potato fritters, I noticed a pervasive aroma drifting on the mild November air.  It was an energising fragrance that hinted at bergamot and grapefruit. “Oh, yuzu!” exclaimed my Japanese companion, sniffing the air in delight. “Can you smell it? It reminds me of my childhood. We always put whole yuzu in our baths ...

January 30, 2017

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West Coast storm watching

The winter storm season in Tofino is kicking off, and Wickaninnish Inn is where you need to go to experience its mighty power...

In 1995, Interior Designer, Sharon Bortolotto, Principal of BBA Design Consultants Inc. was contacted by Charles McDiarmid to design a new kind of Inn, one built specifically for winter storm watching. McDiarmid had a revolutionary idea.  Not only did he want guests to come and enjoy the West Coast of Vancouver Island during the stormy winter months, he also wanted that natural world reflected within the interior of his new Wickaninnish Inn.  Bortolotto goes on ...

January 27, 2017

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