Yanaka Ginza Hero

Tokyo Photo Diary: Yanaka, Northern Tokyo

For a taste of Old Tokyo, head to Yanaka. This charming neighbourhood in Northern Tokyo has largely escaped the fires, earthquakes and WWII air raids that have flattened so much of the rest of the city and has one of the sweetest shopping strips in the city. Temple Trail in Nishi-Nippori & Yanaka We started at Nishi-Nippori station and wandered the backstreets of Nishi-Nippori, passing … Continue reading Tokyo Photo Diary: Yanaka, Northern Tokyo

SoHo Cast Iron Historic District NYC

Meeting Manhattan: Behind the beautiful facades in SoHo

I still can’t believe how much we squeezed in to our first day in New York City. I arrived on Wednesday night, but on Saturday my boyfriend and I had our first day off together, so we spent the whole day exploring. It was a hot, sunny day. I’d bought a new pair of Converse at Macy’s the day before, ready to pound the pavement. … Continue reading Meeting Manhattan: Behind the beautiful facades in SoHo

Melbourne's laneways and arcades

Postcards from Melbourne’s laneways & arcades

Melbourne’s laneways and arcades make the city centre famous. They’re the canvas for the city’s adored street art and hide Melbourne’s best bars and cafes. It’s pretty rare to find a city where you actually want to spend time in the city centre, but you could lose hours following Melbourne’s laneways & arcades. The gorgeous arcades get less hype, but they offer a refuge from … Continue reading Postcards from Melbourne’s laneways & arcades

Brighton Bathing Boxes Melbourne

Brighton Bathing Boxes: Melbourne’s Rainbow Row

The rainbow row of Brighton Bathing Boxes is one of the most iconic sights in Melbourne. The brightly-coloured little beach houses are the calling card for Melbourne’s affluent bayside suburb of Brighton, and their likeness is plastered across postcards, prints and artwork all over the city. Our apartment came fully furnished, including a massive print of the Brighton Bathing Boxes hanging in my office. The … Continue reading Brighton Bathing Boxes: Melbourne’s Rainbow Row

Hipmunk City Love: Iconic Barcelona

Barcelona has been bewitching travellers for centuries. It may be in Spain, but it’s the capital of the fiercly independent region of Catalonia. Much like the Basques in northern Spain, if the Catalans had their way, Catalonia would be an independent nation! This proud culture makes Barcelona so different to the rest of Spain, although many tourists fail to notice the subtle yet powerful differences … Continue reading Hipmunk City Love: Iconic Barcelona

The Glory of Opera Garnier, Paris

I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I thought the Palace of Versailles was grand, but Paris’ Opera Garnier blows it out of the water. Every inch is a tribute to opulence. Completed in 1875 by architect Charles Garnier, Opera Garnier is Europe’s largest opera houses. It is the setting for Gaston Leyroux’s Phantom of the Opera, which was inspired by the death of a construction … Continue reading The Glory of Opera Garnier, Paris

Sainte Chapelle Upper Chapel Paris

Sainte-Chapelle: The most beautiful church in Paris

Sometimes the smallest stars shine the brightest. I visited Sainte-Chapelle in Paris in December 2011 and I’ve never been so in awe of anywhere. It is smaller than Notre Dame, but in my opinion, it is so much more beautiful. There isn’t a square inch of the interior that isn’t painted, coloured, carved or adorned with gold leaf. The lower chapel was beautiful, but I was … Continue reading Sainte-Chapelle: The most beautiful church in Paris