De Haar Castle

De Haar Castle sits like a fairy tale between green grass, canals and dairy cows. A castle has existed on this site since 1391. As is the story with many castles, fire and war damaged the castle over the centuries. It passed from family to family and generation to generation until, finally, in the late 1800s…

Westerbork Transit Camp Memorial

The Westerbork Transit Camp was originally a refugee camp for Jews fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, the Nazis took the camp over and transformed the once safe-haven into part of their regime of reign of terror. Gypsies and Jews from all over The Netherlands were rounded up and sent to Westerbork for transportation to…

Loeverstein Castle

Loeverstein Castle is part of a network of protection that extended down the Rivers Meuse and Waal for centuries. Originally built as a private home using stolen river taxes, the castle was quickly commandeered by the government of the day while the owner was away. The waterways that surround the castle are more than a mere…

Phnom Penh

The plane drops below the clouds. Everything is green and wet. Rice paddies take up almost every bit of flat ground. Mountains are slowly eaten away by mining operations. Dirt roads zig zag between red roofed villages. Water abounds as dams overflow. “It looks so wet” are Paul’s ominous words. This is our first impression…

Kuala Lumpur

We have a two-day stopover in Kuala Lumpur en route to Cambodia. It’s a chance to eat good food, watch movies, get a massage and check out some tourist sites. Walking the city allows us a fine reintroduction to this magnificent city. It’s a visual delight of colour and chaos, a cacophony of scooters and construction,…

Hapcheon to random pagoda

I wake to the sight of the sun breaking gently through the fog. Birds chirp in the trees and leaves rustle on the forest floor. The air is cool but not cold. Visibility is low as I set off. I can barely see one hundred meters. It is simultaneously eerie and invigorating to ride like…

Daegu

According to my guide book, Daegu doesn’t have much to keep tourists entertained. However, it may well be my favourite city of this trip and I end up spending five nights here. I spend most of my time wandering the main shopping street browsing the outdoor shops and eating Baskin Robbins ice cream. There are…