Matt Mayer is a tech guru from the UK who has visited over 60 countries (not that I’m counting. Ok I’m counting)
One of the joys of being a parent is rediscovering all the great picture books I read as a child! In this list, I will take you to places inspired by the world's greatest kids picture books and stories! From museums dedicated to picture books, to some of the locations which inspired famous kids authors.
In Southeast Asia, albino "white" elephants were considered especially prestigious and often owned by kings. The gift of a white elephant, while considered a blessing, also landed the recipient with a fairly useless beast which would cost a lot to house and feed. A white elephant gradually became to idiomatically mean any expensive venture or building project which was very expensive, with limited use. Whether sports venues built for a big event, or a "bridge to nowhere", here are 12 projects which blew past their already elephantine budgets.
The Trans-Mongolian is one of the world’s last great train journeys. It takes 6 days to travel from Beijing in China through Mongolia, Siberia all to way to Moscow. Sensible people break the journey along the way and visit Ulan Bator or Lake Baikal. Silly people like me do it in one go with no stops! Here’s the story of my trip.
I grew up south of London, and while it’s always been a major tourist destination, the city has really transformed over the last 20 years. The combination of history and modernity is tough to match.
I am a bit obsessed with metros (I design metro maps) and some underground stations are works of art in their own right! From the New York subway to the London Underground and Stockholm Metro, here are some of my favourite stations!
Which towns and cities are lucky enough to have an element named after them? 32 of the 118 element names are associated with places on Earth, though for this list i am excluding places named after whole countries (eg Francium for France, Nihonium for Japan) or continents (eg Europium, Americium), states/provinces (eg Californium, Hassium for Hesse in Germany) and regions (eg Scandium for Scandinavium).
I remember on my first trip to Istanbul arriving from the airport as night fell to the sound of the call to prayer and a taxi rushing down cobbled streets. Istanbul is one of my favorite cities, it is a truly unique city spanning both Europe and Asia full of ancient history as well as modern attractions. And now I have a quick stopover there on my way back to Europe so what to do?
One of the great things about Bangkok is the sheer variety of experiences available at different price points! I thought it would be fun to compare how much a nights stay will set you back at a few different places in Bangkok, from simple hostels to fancy five star luxury! All prices are for a sample one night stay on 31 October this year and converted to USD.
Public toilets don’t always have the best reputation. But around the world, some architects have tried to make a splash with their designs, and these facilities are nothing to poo-poo at! Let’s see what toilets have made number 1 and number 2 on our list.
58 years ago food critic Thanadsri Svasticolumn founded a food column and awards called Shell Shuan Shim which recognized Thailand best food. Thanadsri died in August aged 93 and the organization has just announced its first winners for seven years! Here are the seven restaurants and food stalls recognized as the best of Bangkok. Some I've been to and some are now on my wishlist!
Did you know "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama" is a palindrome? It reads the same backwards and forwards! I had a short stopover in Panama in Feburary 2019, here are my tips!
If you are dreaming of a white Christmas then Bangkok, Thailand is almost certainly not the place to spend your festive season. However despite the fact that Thailand is a Buddhist country and therefore does not officially celebrate Christmas there are a lot of fun ways to spend time in the capital in December.