Francoise caught the travel bug during an extensive island-hopping trip through the Caribbean at the turn of the millennium. By now, the number of countries she has visited roughly equals the number of candles decorating her birthday cake. Originally from Switzerland, she has since migrated to warmer latitudes. As a full-time freelance writer, Francoise revels in sharing her passion for travel and food. When she pulls the plug on her laptop, it is to go diving or take long walks on the beach.
Denmark's third-largest city of Odense is home to Kvægtorvet, a restaurant worthy of the 90-minute trip by train from Copenhagen. With its refreshingly playful take on classic fine dining, this table could very well be Red Guide material if only Mi…"
The White Desert is an otherworldly landscape, where marine fossils dot the snow-like ground and dazzling white rock formations have been eroded by the wind into fantastic shapes. A 4x4 is required to visit, but it is worth getting out of your jeep as mu…"
Time slows down in this custom-built ruin perching on a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba. Built of stones handpicked from the Sinai desert and fitted with furniture made of reclaimed wood, this castle comes with swimming pool, koi fish pond, yoga plat…"
The 5-star Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea is a luxury resort catering to local and foreign tourists who come to indulge in beauty treatments, spa packages, and healing climatotherapy at the on-site Zara Spa. This 6000 square metre sanctuary ded…"
The Wadi Rum Visitor Centre controls admission to the protected area and provides jeeps or camels and guides, as well as overnight accommodation. I was thoroughly impressed by the exceptional organization of the system as well as the helpful, knowledgeab…"
Visitors exploring the southern seaside town of Aqaba are drawn to the Great Arab Revolt Plaza and its 137 meters tall flag commemorating the 1916 start of the struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire. Tourist facilities including a visitor cent…"
"Cambodia Cooking Class has declined permission to reproduce the recipes printed in their booklet because the recipes in question are copyrighted and for attendees of the Cambodia Cooking Class only. However, you can find a couple of other recipes on thei…"
The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda walled compound overlooks the Tonle Sap river in central Phnom Penh. The complex, sprawling across manicured gardens, is built in traditional Khmer style characterized by multi-level golden roofs that sparkle in the sun…"
Cambodia Cooking Class introduces travellers to Khmer cuisine in the heart of the capital city of Phnom Penh. Our day at the cooking school started at 9 am with a guided visit to a fresh produce market. There, we were introduced to a number of unfamiliar…"
The curse of mariners is the fortune of divers, and some of the most popular dive sites in the Red Sea’s fringing reefs are those where ships have met untimely ends. Sha’ab Abu Nuhas, translated as “father-of-bad-luck reef,” has l…"
"Because Egypt switches back to winter time at an earlier date than Europe, daylight hours don't extend late into the evening in October. That being said, it is a lovely warm season with more than enough sunshine to enjoy throughout the day. To answer you…"
This 108-meter steam-powered general cargo ship was launched in January 1910. Her story is intimately linked to that of another WWII wreck that lies nearby: the Thistlegorm. In July 1941, loaded with best Welsh coal destined for Royal Navy re-coaling fac…"