This is an article I wrote recently for the National newspaper in the United Arab Emirates. (Click to enlarge).
Here’s a guest-post from my friend Kenny Hung, who lives in New York City but recently took a trip south to Richmond, Virginia.
“I recently had the good fortune of being invited to a wedding in the beautiful city of Richmond, Virginia. It must be said that I only had two recollections about Richmond prior to this trip. The elementary school version of me recalled it being the last interesting bathroom break until Savannah, Georgia on a long drive down I-95 from NY to Disney World. The middle school version of me recalled it being the answer to some question on some exam about some Civil War. Suffice it to say, I was very much looking forward to exploring this former capital of the Confederacy, and ended up having a wonderful time. The wedding was lovely (fried green tomato hors d’oeuvres are a revelation!), the people were friendly, and the architecture was gorgeous. In between gorging myself on buttery biscuits and savory Virginia ham, we had the opportunity to explore two historical walks recommended on the tourist map provided by our hotel. The experience visiting historical landmarks of the Confederacy and walking the newly established Richmond Slave Trail was very interesting, and perhaps best told in the form of a photo essay.”
“All kidding aside, I would highly recommend visiting both aspects of this fascinating and historic city. It is a vivid reminder that for all of the years that have passed, the past is still very much alive in the present, no matter how much of it seems buried away. Special thanks goes to Will for inviting me to turn some Instagram musings into a guest blog post!”
All photos copyright @ Kenneth Hung 2015, and may not be copied or reproduced without permission
I’ve been to Vienna a few times, and always like it more and more each time I go back.
But I’ve always felt it’s one of those places I would have had a better time if I had someone to show me round, someone with insider knowledge, rather than just be a tourist clutching a guide book.
So it was a pleasure recently to meet New York expat Lucie Lamster-Thury who runs shopping tours in Vienna, concentrating on under-the-radar designers in small stores away from the the usual tourist drags.
Here’s a video about her that I think also shows off the city rather nicely too. (This is one of a series of well-made city guides by Dutch airline KLM)
Here’s a piece that’s in this month’s Sunday Times Travel Magazine, on late-night London, in anticipation of the all-night tube service that’s supposed to start next month. With all the previous and planned strikes about it, it’s touch and go whether it will actually happen on time or not. We’ll see (Click each page to expand).