5 Must-Dos: Prague

A quick guide to one of my favourite European cities – published in the November issue of Silverkris, the Singapore Airlines inflight magazine… 1. DAWN ON CHARLES BRIDGE Begin your day at the beautiful 14th century Charles Bridge and you’ll have it all to yourself without the jostling crowds. This 520m-long bridge over the river…

Tour de dessert: Swiss Bliss

Cheesy, I know. But it’s Swiss, so I’m allowed to be cheesy. And I’ll stop before it gets worse. Lonely Planet recently had this piece on Europe’s most delicious pastries, cakes and tarts – some usual suspects like the Italian Cannoli, some surprises like voting for the Fächertorte over the Sachertorte in Austria. But overall,…

Friday photo: A thousand spires

On my mind today, Prague. I just finished a piece on Prague for an inflight magazine, and everywhere I turn, there seems to be a story on this city of a thousand spires, easily one of my European favourites. So, this Friday, a view of the old town from the top of the Old Town…

Bohemian Rhapsody

As we walk through the small Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov in search of the Laibon, my husband and I discover the Two Marys (U Dwau Maryi) right next to it. Like many restaurants in the west, the menu is posted outside. A quick glance and we decide to go in for the vegetarian special…

A vegetarian’s guide to Prague

When you’re a staunch vegetarian (not even eggs, thank you) and you want to feast on the world’s very many attractions, immersing yourself in cultures that don’t understand the concept of vegetarianism can be daunting. In many East Asian countries fish sauce and shrimp paste are equated to vegetables. Even if you ask for vegetarian…

Friday photo: Cesky Krumlov

From the utterly charming Cesky Krumlov – another place I’d love to settle down happily ever after… I’ll write more about this town sometime soon but for now, read this unabashed ode to Cesky Krumlov. *** Friday photo (Nov 16): Chettinadu

Postcards from Charles Bridge

Presenting Charles Bridge – across the river Valtva in Prague in pictures. Any time of the day, a few thousand people are on the bridge… If you want it to yourself, go early – really early – in the morning. Or try late at night. I froze though, taking this picture… In the 17th century,…

Trdelnik: the tongue-twister treat

Trdelnik – say that slowly and be sure to unroll your tongue at the end of it – is a traditional slovakian pastry in the shape of a hollow cylinder. A long rope of sweet dough is rolled on to a thin wooden or metal rod and then baked on an open fire and coated…