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Friday, 14 November 2014

SO it is – in the bed of the artists

Friday, November 14, 2014 Jan Sevilla



There’s a new wind blowing in Bangkok.

It’s not that it’s going to storm. It’s a kind of breeze, refreshing enough to cool down the sweltering heat, and the kind that stimulates a visiting traveler’s imagination.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

IN SEARCH OF BANGKOK 'S EPICUREAN COCOONS

Saturday, October 18, 2014 Jan Sevilla




Bangkok is bewildering and bewitching, but most of all Bangkok is hot. In the glare of the tropical sun, it could either catapult almost everyone out of the one’s comfort zone or even spoil its ever swelling number of visitors with graciousness and hospitality.

Photo by MichalRuth

Sunday, 21 September 2014

ISTANBUL : OLD IS THE NEW SPIRIT

Sunday, September 21, 2014 Jan Sevilla



Most everyday at six, old wooden carts pass and move along the narrow cobblestoned alleyways hauling merchandise of freshly picked cucumbers, tomatoes, nuts and assorted vegetables. Here at the Grand Bazaar, farmers in their turbans make up the early morning scene as they patiently wait for shops to open. Anytime soon, this labyrinth of shops occupying 64 streets and with more than 4,000 vendors will become a dizzying tourist trap and fanciful treasure trove. 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

IN MARSEILLE, MIND YOUR SOUPY BUSINESS

Saturday, August 23, 2014 Jan Sevilla
Bouillabaisse ​[bu.ja.bɛːs].  For first timers, getting the correct pronunciation is hard. Yet it’s even harder to spell it. For first timers, it’s also easier to have a bowl of soup in Shanghai, Japan or even in Malaysia, where slurping is encouraged. But here in Marseille, the birthplace of bouillabaisse – it is no casual affair.


Saturday, 9 August 2014

LOVE LOST YET FOUND IN THE FRENCH ALPS

Saturday, August 09, 2014 Jan Sevilla




Either he picked up the wrong colors or has probably run out of paint; Paul Cézanne, the most rebellious of the 19th-century French artists, painted his work of art “Le Lac d’Annecy” – unromantically.

Lac d'Annecy 1896. Oil on canvas. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

WHEN IN CEBU

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Jan Sevilla






There was nothing but the gentle lapping, splashing and sedating sound of the waves, and the occasional cry of a passing gaff-rigged motorboat or the crisp April zephyr blowing from the shore of Punta Engaño on the Island of Mactan, Cebu.


Saturday, 17 May 2014

BORNEO BECKONS

Saturday, May 17, 2014 Jan Sevilla





It’s inescapable. 

In the nucleus of Pantai Dalit Beach in Tuaran, hidden amidst the nature reserve, half an hour north of Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu; lies a slice of paradise that sets the scene for one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations. 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

DEAR PARIS

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 Jan Sevilla





Upon reading this, I would probably be at 36,000 feet in a triple 7 Air France jet liner 12-time zones away from you.

Somehow I won't have to press the arret button as many times, as I did during the past two weeks while I was making my way to Saint-Germain-des-Prés station to the Sixteenth Arrondissement, only to find out that I missed my stop on the way home.

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