Is there an authentic travel experience?
With Japanese tourists sinking into depression because a destination failed to meet their expectations, psychiatric diagnoses, such as the Paris syndrome, have made the quest for an authentic tourist experience almost compulsory.
Erbil: Iraqi Kurdistan’s culture hub
Nominally part of Iraq, Erbil – the capital of semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan – is a far cry from the war zone you may have imagined it to be. It’s a culture hub for all Kurds who form the world’s largest nation without a state.
National Museum of Beirut mirrors Lebanon’s past – and present
For a frequent museum goer like myself, the ultimate test of a history museum is how much it says about the present in addition to the past. The National Museum of Beirut, Lebanon’s premier cultural shrine, delivers on both.
A mission in Malawi yields unexpected treasure
Whenever I travel, I keep my eyes open for antique or vintage items that best represent the culture and workmanship of any given country. My other favourite are antique or vintage items that may have been manufactured elsewhere but tell a local story.
Chairman Mao in Venice, courtesy of Erró
Venice sure gets its fair share of visitors, including some famous oddballs, but Chairman Mao is bound to take the cake. His stroll across the Piazza San Marco is, of course, imaginary and part of Erró’s Chinese Paintings from the 1970s.