When opposites meet, often there is a magical, alchemic reaction. And where Mauritius meets the sea where the volcanic island touches the shimmering aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean there is a miraculous seam of palm-fringed beaches.
Set in the picturesque highlands of West Sumatra, Bukittinggi is a small, welcoming city flanked by a tranquil green valley. Fatris MF of Colours delves into its serenity.
Barcelona is one of the most vital and cosmopolitan cities in Europe. Ancient and modern architecture, from gothic to contemporary through modernism, blends together in an urban landscape that never ceases to amaze even those who have been living there for a long time.
Seeking paradise in Manokwari
Fringed by alluring beaches, Manokwari in West Papua is the gateway to mist-clad highland forests filled with the singing and dancing of birds of paradise. Fatris MF of Colours explores its natural wonders – and the area’s spiritual significance.
Asia’s hawkers’ headquarters is unmistakably Vietnam but it may not be for much longer. It’s only a matter of time before Hanoi catches up with other megalopolises and welcomes uncluttered streets characteristic of countries such as Singapore and South Korea. For now, the tradition of pavement businesses continues strongly – especially in Vietnam’s charming capital.
Archipelago Journal Bintan
For years, the largest of the Riau Islands felt like two different worlds: the exclusive resorts zone in the north and the forgotten, undeveloped land below. Now, a new chapter is unfolding for Bintan as visitors start to discover the diversity across the whole island.
There’s keen competition between restaurants in Tokyo to entice office workers away from a sandwich at their desks, which makes for great lunchtime specials. Recent research suggests locals budget only US$5 for their weekday lunch.
Archipelago Journal :Southeast Sumbawa
Just 40km beyond the legendary Komodo National Park, southeast Sumbawa offers beautiful white-sand beaches and thriving coral reefs.