Victoria (Mahé)

No one that goes to Seychelles can avoid Victoria. Victoria is Seychelles’ tiny capital works as the transportation hub for all of Mahé — many bus and ferry services originate in Victoria while the airport is located a mere 6 miles southwest of town. For those en route to Praslin or La Digue, as well as to other points of interest on Mahé, the city’s many transport services make it a convenient layover point. Victoria has an air of hustle and bustle, but not enough to break the city of its provincial ambiance and is home to one-third of the nation’s population. Check for more info.

You can be part of the action at the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. Since 1840, vendors here have been selling fish and fruit; or if you’re a history buff, you can be one with yourself of the history and culture of the islands by paying a visit at National Museum of History.

Botanical Gardens

You can take a stride from the western edge of the city through downtown to the harbor in roughly 15 minutes. Keep your camera handy so you can snap photos of the town’s old colonial buildings and beloved clock tower  – a replica of a clock that once stood on Victoria Street in London, which former Seychelles governor Sir Ernest Bickham Sweet-Escott admired –  while you’re wandering the place. You’ll also take a peek at a smattering of local mom-and-pop restaurants preparing up fresh seafood and Creole cuisine. 

Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden (Mahé)

In recent time, locals and tourists visit Seychelles for the soft white sands, but the islands were a hub for the spice trade circa 18th century. Take some time touring Le Jardin du Roi for a closer taste of the islands’ history. There is an old spice garden, still soaked in the aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and a variety of other spices, sitting on the hilly terrain above Anse Royale beach on Mahé’s southeast coast. As you stroll the gardens, tourists can enjoy the scents and scenery, be educated about Seychelles’ spice trade at the small on-site museum, get up close to giant tortoises, or enjoy a delicious lunch at the restaurant. You can purchase some spices to take with you from the spice shop before you leave.

Chilling In Taipei

For the glamour of Hong Kong, the decadence of Bangkok, and the absolute size of Tokyo, Taipei and its nightlife often gets missed out. The quality of Taiwan’s bars, dance clubs, and live music venues has plenty to offer visitors but while its capital may have less in terms of quantity. It begins with the city’s famous night markets and then proceeds to catch local and well-known DJs and bands in bars and cafes across the city prior to dancing away the wee hours in deluxe clubs is how an unforgettable night out in Taipei.

Better start off at Raohe Night Market and taste the delectable carbs and protein. This place maintains a chilled out atmosphere even if it’s handling massive crowds so be prepared for a lively night that needs much energy. After splurging on clothes and footwear, take a taste of soup made of pork rib, fried meat, pepper meat buns, guava and refresh with fresh fruit juice. Head up to the Brown Sugar Live & Restaurant, a nightclub that serves Western and fusion dishes and a vast selection of wine is a go-to place for those who require a drink with dinner. Every night, experience lighting with aura and live music add to the sultry vibe.

Rock club Velvet Underground is happy to abide by a bolder experience. Five nights a week, affordable drinks are its siren song, but drinkers hang on to the quality music from locals and foreigners. While digging on Mexican food, customers can groove along to the music on the dance floor or gaze the acts. The cool underground atmosphere is amplified by the fact that it’s just below street level, in the department store’s basement.

Taipei’s rock hotbed is Riverside. From touring acts or just enjoy the beloved in-house band, the café helped commence some of Taiwan’s biggest acts, and customers can enjoy productions every single night.

While still relatively clear-headed, it may be peerless to search for hidden bar Ounce. Getting inside a coffee shop is the entrance but from there, it’s the point to let the Sherlock-esque instincts rule. Patrons once inside can admire the seriousness with which the bartenders advance their trade and the beautiful, handcrafted cocktails that follow.

Talk the talk, Marsalis Bar is staffed by an award-winning bartender. It complemented the back-lit bar by the classic-meets-modern interior design and the attractive people who meet the dress code.

Even though it caters to unblemished, young locals and expats in the lower level of sky-high building Taipei 101, Spark is relatively laid-back. Though this is one of the city’s best options for upscale partying, the price list reflects the prestigious location more than the vibe. Unlike Taboo, there’s usually space to spread out on the dance floor while the DJ keeps hip-hop, R’n’B and electronica going all night long.

What’s In Naples?

Sorbillo is the right place to Ascend to pizza heaven

Pizzeria Sorbillo is a slice of pizza heaven and you may have to brave some hellish queues to eat here, tucked among churches, Roman ruins, and catacombs in the historic center of Naples. The pizza-making royalty in Naples, Gino Sorbillo, head pizzaiolo and heir to this historic family’s pizza making throne. The main man makes pizzas that are substantial yet curiously light, with enviably tender yet crunchy crusts using the same mother yeast his family has used for generations. The perfect ratio of loaded Fiori Latte cheese and gentle acidic San Marzano tomato sauce for their famous Margherita. Try the carmine pizza for a spicier option which comes with salami and freshly grated parmesan.

Uncomplicated Da Michele

Da Michele is a distinguished gold statue of Saint Antonio Abate, scaled above the century-old pizza patron of pizza producers and firemen. In Naples, the link between pizza and fire is an object of religious commitment. To savor this pizza that was featured in the movie Eat, Pray, Love, tourists arrive in flock daily. Limited to two types of pizza is offered here: with tomato sauce, Fiori di Latte cheese, and basil Margherita pizza, and the even simpler marinara, covered with nothing but tomato sauce and oregano the restaurant is a study in plainness.

Capricciosa fit for a Prime statue at Pizzeria Di Matteo

Pizzeria Di Matteo is what Neapolitans think of as the place where President Bill Clinton consumed pizza during the 1994 G7 Summit, but without waiting in a long queue is why we recommend it as one of the few places you can get an exquisite pizza in central Naples. The capricciosa is always a stand-out, topped with tomatoes, prosciutto, artichoke, and mushrooms.

The prime ingredients at La Notizia

Apart from the crowd is his near-religious loyalty to the quality and origin of his ingredients is what sets master pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia and his restaurant La Notizia. The term DOP (Denominazione Origine Protetta) in Italy is granted to high-quality foods grown or processed in locally authentic, accustomed ways. To make his delicious DOP pizza, Coccia make use three DOP ingredients: ‘00’ tomatoes from San Marzano, Caputo flour, and mozzarella cheese made from buffalo milk. To produce an elusive simple culinary success, the rich, it gives rise to fruitier, more flavorful tomatoes, provided by volcanic Vesuvian soil, that fuse with fresh mozzarella cheese.

Starita: The sauciest marinara

Famous for creating the best marinara pizza in Naples is Pizzeria Starita. The pizza dough is covered with fresh datterini (cherry) tomatoes, with a fine layer of San Marzano tomato sauce, and wild oregano is prepared by Antonio Starita. He includes a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese just as the pizza comes out of the oven. To form a stimulating aromatic pizza, the oregano blends into the saucy folds of crust. Try the Angioletti Dolci fried pieces of pizza dough drowned in Nutella, is worth to taste if you’ve got a room for dessert.


Picturesque Morocco

Morocco is, after all, the country where the Sahara Desert comes to a stop on the striking waves of the Atlantic Ocean and once-nomadic Berber tribes have made their homes in walled-cities high in the Atlas Mountains, the country Morocco has some truly picturesque scenes, which should shock no one. It is another matter of knowing where to find these iconic scenes. To get a peek into what makes Morocco special, better check out these five destinations.

Aït Benhaddou
The walled city of Aït Benhaddou is perhaps even more splendid while the medina in nearby Ouarzazate gets most of the noticed. The sand-colored buildings of its kasbah merge almost smoothly into the desert mountains and are situated in the Atlas Mountains. Hit films including The Mummy, Gladiator, Babel, and Prince of Persia have all used the town as a set which made the town a popular filming site in recent years.

Situated a few hours drive west of Marrakech on the Atlantic Ocean is Essaouira. Contrasting to the more desert-colored themes of other Moroccan cities, its white walls and buildings with blue trimming stand in desolate. The main charisma is the seafood restaurants and small shops in the medina although the town’s sandy beach is a good place for a short ride with camel and windsurfing. As if it’s safeguarding the city from the waves, the city wall stretches along the sea and is the place to be daily at sundown.

Fez has an absolutely different feel to it compared to the cities of the more desert-like southern Morocco, as it’s situated in an area of forested mountains and has a correspondingly crisp climate and it is part of northern Morocco. There lies the world’s largest active medina inside its walls, a literal puzzle of small lanes loaded with bazaars, cafes, and shops.

Classic Moroccan city, Marrakech and when one thinks of Morocco, odds are that the city’s palaces, spice markets, and mosques are the first things that come to mind. It is a must on any trip to spend a few days in a riad (grandeur guest house) right in the medina and shopping at the bazaars and munching at the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square.
Check out the Atlas Mountains Hotel in the small village of Amizmiz if you wanted to get out of the city and be alone in the crowd a bit. In the jagged and remote High Atlas Mountains, this small town is situated about 60 kilometers south of Marrakech.

Just across from Gibraltar, Tangier is at the very northern tip of Morocco and is a popular entry point for travelers arriving via ferry from Spain. Tangier was a popular stomping ground for Beat-generation poets and authors in the 50s and once legendary for its bohemian lifestyle. There’s still a unique je nes sais quoi that makes the city above and beyond interesting to check and discover while most of the city’s care-free spirit has given way to greater tourism.