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The Occidental Tourist · 5M ago

Of pharaohs and heroes: Journey to Egypt

The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.Photo: Belinda JacksonI am so pleased to publish this blog about my recent article in Luxury Travel magazine. This is the first story I've written for a mainstrea...
The Occidental Tourist · 6M ago

Behold Germany's answer to the Sydney Opera House

It's been dubbed the project of the decade and also the new Sydney Opera House. Finally, the Elbphilharmonie​, in Hamburg, Germany, has opened to the public, six years late and 10 times t...
The Occidental Tourist · 7M ago

The most amazing man-made structures in Asia

Bhutan's Tiger's Nest Monastery. Photo: Belle JacksonFaster, higher, longer and older: there's no doubt Asia plays the one-upmanship game when it comes to architectural statements.It's a to...
The Occidental Tourist · 7M ago

Six of the best: Stockholm's family-friendly attractions

Stockholm fun fair Groner Lund.I've visited Stockholm as a freewheeling adult, and also as a parent toting tots in midwinter ("Why?" I hear you ask. Trust me, I was asking myself the same ...
The Occidental Tourist · 8M ago

Welcome to Australia’s best beach (which you’ve probably never heard of)

Cossies Beach, Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Photo: Rik SoderlundIt’s official: Australia’s best beach is …drum roll… probably nowhere you’ve ever been. This week past saw a chat with beach exper...
The Occidental Tourist · 9M ago

Hotel review: Swissotel Resort Phuket, Thailand

Poolside at the Swissotel Resort Phuket, Thailand. photo: supplied.With Muay Thai in the gym, a broad sweep of beautiful white-sand beach, poolside kid manicures and Phuket’s cha long liqu...
The Occidental Tourist · 10M ago

Architecture tourism: The world’s inspiring new architecture

Louvre Abu Dhabi. Courtesy TDIC, Architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel Castles, towers, skyscrapers: all rich pickings for the travelling architecture lover. Why not add a hill of garbage, a mode...
The Occidental Tourist · 1Y ago

Places to eat in Vienna, Austria: Six of the best

Start the day like a local with an eye-pokingly strong black coffee and a  kipferl, the forefather of the croissant. Photo: Belinda JacksonFrom sausage stand to schnitzel, I give you are six...
The Occidental Tourist · 1Y ago

Lloyd's Inn review, Singapore

Photo by Lloyd's Inn, SingaporeIt's woefully easy to drop a bomb on your hotel room in Singapore: Lloyd's provides a more budget-friendly alternative that meets the approval of design-hung...
The Occidental Tourist · 1Y ago

Japan's Hokkaidō tops Lonely Planet's 'Best in Asia 2016' list

The travel lists are coming thick and fast today! Hot on the heels of world's best airline lists, Lonely Planet has just issued its Asian hotspots for 2016.Here's what the Lonely Planet expe...