Hotel Review: The Mandrake Hotel, London


I recently posted about Hotel de Jobo in Paris, which I found so unabashedly bold that I would chuckle in bemusement every time I got back to the hotel after a day out. London’s The Mandrake Hotel is perhaps just as over-the-top flamboyant, if one was to compare the two. One might even suggest that where the Hotel de Jobo stopped just short of reaching the goal, The Mandrake picked up the mantle and went further. The result? Luxury and whimsical mythological make-believe coexisting in apparent harmony.

Hotel Review: Hotel de Jobo, Paris

Photo by Cynthia Wamwayi

Location: This has got to be one of the quirkiest, most memorable hotel stays I have ever had. Located in the heart of what has now become my favourite part of Paris, Le Marais, it’s within walking distance of the Rue de Rivoli, Galeries Lafayette, The Louvre and a host of many other Parisian tourist […]

Cityscape: Marseille, France


Marseille is the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur administrative region. It has a reputation of being nitty-gritty and sometimes downright dangerous but as is often the case with bigger cities, the dangers of being a tourist in France’s second largest city are a tad overstated. I travelled there in the springtime, armed […]

In photos: The Azores


There are places that help one unplug, unwind and send you back home whole again. The Azores was it for me. I travelled there last fall after a period of great upheaval and uncertainty, and returned home ready to tackle a new academic year with renewed resolve. I can’t even explain exactly what it was about the island that put me back on the path to well-being.

Hotel Review: Hotel Arts Barcelona


This review has been a long time coming but it’s finally here, the very embodiment of the Swedish proverb he who waits for something good never waits too long. Now let’s get right down to it! Location: I must admit I was completely oblivious to the existence of this Ritz-Carlton prior to my visit to […]