Dispatch from wintry London: walking another part of Regent’s Canal, dropping by Greenwich, about the Thames

We went walking around town in London early this December. And what did we find? First was the wonderful Christmas atmosphere at Trafalgar Square.  While the “Christmas market” itself is relatively small and nothing to write home about (the top 3 by our word-of-mouth research is “Christmas by the River” at London Bridge, Spitalsfield Christmas Read more

Smart cities remix: sustainability that is fun, green, and amazing

With many countries experiencing an energy crunch and gas prices going through the roof, and as many cities around the world are still recovering from Covid restrictions and Covid-related angst, we must share some promising and even amazing ideas that we’ve seen in our travels to many cities in the world. In fact, there’s been Read more

Rethinking cities #5: Madeleine scoots round town and learns that God is in the details!

The age of scooter sharing is upon us.  Ever since cities like Paris started with its vélib scheme, scooters, bikes, and mopeds have been taking over cities around the world.  In Paris itself, there is a strong love for vélos and the government’s scheme is now not the only choice, with several new dockless options Read more

Whiz around Paris and ponder on liberty

Parisians take their liberté seriously!  There is of course the history of their nation and the Declaration of the Rights of the Man and of the Citizen of 1789 being considered one of the most important documents that have shaped the world in terms of the idea of freedom for all mankind, and having in part Read more

Stormy travels into July: the “disappearing” city that needs a rainbow

July is almost upon us: ’tis the season for strawberries, summer operas, fashion shows, and  Wimbledon is back after last year’s unprecedented hiatus.  But in Hong Kong, the weather is stormy, the mood is grey, the summer local fruit is more lychee than strawberry (and yes some lychees are grown locally … you may even find Read more

Now is the month of Maying: walking, cycling, secret gardens, and velo being an anagram of love …

Many of our friends around the world – perhaps the luckier ones – are spending the month of May on vaccinations and the related worrying. Our Parisien friends in the meantime have been getting onto their bikes (or “vélos”). The talk-of-the-town in recent months have been about vélo – the French word for bikes – being Read more