Photo Stories

Penang Butterfly Farm

Penang Butterfly Jagged Edge II

Did you read our Five Quick Penang Tips? One of the places we loved the most on the island was Penang Butterfly Farm, a butterfly and insect sanctuary near Batu Ferringhi, a few miles away from the centre of Georgetown. Not only is it a great way to entertain the little ones, it is also an institution … Read more

Mamuthones and Issohadores

Issohadores Mamuthones mask

This Festival Friday we’ll take you to Mamoiada, a village in inland Sardinia. Mamoiada is the home of mamuthones and issohadores, mysterious masked characters whose origin is all but unknown. We visited in occasion of St Anthony’s festival on January 17th, when mamuthones and issohadores parade around burning bonfires. “I can’t let you in. I … Read more

Carnevale di Venezia

carnevale di venezia Bad Bird

Carnival time is over, and after getting our hands dirty at the Battle of the Oranges and dancing the night away at Carnaval de Gualeguaychù, we’ll take you to the oldest and grandest carnival of all, the wonderful Carnevale di Venezia. Take our hand and let us lead you on a wander of the backstreets … Read more

Gualeguaychu carnival

gualeguaychu carnival woman

Can’t make it to Rio this year? For our new Festival Friday, let us take you on a whirlwind tour of Gualeguaychu carnival, one of the most popular in Argentina. Nothing to envy to Brazilian carnivals! Where is Gualeguaychu? When we spent time in Buenos Aires in January/February, all the talk was of weekends in … Read more

Battle of the Oranges


For our first Festival Friday post, we’ll take you to Ivrea in northern Italy, home of one of the craziest Carnival traditions in the world – the Battle of the Oranges! Battle of the Oranges in action All I can see is a flash of orange, then I am hit in the chest. It knocks … Read more