On a sunny day, Ireland is the most beautiful country in the world. Bog flowers bloom, lush meadows invite you to hop their lichen-covered stone walls and the seas of Europe’s Celtic fringe take on the character of the Greek … More...
About Eoin Bassett
My day began in Little India, peering in doorways of crumbling colonial shophouses at sari sellers and stopping for a coffee at the Coliseum Hotel, where Somerset Maugham used to drink. Moving on through Merdeka Square, colonial heart of the city, I found the daily market in Chinatown, where, after some five-flower tea and curry potato puffs, I strolled into the Golden Triangle.
Michael and his wife Barbara moved to the city of Cebu on the Philippine island of the same name eight years ago and have never looked back. “We actually feel younger. My kids are amazed at the transformation in me,” says Michael. “We came here thinking we would quietly and warmly head “into the sunset”. We very quickly found that we were actually heading “into the sunshine”.
I recently read how people in China are hiring strippers to attract mourners to funerals. Apparently the bigger the crowd, the more honoured the deceased. I do enjoy these stories. But don’t picture me surfing oddball websites. I don’t seek them out. It’s the IL editors and correspondents. They find these nuggets as they scout the world. And they fire them at me along with all the practical advice and new discoveries they make.
The Alentejo is a magical part of Portugal. You’ll find walled medieval towns and cliff-hanging villages, which glow a brilliant white.
On the hills, and in the leafy valleys and medieval villages of the Coimbra region of Portugal, you'll find many old properties for sale.
What do monkeys, orchids and modern art have in common? You’ll find them all on Ancon Hill. At 199 metres high, Ancon is an island of natural beauty in the western part of Panama City. Formerly part of the Canal Zone, it’s now a protected area of secondary forest. Flowering Bird of Paradise grows on the roadside, and tawny-eared neque (think a rabbit crossed with a squirrel) hop into the undergrowth as you approach. Orange butterflies, blue dragonflies, sloths, capuchin and tamarin monkeys…they’re all here, just minutes from the city proper.
This is Hoi An in Vietnam and it really is a special place. It’s home to the most breathtaking stretch of beach I saw in this whole region.
You can rent an apartment in Dalat for around $380, eat out for less than a buck...and get a good hour-long massage for $6. It's not easy to find English-language real estate agents and service providers. One neat trick is to head to the university and make friends with some students.