Christchurch’s Hagley Oval Pavilion

A southern-style stoush had been sparked when New Zealand was chosen, along with Australia, as host for the 2015 World Cricket Cup. Post-quake Christchurch...

The colossus of Leshan

While watching a documentary called Rediscovering the Yangtze, I found — as a geologist in a former incarnation — the geomorphology mind blowing. There...

Hundertwasser’s heating plant

Hundertwasser is one of few that could convert a garbage-fuelled power plant into a work of art, one that is now a major tourist...

Yurt 4 U?

In Old Turkic, yurt is the homeland, the dwelling place. For the nomadic people living on the steppes of Central Asia, it described their...

Christchurch‚s Botanic Gardens visitor centre

It was by chance I stumbled across Christchurch’s first civic building to rise from the ashes of the quakes. I had been meandering alongside the...

The bridges of Møre og Romsdal County

  Tourists come from across the globe just to drive it. Popularly, it has been dubbed “The Road to Nowhere”. It is Norway’s Atlantic Ocean Road....

Sydney’s Necropolis Receiving House

In the mid-19th century Sydney had a grave issue. The city had run out of cemetery plots. To resolve the matter, the City Fathers...

France’s Palais du Louvre

Among its riches it houses Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, as well as many choice items looted by Napoleon during his years of conquest in...

The world’s largest greenhouse

The world’s largest greenhouse is the brainchild of Tim Smit. He wanted a way of showing the connection between plants and people. The upshot...

The Louisiana Superdome

No building came to make us so aware of the human misery caused by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath than did the Louisiana Superdome....