Honor Dargan

Getting Around Chicago: A Pedway for All Seasons

by Honor Dargan on September 20, 2011

Chicago Pedway Symbol

Some visit Chicago for the infamous Ledge on the Skydeck of the new Sears Tower. Some visit to take in the views from the Hancock Observatory. Others fancy some shopping on the Miracle Mile and taking in a show while they’re in the windy city. But whatever your reason for visiting, you probably don’t have […]


Japanese Onsens: Five Faux Pas to Avoid

by Honor Dargan on September 14, 2011

Outdoor Japanese onsen at sunrise

Most of us have had them. Those travel faux pas moments that leave you feeling like the dumb foreigner instead of the seasoned traveler you set out to be. Japan is one of those countries that has a generous number of faux pas opportunities. They lurk around cultural corners waiting for you, the innocent visitor, […]


Vine and Dine at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking

by Honor Dargan on August 30, 2011

Denbies Vineyard in Surrey

“See, swirl, sniff, swirl, sip, suck, and savor.” These were the words of Victor, the Tours and Facilities Manager at Denbies Wine Estate. I had just spent a few hours with him learning about the Vine and Dine tour that takes place here during the month of October. And apparently, if I wanted to increase […]


Golden Gate Bridge At Night In San Francisco

At last the mighty task is done; Resplendent in the western sun The Bridge looms mountain high; Its titan piers grip ocean floor, Its great steel arms link shore with shore, Its towers pierce the sky. Written by Joseph P. Strauss, Chief Engineer, Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District, 1937 With it’s orangy red coat […]

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Cherry blossom festival at Japantown San Francisco

Known as “Nihonmachi,” or JapanTown in English. this area of San Francisco has been around since the early 1900s, so it’s certainly not new to the map of the city. In fact, at first glance, it even looks a little rough around the edges. But if the idea of some Japanese style shopping, eating, and […]


Paris Sweet to Savory: Crepes Anyone?

by Honor Dargan on July 13, 2011


Shrove Tuesday was a much looked forward to annual event in our house. Dad would make the pancake mix and get the pan greased and ready, then we’d all have a go at making our own. It was messy and great fun. And when we were done we’d squeeze on some lemon juice, add a […]


Celebrating Street Food in San Francisco

by Honor Dargan on July 5, 2011

San Francisco Street Food Festival 2010

The kitchen was tiny. It was hot. There were black streaks down the walls. And it was the best Kumamoto ramen I have ever had put in front of me. Asia is one of those places in the world where you can still buy food that’s apparently not fit for eating by modern Western health […]


A Different View of Paris: Going Underground

by Honor Dargan on June 21, 2011


The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, museums, culture, gardens, and art. . . and the list goes on. They are, after all, the usual suspects on any visitors list to Paris. And rightly so. In fact, putting Paris and sewers together would seem to be a bit of an oxymoron. But stick with me. […]