Sights & smells

The Plain of Jars: A big plain… full of jars

The Plain of Jars: A big plain… full of jars

Sometimes described as an “Asian Stonehenge”, the Plain of Jars is an area in Laos covered in thousands of stone jars. The jars have all been carved out of solid rock and range from one metre high (not terribly impressive) all the way up to three metres high (slightly impressive).

Things you might want to touch on holiday, but shouldn’t

Things you might want to touch on holiday, but shouldn’t

Anyway, touch is an underrated sense. I don’t feel (that was actually unintentional) we give it enough importance; it’s only when we’re denied the opportunity to touch something that we realise how much we want to touch said thing. So read on and then consider how much you want to touch Juliet’s breast and an orang-utan, amongst other things.

Teotihuacan: The abandoned city that (probably) wasn't built by aliens

Teotihuacan: The abandoned city that (probably) wasn't built by aliens

Teotihuacan, the name given to this ancient city by the Aztecs, translates as “birthplace of the Gods.” If you think this makes it sound like the Aztecs were overly pleased with their building skills, think again – they didn’t build the city, they just found it. Amazingly, by the 14th century when the Aztecs rose to dominance in the area, Teotihuacan had already been abandoned for around 600 years.

Things you (probably) didn't know about New Zealand

Things you (probably) didn't know about New Zealand

New Zealand seems to be a place that everyone likes. British people who go on holiday there often come back saying they’d happily move to the country, and it’s easy to see why – there’s fantastic scenery, a high standard of living and they’d be 12,000 miles away from their family. Not only that, but (as we saw here) New Zealand has got a city that smells almost totally eggy. What more incentive do you need?