There's nothing quite so wonderful as a phoenix rising from the ashes. And there's no phoenix quite so majestic, or utterly awe-inspiring, as the one that stands on the north side of London's Euston Road.
Even for the most travel-jaded adventurer Hong Kong is a destination that gets the blood pumping right from touchdown. There may no longer be the almost suicidal landings at the Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon Bay, but the anticipation is still the same.
Wake up just after dawn at a tented encampment near the chill shadowed slopes of Kilimanjaro, and it's impossible not to feel reborn. The air is cool, filled with the clatter of white-bellied ‘go-away' birds, the ground moist with fresh dew. There's a scent of raw nature, and a sense that time has been wound back centuries.
Stand in the vast lobby at the flagship Oberoi Hotel, downtown Mumbai, and it's impossible not to be lulled by the calm. Giant windows peer out on the city skyline and Marine Drive, and on half a dozen fragile-looking fishing boats plying their way in from the Arabian Sea.
Morocco is the land of A Thousand and One Nights, a realm touched by magic, where fact and fantasy blend together effortlessly. Sometimes people like to say that there's nothing new in the kingdom that's sprinkled with magic dust.
Marrakech is far more than a mere place name. It's a word which conjures all the magic and mystery of the Moroccan desert. Once a tiny oasis lost amid the brick-red North African sands, it is today a thriving destination for travelers.