The Design Souk


The Castles of Kent: Hever Castle

If you’re a fan of anything related to the Tudors, then you’ll be really excited to know that I visited Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn (Henry VIII’s second wife and mother to Queen Elizabeth I). The castle is not as large as Leeds Castle (takes just about an hour or less to cover), but it […]

Continue Reading…

The Castles of Kent: Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle | THE DESIGN SOUK |

I don’t know if it’s my insane love for Game of Thrones, or just a bizarre obsession these days, but I decided that I needed to go visit some castles this summer. While London definitely has its fair share of historic sites, I was craving to see something outside of the city, so I chose to go […]

Continue Reading…

Kew Gardens, London

If London is one of your vacation spots this summer, rather than spending all of your days shopping on Oxford Street, I would highly recommend a day trip to Kew Gardens. It is one of London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage sites, and holds a huge collection of plants that is considered to be the most […]

Continue Reading…

My Top Five Eats: London

I find that food pretty much makes or breaks my vacations. I could be in the most beautiful or in an extremely significant historic location, and would probably not want to go back because of my “hate” relationship with the food. I know. It’s horrible. London, however, never fails me. Not all of the restaurants […]

Continue Reading…

A Tour of Karachi on the Super Savari Express

Karachiites! Have you ever wanted to explore Karachi and learn about its history? Not particularly interested in hearing your entire “khandan’s” (aka, family) version of that history either? Check out my article in the Arab News about my experience with the Super Savari Express‘s (SSE) guided city bus tour. I took this tour earlier this […]

Continue Reading…

Bali, Indonesia

I wasn’t really a beach person before, but Bali… definitely made me into one. I could actually sit on the beach all day and not feel like I needed to be somewhere else. I mean, I was also on vacation, but I’ve never understood or experienced this concept. In Bali, everything runs on “Bali time” a.k.a. […]

Continue Reading…

Exploring the Non-Antiquey Side of Portobello Road, London

I started visiting London a lot a few years ago when my parents moved to the city. Actually, when they first moved, I really wasn’t the biggest fan. I mean I had been to London a couple of times as a kid, but as an adult it just seemed like an overwhelmingly big city with too many tourists, a super congested and complicated public […]

Continue Reading…