My first visit to Salaspils, though brief, was a happy one thanks to the midsummer festivities. My winter return to V’s hometown took a darker tone with a long walk through the forest to the Salaspils Memorials, the site of Latvia’s most prominent camp under Nazi occupation during World War II. Established in 1941 and […]
The Isle of Arran has a little of everything that Scotland has to offer, from glens and peaks to castles and distilleries. Even the temperamental weather is a feature! For an island of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants and a fraction of Singapore’s size, there is plenty to see and do over a few days. That, […]
They said my Istanbul itinerary wasn’t going to be worth it. With just 100 hours between arriving and flying off, how was I going to enjoy everything Turkey had to offer? I would miss out the fairy chimneys and other things to do in Cappadocia, the travertine terraces of Pamukkale, the ruins of Ephesus (Efes) […]
On the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in the European theatre, it seems appropriate to share images from the Westerplatte Monument, one of the places where it all began.
It pains me that some of my friends and even my own mother struggled to find what to do in Helsinki in one day. If only they’d asked me; I’ve been to Finland’s capital thrice (four times now, as of December 2017) and it has a special place in my heart. As my itinerary below […]
The upside of the mediaeval Roman Catholic Church’s immense wealth was its ability to support hundreds of artists, including masters of painting and sculpture, like Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Bernini. Many of the basilicas and churches that house their work still cost nothing to visit today. There are close to 1,000 of them in the […]