Loggia dei Lanzi Florence - The Rape of the Sabine Women

Florence’s open air sculpture gallery at Loggia Lanzi

The Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence is a good starting point for those who come to this beautiful city in search of beauty itself.  This, after all, is the city where the French writer Stendhal felt so overwhelmed by beauty…

Mdina Malta

Mdina, Malta’s silent city

Mdina, the old capital of Malta, is known as the silent city On an island as crowded, as congested, as joyously chaotic as Malta, Mdina is an anomaly.  In this ancient town (and we really do mean ancient – Mdina…

La Confitería, Barcelona

La Confiteria, Barcelona (Paral-lel, bar/cocktails)

Outside La Confiteria, Barcelona What’s the deal? A former confectioner’s shop that has somehow metamorphosed into a real gem of a place.  The owners have left the century-old interior untouched since reopening the premises as a bar 15 years ago,…

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When it snows in Venice

It doesn’t snow often in Venice, and when it does, the salty air of the lagoon tends to mean that it doesn’t last too long. Historically, ice was a great concern for the Venetians.  Back in Venice’s heyday at the…

Pipa Club, Barcelona

Barcelona Pipa Club: secret cocktails on Plaza Real

  Unless you knew where to look, you wouldn’t expect to find the plaque hidden by an inconspicuous door on one of Plaza Real’s grey cloisters. You wouldn’t expect, when you rang the doorbell, to be buzzed up with nay…

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Bar Abaco (Mallorca): Baroque luxury in Palma

What’s that?  You want to have a cocktail in central Palma de Mallorca while listening to Vivaldi and watching an open fire roar?  Well now you can, thanks to the magnificent Bar Abaco.  You flippin’ diva. Slap bang in the middle…

churros granja viader

Granja Viader: Chocolate for breakfast in Barcelona

Churros.  If you haven’t heard of them, consider this a warning.  Don’t try them.  We repeat, do not even think about taking a bite out of one of these delicious hot doughnutty breakfast things.  And don’t even dream about dunking…

Olympia museum statues

Ancient Olympia – home of the Olympic Games

Olympia – yes, that Olympia – is situated in a green valley on the North-Eastern side of the Peloponnese, about 30km inland.  Most visitors arrive via a little tangle of country roads that wind through the flat countryside of this part…