Comfortably the most compact city I’ve ever visited; at 600m by 1km, Valletta is Europe’s smallest capital. Although tiny, it still manages to pack a lot into its old centre. With its domed skyline and the golden hue of the sloping streets giving Valletta the appearance of an ersatz Jerusalem, it was founded in the 16th-century by the Knights Hospitaller and the narrow alleys with … Continue reading Top 5 Contemporary Things to See & Do in Valletta: A Dispatch From Malta
I have mixed feelings about my time in Toulouse. Part of me is surprised that it’s fairly off the tourist radar. It is pretty in the centre and with the street signs in French and Catalan, there’s a cosmopolitan air. The metro is quick, clean, and efficient and despite the relatively small size of the city, it’s a good way to get from A-B quickly. … Continue reading La Ville Rose: A Dispatch From Toulouse
I step off the hot, crowded second-class carriage into to the train station, and I make my way down the curving hill to Piazza Garibaldi. There are groups of older gentleman sitting on benches chatting away, laughing and gesticulating wildly. I continue on through the steep, narrow, cobbled alleyways to my apartment, hearing the air punctured by the “ring-ding-ding” noises of the old Vespa engines … Continue reading The Best of Cefalù: A Dispatch from Sicily
I am outside a bar in the Rue du Faubourg Montmartre in the 9th arrondissement, just around the corner from the Grand Boulevards metro station. I ate an underwhelming meal in the chaotic Le Bouillon Chartier next door, a 120+ year old grand European café that has seen better days. Upon leaving, we stumbled upon Café H which is where I’m now sitting, practically dancing … Continue reading Chasing the Ghosts of Days Gone: A Dispatch from Paris
83 years ago to the day, there was a battle in London’s East End that turned out to be one of the largest riots in the city’s long and storied history which has since been immortalised in a mural on the side of Saint George’s Town Hall, a short walk from Shadwell station. The Battle of Cable Street was the clash between the police and … Continue reading The Battle of Cable Street: A Dispatch from East London
For those who may not know, St. Pauls Cathedral is an incredibly important building to London and Londoners in general. During the Blitz Prime Minister Winston Churchill, realising the importance for morale, declared that “…St Paul’s Cathedral should be protected at all costs”. Through great effort, with little to no water available, low visibility and fires raging throughout the City of London, protected it was. … Continue reading An icon of London: A Dispatch From St. Paul’s Cathedral.