Top 5 Contemporary Things to See & Do in Valletta: A Dispatch From Malta

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

The Best of Cefalù: A Dispatch from Sicily

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

Chasing the Ghosts of Days Gone: A Dispatch from Paris

I am outside a bar in the Rue du Faubourg Montmartre in the 9tharrondissement, 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 in … Continue reading Chasing the Ghosts of Days Gone: A Dispatch from Paris

An Introduction: A Dispatch from London

“Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, that I love London so…” as the oft-repeated song goes. Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, born, raised and based in the East End that I love London so, but I don’t think it is, it’s so much more than that. It’s a 2am bagel from Brick Lane, it’s the sense of wonder standing in the British Museum atrium … Continue reading An Introduction: A Dispatch from London

Off the Tourist Trail: A Dispatch from Amsterdam

Amsterdam. A city of gable roof houses and nearly a million bicycles. There are over 65 miles of canals and more bridges than Venice. It’s the city of Rembrandt, Johan Cruyff and Anne Frank. Possibly the most cosmopolitan small city you’re ever likely to visit, it has the cultural clout of a city triple the size. The city of Amsterdam is maybe more famous for … Continue reading Off the Tourist Trail: A Dispatch from Amsterdam

A Surprise Sojourn: A Dispatch From Brussels

I’d always wanted to go to Brussels, I’m not sure why, but it was always somewhere that appealed. On a recent trip back from Amsterdam, we arrived here only for Eurostar to cancel our train. Bad news aside, it was the perfect opportunity to explore Belgium’s capital. Best of all, Eurostar is footing the bill. With only 2 nights and a day here, these are … Continue reading A Surprise Sojourn: A Dispatch From Brussels