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.
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
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
I hear the concussive boom of cannon fire and see the smoke clear as the guns are fired across the bay. Fires are blazing, turning night into day. Warriors roar as swords clatter against shields and swords, the metallic clang carries across the warm Mediterranean air. Walking along the fortified walls of the Fort of St. Elmo, this is what I see in my mind’s … Continue reading The Great Siege of Malta: A Dispatch from Valletta
Sevilla, the capital of Andalucía. The city of sunshine, flamenco, and orange trees. Possibly the most Spanish of Spanish cities and the most exotic of European cities; the bullfighter is still adored and the multi-coloured streets lend an air of colonial Cartagena. The very name conjures images of sultry evenings spent picking at tapas and drinking vino tinto elbow-to-elbow in a packed bar down a … Continue reading Maze-like streets and rain-drenched plazas: A Dispatch From Seville
Great Britain may have been isolated from the Continent during the Second World War, therefore not subject to invasion and occupation but it suffered its fair share of destruction. From September 1940-May 1941, London & Britain were subject to “the Blitz”, an aerial bombardment campaign by the Luftwaffe designed to make Britain surrender or at the very least, sue for peace, by weakening public morale. … Continue reading The worst civilian disaster of World War 2: A Dispatch From Bethnal Green