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

A Day in Historic Yafo: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv-Yafo

Tel Aviv is an anachronism. In a country filled with so much history, the city feels somewhat out of place. In Israel, it’s known as “the bubble”; its self-contained nature leads it to feeling a million miles away from the rest of the country. With less religious tension, a skyline littered with skyscrapers, a laid back attitude towards homosexuality, and Judaism, and a hedonistic nature: … Continue reading A Day in Historic Yafo: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv-Yafo

Masada, Ein Gedi & The Dead Sea: A Dispatch from Israel

The majority of visitors to Israel will spend most of their time enjoying the beaches and nightlife of the hedonistic Tel Aviv or immersing themselves in Jerusalem’s immense history but there’s a lot more to the Holy Land than these two diametrically opposed cities. There’s a fun excursion available that shows some of Israel’s highlights on a 12-hour, well arranged itinerary, which takes in the … Continue reading Masada, Ein Gedi & The Dead Sea: A Dispatch from Israel

The Great Siege of Malta: A Dispatch from Valletta

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