Churches

The Architectural Wonder That Started as a Group Project Gone Wrong

The Architectural Wonder That Started as a Group Project Gone Wrong

As group projects do.  ♥  ♥  As you probably know, the dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore — perhaps the most famous landmark in Florence — was built in the early 1400’s by Filippo Brunelleschi. What you may not know is that, […]

San Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte

♥ ♥ The Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte stands on top of a hill overlooking Florence, just a short walk above the Piazzale Michelangelo. Both are popular points from which to catch panoramic views of the city, but while the latter is sometimes described […]

The Notre Dame

The Notre Dame

* The Notre Dame is beautiful, from its iconic towers and buttresses to its intricate carvings and stained glass. It’s not going to be a completely spiritual experience, seeing the church. For one, there are just too many people. And, of course, someone has to pay for […]

Good Friday

Good Friday

We were attending Good Friday service at the chapel of the University of San Carlos in Cebu. It was supposed to be a time for sober reflection, but all I could think of as I stared at the covered cross was: what brilliant use of light […]

Traveling the True North: Batanes, Philippines

Traveling the True North: Batanes, Philippines

It’s the Philippines’ northernmost province, but beyond that fact not many, until recently, knew much about Batanes. The few privileged to have paid a visit to this singular string of islands extolled its myriad virtues, but still Batanes hovered below the average traveler’s consciousness. Until […]

Travel Notes: St Paul’s Cathedral

Travel Notes: St Paul’s Cathedral

Opening Times Monday to Saturday 8.30am – 4pm Tickets £16.50 (online booking £15.00). Book here. Included in the price of admission: Introductory talks Guided tours Multimedia guides Note: Filming and photography is not allowed inside the cathedral. Getting There Nearest tube station: St Paul’s (Central […]