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…