Satisfaction: A Dip In Sorrento’s Sea

Satisfaction doesn’t always have to be experienced first hand to make us feel content.Ā  While in Sorrento, I stopped to watch a group of young men build up the courage to jump into the chilly, spring sea. The action was happening almost one hundred feet below, so while I couldn’t quite make out the satisfaction…

Collage: Modern Messages In Antique Art

I was nervous about my visit to The Vatican City. As an atheist, I felt curious to explore but wasn’t sure that I would understand the messages conveyed within its walls. However my wonderful guide Fabi immediately convinced me otherwise. She was passionate about the stories that the art told. She made comparisons with modern…

Bridges: Do They Connect or Divide Us?

Florence’s famous Medici family constructed an entire network of secret passages across the city to connect them to their residences, work and places of worship. Many take the form of tiny bridges that span narrow streets; barely noticeable at first glance. However Ponte Vecchio can’t be missed. Spanning the river Arno, even today its public…

Delta: Passing Time In Rome’s Pantheon

I got an acute sense of time passing inside Rome’s Pantheon. Not only because it was built almost two millennia ago, but because its ancient architecture acts as a colossal sun dial. The perfectly round hole in the top of the dome – deemed almost architecturally impossible even today – pours sunlight onto window after…

In Pictures: Sunset in Copenhagen

Anyone who has travelled with me knows just how much I love a sunset. As the last rays of light drop over the horizon Iā€™m stopped in my tracks. I often feel compelled to stand still and savour it. Copenhagen was no exception. I partly blame my mum for the end of each day dumping…