The Old And The New In Sicily’s Cefalù

For all that Sicily can track its heritage effortlessly back over Millennia, it looks forward when it comes to tourism. Restaurants in its larger cities push the boundaries of fusion cuisine, public transport is very efficient and some tourism initiatives are more advanced than in the more visited areas of Italy. Nowhere was this more…

Italy With A Twist In Palermo, Sicily

Palermo, a city on the northern coast of Sicily, has long been home for people from all corners of the Mediterranean. In 2019 it continues to be defined by its cultural diversity, both contemporary and historical. While famous frescoes of bygone eras attract every type of tourist, come evening the streets are awash with Palermitans.…

Unexplored Guatemala: Accidentally East

Part One: From Flores south, to Poptún Most visitors to Guatemala dart diagonally from Tikal’s ruins to colonial Antigua, via the bathing pools of Semuc Champey. Although by accepting a volunteer position at an old farm, I got the chance to linger on the country’s eastern fringes. Over the course of a month, I was treated…

History Repeating In León, Nicaragua

I wasn’t able to spend long enough in León. Nicaragua’s most northern city has long been respected as the country’s seat of intellectual and political challenge. A few days before I planned to cross the border, it started a new and important fight. Stories about the student-led uprising against Nicaragua’s sitting government flooded through to…

The Maya World Of Copán

The borders that encircle the countries we recognise today as Belize, Guatemala and Honduras mean little in the story of the Maya. Copán: A mysterious piece of the Maya jigsaw puzzle Then: Although the Copán Valley is thought to have been inhabited since 2000BC, little is known of its society and rulers during that period.…

The Maya World Of Tikal

The borders that encircle the countries we recognise today as Belize, Guatemala and Honduras mean little in the story of the Maya. Tikal: A centre for political and economical power Then: It’s thought that this site, originally named Yax Mutal, was one of the largest cities of the ancient Maya. Construction of Tikal’s temple complexes and…