Urbino is a happy colour of fudge. Fudge and oat before the sun dips, darkening to shards of rich toffee later. The calf-ruiningly-steep university town shines brightest at sunset. It’s slender skyline, barbed with renaissance towers and modern antennae, glows and burns as lights flicker over the elegant passeggiata.
The white ramparts of the centro storico shelter the white arcs of beach that scallop the edges of the Ionan and the Adriatic. There’s a gentle jangle of white fishing boats as they bring in the day’s haul and the whir of a rusted Piaggio Ape. Espresso trickles slowly into its small, white receptacle in a café […]
Miracle of the Relic of the Cross at the Rialto Bridge by Vittore Carpaccio depicts a procession over Venice’s Rialto Bridge. In the painting, a splinter of the holy cross is held before a man possessed and he is instantly healed. It’s one of eight canvases in Sala XX of the Academia in Venice that narrate […]
The drama soaked scenery of West Iceland, with its buttery ochre tones against big, big skies, is well deserved of deviation from the well trodden Golden Circle. Take the ribbon-like roads northwards from Reykjavik to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and continue along the strong shoulders of the northern coastline to Akureyri. This cinematic expanse of landscape, peppered with fat waterfalls and […]
The honeyed boulevards of France’s capital are smart and uniform: a result of Baron Haussmann’s grand renovation of the city at the end of the 19th century. Aérer, unifier, et embellir; Napoléon III instructed Haussmann to envision a new Paris that is airy, unified and beautiful. Paris was rebuilt using a soft limestone quarried from the Oise, which is now branded ‘Paris Stone’. Colours sweep […]