Museo del Oro: Gold in Cartagena

Cartagena’s Museo d’Oro is brimming with gold: elaborate filigree patterns, animal figures, heaps of jewellery: bracelets, anklets, penis covers, all gold.

Berlin, I love you still

In 1983, Berlin was still marked by war, but a grand city still. Today, it’s even grander. And where Rome has beauty and chaos, Berlin has beauty and order.

Catalonia – a new European state?

Something is different in Catalonia. Independence flags wave from windows and balconies all over the region, long after the national day, 11 September.

Fatehpur Sikri: UNESCO’s Ghost Town

Akbar wanted Fatehpur Sikri to be the most beautiful city ever built. But style won over substance; no easy access to water. The city was soon abandoned.

Feeling weightless in a Tyrolean spa

As days are getting shorter and work busier than ever, I think back on an all-too-brief stay at Aquadome, Tyrol’s biggest and most creatively designed spa.

The Palace and Park of Fontainebleau

Ever considered getting an MBA? You could do a lot worse than to choose INSEAD. When I was at uni in the USA, several of my friends went on to do their Masters degrees here, and no wonder: not only is INSEAD one of the world’s best elite business schools, it’s also located in Fontainebleau, […]

Volunteering in Malawi

Abby has recently returned from volunteering in Malawi, an experience which has given her an incredible insight into life in rural Africa.

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