What makes us human? Thoughts on prehistoric cave art.

Last summer, I spent time in Bordeaux and the surrounding wine districts with my mum and sister. A highlight in the area was the ancient cave art in the nearby Vézère Valley. There are many excellent caves to visit in the valley. Having studied archaeology, [...]

The Messel Pit: Our Cradle

Messel Pit Entrance strictly forbidden Mortal danger That's what it says, the sign on the metal gates in front of me, the gate leading to the Messel Pit. The sign is bright yellow – yellow for danger. Locked steel gates with a jagged edge on top; [...]

Maulbronn Monastery Complex

It's difficult to appreciate just how powerful monasteries were in the Middle Ages. Here at Maulbronn, for example, the abbey owned land all the way up to Speyer – today, a one-hour drive away (or two, if your SatNav isn't cooperating; speaking from experience here). [...]

Travelling through time

This weekend I'm out and about exploring Germany. UNESCO Germany has very kindly invited me on a journey through history; one with great time leaps at either end. If you'd like, you can follow along on the #joingermantradition social wall. With jobs and kids and whatnot, [...]

The Witch of Kilkenny

It’s raining out, a wet, chilly June day, typical in Ireland, I’m told. To escape the weather, I’ve popped in to Kyteler’s Inn in Kilkenny, to the cavernous cellar. Kyteler’s Inn has been a lively, merry place since its first owner bandied about here 700 years [...]

2015-09-08T12:29:07+00:009 September 2015|Ireland, Quirky corners, Travel through time|

Café Gerbeaud: Sumptuous sweets and magical mood in Budapest

On Vörösmarty Square in Pest, Gerbeaud has been around since 1858. Some say it's touristy and over-priced. Me, I adore the atmosphere of another era in this Budapest cafe: high ceilings with plaster rosettes and crystal chandeliers, silk wall papers, solid brass-footed tables, and heavy velvet [...]

World at a Glance: The Mesdag Panorama – walking into the painting

In the Mesdag Panorama, you step into the painting: a 3D, 360° image of Scheveningen of another era; the people, the beach, and the rough North Sea. You're in a museum - and you're on the beach!

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