One year, post-final exam at university, I sat with friends on a wall of a college overlooking the Cam river, bustling with punting tourists. In between swigs from a bottle of cheap bubbly and various emotional outbursts regarding freedom, we found great entertainment in listening to the very creative ‘histories’ of Cambridge that the punt… Read More Hidden Venice: A City Built on Myth
Crunchy and tooth-wrenching on the outside, fluffy as a cloud inside, ciabatta is Italy’s most famous bread and Britain’s most middle-class sandwich foundation. With its mishapen, rustic appearance you could be fooled into thinking it has nestled beside the fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes still dusted with soil on a farmer’s table since the Renaissance.… Read More Italy’s Challenge to the Baguette
Arquà Petrarca: The pearl of the Colli Euganei, Veneto This could more accurately be nicknamed ‘the city of flowers’, as all residents seem to have taken it upon themselves to adorn their window ledges with boxes of blooming, brightly coloured displays.
The Madonna and Child has been carved in the purest white marble, painted in colours as heavenly as Herself, and sketched with elegant flowing lines. Now She takes a new form in chalk, bold yet ultimately ephemeral.
The recent torrential rain and wind engulfing Italy has been wrecking havoc with tourists’ holidays, particularly of those who only packed shorts and sandals, and the Italians’ precise seasonal changes between clothing. While mid-May should be thin jumper weather, we seem to be experiencing a Scottish summer – temperatures of about 20 degrees and unpredictable… Read More (Supernatural?) Trouble Strikes Veneto Church