Cityscape: Rome, Italy

When it comes to Rome, I have both good and bad news to report. I’ll start with the bad: Rome is in crisis. The city whose culture was shaped by Catholicism is in as much flux as the religion itself. Its famous relics of the past are in a state of disrepair, forcing the cash-strapped Italian government to turn to fashion houses for funds to repair their iconic monuments.

Picturescape: Brimstone Hill Fortress, St. Kitts

There are places whose incredible histories I have learnt only after arriving at the destination. Saint Kitts was just such a place. It was while taking in the sights of the island aboard the St. Kitts Scenic Railway that I first learnt the island was the largest producer of sugar in the world in the […]

Destinations: St Kitts and Nevis

The twin-island federation of St. Kitts & Nevis is one of the Caribbean’s lesser known holiday destinations. This will not be the case for very much longer though, with luxury developments planned and currently being built in the southern part of the island. My advice to those who – like myself – like their holiday destinations skewing on the side of the untouched is to go now. This year. Wait a few years and it might just be exactly what neighbouring St. Barths has become.

My Italian Summer: Part three – The Cinque Terre

Prior to this summer, the Cinque Terre had been on the bucket list of places I must visit in this lifetime for almost a decade. I first saw the Ligurian destination chronicled in a news package on breakfast TV while I was still a budding journalist back in Oslo. In much the same way a lot of destinations are in our minds, it wasn’t a concrete concept about the destination that took a firm hold of my heart and wouldn’t let go; rather it was that indescribable affinity with a destination that one sometimes gets and feels they won’t get peace until they come face to face with it. All I knew about this cluster of 5 villages – hence the name – was that it had some of the most picturesque hiking trails and is UNESCO World Heritage-listed.

My Italian summer: Part two – Pisa

I’ll just come right out and say it. There isn’t much else to do in Pisa than watch the leaning tower of Pisa and all the people taking pictures of it and next to in various states of imitation. Ok, maybe there’s the Opera museum right in the vicinity of the tower but other than that – not that much to do! If you feel differently or know something I missed please let me know in the comment section. So without further ado, I present you humanity in all its quirky and silly glory.