Five fabulous Loire castles

You have probably heard of the 4 great C’s of Loire: Cheverny, immortalised in Tintin’s Château de Moulinsart. Chenonceau, the elegant castle of the ladies. Chaumont, with its medieval suspension bridge and Chambord, with its 400 rooms and almost just as many chimneys. You may even have read something about Villandry, with its beautiful garden, Angers and the famous…

Malta: The island of fortifications

Elizabeth W. Schermerhorn writes in her book “Malta of the Knights”, that the history of the fortifications of Valletta is the history of the Order in Malta. In reality, it is the history of the Maltese Islands which is, in obvious ways, a history of fortification. Certainly, few other islands around the world can so…