Palaces of Portugal: Sintra

By Antoine Barthelemy Sintra is situated in the mountains near Lisbon and has contributed hugely to the Portuguese heritage in buildings and monuments over the course of history. In 1995, UNESCO recognised the importance of the architectural heritage and classified the city as a World Heritage Site. Most famous for its many astonishing 19th century…

In the footsteps of the Moors: Seville

Seville is a dynamic tapestry of eastern and western architecture and culture. For hundreds of years it was the capital of Moorish dynasties with Arab names like the Abbasids, Almoravids and the Almohad. This 2.200 year-old jewel has undergone just as many changes with its culture, as it has with its architecture and even its name. The ancient…

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…

Split – the difference

What made the emperor Diocletian choose this very spot for his retirement home more than 2.300 years ago, is not recorded. What he thought about when he watched the sun sink into the west, into the Dalmatian ocean, is not remembered. What remains, though, is this amazing open-air museum slash lively scene slash tourist mecca.…