Hidden Beneath the Seats – History of the Misericords

The History and Mysteries of Europe’s Misericords Part II by Dave Douglas Davis Misericord – or Mercy Seat – is the name of the ledge on the underside of the folding seats in the church’s choir stalls. Often hidden and usually unnoticed, these small seats meant a great deal for monks during their arduous day…

Italy and the 6 cakes of Christmas

Italians love their dolce. Even in wintertime, you can be sure to see Italians eat gelato and so it comes a no surprise, that they have no less than 6 Christmas cakes to sweeten the chilly days of Christmas. But choosing which cake it should be, can even ruin the Christmas spirit in Italian families.…

Where every house has a name

We race down the mountain on the narrow single track. Victor in the front and me on his heels, trying to keep my balance, focus and speed. 2 minutes later, we’re on the Plazaola, a former railway track turned into a 44 km greenway through the Navarese Pyrenees and 10 minutes later, we’re back in Leitza.…