A short introduction to past trips.
Andalucía - The Permeable Barrier Between West and East
In the year 750 the slaughter of one of the most important families in the world took place in Damascus. There was only one survivor of the massacre, a young man named Abd al-Rahman, the legitimate heir to the title of Caliph, ruler of the Islamic world.
This is a blessed region. Long a favourite of travellers from across the world, the Dordogne seems to have it all. It is, as Henry Miller said, “a country of enchantment.”
El Camino de Santiago - The Road To Santiago
The Camino de Santiago is the greatest road in Europe. It comprises Roman causeways and medieval roads, bridges and mountain passes that have witnessed the travels of saints and kings.
Normandy and Brittany
Normandy is a name forever associated with two of Western history’s most famous dates: 1066, the year in which William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, invaded England and June 6, 1944, D-Day, when the allied armies landed on the beaches to liberate France.
Palladio and the Veneto
Of all western architects one name stands alone for the extent of his influence over future generations. The career of Andrea Palladio had an immediate impact on the architecture of his day and this influence has, uniquely, remained undiminished by the passage of time.
Palladianism spread to the rest of the Mediterranean, northern and eastern Europe and is extremely visible in the Anglo-Saxon world. The great Inigo Jones returned to England from a visit to the Veneto and brought English Renaissance architecture to a new and sudden maturity; in the United States the young Thomas Jefferson worked from Palladio’s ideas to create his own house, Monticello, before going on to build the Virginia State Capitol and playing a leading part in planning the new capital in Washington DC.