A Short History of Tokyo Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, the busiest intersection in the Japanese metropolis The history of Tokyo is intimately intertwined with that of Japan’s. In this article, we’ll explore Tokyo’s history from …

Southern Italy

Southern Italy

Southern Italy: from Magna Graecia to Italian Unification When you ask people about Italy, more often than not one of the first places they mention is the capital city, Rome, or the submerged streets of …

Bhutanese Temples

Bhuddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Bhutan

Temples in Bhutan Bhutan has a deep affinity with its Buddhist past.  Ringed by the great Himalayan mountains and isolated for much of its history, Bhutan exists today as a gateway to ancient Buddhist societies. …

History of Modern Hungary

Hungary, Budapest

History of Modern Hungary On 23 October, 1989 Hungary became a democratic parliamentary republic. Hungary joined the European Union in 2004 and today it is considered a middle power in global affairs as well as …

History of Genoa, Rival to Venice Genoa is the capital of the Italian region of Liguria in the centre of the Italian Riviera, located 120 kilometres south of Milan. It is the most important commercial …

Barcelona Travel Notes The entrancing cosmopolitan city of Barcelona is one of the cultural highlights of Europe. Situated on the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the Catalan capital is famous for its distinctive architecture …

A Short History of Agriculture On top of a six-storey building in Paris’s 15th arrondissement, the urban-farming company Agripolis is building what will soon be Europe’s largest urban farm. The Guardian reports in August 2019 …

15 Must-See Sites in Berlin | Small group tours Germany Berlin, capital of Germany, venue of the Berlinale, seat of the German Parliament, and location of UNESCO-protected Museum Island, occupies a place of prominence as …

Venice and the History of Maps

Venice - Ptolemy's map

Venetian Maps and How they Ruled the World ‘Venice was always a frontier,’ Peter Ackroyd (2009) declares in Venice: Pure City. ‘When the empire was divided in the time of Charlemagne, the lagoons of Venice …