If there is one thing that fascinates me about cities, it is the view from the top of a skyscraper. Nothing quite beats the moment of “Good Grief!” that hits you when you see a place from some improbably place up in the sky.
Uniquely amongst Catholic saints, the statue of the Bohemian St John of Nepomuk has five stars on its halo. Catholic tradition usually portrays the Virgin Mary with 5 stars (and all others with a simple halo), so what’s the story here?
I have spent a fair amount of time transiting through airports of various shapes and sizes over the years. I think there isn’t a fair way of comparing the sort of airport to transit through – but should this be an issue?
Not being well versed in the intricacies of Shinto and Buddhism, I was not sure what to expect from the shrines in Japan. I suppose it must be similar to what a non-Christian foreigner thinks when visiting cathedrals in Europe.
It’s not every day that you get to sit at a bar drinking with the ghosts of spies long-dead and conspiracies long-confounded. And yet, that is what you can do if you stop for a nightcap at the The English Pub in Bucharest.