25 Dec 2023

Merry Christmas

To all who are celebrating today: Merry Christmas! A particularly warm greeting to those who are spending their 2023 holiday season away from their loved ones. Here’s to good health and goodwill in 2024. To help us ring in the day is the brilliant artwork of William H. Johnson, born

12 Dec 2023

The Uffizi

Q. What is it about the Uffizi Gallery that drives art lovers to return to Florence again and again? . A. The Uffizi Gallery houses an extraordinary collection of paintings, with masterpieces from Boticelli to Michelangelo, Caravaggio to Giotto, Leonardo to Raffaello. This world-renowned gallery sits in the first two

04 Dec 2023

Hit The Road To Hit The Sack

Q. Through the tumult of the last years, is it any wonder that we dream about escaping for carefree holidays? What activities do our idyllic vacations include for 2024? . A. To build their Travel Trends 2024 reports, Skyscanner studied search and booking data, and polled thousands in Canada, the

14 Nov 2023

The Sistine Ceiling

Q. As Goethe said: ‘Without having seen the Sistine Chapel, it’s not possible to have an idea of what one man is capable of doing.’  How long did it take Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Ceiling? . A. Michelangelo painted his brilliant Old Testament frescoes over four and a half

28 Oct 2023

City Love 2023

Q. What are your favourite cities in the world? When Condé Nast Traveler asked this question, more than half a million readers – 526,518 to be exact – responded. Which cities outside of the US did they pick for 2023? . A. How many of the winning cities are in

27 Sep 2023

Baby Paris Meet Baby Vienna

Q. What to name your child: that’s no small decision for a parent. And how interesting when we choose the name of a city or country for our progeny. It would be intriguing to learn more about the ‘whys’. Even those of us who just like the sound of the

26 Sep 2023

Family Road Trip Squabbles

Q. The last family road-trip? Nothing but ear-to-ear smiles. and spread-eagle jumps into roadside lakes . Well, at least if you believe the much-liked photos. But, almost anyone who has been on a long family road trip knows that there will be squabbles. What are families most likely to bicker

26 Sep 2023

Terrifying Town Names

Q. Fiction has brought us all kinds of alarming place names. Take C.S. Lewis who, in Chronicles of Narnia, invited us to: Burnt Island, Deathwater Island, Dragon Island .. Back on the workaday end of the wardrobe, what are some alarming town names on our maps? . A. Alligator Pond,

06 Jun 2023

So Many Broadways

Q. Why? Why are there so many cities with streets named ‘Broadway’?   A. Whilst many cities can claim a Broadway street, there is none more famous than New York’s. This now bustling hubbub was once part of an Indigenous trail called Wickquasgeck. Moving forward to Dutch takeover and 17th Century

03 May 2023

Summer Travel Dreams 2023

Q. Now that we’re into May, summer vacation days are peeking over the horizon. Where are the places that we’re dreaming that we can visit as we take a break from work, from school? . A. In digging into Google’s ample data – which includes flight and accommodation searches –