100 Presepi: A Christmas Exhibition in Rome

I first discovered presepi in Naples a few years ago. These are individually designed nativity scenes, a traditional Christmas decoration in Italian homes, but also found in churches and other public places. I thought of them as a southern Italian custom, but that was...

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The Art Deco Buildings of Napier, New Zealand

The town was full of vintage cars and people in 1930s dress, the start of the annual Art Deco Festival. Napier, on New Zealand’s North Island, is the ideal place for such a festival. It is a unique place, a whole city of Art Deco architecture. Rebuilding Napier The...

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Books to Read Before You Visit New Zealand

This is the first of what will be an occasional series on “Books to Read Before You Visit…” I always like to prepare for a visit to a new country by reading as much as possible. Not just history and guidebooks, but fiction as well: I find that novels and short stories...

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