Speicherstadt, Hamburg: Bridges, Canals and Warehouses

Speicherstadt, Hamburg: Bridges, Canals and Warehouses

Hamburg is a city of water. Sitting at the point where the River Elbe widens into the sea, it is full of lakes and canals. And bridges: Hamburg has more bridges than any other city in the world (apparently more than Amsterdam, Venice and London combined!). One of the...
The Antonine Wall, Britain’s Other Roman Wall

The Antonine Wall, Britain’s Other Roman Wall

You may be familiar with Hadrian’s Wall, the 73-mile defensive structure that the Romans built across the north of England in AD 122. But did you know that they built a second line of defence – the Antonine Wall – across Scotland a few years later? I set out to find...
Walking Beside the Orange Trees at the Alcazar of Córdoba

Walking Beside the Orange Trees at the Alcazar of Córdoba

The gardens at the Alcazar of Córdoba may be smaller than those of rival palaces in Seville and Granada, but they are still impressive. Even in the rain. We had walked through Córdoba’s UNESCO listed historic centre, from the magnificent La Mezquita to the little...
La Mezquita, Córdoba: the Mosque that Became a Cathedral

La Mezquita, Córdoba: the Mosque that Became a Cathedral

The cavernous space of La Mezquita in Córdoba makes me think of Russian dolls. Standing right in the middle of the 8th century mosque is a perfectly formed Renaissance cathedral. What is more, the mosque grew out of an earlier Visigoth church, which was itself built...