A View of Australia From the Sea

Darwin – Dreamings in the City

Darwin is in the land of the Rainbow Serpents, and of ferocious white ants. It’s where the Larrakias have lived for 60,000 years, followed by Westerners and then the Chinese. They all become pole diggers, and then gold diggers. Darwin city centre is certainly full of stories.

The Catherdral in Valencia From Placa de L'Almoina

Valencia – Brutus’ Roman City

0 The victor, Pompey, turns his attention to Valencia. It is 75 BC and Sertorius is defeated and dead. Valencia is home to 2000 Roman soldiers who had supported Sertorius. […]

The Rits

Mayfair – The One Hundred Acre Dowry

This is the story of how a dowry of a hundred acres of swampy land becomes posh Mayfair. Whilst I may not have heard a nightingale sing at Berkeley Square, I certainly find a reason to hear it sung in memory of a famous frequent diner at the Ritz Hotel. Read more at http://daytrips.caramelsalty.com/mayfair-the-one-hundred-acre-dowry/

Valencia – An Architectural Delight

0 [1] Valencia’s Nord Station (1917) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. It’s cream Modernista facade is covered in flowers, orange blossoms and trees. […]

Xátiva – A Day Trip From Valéncia

0 Xátiva is a 45 minute train journey. One of orange trees and dark green sierras. But I’m only just scratching the surface of this Spanish vista. Because after only […]

Piccadilly – Christmas Time Around Fortnum and Mason

0 In 1886, Mr. Heinz disembarks at an English port. He has, with him, 5 heavy cases. He lugs them all the way to Piccadilly. There, the grocers Fortnum and […]

New Bond Street (Part Two) – License To Shop

0 200 years separate them. But both live only a wall apart from each other. One stuck to his long German style wig, whilst all around him wore the fashionable […]

New Bond Street (Part One) – The Spy Who Loved Shopping

0 My simple disguise is complete. Sunglasses on, I hoist a large brown bag onto my shoulder, allowing me to blend in with the hundreds of shoppers around. I pat […]