Secret Haven in Rome

Letter 69 It seems that this time round, on my second visit to Rome, I am enjoying it more and starting to fall in love with it. I believe that the reason my love for this ancient city didn't develop last time is that I was too concerned about doing all of the sights and … Continue reading Secret Haven in Rome

Rome: sunrises, spaces and shutters

Letter 68 Observations from my first day on my second visit to Rome. At 4:30 this morning I left my top floor Edinburgh flat to head to Rome. By 12:30 this afternoon I had witnessed a stunning sunrise over Scotland, had a blissful sleep thanks to my travel pillow and stepped out of Rome's monumental … Continue reading Rome: sunrises, spaces and shutters

First impressions of Venice

Letter 67 Venice, a winding labyrinth of emerald canals and pastel buildings sitting on 118 islands connected by 400 foot bridges. A city where getting lost is mandatory and finding a view is inevitable. A city that withdraws streets, canals and buildings from view and invites you to play hide and seek. I stayed in this … Continue reading First impressions of Venice

Tuscan treasure

Letter 64 A postcard picture is not enough to describe the character of Florence. She is the treasure of Tuscany. She is not about the tourist attractions and selfie snaps, she is the art she hosts, the people she houses and the views she captures. She is terracotta tiles and soft reflections. She is perfectly … Continue reading Tuscan treasure

Remembering Rome

Letter 61 Rome is a unique city with history etched into it's veins. It elegantly remembers it's past and reveals ancient tales around every corner. It's covered in architectural masterpieces which I can only now fully appreciate after studying them in detail. This letter is about my trip to Rome in August 2015. The next … Continue reading Remembering Rome

Upcoming Italian Adventure

Letter 60 ...and cultural architectural awakening. My next trip to Italy is a field trip for my course where we will visit sites in Rome, survey them and then decide which one to design a library on. It's quite exciting, and I especially like the idea of designing a library which is already capturing my … Continue reading Upcoming Italian Adventure

Should auld acquaintance be forgot?

Letter 51 With only 4 days of 2016 remaining I thought I would write a letter about what 2017 will hold for me. It will also give you an idea of what letters to expect throughout the new year. But first, I hope you all had a magical Christmas with friends, family or acquaintances and … Continue reading Should auld acquaintance be forgot?

I travelled solo

Letter 9 I was really excited to post about this and feel like I may have a few pearls of wisdom... if not, it may still make for an interesting read! I wanted to write about travelling solo, not ALONE, that's a rubbish word, but travelling solo. MY SOLO TRIP Most of my posts are … Continue reading I travelled solo

I cycled around Florence

Letter 6 I only visited 3 cities in Italy; Rome, Florence and Venice. I enjoyed my time in each of these beautiful cities, but it was Florence that stole my heart. To me it was perfect. The colourful buildings lining the river, the view of the terracotta rooftops from the tip of the Duomo, the … Continue reading I cycled around Florence