Visiting Putin’s Parish

“You take holiday in Russia. You are crazy…but welcome.” The man who uttered this to me in a St. Petersburg café wasn’t the only one who thought I was crazy visiting Putin’s Parish. Indeed, all but one person in my social circle questioned my sanity. It was a series of subliminal coincidences which prompted me … Continue reading Visiting Putin’s Parish

European History in Sarajevo

If you’re looking to visit a European city which has hosted a pivotal moment in the continent’s history may I suggest the under-rated Sarajevo. It was in the Bosnian capital that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his pregnant wife Sophie took place on 28th June 1914. The incident … Continue reading European History in Sarajevo

Tartu: As Sweet as it Sounds

Had somebody told me that Tartu was the Estonian equivalent of Oxford and Cambridge I would have visited years ago. Tartu, Estonia’s second-largest city has the instant charm of the aforementioned English towns and I can only presume its long-established and widely-respected university is the reason for its laid-back vibe. Tartu dates back over a … Continue reading Tartu: As Sweet as it Sounds