Decoding the symbolism of Orthodox icons

In the Greek town of Ouranopolis I’m drawn to the window of an attractive, smartly designed shop selling soaps, natural products and religious icons. Even to my unschooled eye these icons look to be of far better quality than those that I saw minutes ago, on sale near the jetty.

Smoke beer in Bamberg, Germany

The attractive German city of Bamberg is the third largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site in the European Union and its cathedral holds the tomb of the only pope buried north of the Alps. However, culture and history can wait, I came here for a beer.

A WACA tour in Perth, Australia

The Western Australian Cricket Association, known throughout the cricketing world simply as the WACA, is one of globe’s great sporting venues. Australia regained the Ashes here, by beating England in the third Test of the 2013-14 series.

Museu da Cerveja beer museum in Lisbon

Portugal’s history, like that of all nations, is peppered with significant dates. The 1st November 1755, for example, is infamous as the day the Great Earthquake struck, resulting in fires and tidal waves that destroyed much of Lisbon and wreaked significant damage on a several other towns and cities.