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17Feb2014

The Unknown Artists of Ravenna

Apostles on the domed ceiling of the Baptistery in Ravenna.

I’ve not always liked my name — one of my first acts on hitting puberty was to rebrand myself from “Theodora” to “Theo”, an innovation I’ve failed to reverse ever since – but I have always liked the story behind it. Why? Because I’m named for a woman who grew up among the bears of […]

02Feb2012

The Cutest City You’ve Never Heard Of…

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Plovdiv Old Town is the single prettiest place we’ve visited since beautiful Lijiang in China. The city’s history is written in its walls. Successive generations of conquerors — Macedonian, Roman, Bulgar and Ottoman — have left their mark here, cannibalising each other’s buildings to build and defend anew. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities […]