Articles on European travel
Useful resources for the European traveller
- Free self-guided tours - our downloadable PDFs of European cities
- Undiscovered Germany - Hildesheim
- Undiscovered Germany - Lubeck
- Podtours recommends - Books on English towns and landscape
- Stressed out in Rome? Chill out in a cloister.
- Romanesque churches of Castile - a little known aspect of Spain.
- An hour to spare in London - interesting sights close to the train stations.
- Escape from Paris! Interesting places just a few metro stops away from the centre.
- The cultural traveller in Milan - great art and architecture, and a trip to the opera.
- Eating well for less - finding good, cheap restaurants in European tourist destinations.
- Gruesome Europe. Ten of the best destinations for the Goth in you, and then some more.
- On a similar theme, The skeletons of Rome - a selection of the best baroque carvings of skulls, skeletons, and memento mori.
- Italy's best small towns - a personal selection. See small town Italy - a refreshing change from the big city.
- The top ten cathedrals in France - a personal selection (with a couple of surprises).
- Castles of Europe - a historical trip through great castles in England, France, Germany, Italy - and Poland.
- Romanesque churches of Cologne - if you think Cologne cathedral is just a bit too modern...
What you're looking at - architecture style guides
What you're looking at - the Romanesque
What you're looking at - the Gothic style
What you're looking at - the Renaissance
What you're looking at - Modern architecture
Mudejar architecture - the Arab heritage in Spain
English baroque - a most 'un-English- style of architecture (Wren, Hawksmoor, Vanbrugh)
Art history guides
The labours of the months - a medieval theme and its meanings. This article is profusely illustrated and has a list of links as well as a gazetteer of sites where you can see the labours of the months in sculpture and stained glass.
Marginalia - a guide to the 'subversive zone' of medieval art, the borders of manuscripts and the choir stalls and misericords of Gothic churches
Sofonisba Anguissola - a woman artist in the Renaissance whose life is intriguingly different - and whose works are captivating.
Videos on Youtube
How to read a Gothic cathedral façade - a guide to the way Gothic masons and sculptors created messages about their world using the structure of the cathedral façade.
The rose window - the history and significance of the Gothic rose window, a symbol of the perfection of the universe.