Environmentalism is a top concern today. We’re constantly looking at when, where and how we can reduce our carbon footprint, and this doesn’t stop when we travel.
Immersed in the allure of Italy, I took to reading Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, prompted by another Italian-set story: Da Vinci’s Demons. The series is a fascinating dive into Italian history, centred on Leonardo Da Vinci, the celebrated artist, inventor, musician, engineer and anatomist. The demons in the title allude to a supernatural element woven through the series, suggested in the form of powerful visions and demonic possession. Yet, interestingly, there are times when it comes off as a kind of Italian Sherlock Holmes or 15th century Jonathan Creek, with a protagonist hell-bent on explaining any strange occurrences through reason and rational thinking.