The clicking sound of footsteps echoed distinctly within the almost deserted arcade. I glanced along the glass ceiling stretching far away, permeated by sunlight, and casting its soft radiance across the stark black and white tiled platform. The blend of classical architecture and symmetry was beautiful to behold. The arcade, created with a glass roof, symbolising modern urban life, was complemented with beautifully decorated mosaic floors, cast iron gates, marble columns, domed roof and ornate clock. The various architectural themes reflect the eras throughout European History from the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance periods of European Civilisation. Slowly, the smell of freshly roasted coffee, permeated by the conversation of people enjoying the simplicities of life pierced my reverie. People swept by me, a still figure, going about their daily routine, casually glancing at me curiously. Slowly, I became aware of that which lay before me, the various cafes, restaurants and artisan shops manifesting the vibrancy European culture.