Let Us Tempt You with a Sedate Walk on Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi

Last week, we told you about hikes – easy ones and not so easy ones – in the rugged Regional Nature Reserve between Camogli and Portofino.

Today, we will stay in the Riviera di Levante (the coast east of Genoa), but for a much more civilized contrast programme. You can bring your lazy old dog, small children, even wheel out granny, because we are not intending to break sweat while enjoying

Let Us Tempt You with a Sedate Walk on Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi

In Camogli on the Enticing East End of the Italian Riviera

It actually pains me to write it down, being a “local patriot” who considers the Italian Riviera west of Genoa as his playground and friendly neighbour. But here it goes: in the highlight reel of the Italian Riviera, the East End has all the good bits.

A trip to the east of Genoa feels very much like a theme park ride (Disneyworld’s take on coastal Italy), with ocker-and-terracotta-coloured sceneries tumbling down

In Camogli on the Enticing East End of the Italian Riviera

Finding Three Ancient Ruins in Ventimiglia

It was Mrs. Easy Hiker who drew my attention to the site. I wonder what these ruins are, she mused: not once, not twice, but repeatedly, and in the end – when that had failed to stir me into action or at least a bout of in-depth research – almost every time we passed the site in the train during our weekly shopping trips to Ventimiglia. That’s when I realized: I had no

Finding Three Ancient Ruins in Ventimiglia

Now You Can Discover More of Diano

If you have ever visited the Italian Riviera, one of the things you will fondly remember is the train that connects the various small resort towns along the coast. This train is not one of those fancy high-speed bullet numbers that dash through the countryside. Instead, it takes its time – this is Italy, after all, where all the good things in life demand that you take the time to enjoy them.

Now You Can Discover More of Diano

What Easy Hikers Can Do in Lourdes

Before you travel to a place – any place – for the first time, you should always try to wipe the slate of your memory clean of everything you have ever heard or read about it. Otherwise, why come at all? You can save yourself the money and effort of actually going there by just reading a guide book or by watching a YouTube documentary. Travelling with an open mind, however, is easier

What Easy Hikers Can Do in Lourdes

Who has 1 Unique View, 2 Dynasties and 101 Champions?

If you travel to the extreme southwest of France in bleak midwinter, the Pyrenees – whose distant peaks are distinctly visible throughout much of the region – provide something like a permanent tease: shrouded in clouds and covered with snow, they are clearly not sending out any “come-and-get-me“ signals, but at the same time they hover disdainfully over all your outdoor activities, challenging you to react to their majestic presence in one way

Who has 1 Unique View, 2 Dynasties and 101 Champions?

Hiking Part of Canal du Midi in Toulouse

The Canal du Midi is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering in the history of the world. Its construction stretched the 17th century’s technological knowledge and ingenuity to its very limits, much as the Channel Tunnel project would 300 years later.

For nearly 2000 years, people had been dreaming of a navigable waterway to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea. But where previous rulers – from

Hiking Part of Canal du Midi in Toulouse

Getting Over Our Dutch Midwinter Blues

This is a despatch from the Central European lowlands where winter is neither the season when snowmen freeze to death – as they currently do in North America – nor the right time to sit outside in some balmy sunshine. This, after all, is not the Mediterranean. Not that you would be in danger of mistaking one for the other.

The Habsburg Emperor Charles V is known to have boasted

Getting Over Our Dutch Midwinter Blues

Europe by Rail – An Indispensable Train Travel Companion

Book Review

Today’s post is about more reading matter, not for quiet contemplation (in contrast to last week’s Christmas reading list) but focusing instead on a single book for your active planning. If you are looking forward to travelling through Europe in 2018, intending to rely on public transport for any part of your journey, this book is for you.

An Indispensable Train Travel Companion

Europe by Rail, now in

Europe by Rail – An Indispensable Train Travel Companion

Cozy Christmas Reading for Hikers

Across most of the northern hemisphere, the Christmas season has always been a time for quiet contemplation rather than hectic activity, the time for thinking things through rather than actually doing them. For hikers, it is a time for remembering past adventures and for planning new ones – and for reading about hikes from the comfort of their armchair.

If you are looking for reading material about specific hikes and hiking in general:

Cozy Christmas Reading for Hikers