For our recent journey through Emilia Romagna, a region in northern and central Italy, we decided to hire a car – something we had not done for several years, generally preferring to make our way on public transport and, of course, on foot. After so many years of not using a car for our journeys, I had forgotten how profound the difference between driving and walking trips can be. When you walk, you see little
… A Walk in Ferrara During a Car Journey Through Emilia Romagna
I must have advised you several times already that, if you take a trip to the French Riviera, you should combine this with a brief visit to Italy. On my list of suggestions, this is one of the top “Things To Do on the French Riviera” (right behind gate-crashing Brad Pitt’s yacht-warming party at the film festival in Cannes and bankrupting the Monte Carlo Casino).
Ideally, you would go
… Recommended Brief Visit to Italy From the French Riviera
Leipzig, of course, is more than “Hypezig”, as the scene quarter of Plagwitz is sometimes known So in today’s post, I will first tell you what we did to explore this interesting and historical old town in the heart of Germany, and then what we should have done.
We started our walk to see the historical old town of Leipzig from its central station, straight into Nikolaistraße, the main shopping street that is
… How to See the Historical Old Town of Leipzig
There are not many things that East Germany (that most joyless country in the annals of the world) and Italy have in common, but here is one: a conservation policy that closely mirrors the principles of “triage”. In analogy to the requirements of battlefield medicine, both Italy and East Germany divided their cities or cultural sites into the lightly injured, the seriously ravaged that would benefit from further treatment and the
… Here’s How We Experienced Plagwitz in Leipzig
Last week, I told you about the bus company Zest and its daily tours from Menton into the arrière pays, the French Riviera’s mountainous back country. Of these altogether ten different day trips, most are going to places that also are, in principle, available on Zest’s ordinary lines.
The problem is that the schedules of these “ordinary lines” (that often run no more than twice day) are mainly arranged
… Discover the Most Storied Backcountry Village of the French Riviera
Movement 4: the Adagio at the Danube in Bratislava … which is just another word for “taking it very, very easy”
On its way from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube passes through ten countries: there are longer rivers in the world, but none that are more international.
Can you name all ten states that can lay claim to a section of the Danube? (The one country almost
… Taking it Easy by the Danube in Bratislava
The whole of Vienna is built on a foundation of lies The Danube does not really flow through the city (and is neither beautiful or even blue), Vienna’s Imperial splendour belies the reality of being the capital of a small-ish country in Eastern Central Europe; a good portion of her much famed architecture is essentially just “icing sugar” that was pasted on uninspired pseudo-classicist structures. When you talk to the Viennese, it won’t be long
… Our Blue Danube Intermezzo with More Lies About Vienna
In the initial post about our trip along the Danube, I said that the Rhine landscape featured a large number of castles While this is undeniably true, it may have been misconstrued to imply that the landscape of the Danube did not.
So let me clearly state once and for all that this would be a totally false impression. Of course the Donau has castles, too. And just to prove the point, today
… To Passau for the Second Movement of the Blue Danube
Considering we have sung the praises of Regensburg in our last post, it seems all the more unforgivable that we failed to mention the city’s key asset on the central European tourism market: the fact that its entire (and fairly substantial) Old Town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You are forgiven to ask, how come, that a medium-sized city in provincial Germany of which until now you had heard little, was found
… Regensburg, Why Have You Got a Heart of Stone?
Alone among European countries, Germany can claim sections of both the Rhine and the Danube, Europe’s most storied rivers. Most of you will have been aware of that, of course, but here is something that may surprise you: the German sections of both rivers are of a roughly similar length (865 km for the Rhine, 687 km for the Danube), and of the 10 countries that the Danube passes through on
… Prelude to a Blue Danube Dream